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Fall has finally arrived! We hope that you will participate in some of the events happening this month. We also have some things in the works, so look for significant announcements in the next couple of months.

Have a blessed October!


Executive Director
Colorado Council of Churches

Table of Contents

 

Hot Topics
General News
Upcoming Events
Support the CCC!


Hot Topics



Food and Faith Formation


In case you missed it, Executive Director Adrian Miller wrote an article on the intersection of faith, food, and ministry for The Colorado Sun

The CCC in the Community


Adrian Miller, the CCC's Executive Director, will be involved in these upcoming faith-based events:

10/20--CURIOUS Partnership listening circle on vaccines, Parkview Congregational Church, Aurora, CO.

10/22--Denver Presbytery Assembly, Wellshire Presbyterian Church, Denver, CO.

11/17--Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO.


General News

Affordable Housing

 
Faith Communities and Homelessness Panel Discussion
 
Colorado Street Chaplaincy Collaborative invites faith leaders, pastors, and staff to a panel discussion on homelessness in Denver at First Baptist Church of Denver at 1375 N Grant St Denver, CO 80203 on Thursday October 17th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

In Denver and the surrounding metro area, people experiencing homelessness are a highly visible reminder that everyone is not included equally in our community. In the wake of the 300 Initiative, otherwise known as the Right to Survive Initiative, residents of Denver and the surrounding area are faced with this reality: we may be able to do better, but how?
As people of faith we are called to respond compassionately to suffering and to remember that all people are of sacred worth. This charge means that faith communities in our city are viewed as a safe place to rest by people experiencing homelessness. Likewise, we also bear a responsibility to our particular communities and to the resources those communities hold in common. 

As leaders, pastors, teachers, and staff, how do we faithfully respond to the suffering of our unhoused neighbors while also holding up the good of our congregations, the safety of our buildings, and the needs of our neighbors with homes?
As you join us, please consider the following topics and be prepared with your comments and questions as we wrestle for answers.
1) What services does your congregation/location currently provide (food, food banks, clothes, other services) and when (days & times)?
2) What issues does this service/interaction cause for your facility/property?
3) What solutions/rules/guidelines have worked to resolve those issues?
4) What has not worked and creates conflict?
5) How does this affect your congregation and the will to serve/interact with our neighbors experiencing homelessness?
Colorado Street Chaplaincy Collaborative calls together anyone offering faithful presence and accompaniment to people experiencing homelessness, as well as those publicly advocating on their behalf. As a community of practice, the collaborative offers community, education, and care to those who materially and spiritually serve the homeless.
 

Ecumenical Relations

 

Wondering about what's happening with our covenanting denominations? Here's a roundup of most recent communications:

American Baptist Churches in the Rocky Mountain Region

Ecumenical Catholic Communion

Episcopal Diocese of Colorado

Presbytery of Denver

Rocky Mountain Conference, United Church of Christ

Rocky Mountain Conference, United Methodist Church

Rocky Mountain Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

If you would like to subscribe to the monthly newsletter of the Central Rocky Mountain Region Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), please click here.


Environment


Here are the latest newsletters from Eco-Justice Ministries, our affiliated partner and "go-to" resource for the latest information on the intersection of faith and environmental issues.

Click here for the latest blog posts from Conservation Colorado, another one of our affiliated partners.
 

Health Care


The Colorado Respite Coalition is a network of respite providers, family caregivers, and community partners working to increase access to and awareness of respite and caregiving resources. The CRC is a program of Easterseals Colorado. Click here for more information.
 

Poverty


Earned Income Tax Credit Outreach

Help spread the word about the Earned Income Tax Credit! Get Ahead Colorado partners with organizations across the state to make sure families know about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Partnerships with Aurora Public Schools, Tri-County Health Department and Denver Housing Authority demonstrate how the EITC supports children and families at every stage of life. Partnerships with trusted community partners (like you!) are vital to the success of our campaign. Reach out to explore how we can better partner together this upcoming tax season.

Director of Economic Justice Position

The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado seeks a Director of Economic Justice. The application deadline is October 7th. Please find a description of the position here


Upcoming Events

Witness for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on October 12th


On October 12, 2019, members and friends of The Colorado Coalition for the Prevention of Nuclear War will hold a "Witness for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons" and support for the United Nations Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.  This treaty would make illegal the construction and possession of nuclear weapons by any state on our planet.
 
We will carpool from Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs to N-1, a launch control center for ten nuclear armed missiles in northeast Colorado, and hold a prayer service at 1 P.M. petitioning that the US change its policy of rejection of this treaty and ratify it.
 
We call on all Peace and Justice groups to join us.   
 
Organizers  of car pools can be reached by contacting: 
  • Judith Mohling in Boulder, email, 303-447-9635
  • Bill Sulzman in Colorado Springs, email, 719-389-0644
  • Donna Mae Spring in South Denver, 303-694-2169
  • Or Bob Kinsey for other locations, email, 303-949-4073
For those who want to travel alone:
Directions to N-1:  From the Junction of Highway 14 and County Road 129 at  Raymer Colorado go north 1.7 miles on County Road 129. Launch control center is on the right (Raymer is north of Fort Morgan about 30 miles).
The Power of Print in Your Church
Monday, October 14, 11:00 to 12:30 pm at Lewan Technology, 1400 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver CO 80222

Mike Orr (Director of Communications for the Episcopal Church in Colorado) and Anna Theis (Faith-Based Specialist at Lewan Technology) are delighted to invite you to a free informational lunch-and-learn about copiers and printers. We will explore several important questions you should ask yourself when looking for new equipment or a new service provider. Please RSVP to Anna Theis at Anna.Theis@lewan.com.  


Support the CCC!

We are currently recruiting dedicated and talented individuals to serve on any one of the following task forces: 

  • Respectful Conversations
  • Shine the Light
  • Voices for Justice

Upcoming meetings all being held at the CCC Office unless otherwise noted. Let us know if you would like to attend.

To find out more about our task forces, please click here.

Support the CCC!

  • As a Covenanting Denomination, Congregation or Affiliated Partner Organization
The CCC does not have a set financial requirement for those in our covenanting relationship, but we have a donation range between $100 to $1,000 a year. The CCC asks that you give a donation that you believe is appropriate for the size of your denomination, congregation or organization.
  • As an Individual
The CCC welcomes individual donations, and you may do so in one of two ways:

Send a check payable to the "Colorado Council of Churches" by U.S. mail to:
Adrian Miller
Executive Director
Colorado Council of Churches
1140 W. 5th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
 
OR
 
By making an online donation via PayPal by clicking here.
 
 
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