Outreach Presentations in February

During the month of February, the Christian Board of Outreach will be presenting the following Sunday morning adult education discussions:

Sunday February 3: Abbi Kruse, Executive Director of The Playing Field, will be speaking on early childhood education and development in our community and what The Playing Field is doing to address that need. A recent special report in The Economist quotes research that demonstrates that the period of birth to five is critical in the development of a child’s brain and socialization –and is greatly influenced by whether a child is born to a family experiencing poverty. The Playing Field is one of the recipients of our recent Christmas Offering.

Sunday February 10:  Grant Sovern, Board President of the Community Immigration Law Center, the second recipient of our Christmas Offering, will speak about the work of the Center and the challenges it faces in providing legal assistance to detained immigrants at risk of deportation. Grant will (1) provide an overview of immigration policies and enforcement toward non-citizens including immigrants requesting asylum, and (2) the reasons for the dramatic increase in immigrant children and teens being in some form of detention.

Sunday February 17:  A Plymouth United Church of Christ member will describe a mission team trip that left on January 16, 2019 to the Arizona-Mexico border area of Nogales. On the trip, eight Plymouth members will provide humanitarian aid, visit a major port of entry, walk the desert to leave water bottles and look for immigrants in need, observe court hearings for mass prosecution of migrants, and attend a conference on the border and immigration crisis. Mario Garcia Sierra, President of the Board of Centro Hispano, will talk about immigrant concerns in Wisconsin, and the work of Centro Hispano and Voces de la Frontera in addressing those concerns.

Sunday February 24: Madison Urban Ministry Director, Linda Ketcham has been invited to speak on the state of economic and social justice in the greater Madison Community. MUM is a long-standing advocate for and provider of human services in the community.

These presentations will be held in Fellowship Hall from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Members of the community are invited to attend.