March 9, 2006
By FRANCES GRANDY TAYLOR, Courant Staff Writer
Hunger and poverty will be addressed
during a series of four forums at Hartford churches.
The Center City Churches Lenten series,
"The Fast that God Chooses: Addressing Hunger and Poverty in
Hartford," will begin Monday evening and continue on the three
following Mondays. Center City Churches is a coalition of 12 congregations
in Hartford and 20 others in the region.
The series "is an opportunity for coalition building among
member congregations of Center City Churches, communities of faith
and other activist organizations that share commitment to social
justice," said the Rev George Chien, senior pastor of Metropolitan
Community Church in Hartford. The series is co-sponsored by the
Christian Activities Council and the Interfaith Coalition for Equity
Programs will be held at various member
churches. Each event will include a simple meal of soup and bread
served at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation. Each is open to
the public and a donation of $7 is requested. Call the host church
to reserve a space for the meal.
13: The Rev. Cornell Lewis, associate pastor of the North
End Church of Christ, will open the series with a talk, "On
the Front Lines in the North End," at First Presbyterian Church,
136 Capitol Ave, Hartford. Call 860-246-2224 for information and
20: "Between the City and the Suburbs": The Rev.
Edwin Ayala of the Christian Activities Council will speak at First
Church of Christ (Center Church), 60 Gold St., Hartford. Call 860-249-5631.
27: "Finding Common Ground in Struggle": Margarita
Morales of the Central Area Health Education Center will speak at
Central Baptist Church, 457 Main St., Hartford. Call 860-522-9275.
3: "Changing Lives and Renewing Possibility in the City":
Thomas Bright of the Center City Churches MANNA program will speak
at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 155 Wyllys St., Hartford. Call
860-525-4289, Ext. 10.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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