The Importance of Black History

History matters! We need to know who is included and who has been left out. We need to know and examine historical myths and historical facts. It is imperative that we as citizens explore and examine the terrain of the past and present. It is a useful tool to explore pathways toward a better future for all of us. Because “Yes, Virginia, history often repeats itself!”   To begin with, we as a people must stop listening to the nonsense that history is archaic and has no bearing on our future. As many young people of today say, “Stop the B.S.” …
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Palestinian Life Under Israeli Military Occupation

Palestinian Life Under Israeli Military Occupation (In Person Event)  Saturday January 20, 3pm at First Congregational Church of Alameda   In collaboration with Friends of Wadi Foquin and the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, FCCA will host a conversation with Adam Manasra, a 26 year old Palestinian from the village of Wadi Foquin growing up under the military occupation of Israel.   Located in the Bethlehem District of the West Bank, his home village of Wadi Foquin has suffered the incremental loss of land and life due to the illegal settlement of Betar Illit.  An engineer by training, Adam has organized young adult voices in the…
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Resources from the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Trustworthy insights into current insurance concerns for churches. Webinar on Federal Government Disaster Recovery Resources Dec. 13, 2023 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST = 11 AM - 12:30 PM PST  Register in advance at Webinar Registration - Zoom (zoomgov.com) and use the passcode “FEMAVAL” for access once the webinar begins. This call will support closed captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) FY2024 Winter Webinar Series – All Events The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) invites interested organizations to attend upcoming webinars regarding the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The NSGP is a competitive…
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World Aids Day: Let Communities Lead

Let Communities Lead! The world can end AIDS, with communities leading the way. In 2022, an estimated 2.2 million people in the Western Pacific Region were living with HIV. Each of these people, their families and the organizations of communities living with, at risk of, or affected by the disease are shaping the HIV response. World AIDS Day 2023, under the theme, “Let communities lead,” is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made to date, to raise awareness about the challenges that remain to achieve the goals of ending AIDS by 2030 and to mobilize all stakeholders to jointly…
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Community Safety: What If Our Congregation Is Targeted?

With the rise of authoritarianism in the US, attacks on queer and trans beloveds both through legislation and right-wing protesters at drag shows, anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric, as well as the censoring of books and school curricula, we are seeing an increase in the targeting of sacred spaces for violence.  Across religious traditions, we are seeing online threats, pride and Black Lives Matter banners torn down, hate speech graffiti-ed on synagogues, violent actors appearing at sanctuaries and disrupting services, and more. So, how can congregations be prepared?  Why is this violence escalating, and what community safety practices can we engage in now that…
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