2018 Social Justice Learning

Tuesday, January 9, 7:00 pm
with Rev. Deborah Lee from the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Join Deborah Lee to learn about the history of Sanctuary, the current climate for immigrants in California, and the work of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. As our involvement as a sacnctuary congregaiton deepens, we welcome Deborah to guide us in meaningful connection and engagement with this work. 

Rev. Deborah Lee, an ordained minister of the United Church of hrist, has worked at the intersection of faith and social justice for over 25 years as an educator and organizer on issues of race, gender, a just economy, anti-militarism, LGBTQ inclusion, and immigration. Deborah is currently the Senior Program Director of Immigration with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. She works with faith communities to engage, accompany and advocate for the fair treatment and dignity of immigrants.

Sunday, February 11, 4:00 pm
"The New Colossus": Music of the Jewish Immigrant Experience (a special concert program)
Emma Lazaruz' 1883 sonnet, "The New Colossus," inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, has served as a beacon of welcome and hope to generations of immigrants who came to our shores seeking refuge and freedom in this musical celebration of our rich Jewish musical heritage from artists who were immigrants and refugees, we will revel in chamber music, songs, liturgical settings, and works for Yiddish theatre created by composers such as Bela Bartok, Ernest Bloch, Kurt Weill, Sholom Secunda, Irving Berlin, Miguel del Aguila, and Regina Spektor.

Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Spiritual Activism and Social Justice: Reflections from a Lifetime in Social Change Work
with Ericka Huggins
The world continues to challenge our resolve and stamina with a seemingly endless deluge of causes and problems in need of our attention and care. Join Ericka Huggins for an inspiring evening of stories and resources for a sustainable life of action in the world.
For the past 37 years, Ericka has lectured across the country and internationally on issues relating to the well-being of women, children and youth; restorative justice as the antidote to punitive justice; whole being education, and the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change. 
She spent 14 years in the Black Panther Party, eight years of which she was director of the renowned Oakland Community SChool from 1973-1981. During that time she became both the first black person and the first woman appointed to the Alameda County Board of Education. She has been an instructor at colleges in the Bay Area for the past 15 years.