Archives for October 2016

Sunday, 30Oct.06 — the Rev. Judy Chan, Hong Kong Christian Council

miki soos logoRev. Judy Chan serves with the Hong Kong Christian Council, as a Communications Specialist in charge of Ecumenical Broadcasting Ministry and Editor of English Publications.  She will share something of what has been going on in the community and churches related to the political and social changes since 1997, when Hong Kong changed from being a British colony to going back to being a part of China.

“I speak about the economic, political and cultural divides and what the church is doing to bring unity, healing and reconciliation in a polarized situation,” Chan says.  Her ministry in Hong Kong is related to communications, in particular radio ministry and publications; she has a PowerPoint with pictures of her work. She enjoys small group discussions.

Please join us from 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck) this Sunday, October 30th, at our Environmental Sanctuary, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 for this engaging and informative gathering.

 

’13th’ –a documentary of amendments, prisons, and involuntary servitude

miki soos logoThe title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

Join us this Sunday, 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck) to view this documentary at our Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

Transit advocate Doug Funke will be with us on Sunday

miki soos logoThis Sunday, Oct. 16, Douglas Funke will present an overview of current and emerging issues associated with public transit in Buffalo-Niagara, including its importance to food access, the environment, and economic development.

Doug Funke is a long-time transit advocate and user. He joined the Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT) Executive Board in 2010 and became its President in 2013. As a CRT board member, Doug has supported a wide range of transit promotional and educational efforts including briefings to government legislative bodies and agencies. He also operates a part-time consulting business, Human First Ergonomics. Before becoming a CRT board member and starting his consulting business, Doug worked for over 30 years as a research engineer at Calspan, Veridian, and General Dynamics. Most recently he managed the design, development, and deployment of numerous Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Doug has an MS in Industrial Engineering and certifications in project management and ergonomics. He and his wife, Dolores, have three grown children, Carolyn, Christopher, and Adam.

Join us at our usual 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck) time at Riverside-Salem Environmental Sanctuary, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

Prepare To Be Liberated!

michaael-mooremiki sos smallSo says the cover of Michael Moore’s DVD, “Where To Invade Next,” “one of the most genuinely and valuably patriotic films any American has ever made” (Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com).  “Invade” is described as “an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy/documentary . . . an eye-opening call to arms to recapture the American Dream and restore it to, of all places, America.”

This seems like a delightfully appropriate Sunday “cap” to our World On Your Plate conference on food & sustainable living happening Friday night and all day Saturday at Daemen (see, please, www.worldonyourplate.org).  Please consider checking it out!

And come relax and cheer for Moore’s DVD this Sunday, October 9th, 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck &, likely, popcorn) at our Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

— June Licence

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