NEW HAVEN — Enola Aird will lead a conversation on “Racial Healing, Injustice and Reconciliation,” immediately following the 11 a.m. 19 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 111 Whalley Avenue, New Haven. All are invited to attend and participate in this meaningful conversation.
Aird is a lawyer, activist mother, and founder and president of Community Healing Network, Inc., launched in 2006 from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in New Haven.
“CHN is the only organization focused exclusively on building the global grassroots movement for emotional emancipation — to help black people heal from, and end, the trauma caused by the centuries-old lie of white superiority and black inferiority: the root cause of the worldwide devaluing of black lives,” members said in a statement. “Under Aird’s leadership, CHN has put into place key initiatives to build the movement for emotional emancipation, including Community Healing Days, celebrated annually on the third weekend of every October, to put time for healing at the top of the global black community’s agenda; Emotional Emancipation Circles, support groups to help black people heal from historical and continuing trauma; Valuing Black Lives: The Annual Global Emotional Emancipation Summit, which brings together black leaders from around the world to develop and carry out action plans; and the 2018-20 Global Truth Campaign and Tour, to sound the alarm about the pressing need for emotional healing in the black community.”
A former corporate lawyer, Aird has worked at the Children’s Defense Fund, leading its violence prevention program and serving as acting director of its Black Community Crusade for Children; is a past chair of the Connecticut Commission on Children; and was a visiting scholar at the Judge Baker Children’s Center at Harvard. Aird, who was born in the Republic of Panama of Caribbean heritage, attributes her passion and commitment to the movement for emotional emancipation to stories passed down in her family about her great-grandfather Samuel Alleyne, who was a loyal follower of the Pan-Africanist Marcus Mosiah Garvey.
‘Bible Study And The New Testament’
NORTH BRANFORD — Residents are invited to explore“The New Testament at the at North Branford Congregational Church. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel of our church.
For information, email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Church offers ongoing workshops
NORTH BRANFORD — All are invited to attend continuing community workshops every Thursday from 4 - 6 p.m. at Northford Congregational Church, 4 Old Post Road, Northford.Read Full Article
The workshops provide projects that help the less fortunate. During the past year, church members have helped vulnerable children, the homeless, families of service members, senior citizens, school children and others. Guests can drop in for part of the time or come for the full two hours. The workshops are ongoing.
To reach the church, call 203-484-0795.
Kof C holding series on Catholicism
NORTH HAVEN — The Father James F. Donaher Council #3733 of the North Haven Knights of Columbus has organized a speaker series “to strengthen our knowledge of the Catholic faith and to make each of us more natural evangelizers,” according to a release.
“The Joy of Service: Natural Evangelization Through our Lives” will be held Feb. 20.
Refreshments and social time to follow.
The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. For information, call Grand Knight Paul Caiafa at 203-671-2942.
Congregation B’Nai Jacob schedules events
WOODBRIDGE — Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, announces the following:
Monday evenings, 7:30-9:30. Rabbi Shapiro teaches Pirket Avot, Ethics of the Fathers
Weekday minyan services at 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Jan 24, 6 p.m. Shabbat Schmooze. 6:30 p.m. Shabbat evening service.
Jan. 25, 9 a.m. Shir Hadash service followed by Torah service at 10:15 a.m.
Feb 1, 5:30 p.m. PJ Havdalah service. Come in pajamas, all ages. Service with music, stories, cookies and hot cocoa.
Feb 2, 10 a.m. Gavriela “Gavi” Reiter will speak on Tu B’Shevat and Criminal Justice.
For information, visit https://www.bnaijacob.org/ or call 203-389-2111.
Community workshops are ongoing
NORTH BRANFORD — All are invited to continuing community workshops every Thursday from 3 - 5 p.m. (new time) to work on projects that help the less fortunate, at the Northford Congregational Church, 4 Old Post Road, Routes 22/17.
During the last year, members say they have helped “vulnerable children, the homeless, families of service members, senior citizens, school children and others.” The workshops are ongoing.
For information, call the church at 203-484-0795 or find them on Facebook.
Beth Israel Synagogue schedules events
WALLINGFORD — Beth Israel Synagogue, 22 N. Orchard St., Wallingford, announces the following activities and services. Go to www.bethisraelwallingford.org for more information.
Saturdays, 9:45 a.m., Bagels, Lox & Torah Study with Rabbi Bruce Alpert. Open to the community.
Temple Beth David schedules events
CHESHIRE — Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., Cheshire, announces the following events and programs.
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Micah every Thursday at noon in the TBD social hall. Bring your own lunch.
Weekday minyan services at 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Youth Shabbat Service: First Friday for youth, 6:30 p.m.
Shabbat service: First Friday, 7 p.m. In this musical Shabbat experience, sing through much of the service. Services are participatory, spiritual, and fun.
