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Friends,

It's hard to believe but the 2021 NYS Legislative Session is coming to an end this Thursday, June 10th!

That means we must push hard to get two important bills passed in the State Senate and State Assembly! Each of these bills will have an important impact on our community!

The Gender Recognition Act, S4402 (Hoylman)/A5465 (O’Donnell)

This comprehensive bill will create streamlined, privacy-protected processes to update and obtain accurate identification documents.

When passed, the legislation will:
allow parents to update their own name and title on their child’s birth certificate
allow parents to update the gender designation on their child’s birth certificate
allow the NYS Department of Health to issue gender-neutral designations on birth certificates
allow the DMV to add “X” as a non-binary s*x designation to all DMV-issued IDs and Driver’s Licenses
allow self-attestation for gender designation changes on DMV documents
eliminate the publication requirements for name changes
make the process easier when sealing name change records for transgender petitioners

The Transgender & Non-Binary Anti-Discrimination Requirements in Schools
BillS369 (Hoylman)/A840 (Gottfried)

This bill will require schools to adopt policies and procedures that ensure that the schools and their employees treat students consistent with their gender identities or expressions, including by correctly using students’ names and pronouns; ensuring that students can participate in single-s*x activities and use the single-s*x spaces most consistent with their gender identities; and making sure that students’ records accurately reflect their gender. It will ensure our public schools provide a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property or at school functions.

ACT NOW!!

Please call or email your NYS Assembly Member.
You can find your Assembly Member and their contact information at:
https://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/search/

Tell them you want them to pass two important Assembly Bills, A5465, known as the “Gender Recognition Act" which will make name and gender changes easier and more private; and A840, known as the The Transgender & Non-Binary Anti-Discrimination Requirements in Schools Bill.

Ask them to become Co-sponsors of each bill and to vote in support.


Please call or email your NYS Senator.
You can find your Senator and their contact information at:
https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator

Tell them you want them to pass two important Senate Bills, S4402, known as the “Gender Recognition Act" which will make name and gender changes easier and more private; and S369, known as the The Transgender & Non-Binary
Anti-Discrimination Requirements in Schools Bill.

Ask them to become Co-sponsors of each bill and to vote in support.

Please send out this information to your friends, family, and allies. The more pressure we create, the better the chance of these bills passing, and the better the chance we make sustainable progress in creating a more fair and equitable New York!

In Unity,

C.J.
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Park Avenue Christian Church, called "The Park" by its members and friends was founded in 1810 and is an inclusive community of Christians who follow the example of radical welcome set by Jesus.

This church is a place of radical welcome for all those who want to experience the fullness of a truly inclusive community. We are gay and straight; white and black and Latino and Asian and indigenous; younger and older; partnered and single; families of many configurations. As a congregation affiliated with the Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ, we echo our fellow churches sayin

Operating as usual

10/27/2021

Happy Halloween Week!

Divinity School presents awards for eight alumni - Yale Daily News 10/26/2021

Divinity School presents awards for eight alumni - Yale Daily News

The Yale Divinity School held its yearly alumni awards event last Thursday via Zoom, honoring graduates who, according to Divinity School Dean Gregory Sterling, are “living embodiments” of the school’s values.

The “William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice” was presented to David Dodson ’77 DIV ’81 and Kaji Douša DIV ’06. The award is named in honor of William Sloane Coffin DIV ’56, long-time peace activist and former Yale University chaplain, and is given to YDS alumni who “share Coffin’s courageous devotion to the dignity of all persons.”

Divinity School presents awards for eight alumni - Yale Daily News The Yale Divinity School held its yearly alumni awards event last Thursday via Zoom, honoring graduates who, according to Divinity School Dean Gregory Sterling, are […]

10/25/2021

Tune in this Wednesday!

Two On One is co-hosted by Rev. Stephanie Kendell and Rev. Arthur Stewart, with guest, Dana Lewman Trent.

