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Here's what's happening in September.
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We pray that you've had a joyful summer! Seemed to pass rather quickly, didn't it? We've got some interesting events happening this month, so please take a moment to review them, and pass along the word to others!

Have a blessed September!

Executive Director
Colorado Council of Churches

Table of Contents

 

Hot Topics
General News
Upcoming Events
Support the CCC!


Hot Topics

The CCC in the News 

CCC Judicatory Statement on 400th Anniversary of Enslaved Africans Arriving in Virgina


In case you missed it, the CCC's Judicatory Leaders jointly wrote a statement observing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to colonial Virginia in late August, 1619.  The Colorado Sun published the statement as an op-ed on August 29, 2019. You may read the statement here. Please take a moment to read the statement, and share it with others.

Getting More Faith Community Representation on Colorado Boards and Commissions


In a recent meeting that Adrian Miller attended, Gov. Polis said that he'd like to see more people from the faith community on Colorado's boards and commissions. There are often hundreds of positions available with varying deadlines to apply. Please check the website here, to find out what's available. 
 

The CCC in the Community

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

9/7--Adrian will moderate "An Open Discussion about Goose Management in the City of Denver" hosted by the Multicultural Mosaic Foundation, at 5:30 p.m. More details here.

9/15--CURIOUS Partnership listening circle at Denver Shambala Center.

9/17--CURIOUS Partnership listening circle at United Church of Montbello.

9/19--Be3 Dinner Church--Adrian will prepare a soul food meal for the 6 p.m. worship service.
 


General News

Affordable Housing




Please take a moment to review the latest e-newsletter from the Close to Home Colorado campaign. The Colorado Council of Churches is a proud member of the campaign, and we thank the many churches who have joined the campaign, and have given our storytellers an opportunity to share their experiences with homelessness.
 

Seeking congregations to shelter homeless families.


 

Family Promise of Greater Denver (FPGD) exists to serve families experiencing homelessness by providing shelter, meals, and supportive services on the path to self-sufficiency. Since 1997, faith communities have provided temporary homes for our neighbors, and Family Promise has a need for additional partnerships in 2018. Host congregations shelter families in Sunday school rooms, meeting rooms, and other spaces for a week at a time, usually 4-5 weeks per year. Volunteers provide meals, drive the Family Promise vans to transport guests, and surround families with compassion. In 2018, congregations supported 64 families with over 40,000 volunteer hours! Together, we can end homelessness, one family at a time. Please contact Allie Card at acard@familypromiseofgreaterdenv.org or 303-675-0713 Ext. 101 for more information.

Criminal Justice Reform

 

Citizen Advocate Meetings


The Colorado Department of Corrections holds Citizen Advocate Meetings at regularly scheduled intervals as a forum for communication and information sharing between the Department of Corrections and its stakeholders.

 

2019 Citizen Advocate Meeting General Information

The DOC Citizen Advocate Meetings for 2019 will be held at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility, 3600 Havana, Denver, CO 80239. The meetings will be from 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. To attend the Citizen Advocate Meeting please RSVP and submit a Consent to Search form (AR 300-27C)by the deadline identified below to cdoc@state.co.us.

If you have submitted a consent to search form within the last 12 months of the meeting date, please do not submit another form. Your form and clearance is valid for 12 months. To check the status of a previously submitted form please feel free to email cdoc@state.co.us.
Please submit questions and topics to cdoc@state.co.us, Constituent Services Office by the deadline indicated.

 

Upcoming Citizen Advocate Meeting Dates and Deadlines


Citizen Advocate Meeting date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 1-4 pm. 
Question submission deadline: Monday, September 16, 2019 (5 pm).
Consent to Search Deadline:  Wednesday, October 9, 2019 (5 pm).
 
Please be sure you RSVP via email or phone to cdoc@state.co.us or 719-226-4569 by the RSVP deadline to ensure you are added to the approved facility entry list for the meeting. This will expedite your entry process and ensure you are able to attend the entire meeting. 

 

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

Mountain Sky 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.

Education of Children


WE NEED SOMEONE TO REPRESENT THE CCC AT THESE IMPORTANT COALITION MEETINGS

The Great Schools, Thriving Communities coalition is an inclusive and diverse group of 25+ organizations working to advance its vision: that every student, regardless of where and how they learn, is prepared to thrive and lead his or her best life.
 
After pursuing an historic grassroots effort on the Amendment 73 campaign in 2018, the Great Schools, Thriving Communities (GSTC) coalition is committed to moving forward to promote its principles and continue to build the movement. GSTC has agreed to a policy agenda that would be broad enough to allow the 25+ coalition members to participate without interfering with each organization’s own agendas. The policy lens adopted was to support future school funding bills and policies that met the following criteria:
  • provided additional funding in a way that is adequate, equitable and sustainable
  • will not take funds away from an existing program serving other students
  • will not create unfunded mandates. 
The coalition is open to any organizations who agree with the above mission and vision. Please contact betsy@greateducation.org if interested in learning more about the GSTC coalition. 
 

 

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.
 
On September 20, 350 Colorado will host a youth led global climate strike. Attendees will gather at 1700 Wewatta St. in Denver at 11 a.m., and then march to the state capitol. Between 12:30 and 1 p.m; there will be a rally at the Capitol to advocate for an end to fossil fuel usage and a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy. Remember that this is a global event. Get there early; it’s going to be crowded.  

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.


Upcoming Events

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE INSTITUTE
TECH SERIES - SEPTEMBER 13
 
 
Join us for the AI Institute's Tech Series featuring Mira Lane from Microsoft. She will be providing a snapshot of the current landscape regarding responsible AI design and deployment, and apply her values framework methodologies to the AI tutor application being developed by the AI institute @ Iliff.  
 
Please register for the event as we are expecting a big turnout.  
 
Earlier in the day, Mira will be speaking at a luncheon @ Museo De Las Americas (861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver @ 12 noon - 1.30 p.m.) hosted by Iliff and the Women's Alliance @ Iliff. Her presentation will be on "Art & Artificial Intelligence: Creativity and Difference in the Digital Age."  
 
If you are interested in attending the luncheon, please register here.  
The 2020 Census is fast approaching and the stakes are high. Colorado currently gets over 8 billion in federal dollars and an inaccurate census count will deny money for schools, roads, and transit to Colorado communities in every corner of the state.  It's critical to have an accurate count!  


Support the CCC!

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

  • Interfaith Relation
  • 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. 


Shine the Light--Thursday, Sept. 12, at 9:30 a.m.

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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