Wear Orange June 6

The first weekend in June is Wear Orange weekend, a remembrance observed by anti-gun violence movements around the country.  

Wear Orange began in memory of Hadiyah Pendleton, a 15 year old who was killed in a spray of gunfire in a park in Chicago.  God Before Guns invites everyone to Wear Orange on Sunday, June 6 in solidarity with all who believe in the sanctity of life and want to help build a nation that elevates that life above the fears that lead us to being a society armed against itself.  

God Before Guns will observe Wear Orange this year in a video interview with John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist, who has authored the book, Children Under Fire: An American Crisis.   A link to the interview will be forthcoming. 

Learn more here: https://www.godbeforeguns.org 

Moral Monday online

Join the Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Monday on Immigration on April 26th at 3pm ET/ 12pm PT to demand respect, dignity, and human rights for all immigrants!

We’ll be joined by immigrant leaders on the frontlines of movements for social change, demanding that we transform our broken immigration system with comprehensive and just immigration reform. From de-militarizing the border to the repeal of mandatory detention, deportation, child detention and family separation, to ensuring full access to public welfare and social programs and permanent protection for ALL 11 million undocumented immigrants, we are coming together to say that EVERYBODY has the right to live and thrive in this country.

Volunteer with Unity in Community Food Distribution

Unity in Community Food Distribution

Monday, December 14 10 am – 2 pm

The “Unity in Our Community” Campaign is an initiative of Shaker Heights interfaith congregations, neighborhood groups, and local residents of the city to respond to emergency hunger and food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 crisis.  Join us to volunteer, while maintaining wellness, safety and social distancing protocols, to assist our neighbors in need. We are seeking volunteers!  If you are sick or immunocompromised, we ask that you forgo volunteering for this effort.  Volunteers must wear masks/face covering and gloves (such as a bandana, scarf, gardening gloves, work gloves, latex, etc.)

We need help with welcoming those who need assistance, collecting data from them, carrying food bags to their cars, and with home delivery.

Sign up here to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ba4a62ba6fc1-unity 

 

New Banners in Place!

We are so glad our new banners arrived and have been installed! On your next walk or drive by, take a look! Thanks to the RenewalWorks team and Pastor Roger.

#HCC #BLM #PrayForPeace #WorkForJustice #CallToAction

GodSightings

Where have you seen God recently? Our #GodSightings challenge gives you an opportunity to send a photo of your recent GodSighting for inclusion in our online gallery here (photo gallery) and on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Or you can post on our social media sites or your own and tag us. We love seeking God in daily life and seeing where others have had a #GodSighting! Send questions + submissions to katehcc@sbcglobal.net

HCC Honored for Refugee Support

We are delighted to be mentioned in the #40for40 Refugee and Immigration Ministries celebration! As a congregation, we have a long history of reaching out to our neighbors, near and far. There is so much work to be done. #loveyourneighbor #lovekindness #DoJustice #walkhumblywithGod

Both in its heritage & present,  Heights Christian Church, OH has offered a “Wall of Kindness” to its neighbors!!  DHMDisciples & DisciplesNews thank you for your hospitality thru the decades!!
Pictured here is the Wall of Kindness from Heights Christian Church, together with the Latvian Viburs family of refugees they assisted in 1949! The ministry of Heights CC in 1949 makes it one of the earliest images of our Disciples connections with refugees.
Even though this is the 40 year anniversary of the US Refugee Act of 1980, which established the processes of refugee resettlement and asylum which have guided our nation for the past four decades, the work of Heights CC demonstrates that Disciples were engaged in partnership with refugees since the years following the end of WWII. #ActionForRefugees #WeAreWelcomers #RefugeesWelcome

Clergy Statement

This statement was drafted by the Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Team of the Ohio Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and signed onto by nearly 60 Disciples clergy in Ohio! It is in support of #BlackLivesMatter and #DefundThePolice. Please take a moment to read and reflect.

Little Free Pantry is Open

The first Little Free Pantry on the east side of Cleveland is open at HCC.  Think Little Free Library but with food. The motto is “Take what you need, leave what you can.”  It is located behind the church on Winslow Road near the playground.