Archives for October 2012

Two options this Sunday – Mad Hatter or VOICE public meeting

miki soos logoThis Sunday — Oct. 28 — there will be two options for you.

Those who wish can attend the usual gathering at the Cottage, and those who wish can attend a Public Meeting of
VOICE Buffalo, of which Riverside-Salem is a member.

  • alice in a hatAt the Cottage, at the regular time of 4 to 6 p.m., Alice Gerard, a member of Riverside-Salem, will lead us in a Mad Hatter Party and writing exercise. Co-Pastor Jon Rieley-Goddard will be there.
  • At St. Martin de Porres RCC, 555 Northampton Street, Buffalo, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday there will be a Public Meeting of VOICE Buffalo churches and organizations. Co-Pastor Cathy Rieley-Goddard will be there.

This is a note from Alice about the Mad Hatter gathering —

You are invited to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party being hosted by me, Alice. Feel free to wear a hat or to come without one. If you have a favorite tea cup, please feel free to bring it with you.
While we are enjoying tea and a delicious treat, we will also do a fun, low-stress creative writing activity. I will tell you about it on Sunday. The only hint that I will give is that it is related to Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Tea Party. Please bring your imagination and your sense of humor.
This activity is suitable for folks of all ages, from about 8 to about 108.
The tea party will be followed by a potluck dinner so we are also having the fun of enjoying our dessert before dinner!

— Alice

Here are details of the VOICE event —

What: VOICE-Buffalo Public Meeting
When: Sunday, October 28th

3pm-3:30pm (Registration*)
3:30pm-5pm (Meeting)

Where: St. Martin de Porres RCC

555 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY, 14208

*Attendees can preregister at

As part of a nation-wide movement, VOICE will be launching a campaign called ‘The Fire of Faith’. By reigniting the passion and values of our nation’s churches, and engaging the world with those values, we can reinvigorate the country’s economy and the process of democracy. Come out to our public meeting and help hold our public officials accountable to your values.

What do we want from our representatives? We’ll be pinning them on four issues: raising the state’s minimum wage, increasing the funding of the NFTA, funding preventative measures to stop youth violence, and, finally, the fiscal cliff that looms at the end of the year.

Come with us on Oct. 28th and have your voice heard!

The keys to Fund for the Future – Mozart, Schubert, Chopin

RS Recital Poster

Program notes of pleasure for all concerned

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At the cottage:Saturday, Oct. 13,is “Green Buildings Open House,” of which RS and our straw-bale shelter are part.  People can sign up for a self-guided tour of green buildings; we have promised to have folks available to talk about the straw-bale pavilion from 1-3 p,m. but have indicated that people are welcome to visit and explore it any time.  We are making this a straw-bale work day, too, so please join us whenever you can (if you’re not at World On Your Plate!).  :-}Sunday, Oct. 14:
CROP Walk against Hunger (1:00 p.m. at Beaver Island State Park marina).

At 4:00 p.m., we’ll show The Line — Poverty in America —it’s not what you think.

The Line documents the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like you and me.

From Chicago’s suburbs and west side to the Gulf Coast to North Carolina, millions of Americans are struggling every day to make it above The Line

Sunday, Oct. 7 – Voices from the Underground

miki sos smallThe anti-war and other social justice movements exploded across the US in the 1960’s and 1970’s, aided by a fiercely independent and radical underground press.

Paul Krehbiel, a founder of the Buffalo underground workers newspaper, New Age, in 1970, will be in Buffalo to talk about this rich history, told by underground newspaper writers themselves in Voices from the Underground. Sunday, October 7,  4 pm – 6 pm,  Riverside-Salem Church, 3449 W. River Rd.,  Grand Island, NY 14072 (716) 773-1426.

Potluck after. Bring something to share.

Crucial strawbale workdays this week

miki sos smallWe are planning straw-bale work days on both this Friday (Oct. 5th) from at least mid-morning to mid- to late-afternoon.  Saturday will be an afternoon work schedule.  Hope to see you there!

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