Welcome to New Covenant United Church of Christ where no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! We are just outside downtown Williamsport.
Transforming lives through the power of the Spirit and in service.
Mark your calendar for the 2015 CROP Walk – Sunday, October 11th – starting at 1:30PM.
25% of the donations collected stay in Lycoming County to aid the United Church’s Food Pantry in Williamsport, the Sonlight Food Pantry in Muncy and the New Love Center in Jersey Shore. The remainder goes to support Church World Service’s disaster relief effort in the United States and refugee aid and resettlement throughout the world.
Plan to walk with the New Covenant team. If you can’t, please consider supporting the team with a donation to this mission effort. A Crop Walk table will be set up in the narthex early in September.
The adult Sunday School class (aka known as “The Seeds of Change”) will hold their first session on 9/13 at 9:30 in the Library. One of the objectives of the class is to read and discuss books that are “challenging” and “thought provoking.” The books are recommended by members of the class, by the UCC, by religious commentators or by “hot off the press” suggestions.
Tentatively this fall, the following two books have been recommended and will be used as “good & challenging reads” on two completely different subjects. Both books and/or authors were highlighted at the United Church of Christ’s 30th Synod this summer. One of the resolutions that passed dealt with issue raised by The New Jim Crow book on race and mass incarceration.
Real Good Church by Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette. (Available in the church office by Labor Day weekend.)
“This book is part testimony, part manifesto, part how-to manual—and entirely awesome. If you want to know more about what the Spirit is up to in our time, and about how we in congregations can share in the Spirit”s life-giving work, read this book” –Martin B. Copenhaver, President, Andover Newton Theological School
“Molly is the real deal. She’s pastoring a growing church, and in this books shares what she’s learned in that experience. She offers refreshingly real and grounded insight—with practical tips and practices—and tells you how to grow a faith community and live together as Christians. Read it. You will love the journey.” –Cameron Trimble, Executive Director and CEO, Center for Progressive Renewal
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (There is also a study guide available with this book.)
“Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as “brave and bold,” this directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a “call to action.”
If you have any questions about the class, please contact Phil Landers