By Beth Foster, Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director
In addition to our usual gatherings and events at Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center, we have a special event coming up on Thursday at 7 pm.
Join Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center as we welcome the Rev. Ralph Hutchison, coordinator of Oak Ridge Environmental and Peace Alliance, and Denny Kelly, a member of Church of the Savior UCC in Knoxville and Vice President of Oak Ridge Environmental and Peace Alliance, for a presentation and conversation titled “CHALLENGING GOD: A Theological Approach to Nuclear Disarmament.”
The threat of nuclear weapons, described by the Indian writer Arundhati Roy as “humankind’s challenge to God, worded quite simply: We have the power to destroy everything you have created,” is greater now than it has ever been. Yet with few exceptions, the church is silent. During this presenation and conversation, we will examine the reality of the nuclear threat today and the imperative of the church, informed by a theology of gratitude and compassion, to speak as disciples of Jesus Christ and to seek answers to the question, “What can communities of faith do?”
The program will be in the sanctuary and vegan refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
If you need more information, please email email@example.com, or call 423.521.0642.
ALSO THIS WEEK …
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.
Midweek Community Meal: 4 pm to 7 pm, Wednesday. Join the Mercy Junction community for a midweek community meal during Wednesday’s Hospitality Hours. This is a couple of hours to spend in conversation and fellowship.
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. We also need to restock our book section.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or checks can be mailed to Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center, 1918 Union Ave., Chattanooga TN 37404.