[act-ma] November Sunday Forums

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"A Peace & Justice Congregation since 1920"


November 1st -- Prof. ARTHUR KUBICK
"Voices of the Voiceless in Honduras"

The June 28th coup in Honduras continues with growing repression on the part
of the coup government: beatings, detention, disappearances, killings. From
Sept. 19-26, the Quixote Center sponsored their seventh human rights
accompaniment delegation to Honduras since the coup began. There we
witnessed this repression first-hand, but at the same time experienced the
commitment of so many people to building a society rooted in social justice
and equality. (The delegation's report can be read at www.quixote.org.) Our
speaker will share his experiences and explore ways to continue solidarity
with the people of Honduras.

Art Kubick is a retired professor and former director of the Center for
Peace & Social Justice at Rivier College in Nashua, NH. He and his wife
travel frequently to Mexico, Cuba & Central America with Witness for Peace
and the SHARE-El Salvador Foundation.


November 8th -- Honoring Veterans for Peace
"Making Feminist Sense of the Afghanistan War"

At Clark University, Cynthia Enloe is a research professor in International
Development, Community & Environment and director of the Women's Studies
program. Her research centers on women's place in the political world; her
writings cover a range of issues including gender-based discrimination, as
well as racial, ethnic and national identities. She will have just returned
from New Zealand where, she claims, "they're thinking about militarization
of the South Pacific!" She will be exploring how taking seriously the
diverse lives and ideas of women in several countries can make us smarter
about the causes and costs of war

Her book titles (incomplete list) point the way -- 'The Morning After:
Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War'; 'Does Khaki Become You? The
Militarization of Women's Lives'; 'Bananas, Beaches & Bases: Making Feminist
Sense of International Politics'; 'The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women
in the New Age of Empire'; 'Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the
Link'; and 'Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's


"Extrajudicial Killings in Colombia: Not in Our Name!"

Since 2000, the U.S. government has provided nearly $5 billion in military
and police aid to Colombia. Despite claims of an improved human rights
record, thousands of civilians are being killed by this U.S.-funded
military. Further, Colombian human rights groups report a 68% increase in
murders by the armed forces in a recent five-year period over the previous
five years. And the rate of such extrajudicial slaughter is still on the
rise! Setting human rights conditions on U.S. funding to the Colombian
military clearly has been ineffective in stemming these killings or bringing
those responsible to justice.

Ms. Giraldo Villano is the daughter of a small-scale farmer who was executed
by the National Army. She is active in the Victims of State Crimes Movement,
in which she works with other victims organizing to demand their right to
truth and reparation. She hopes to be able to expose the crimes of the
Colombian government by sharing with people the realities of the country,
the campesinos and the marginalized.


November 22nd -- A One-Act Comedy by JOHN O'BRIEN
"The Man Who Died and Went to Heaven"

Annually we honor our late resident playwright, raconteur and friend, John
O'Brien, by enjoying and analyzing one of his many published plays. Again
the script-in-hand presentation is being organized by Jason Taylor and the
Theatre of Relativity. However, the cast of three women and three men will
include Community Church members for the first time.

The story goes this way: a man wakes up in a strange hotel, orders breakfast
and before he can hang up the phone, a waiter enters with his order.
Obviously, this is no ordinary hotel. Then the manager arrives and she knows
everything--past, present and future. Things continue to happen that could
happen only in Hotel Heaven. This'll be fun!


November 29th -- NO SUNDAY SERVICES



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



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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.



Jason Lydon, Congregational Director
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-6710
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