Torah study: Join Rabbi Micah and a group of adults for Torah Study on Saturdays beginning at 8:45 a.m. and enjoy coffee, bagels, and a discussion about the weekly parsha. Details, go to www.tbdcheshire.org
Church collecting used clothing
NORTHFORD — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1382 Middletown Avenue, Northford, has teamed up with St. Pauly Textile Inc., to collect used clothing. The company works with non-profit organizations like St. Andrew’s Episcopal, to set up used clothing dropoff sheds designed to give community members a clean, attractive, and well-monitored place to donate gently used textile items, which are then distributedin the U.S. and worldwide to people who need them.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church receives funding for clothing collected, and additionally has the option to use any of this clothing to serve local community needs. St. Pauly Textile, Inc. collects more than 120,000 pounds of clothing every day and estimates that this clothing ends up in 44 different countries, including the United States, yearly.
All of the usable clothing is worn by someone, somewhere in the world. In 2017, the company was able to help keep over 20 million articles of clothing out of landfills. The company was founded 22 years ago in Rochester, NY and is an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau.
Accepted items include clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, drapes, linens, pillowcases and stuffed animals. Donors are asked to donate items in a plastic bag to protect against dirt and the elements. There is a small box on the shed that contains receipts to help donors take a tax deduction.
For information, call Nan Monde, Sr. Warden, St. Andrew’s, at 203-710-7005
Lay ministry training available
WALLINGFORD — Masonicare Health Center, 22 Masonic Ave., seeks volunteers for its Lay Training in geriatric ministry.
Open to people of all faiths, the program has been teaching basic ministry skills to volunteers nearly 20 years.
Volunteers assist the chaplains with worship services, including vespers; programs that allow elders to explore and express their spirituality and faith through art, sacred circle dance and music; hymn singing; chanting and drumming; as well one-to one pastoral visits.
Other opportunities include transporting seniors to religious activities and instrumental accompaniment at worship services, vespers and hymn sings.
For more details, contact Chaplain Thayer Quoos at 203-679-6259 or email@example.com. For more about Masonicare: www.masonicare.org or 888-679-9997.
for people 60-plus
OLD SAYBROOK — The New Adventures Team of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Road, is sponsoring a “new adventures” series geared to people 60-plus.
Attendees don’t need to be church members. RSVP to Charlotte Schlesselman at 520-560-0183 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call St. Paul Church at 860-388-2398.
OLD SAYBROOK —— First Church of Christ Congregational, 366 Main St., is offering the following:
Early Bird worship, 8-8:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room, offers a more casual service with prayer, reflection, quiet music and communion.
Soul Service, 9-9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, offers a variety of music, centered around rhythm & blues and jazz, with time for prayer and Scripture message, all underscored by a live band.
Faith Exploration for All, 9:40-10:20 a.m., with church school for pre-K-Grade 8, and workshops for adults and teens, including Bible study, spiritual practices, such as meditation and praying, and faith and health workshops.
Traditional worship, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, offers music, including the First Church Choir, singing, times for prayer and silent meditation, Scripture readings, a sermon, and an opportunity for giving.
Nursery care is available 9:30-11:30 a.m. for ages infant to 3 years.
For more information, contact 860-388-3008 or www.firstchurchsaybrook.org.
‘Resting in God’
MADISON — “Resting in God, Two Centering Prayer Groups” is held 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays at Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Road.
Centering prayer is a method of entering silence in order to “be still and know” God. Free-will donation is accepted. For more information and to register, contact Claire at email@example.com or 203-245-0401.
Introduction to Judaism, Hebrew
HAMDEN — Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, has two adult education classes that are open to the community.
Rabbi Herbert Brockman teaches the introduction to Judaism class, which is on the basics of the Jewish tradition, its history, theology and observances, surrounding the life-cycle of a Jew and the yearly festivals. The class is held Sundays 10-11 a.m.
Rabbi Steve Steinberg is teaching introduction to Hebrew, which can be taken alone or in concert with Brockman’s class. It meets Sundays 11 a.m.-noon.
RSVP: Sarah at 203-288-3877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
doors to visitors
MERIDEN — Baitul Aman “House of Peace” Mosque, 410 Main St., holds Coffee, Cake, & Conversation at 8 p.m. Fridays.
Information: www.TrueIslam.com, www.alislam.org, email@example.com, @zahirmannan, facebook.com/zahir.mannan.7, MuslimWritersGuild.
MILFORD — Once a month, Sunday worship services at United Church of Christ, 30 Ormond St., Devon, include an American Sign Language interpreter.
A grant for the interpreter was provided by the CT Concerned Citizens for People with Disabilities.
For more information, call 203-878-4685.
Free dropoff program
is for ages 3, 4 years
WOODBRIDGE — Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, offers Gan Hayeled 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays.
The free drop-off program for ages 3 and 4 will run every Sunday that religious school is in session.
Call B’nai Jacob at 203-389-2111 for details.
slated in area
GUILFORD — “Meditation in Daily Life” is offered 3-4 p.m. Sundays at Shoreline Center For Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St. No. 2. Classes are $12 each. No one turned away for lack of funds, according to a center press release.
Contact meditationinconnecticut.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-266-6041.
rehearses in loft
MILFORD — The Choir of St. Mary’s is holding rehearsals in the choir loft. The all-ages choir is open to all the members of Precious Blood Parish. It sings at the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass, and for special services all year. There is no audition. Learn more at www.preciousbloodparishmilford.org/music/.