Wednesday, October 27, 1:00 pm ET

www.facebook.com/twoononeproject

She put a spell on us the last time she was here- we can’t wait to talk Hocus Pocus with J. Dana Trent!
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#hocuspocus #halloween #church #twoononeproject

10/25/2021

#StillSpeaking #DailyDevotional “Love Triangle” by The Rev. Kaji Douŝa

“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.” – Matthew 18:15-16 (NRSV)

Family Systems Theory teaches that conflicts don’t get resolved when we don’t attempt to address them directly. Indirect communication maintains the status quo.

Real change can only happen when we go straight to the source.

Jesus saw this! And wanted to prepare the disciples so they wouldn’t fall into these patterns. With one witness, there’s room for triangulation. But with two: there’s room for corroboration, there’s room for helping each other’s recollection.

And, in real conflict: Jesus knows just how this can go down otherwise.

Jesus cares so much about the people and wants them to live in health and wellness. He doesn’t want disputes to pull them apart! He wants them together. He wants them well. He cares about what Christian community looks like—in church, in the home, everywhere.

Maybe here Jesus gives us the first bylaws of church life. May we live in accordance with them.

Prayer
God help us to be of one accord. Help us to turn directly to each other. And as we do: we turn to you. Amen.


The “StillSpeaking Daily Devotional” series is produced by The United Church of Christ. The original article is here: https://www.ucc.org/daily-devotional/love-triangle/

#StillSpeaking #DailyDevotional “Love Triangle” by The Rev. Kaji Douŝa

“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.” – Matthew 18:15-16 (NRSV)

Family Systems Theory teaches that conflicts don’t get resolved when we don’t attempt to address them directly. Indirect communication maintains the status quo.

Real change can only happen when we go straight to the source.

Jesus saw this! And wanted to prepare the disciples so they wouldn’t fall into these patterns. With one witness, there’s room for triangulation. But with two: there’s room for corroboration, there’s room for helping each other’s recollection.

And, in real conflict: Jesus knows just how this can go down otherwise.

Jesus cares so much about the people and wants them to live in health and wellness. He doesn’t want disputes to pull them apart! He wants them together. He wants them well. He cares about what Christian community looks like—in church, in the home, everywhere.

Maybe here Jesus gives us the first bylaws of church life. May we live in accordance with them.

Prayer
God help us to be of one accord. Help us to turn directly to each other. And as we do: we turn to you. Amen.


The “StillSpeaking Daily Devotional” series is produced by The United Church of Christ. The original article is here: https://www.ucc.org/daily-devotional/love-triangle/

10/24/2021

“Stand on the Right Side” by our guest pastor, The Rev. Madison T. Shockley II

“Stand on the Right Side” by our guest pastor, The Rev. Madison T. Shockley II

"See the face of Jesus in those the world disregards and discards. And stand there. Live there. Worship there. And you will hear the words of benediction. Come, you blessed, stand on the right side and inherit the life that God has prepared for you from the foundation of the world."

The Rev. Madison T Shockley II is the pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, CA.

10/24/2021

Celebration of Worship - October 24, 2021

10/22/2021

Children and Youth Ministry Update from Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

Last Sunday, our children’s ministries read and reflected on themes of faithfulness and love. This past Sunday, our children read “The Sermon on the Hill” in our Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible. We each shared our favorite teaching, and the children were particularly taken with the image of a city on a hill and the book’s statement that doing good things would help show people God’s goodness.

This Sunday, our older students will meet at 10 AM for fellowship and to read Matthew 25:31-40. We’ll talk about the beginning of the passage – who the Promised One is and what this appointed time might be. Then, we’ll discuss the separating of sheep from goats and how we might learn to answer the needs of others with the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

At 10:30 AM, our younger children will read “The Good Shepherd” in our Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible. We will discuss how our perception of this story might have changed since the last time we read it and what we feel God telling us through the story this time.

I hope you’ve all stayed warm as the weather turned colder this week, and I look forward to being together in spirit this Sunday.

Joyfully yours,
Kelsey Creech
Resident Seminarian

(The illustration used here is from page 138 of Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible)

Children and Youth Ministry Update from Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

Last Sunday, our children’s ministries read and reflected on themes of faithfulness and love. This past Sunday, our children read “The Sermon on the Hill” in our Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible. We each shared our favorite teaching, and the children were particularly taken with the image of a city on a hill and the book’s statement that doing good things would help show people God’s goodness.

