One Warm Coat is a nationwide organization with the mission of improving the quality of life for people in need by providing outerwear so that the recipients have adequate protection from cold weather.
For several years, the Church of the Advent has run an autumn drive to benefit local affiliates of One Warm Coat. For 2016, our coat drive will run from October 2 to November 27 (Advent Sunday, our Feast of Title & Dedication). Please take a look in your closet for that rarely worn or outgrown coat. Donate clean, wearable coats to our coat drive to benefit Friends of the Children, Boston. Tax receipts are available. Questions? See Deacon Daphne, or visit One Warm Coat’s website.
Christopher’s Haven is a Boston organization that provides housing and services to the families of pediatric-cancer patients who have traveled to Boston to seek medical treatment. The Advent has had a long-running relationship with Christopher’s Haven, supporting it both spiritually and materially, and even providing sweat equity for the apartments near Massachusetts General Hospital.
For more information about Christopher’s Haven, visit their website.
Boston Print for Sale to Support the Advent in Mission—Our friends at Old Try (www.theoldtry.com) have created a limited edition vintage letterpress print now on sale in our bookstall to support the Advent in Mission. The beautiful print reads “In Boston as it is in Heaven” (a prayer we pray implicitly every time we say the Our Father), and depicts the skyline as it appears in our city seal. The limited edition prints are $39 and supplies are limited—so buy one (or three!) soon as a prayer for our city and to raise funds for missions at the Advent.
Syria: 12 million displaced persons.
In America, Facebook pages erupt.
What is an appropriate response from the church?
In today’s worldwide refugee crisis — in which 4.1 million Syrians are displaced by civil war and the rise of ISIS — Heather Salfrank Joseph joins us to provide some historical context and suggestions about response strategies and durable solutions, including third country resettlement. In the current political climate, and with efforts to restrict the resettlement of Syrians, Iraqis, and Muslims in the U.S., what is our role in what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called “the world’s worst refugee crisis since WWII”?
Heather Salfrank Joseph (B.A., International Studies, Univ. of Washington) has worked with refugees and immigrants since she first started teaching English to Mexican migrant workers’ children in the Democratic Republic of Georgia in 1998. Since then, she’s worked with refugees and immigrants in Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan), and New York, NY. Heather worked with the International Organization for Migration in Vienna, Austria and Almaty, Kazakhstan, and managed a refugee and migrant rights’ project in Central Asia in collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Danish Refugee Council, conducting research on internally displaced persons in the region. After moving back to the States, Heather worked with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, one of nine national agencies that resettle refugees in the U.S. in collaboration with the Department of State and the Office of Refugee Resettlement under the Health and Human Services Department. In 2011, she moved to Brooklyn, NY to take a job with Episcopal Migration Ministries, another national refugee resettlement service provider.
Join us (and bring a friend!) @ the Rattlesnake on Boylston to give Heather a huge Theology on Tap welcome on December 8 @ 7p!
On Sunday, October 4, we celebrated the feast of St. Francis and had a lot of fun at the Blessing of the Animals (check out some pictures in the Photo Gallery!). At that service, we gathered donations for Angell Memorial Hospital, but there is still time for you to make a contribute.
Angell helps the more than 5,000 animals annually and donations of pet food, kitty littler, old towels and blankets are always appreciated. Please have a look at their wish list for more information.
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
Honor our baptismal covenant by joining the Missions & Outreach Committee in supporting the millions of men, women, and children displaced by violence and conflict in Syria and other crisis areas. Through the International Rescue Committee, with your help, tens of thousands of people can journey “from harm to home.”
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.
Questions? See Fr. Warren, Fr. Wood, or Deacon Noyes.