Family Night Adult Education Series – Fall 2013

First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, CT
178 Oenoke Road
New Canaan, Connecticut 06840

Religion & Race in America
Schedule of Speakers & Topics 
 6:30-7:30 Weds. Evenings (Supper starts at 5:30)

September 18   Overview of Religion & Race in America – The Rev. Dr. Samuel Cruz, Assistant Professor of Church and Society, Union Theological Seminary, NYC

September 25“Trayvon Martin: A Tragic Catalyst for Social Change” – publication of the The Thoughtful Christian for the PCUSA, the Rev. Paul E. Gilmore will lead the discussion

October 2 “Walking in Faith When the Way is Uncertain”– The Rev. Frederick Davie, Executive Vice President, Union Theological Seminary, NYC

October 9 – Remembering the 50 Year Anniversary of the March on Washington & the Words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Panel Discussion with those from our congregation who were there – Tom Nissley, Hudson & Patricia Stoddard

October 16Cellblocks and Border Stops: Transformative Activism in an Age of Dehumanization” –  Charlene Sinclair, Director of the Center on Race, Religion, and Economic Democracy, Union Theological Seminary, NYC

October 23“The Art of Surviving Prison” – The Rev. Jeff Grant, Director of the Progressive Prison Project/Innocent Spouse & Children Project in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Associate Minister/Director of Prison Ministries of The First Baptist Church of Bridgeport, Connecticut

October 30“The New Jim Crow: One Church’s Response to Mass Incarceration” – The Rev. Diane Lacey, Pastor, The Church of Gethsemane (PCUSA), Brooklyn, NY, which is a unique intentional congregation of persons from all racial, ethnic, economic and educational backgrounds, “founded in 1986 as a New Church Development and established as a church in 1989. The Church of Gethsemane is a congregation of The Presbyterian Church (USA) created by and for incarcerated persons, formerly incarcerated persons, their families, neighborhood persons, and people who feel called into ministry with the poor.”

November 6Facing Racism: A Vision of the Beloved Community & Building Community Among Strangers – Discussion of Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly statements 
November 13 – Where Do We go From Here?
Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div
Director, Progressive Prison Project/
Innocent Spouse & Children Project
Greenwich, Connecticut

Assoc. Minister/
Director of Prison Ministries
First Baptist Church of Bridgeport
126 Washington Avenue, 1st Fl.
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604

(203) 339-5887