This Sunday, our older students will meet at 10 AM for fellowship and to read Matthew 25:31-40. We’ll talk about the beginning of the passage – who the Promised One is and what this appointed time might be. Then, we’ll discuss the separating of sheep from goats and how we might learn to answer the needs of others with the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

At 10:30 AM, our younger children will read “The Good Shepherd” in our Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible. We will discuss how our perception of this story might have changed since the last time we read it and what we feel God telling us through the story this time.

I hope you’ve all stayed warm as the weather turned colder this week, and I look forward to being together in spirit this Sunday.

Joyfully yours,
Kelsey Creech
Resident Seminarian

(The illustration used here is from page 138 of Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible)

10/22/2021

This Sunday's Guest Pastor: The Rev. Madison Shockley

The Rev. Madison T. Shockley II is the pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, CA. He brings to Pilgrim Church a wealth of experience from his work in the religious, political, non-profit, and media environments. Madison was called to Pilgrim Church in 2004.

Along with performing his pastoral duties with Pilgrim, Madison serves on the board of directors of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego and Imperial Counties and the board of directors of Compassion and Choices. He also writes commentary for various online and print outlets. To read some of Madison’s articles, click here.

He holds the Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and has done advanced graduate work at Claremont Graduate University in New Testament Studies. He is married to Gayle P. Shockley née Welch, and they are the parents of five adult children.

Join us in welcoming Rev. Shockley to The Park this Sunday during our celebration of worship live on our page and YouTube channel.

This Sunday's Guest Pastor: The Rev. Madison Shockley

The Rev. Madison T. Shockley II is the pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, CA. He brings to Pilgrim Church a wealth of experience from his work in the religious, political, non-profit, and media environments. Madison was called to Pilgrim Church in 2004.

Along with performing his pastoral duties with Pilgrim, Madison serves on the board of directors of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego and Imperial Counties and the board of directors of Compassion and Choices. He also writes commentary for various online and print outlets. To read some of Madison’s articles, click here.

He holds the Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and has done advanced graduate work at Claremont Graduate University in New Testament Studies. He is married to Gayle P. Shockley née Welch, and they are the parents of five adult children.

Join us in welcoming Rev. Shockley to The Park this Sunday during our celebration of worship live on our page and YouTube channel.

10/21/2021
10/21/2021

"Bloom with Curiosity: Listen and Respond" by Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

Dear Ones,

What a delight it was to see so many of you at our Bloom in Conversation event this past Monday! Thank you for the insights you all shared about curiosity, elephants, and the varied experiences we have of God. I learned so much from hearing part of each of your stories.

Today, we celebrate Pastor Kaji, who receives the William Sloane Coffin ‘56 Award for Peace and Justice from Yale Divinity School! She will be honored in a virtual ceremony at Yale at 7:30 this evening! We wish her congratulations and celebrate as well the particular justice and peace work she has done in our community and throughout her life.

This week, we have a guest preacher at The Park, The Rev. Madison T. Shockley II. He comes to us this Sunday from the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, CA where he was called in 2004. I hope you join us for worship this Sunday where we’ll hear his prophetic message and worship together.

This week’s scripture comes to us from the book of Matthew. As we near the end of Matthew’s telling of the story of Jesus, Jesus reveals the happenings of the ‘appointed time’ when the ‘Promised One’ will return to sit upon the royal throne and separate the sheep from the goats. Let’s read together the words of Jesus:

“31 “At the appointed time the Promised One will come in glory, escorted by all the angels of heaven, and will sit upon the royal throne, 32 with all the nations assembled below. Then the Promised One will separate them from one another, as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats. 33 The sheep will be placed on the right hand, the goats on the left.

34 “The ruler will say to those on the right, ‘Come, you blessed of my Abba God! Inherit the kindom prepared for you from the creation of the world! 35 For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me; 36 naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me; in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 Then these just will ask, ‘When did we see you hungry and feed you, or see you thirsty and give you drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in, or clothe you in your nakedness? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison and come to visit you?’ 40 The ruler will answer them, ‘The truth is, every time you did this for the least of my sisters or brothers, you did it for me.’”

