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Church & Society
Seminar Series
on the United Methodist
Social Principles
Jan. 29, 2005
Mar. 19, 2005
May 7, 2005
July 16, 2005
Sept. 24, 2005
Nov. 19, 2005

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2005 Seminar Series:
the United Methodist Social Principles
Saturdays, 9:00-10:45AM
Beginning in January 2005 the Church and Society Workteam is sponsoring a series of six bi-monthly forums surrounding The Social Principles. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 9:00 AM; the seminar will be 9:30-10:45. For most of these forums there will also be displays and resource materials available.

  • Jan. 29, 2005 (Downingtown, PA) "Environmental Issues" with Joy Bergey
  • Mar. 19, 2005 (Havertown, PA) "Fair Trade Products" with Bela Vora of Ten Thousand Villages
  • May 7, 2005 (West Chester, PA) "Community Supported Agriculture" with Karen Vollmecke
  • July 16, 2005 (Philadelphia, PA) "Single-Payer National Health Care" with Marilyn Clement
  • *Sept. 24, 2005 (Lebanon, PA) "Pennsylvania Public Policy Issues" with Penny Staver
  • *Nov. 19, 2005 (Lancaster) "Responding to Domestic Violence"

    *Topic and location subject to change.

    January 29, 2005 (9:00AM-10:45AM)
    Environmental Issues:
    Suburbal Sprawl, Recycling Computers, and Global Warming

    with Joy Bergey
    Read Joy Bergey's full presentation, with links to more resources.

    On January 29, 2005 the Church and Society Workteam will be sponsoring the first in a series of six forums surrounding The Social Principles. The first forum will feature Joy Bergey of Chestnut Hill UMCs Center for the Celebration of Creation. The center was founded in 1991 around the belief that earth spirituality is important. The goal of the center is to educate congregations on issues of the environment, to involve individuals and congregations in the political process and to provide guidance on concrete steps in preserving/restoring God's Creation. Joy will be speaking to the ways in which we can acknowledge the stewardship which God has granted us of the Earth and all that is in it and adhere to The Social Principles of our church involving The Natural Community.

    We also will be collecting the following materials for recycling or safe disposal that day. The items which we are recycling are: used computers, monitors, printers, scanners, faxes, toner cartridges, cd's, diskettes, old VCR tapes and audiocassettes, cell and regular phones.

    Please mark any computer, monitor, or keyboard that is still in working condition with a note on a piece of masking tape that indicates this. We will try to find a non-profit or school that will accept it. Anything no longer usable will have It s toxic elements removed and placed in a sealed container before going to a landfill. All computers contain heavy metals like chromium and mercury that damage the environment and our health. Monitors and TV screens contain lead that readily leaches into our groundwater. Several of the other products can take up to 450 years to degrade and if attempts are made to incinerate result in acid rain.

    The forum will be held at Downingtown UMC, 751 E. Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA - 9:00 a.m. for registration and a continental breakfast, 9:30 forum begins and will end around 10:45 a.m. Persons will be available both before and after to accept recycling items. Please pass along this information to anyone in your congregation with an interest in the environment. The Post-Christmas season is a great time to secure articles for recycling. What a great New Years resolution to begin the year with a focus on according to God's Earth the respect and care it so richly deserves.

    Call Peggy Wood at (610) 524-5935 for more information. See church map for directions, or contact the church office which is open daily (610) 269-1496.

    March 19, 2005 (9:00AM-10:45AM)
    Fair Trade Products with Ten Thousand Villages

    For the March 19th seminar, a representative of Ten Thousand Villages will provide information about "fair trade" coffee and other fair trade products carried by Ten Thousand Villages.

    This second forum will address The Economic Community and our role as Christians in fostering economic justice for all of God's creation. Bela Vora of Ten Thousand Villages will present an interactive educational piece regarding the work of Ten Thousand Villages in fostering self-sufficiency to indigenous peoples around the world. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit program of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the relief and development agency of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in North America. Ten Thousand Villages has been working around the world since 1946.

    Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed, providing sustainable income through "fair trade". This income helps pay for food, education, health care and housing. Thousands of volunteers in Canada and the United States work with Ten Thousand Villages in their home communities. Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America.

    The forum will be held at Union United Methodist Church, 200 Brookline Blvd., Havertown, PA 19083.

    You may call Peggy Wood at (610) 524-5935 for more information. See church location for directions Union UMC. Church office phone is 610-789-1700 or you can reach Pastor Bob Coombe at the Parsonage 610-789-2328. The email address for Union UMC is unionhavertown@verizon.net.

    May 7, 2005 (9:00AM-10:45AM)
    Sustainable Agriculture with Karen Vollmecke

    How can non-farmers get involved in sustainable agriculture? Karen Vollmecke, co-owner of a farm in Coatesville, will explain the concept of Community Supported Agriculture. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 9:00 a.m. (no charge). The program will start at 9:30 and end by 10:45. Location is Grove United Methodist Church, 490 W. Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380. See church location for directions Grove UMC.

    July 16, 2005 (9:30 AM)
    Single Payer National Health Care with Marilyn Clement

    Marilyn Clement is National Coordinator for the Campaign for a National Health Program NOW. She has also worked for the General Board of Global Ministries, Women's Division The program will begin at 10 am. Location is Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 750-762 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146. Phone: 215-735-0442. Some street parking is usually available, and there is also a small church parking lot.

    September 24, 2005
    Pennsylvania Public Policy Update, with Penny Staver, Executive Director, A United Methodist Witness in Pennsylvania. Discussion will include how to work with legislators to get bills passed which support the social principles.

    The program will begin at Kockenderfer's United Methodist Church, Lebanon, PA. (Further information and directions are posted on the new CSWT web page: www.gbgm-umc.org/epacs )

    November 19, 2005

    (For additional information, see the new CSWT web page: www.gbgm-umc.org/epacs)

    United Methodists with an active interest in social justice are invited to participate in our meetings which follow the Saturday seminars.

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