Chalice Social Action Happenings
Important work and motivating actions are happening at Chalice. We now have four justice areas of focus. They are: (1) economic, (2) racial and cultural, (3) gender and reproductive, and (4) climate. Thank you to all the interested and involved people who attended our Nov. 3 Semi-Annual Social Action Meeting with Rev. Nica. If you have questions, would like to be involved, or want to receive emails related to particular groups, please visit our Social Action table in the Fellowship Hall. Our next semi-annual gathering is scheduled for April 5, 2020. Here are actions and opportunities to consider:
Economic Justice – meets 1st Monday at 7pm for discussion and planning which may include a Habitat project or longer-term plans for housing our houseless people in Conejo Valley; David Buss sends out notices. Fair trade chocolate and coffee sales are organized during coffee hour by Howard Bierman who is also collecting winter clothing during November. December 2nd is the next Feeding Hands opportunity to prepare food for the free community meal at Calvary. Lisa Bortman coordinates participation.
Racial and Cultural Justice – meets 2nd Wednesday, 5:30 to 7pm. Current projects include:
November 23, 8am to 1pm – Citizenship Fair in Simi Valley – volunteers are trained to help people fill out forms for DACA, green card renewal or citizenship application. Contact Randall Edwards to help.
January 20 – the 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Oxnard. Join with others from Chalice to attend this important event. Perhaps you can be part of a Chalice table while listening to the program.
February 8 – partner with Buen Vecino for an evening event in Simi Valley to help gather progressives.
Gender Equality and Reproductive Rights – recent activities include a Community Forum on “Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights in an Uncertain America” and a well-attended, informational meeting for parents about O.W.L. This stands for Our Whole Lives, a secular, comprehensive sexuality education program for separate age-appropriate classes administered by Robin Lindsey. You may have noticed Personal Care baskets in Chalice bathrooms. Other projects may be developed in the coming months. We have information about a Safe Zone Training program that may be possible in the near future. If you are interested, please let me know.
Climate group – as yet not named
People who came together at our Semi-Annual Social Action gathering have met once to get acquainted and will be meeting again on December 22 from 11:30am to 1pm. The group is still forming and considering a model of shared leadership, with a focus on education, civic engagement and use of a climate action team (CAT) email list to keep each other informed of actions developing. You can sign-up for this list at our Social Action table, or by contacting Gordon Clint or Katie Morgan.
Community Forum are an ongoing series of speakers, films and socially relevant entertainment events. Planning takes place the second Sunday each month at 12:30pm with Randall Edwards and others. Friday, December 6th at 7pm we will be showing the award-winning documentary, “The Need to GROW,” followed by a discussion with local activist, Ron Whitehurst, Specialist in Biological Ecosystem Management. We’ll see some hopeful ways to localize sustainable food systems and regenerate Earth’s dying soils.