Monday, September 29
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Global Week of Action against Gun Violence/Season of Peace
The Presbytery of Boston
Two ongoing PC(USA) initiatives—Earth Care Congregations and the Eco-Steward Program—and the Climate Revival ecumenical gathering have stimulated, encouraged, and broadened environmental interest among our 25 congregations in the Greater Boston area. After two years of conversation and planning, the Boston Food Justice Young Adult Volunteer program enthusiastically welcomed its first cohort of volunteers in the fall of 2013.
Over the next four years, this project will bring young adults into presbytery congregations each fall to assist in activities that enhance food justice in their communities: making healthy, nutritious food accessible to all; encouraging the sustainable production of food to protect God’s good creation and the people within it; and promoting buying practices that support the flourishing of local economies and producers. Participating congregations will partner with local food-justice nonprofits to host the YAVs—the two partners working together to support the missions of both.
Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston will partner with the Boston Faith and Justice Network both to change food practices through education as part of the church’s summer kids’ program and to develop a variety of food-related community events. Church of the Covenant in Boston seeks to work with a YAV to build stronger relationships with the Women’s Lunch Place, a day shelter and meal program housed in the church. Other congregations are exploring possibilities in their communities that involve urban gardening, local farms, food advocacy with Bread for the World, farmers’ markets, and a host of other outreach opportunities.
YAVs will play a central role in building these relationships and will learn more about local food economies while being nurtured as Christian leaders. As our congregations answer God’s call to engage more fully in local mission and to mentor the young adult leaders of the church, prayerful support is growing and expanding.
—Wayne Parrish, former executive presbyter, Presbytery of Boston
Let us join in prayer for:
Teaching Elder Ward Holder, moderator
Teaching Elder Andrew Parmelee, treasurer
Teaching Elder Rodney Peterson, trustees president
Ruling Elder Betty Rots, CPM clerk
Wren Colle, administrative assistant
Young Adult Volunteers
John “Alex” Haney, Audrey Holt, Elizabeth “Libby” McDermott, and Kathleen Murphy, community development interns, Boston Food Justice YAV site
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Dios de la tierra y mesa, que este pan que compartimos traiga vida en abundancia a todos los pueblos de la tierra. Amen.
God of earth and table, may the bread we share bring your life in abundance to all the peoples of the earth. Amen.