[Matthew 25:31-40 (ILB)/ Mateo 25:31-40 (NVI)]

In this parable, Jesus teaches that those who enter the kindom of God will be those who met the needs of others. Of key importance to this list is the way the ‘blessed of God’ meet specific, known needs of others. They do not offer clothes to those who are clothed but hungry nor food to the stranger seeking shelter. Rather, the one in question meets the need of those they help, which requires knowing what that person needs. It requires asking and listening.

Jesus teaches that to become those blessed ones whom Jesus calls ‘the just’, we must meet the specific, known needs of others. In the United States, this parallels easily with the chant: Know Justice, Know Peace. As this parable teaches, we are called to listen intently to the needs of the oppressed in order to know what justice will look like. After we’ve listened and identified a specific, known need, we must all work to meet the need, achieve justice and, together, know peace.

This requires curiosity. To know the needs of others, we must ask. To hear them, we must listen curiously, prepared to learn and grow from the information shared, so we can act together to meet needs and bring about justice.

May we all find new ways of listening curiously to the needs around us and responding to them promptly.

Joyfully Yours,
Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

"Bloom with Curiosity: Listen and Respond" by Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

Dear Ones,

What a delight it was to see so many of you at our Bloom in Conversation event this past Monday! Thank you for the insights you all shared about curiosity, elephants, and the varied experiences we have of God. I learned so much from hearing part of each of your stories.

Today, we celebrate Pastor Kaji, who receives the William Sloane Coffin ‘56 Award for Peace and Justice from Yale Divinity School! She will be honored in a virtual ceremony at Yale at 7:30 this evening! We wish her congratulations and celebrate as well the particular justice and peace work she has done in our community and throughout her life.

This week, we have a guest preacher at The Park, The Rev. Madison T. Shockley II. He comes to us this Sunday from the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, CA where he was called in 2004. I hope you join us for worship this Sunday where we’ll hear his prophetic message and worship together.

This week’s scripture comes to us from the book of Matthew. As we near the end of Matthew’s telling of the story of Jesus, Jesus reveals the happenings of the ‘appointed time’ when the ‘Promised One’ will return to sit upon the royal throne and separate the sheep from the goats. Let’s read together the words of Jesus:

“31 “At the appointed time the Promised One will come in glory, escorted by all the angels of heaven, and will sit upon the royal throne, 32 with all the nations assembled below. Then the Promised One will separate them from one another, as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats. 33 The sheep will be placed on the right hand, the goats on the left.

34 “The ruler will say to those on the right, ‘Come, you blessed of my Abba God! Inherit the kindom prepared for you from the creation of the world! 35 For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me; 36 naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me; in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 Then these just will ask, ‘When did we see you hungry and feed you, or see you thirsty and give you drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in, or clothe you in your nakedness? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison and come to visit you?’ 40 The ruler will answer them, ‘The truth is, every time you did this for the least of my sisters or brothers, you did it for me.’”

[Matthew 25:31-40 (ILB)/ Mateo 25:31-40 (NVI)]

In this parable, Jesus teaches that those who enter the kindom of God will be those who met the needs of others. Of key importance to this list is the way the ‘blessed of God’ meet specific, known needs of others. They do not offer clothes to those who are clothed but hungry nor food to the stranger seeking shelter. Rather, the one in question meets the need of those they help, which requires knowing what that person needs. It requires asking and listening.

Jesus teaches that to become those blessed ones whom Jesus calls ‘the just’, we must meet the specific, known needs of others. In the United States, this parallels easily with the chant: Know Justice, Know Peace. As this parable teaches, we are called to listen intently to the needs of the oppressed in order to know what justice will look like. After we’ve listened and identified a specific, known need, we must all work to meet the need, achieve justice and, together, know peace.

This requires curiosity. To know the needs of others, we must ask. To hear them, we must listen curiously, prepared to learn and grow from the information shared, so we can act together to meet needs and bring about justice.

May we all find new ways of listening curiously to the needs around us and responding to them promptly.

Joyfully Yours,
Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

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"Entitlement" by The Rev. Kaji Douša

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