This Week at Mercy Junction: Reproductive rights, sacred scribbles, food and fellowship

ByJPC Logo with Words Beth Foster, Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director

We’ve got a lot going on at the Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center this week and we’d love to see all of you come out for a visit, to participate, and to share a meal.

If you need more information, please email, or call 423.521.0642.

Hospitality Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2 pm to 8 pm; and Saturday, 2 pm to 6 pm. During Hospitality Hours, the air-conditioned sanctuary is open for anyone needing a place to pray, meditate, talk, read, find community or just rest. We have vegan food available (Tofurkey sandwiches, hummus and chips, etc.) and cold water and hot coffee.

Peace Collective Free Store: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1 pm to 6 pm; and Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. Come get what you need and leave what you don’t. Our Free Store at Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center is always accepting donations. Right now, it would be awesome to get hygiene products, socks, and men’s clothing for summer. We also need to restock our book section.

COA Monthly Meeting: Wednesday, 6 pm.Wednesday is Chattanooga Organized for Action’s monthly meeting, where we’ll be going over COA’s work for the next few weeks. At this meeting we will talk about next steps for progress in the Chattanooga, and where we feel COA can have the most influence.

Lord’s Supper: Wednesday at 7 pm. The Mercy Junction worshiping community celebrates the Lord’s Supper each Wednesday at 7 pm in the sanctuary. Everyone is welcome to participate in the sacrament.

Choice Hour: 12 pm, Saturday. Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center will host representatives of NARAL Pro-Choice America on the TN Total Access tour at the Center on Saturday from noon to 1 pm. Pastor Brian Merritt will speak about why Mercy Junction is involved in the reproductive rights movement and why it is a matter of faith.

Sacred Scribbles: 2 pm to 3 pm, Saturday. Bring your journal and your favorite pen.
During “Sacred Scribbles” we think about spirituality, the sacred and ourselves through journal writing. Each afternoon will include meditation, writing prompts, journaling and sharing.

Weekend Community Meal: 3 pm to 5 pm, Saturday. Join the Mercy Junction community for a weekend community meal during Saturday’s Hospitality Hours. This is a couple of hours to spend in conversation and fellowship.

סעודה שלישית The Third Meal: 4 pm, Saturday. The Third Meal is led by Sadie Morgan, a Jewish member of the Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Council and the Fellowship of Heretics.In traditional Jewish homes, from sundown Friday until after sundown Saturday, it is Shabbat – We have stepped away from the complexity of weekday living and entered a space where we identify not just as a body, but as a soul, and we focus on all that is important: family, friends, wisdom. Through our actions and words, we bring new meaning to things such as mealtimes. There are three traditional meals: Friday night, Saturday brunch, and The Third Meal.Shabbat afternoon is a time for a variety of experiences that change the constant pace of daily life. We raise ourselves to a spiritual level at which we deliberately calculate all our actions to spiritually benefit the universe. A traditional text for study on Shabbat afternoon is “Pirkei Avot,” known in English as the Ethics of the Fathers. However, as an Interfaith program, we will look at sacred texts from many traditions.

Poor People’s Campaign Fundraiser. Our director Beth Foster is headed to Baltimore next week to attend the national gathering for the Poor People’s Campaign. Read more about it by clicking here and consider a donation to help us cover the cost of the trip.


Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center is a ministry of the Presbytery of East Tennessee, creating a community of activists, artists and people of faith to work toward social righteousness for all creation — human and non-human. To learn more about our membership supporters, the Fellowship of Heretics, visit our website. Donations to Mercy Junction can be submitted by Paypal to, or checks can be mailed to Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center, 1918 Union Ave., Chattanooga TN 37404.


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