A monthly report from our CPC liaison, Beth Pfeiffer

Gender Justice

I attended the Gender Justice workshop last month. I was so proud to be in attendance with 14 other members from Eugene’s FCC out of the 59 people who attended. We were well represented! One take away from the webinar was that each of us has ‘power’ depending on who we are. As a white, cis, female, I have more power in society compared to some others. Depending on your race, your gender, your job, it is important to realize the power you may hold. For example, if you are working with someone in the church as a Board Member, a Minister or a lay leader, it is important to be aware of the perceived authority (power) those you interact with may feel. Another takeaway for me was the awareness of gender diversity and being reminded of the diversity of our God.

Nakba

In May, the Wider Church Ministries asked for the CPC board’s vote on the resolution: “Declaration for a Just Peace Between Palestine and Israel”. The resolution identifies the treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli government including its armed forces, as in conflict with international law and biblical passages, and it encourages the UCC to take a stronger stand on this issue. The resolution is scheduled to be discussed at the upcoming General Synod. Our Conference Board endorsed this resolution. I learned a new word from the Reverend Tyler Connely and that was Nakba. It is the Arabic word for “Catastrophe.” Nakba day is the day of remembrance when Palestinians were displaced by the development of the Israeli State.

Upcoming Swap Meet July 22 for Social Justice Ministries

You are invited to attend what promises to be an inspiring and informative Swap Meet this month. Swap Meet’s are CPC’s way of introducing big topics so that our member churches can share their knowledge. Join this Zoom conversation on Thursday, July 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m.