January 9 – Newburyport, MA Kicks off “Seacoast Community Empowerment Circles”

An Introduction to Community Empowerment Circles
With Chuck Collins

Sunday, January 9, 4 PM, with Community Potluck to Follow
First Parish Church of Newbury
20 High Road — Rt. 1A
Newbury, MA 01951

Sponsored by Central Congregational Church (UCC), First Parish Church, First Religious Society of Newburyport (UU), New Eden Collaborative, Pennies for Poverty:2 Cents for Change, The Poverty Program, Transition Newburyport and the Greater Newburyport YWCA

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On Sunday, January 9th at 4:00 PM at First Parish Church in Newbury, Chuck Collins, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, explores the roots of the economic and ecological challenges of our time. Collins’ approach focuses on community-based, small groups to understand and address these concerns. His presentation will explore the issues of how we got where we are today and how we can help ourselves prepare for the economic and ecological changes that are upon us.

“These challenges often leave people feeling isolated, vulnerable and anxious,” said Rev. Chris Ney, minister at Central Congregational Church. “In small groups, people can help one another find connection, information, and the avenues they need for a new kind of security, based on mutual aid and support.”

Many of these groups have formed across the country inspired by the concept of common security clubs.

In response to this concept Seacoast Community Empowerment Circles are forming in the local area. There will be an opportunity for those who are interested to sign up.

Chuck Collins is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity, co-authored with Felice Yeskel. (New Press, 2005). He co-authored with Bill Gates Sr. Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes.

This program to be held at the First Parish Church of Newbury at 20 High Road is sponsored by the Central Congregational Church (UCC), First Parish Church, First Religious Society of Newburyport (UU), New Eden Collaborative, Pennies for Poverty:2 Cents for Change, The Poverty Program, Transition Newburyport and the Greater Newburyport YWCA.

Following the program all are invited to participate in the Local Flavor Community Potluck Picnic at 5:30 PM. The Local Flavor Potluck Picnics are monthly local food, no-waste events that feature good food, good discussion and good music. For more information on the potluck visit http://transitionnewburyport.org.

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