Uniting Communities Against the Politics of Hate: A Public Forum
February 12, 2017, 4:00 PM
Presbyterian—New England Congregational Church
24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Picture above: Participants in an interfaith gathering on December 1, 2016, at the Al-Hidaya Islamic Community Center in Latham sing “Let This Flame of Love” by Elizabeth Meehan of the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, Saratoga Springs. (Photo: Jessalyn Meehan)

Whatever one thinks of political developments at the national level, they have been accompanied unfortunately by expressions of hate at the local level that must surely be cause for concern by anyone who seeks to follow the teachings of Jesus.  Both the Shenendehowa and Saratoga Springs School Districts have found a need to issue official statements against the “extreme bigotry” demonstrated in recent words and actions among school students.  In Esperance, a church belonging to Albany Presbytery has been defaced by a swastika, allegedly painted by a 13-year old boy who did not understand the meaning of what he was doing.  Understanding requires education, and education is a responsibility of all community members, not just those charged with running our public schools.

To promote better understanding of the threats currently faced by members of diverse local communities, the Presbyterian—New England Congregational Church of  Saratoga Springs is sponsoring a public forum, “Uniting Communities Against the Politics of Hate,” to take place at the church (24 Circular St.) on February 12, 2017, starting at 4:00 PM.  There will be a panel discussion with representatives of Black Lives Matter, Pride Center of the Capital Region, Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia, Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ), the Jewish community and the Latino immigrant community.  PNECC pastor Rev. Kate Forer will moderate.  Attendees will learn skills for diffusing and healing hate situations, as well as building relationships.  The event is free and open to all!

For more information:

Terry Diggory, tdiggory@skidmore.edu, 518-587-3537

About Terry Diggory

Terry is a former moderator of Albany Presbytery. He currently serves on the Committee on Representation and Nominations and, with Rev. Gusti Newquist, helps to coordinate the Albany Presbytery Immigration Network. His wonky tendencies were reinforced by 32 years on the faculty of the Skidmore College English Department.

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