Fun in the Son! Outdoor Summer Kids' Activities THIS SUNDAY, June 16th

Our Fun in the Son! outdoor sessions geared for ages three to ten return for the summer with a focus on “Green Church; Caretakers Of God’s Creation”. Children will engage their imaginations in story, song and activity as we explore how to ‘Be Green, Think Green, Act Green and Live Green’ on the front lawn of Immanuel. Siblings and older children are most welcome and can be involved as helpers for little hands during activities. Mark your calendars and bring your friends with small children to these fun and interactive mornings this Sunday, and on these additional Sundays: July 14th and August 25th. Contact Tracy Gormley at 860-527-8121 or tracy.gormley@iccucc.org for more information.

Criminal Justice Reform Victories in Legislature!

In the final days of the session, the Connecticut House of Representatives followed the lead of the state Senate and unanimously passed SB 880, a bill that will result in greater transparency by prosecutors in terms of what charges are brought, how bail recommendations are made, and who gets an offer of a plea bargain. Thanks to everyone at Immanuel who advocated in support of this bill by attending the public hearing, writing letters or making phone calls. Your voice made a difference!

Another Victory: $15/Hour Wage is Now Law!

In late May, Connecticut Governor Lamont signed legislation by the CT General Assembly for a $15/hour minimum wage in CT. Today, the minimum wage is $10.10/hour. The wage will increase in $1.00 increments per year until it reaches $15 in 2023.

A $15 wage has been supported by a broad coalition for several years. In 2016, the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ adopted a resolution, initiated by Immanuel Congregational Church, supporting a $15/hour wage in CT. Immanuel sees the $15 wage as a measure to advance both economic and racial justice. 

Since then, members of Immanuel and other Hartford-area churches of the United Church of Christ have sent hundreds of signatures petitioning legislators and the governor to support a $15 wage, have marched and rallied in support of the measure, and have written op-eds and letters-to-the-editor in support. It has been reported that over 300,000 CT workers will be affected by the new wage. Congratulations and thanks to all who worked so hard and long on the measure.

Our Fun in the Son! Outdoor Summer Church School Begins Sunday, June 2nd

Our Fun in the Son! outdoor sessions geared for ages three to ten return for the summer with a focus on “Green Church; Caretakers Of God’s Creation.” Children will engage their imaginations in story, song and activity as we explore how to ‘Be Green, Think Green, Act Green and Live Green’ on the front lawn of Immanuel. Siblings and older children are most welcome and can be involved as helpers for little hands during activities. Mark your calendars and bring your friends with small children to these fun and interactive mornings on these Sundays: June 2nd, June 16th, July 14th and August 25th. Contact Tracy Gormley at 860-527-8121 or tracy.gormley@iccucc.org for more information.

Green Forum on Divestment: Co-sponsored by IREJN and Immanuel, Sunday, June 2nd, 2-4:30pm, in Fellowship Hall

Fossil fuels are not only bad for our planet – they are bad for our portfolios, too! During this forum, you will learn why investments with fossil fuel stocks consistently underperform investments without them. You will also learn how church endowment funds and individual investors can thoughtfully and strategically divest from fossil fuels (whether you are currently invested in stocks or in mutual funds).

Keynote speaker via video is Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director for Green Faith. Bill McKibben will participate with a recorded video especially for the Forum. There will be a panel session with financial experts Brett Greenfield, Portfolio Manager for Aris Faith Based Fund, Henry May who successfully led the effort to divest at First Congregational Church, Old Lyme, CT, and Michael Winterfield, Independent Financial advisor. An open discussion will follow.

Refreshments provided by Immanuel’s Environmental Action Committee.

During apartheid, divestment was a powerful strategy for change. It is time to divest from fossil fuels and move our country to 100% renewable energy.  FREE but RSVP at www.irejn.org