[act-ma] 4/15: Praying for Peace, but Paying for War?

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Tue Apr 10 09:36:14 PDT 2007


THE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF BOSTON
SUNDAY SPEAKERS FORUM presents...

Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 11:00am

NEW ENGLAND WAR TAX RESISTANCE
"Praying for Peace, but Paying for War?"

at Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston St. (Copley Square)
www.commchurch.org


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Honoring today our beloved Cynthia Foster, a lifelong war tax resister, our
guests will attempt to answer: "What is war tax resistance?". Very simply,
it is refusal of some or all federal taxes on income or telephone service.
Income taxes and excise taxes are deposited by the government into a general
fund, and at least half of this provides the military budget, including
personnel, all types of war materiel and weapons of mass destruction.

War tax resistance is an act of civil disobedience with a long history in
the U.S. For most who resist, the dire consequences of voluntarily paying
for war are far worse than what the IRS/government can do to an individual.
The most well-known resister was Henry David Thoreau, who stated during the
Mexican-American War of 1846-8, "If a thousand [people] were not to pay
their tax bills....that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it
would be to pay them and enable the state to commit violence and shed
innocent blood." He was put in jail!

Following this Sunday's forum, at 2pm, there will be a memorial service for
Cynthia Foster, a life-long social justice activist and longtime member of
the Community Church of Boston.

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NEXT WEEK'S COMMUNITY CHURCH FORUM (3/22)

Observing Earth Day
ROXBURY ENVIRONMENTAL EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM
"Alternatives for Community and Environment"

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SHARE THE MORNING WITH US

10:00am Coffee, Tea and Bagels
11:00am Sunday Speakers Forum
12:30pm Luncheon

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THE JUSTICE SCHOOL:
A SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR KIDS AND TEENS

Community Church of Boston is proud to announce the start of The Justice
School, a new social justice program that begins on Sundays in September
2007, for kids 7-14.  The Justice School will teach and learn from young
people about social justice and how to live it.  Director JooYoung Choi has
developed an awesome curriculum, and families are now enrolling their kids.
Visit www.thejusticeschool.org for a look at curriculum. For more
information, contact JooYoung at jooyoung at commchurch.org or 617.266.6710.


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COMMUNITY LUNCHEON

After the Sunday Speakers Forum we share lunch with one another, prepared by
Luis Alonso Guzman. We ask for and appreciate your contribution, which helps
cover luncheon expenses.

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DIRECTIONS/PARKING

The Community Church is located at 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square,
between Dartmouth and Clarendon Streets. Parking is available on Sunday
mornings at the Back Bay Garage (entrances on Clarendon Street or St. James
Ave.). We can provide a sticker to affix to your parking receipt and you
will be charged only $3 until 1:30pm.

By public transportation, take the Green line to Copley or take the Orange
line to Back Bay station. Community Church is a 2-4 minute walk from either
station.


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A PEACE AND JUSTICE CONGREGATION SINCE 1920

The Community Church of Boston is a free community of human beings united
for the study and practice of universal religion, seeking to apply ethical
ideals to individual life and the democratic and cooperative principle to
all forms of social and economic life.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US

Jason Lydon, Congregational Director
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617)266-6710
(617)266-0449 (fax)
info at commchurch.org
http://www.commchurch.org
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