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Executive Council Action

Event Date: 
March 15, 2011 - 10:15am

At its regularly scheduled meeting on February 21, the Executive Council of the church discussed, voted on, and passed unanimously the following resolution. While in one sense the events of the day have overrun this action (the legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill taking away collective bargaining rights for public employees), this is going to be an issue in Wisconsin for some time to come. By this action, the Executive Council has placed itself on the side of the workers. It has also reaffirmed that discussion and negotiation, rather than dictating answers on behalf of one side, are the proper ways of solving the kinds of problems that Wisconsin faces.
Curt
 

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 9:18 am in Featured Content.

Artists and their Art of the Bible Gathering Class, March 16-April 13

Event Date: 
March 8, 2011 - 10:15am

Great art has dreadful manners.  The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things … but actually they are thugs…. The greatest paintings rearrange your sense of reality…. The power of art is the power of unsettling surprise.(The  Power of Art, Simon Schama).

 

I believe that the words above say something true about great art. There have been times when I have been walking through art galleries and a work of art has reached out and grabbed me, and insisted that I stand and look at it. The first time that ever happened to me was almost 40 years ago at the Art Institute of Chicago. They had a Monet exhibition; and when I came to one of the larger “Water Lilies” paintings, I was almost physically forced to stop walking and stare at it.

 

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 11:56 am in Featured Content.

United Church of Christ Clergy and Members Rally in Support of Workers' Rights

Event Date: 
March 2, 2011 (All day)

As tensions over collective bargaining rights for unions and state workers escalate in locations around the country, UCC members and clergy have added their voices - along with declarations of the UCC's General Synod - decrying legislative efforts underway to strip workers of their negotiating power.

 

Posted on March 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm in Featured Content.

Clergy Join Protest at Capital

Event Date: 
February 22, 2011 (All day)

 

Reverends Jerry Hancock, Eldonna Hazen and Curt Anderson at the Capitol on Tuesday, 2/22/2011. They were part of a group of 60-some clergy from various religious traditions who participated in a faith-rally against the budget repair bill on the steps of Grace Episcopal Church, and then marched across the street and into the Capitol, all chanting "This is what religion should look like." After brief prayers in the middle of the rotunda, they went outside the Assembly chambers for prayers, also.

 

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm in Featured Content.

Rev. Curt Anderson Gives Invocation at Madison Rally

Event Date: 
February 17, 2011 (All day)

Curt Anderson is the Senior Minister at First Congregational Church and a member of the Interfaith Board for Worker Justice.  He gave the invocation at the rally to fight Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's bill to end collective bargaining with state employees on Wednesday February 16, 2011.

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 11:08 am in Featured Content and Social Justice.

February 20 Congregational Meeting 2011 Budget and New Website

Event Date: 
February 15, 2011 (All day)

There is a congregational meeting this Sunday following worship. The main purpose of the meeting is to discuss and approve a budget for the church for 2011. Copies of the 2010 budget and expenses and the proposed 2011 budget have been available in the back of the sanctuary the last two Sundays; and last week’s Tower contained a one-page insert with a written, narrative budget summary and a very short (one side of one page) summary of the 2010 budget and expenditures and the proposed 2011 budget.

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 10:51 am in Featured Content.

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