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Poor People’s Quest Eyes “Policy Violence”

by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 28, 2018 6:52 am | Comments (5)

Markeshia Ricks PhotoDuring a week when Christians will contemplate the death and resurrection of a savior, the Rev. William J. Barber II, the leader of a revived national Poor People’s Campaign, stopped by Yale University’s Battell Chapel Tuesday night to point the way for how the United States of America might resurrect its moral compass.

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Paca Believes

by Allan Appel | Aug 28, 2017 6:28 am | Comments (5)

Allan Appel PhotoSunday morning Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church‘s Associate Pastor Ron Smith—a former city clerk and 2015 mayoral aspirant — preached an impassioned sermon with the theme “Nothing is impossible.”

Those words had particular resonance for one visiting worshipper, Marcus Paca, whose campaign to unseat incumbent Mayor Toni Harp constitutes taking on the New Haven’s Democratic establishment.

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Dixwell Church Plans For 3rd Century

by Allan Appel | Feb 21, 2017 8:00 am

Allan Appel PhotoSlavery still exists in the prison-industrial complex. Voting rights have been reversed. But we can prevail against systemic evils —  because we have done it before right here in New Haven.

That history lesson with contemporary resonance highlighted a sermon that kicked off a three-year celebration of the historic Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ as it moves towards its 200th anniversary in 2020.

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Where We Go From Here

by Lucy Gellman | Jan 19, 2016 7:37 am

Lucy Gellman PhotoIn Roget’s Thesaurus there are some 120 synonyms for blackness, and at least 60 of them are offensive. Such words as “blot,” “soot,” “grim,” “devil,” and “foul.”

The sentence rang out across the expanse of Christ Church on Broadway, each word falling and bouncing back, with a sure and steady weight, like marbles across the church’s stone aisles. 

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Buddhist Chants, Koranic Verses Mix With Epsicopal Prayers

by Allan Appel | Jan 18, 2016 1:16 pm

A low, grounded Buddhist chant to unleash compassion and a long, melodious reading of verses from the Koran were very unlikely to have been heard at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green when that gorgeous Gothic building was erected back in 1816.’

Sunday night those sounds — along with prayers to Allah, Adonai, Jesus the Risen Lord, and Siva — filled up the sanctuary, along with 200 parishioners and admirers and 13 clergy members from a wide range of New Haven faiths and denomination.

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