The Pilgrim - February 12, 2017
CCEJ Interfaith Breakfast
Dear First Church,
On March 2, First Church will attend the annual California Conference for Equality and Justice “Under One Sky” Interfaith Breakfast. This annual event at the Long Beach Convention Center is one of the largest local events that celebrates and connects the interfaith community, and FCCLB has historically filled two tables of interested folks.
This year, I will be the Co-Chair of the Breakfast with Vice-Mayor Rex Richardson, which means that I will have the honor of being on stage with the featured speaker, Luis J. Rodriguez, former gang member, publisher, and poet laureate of Los Angeles.
CCEJ has a very significant history as the descendant of three chapters of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, one of the key organizations in lifting up interfaith understanding in the 20th century. Their programs fight discrimination and violence, with a particular focus on empowering youth in annual retreats that are held at our church-related camp, Pilgrim Pines.
Would you like to come to breakfast? If so, please contact Office Manager Ruth Warkentin at email@example.com to reserve your seat and pay $50 to the church. This is not a fundraiser for CCEJ and no funds will be retained by the church, but is an educational and community building event which gathers diverse religious and cultural organizations and strengthens our connections.
The Rev. Elena Larssen