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Sunday, June 20 • 11:30pm-12:30pm (EST) on Zoom
Disaffiliation Update with Q&A
Over the last few months our leadership and task forces have been hard at work preparing for disaffiliation and most importantly forming a new legal organization called HopeGateWay. We will be sending out the current draft of the bylaws, an update from our financial and alliances task forces, and a proposal for Sara's compensation package after we leave the UMC. This is an important meeting as we form a new way of being together in so many various ways. Join the conversation!
HopeGateWay Antiracism Imperative newsletter
Read the latest Antiracism Imperative Newsletter: Issue #16: June 2, 2021
Would you like to contribute to ARI news? Email us! We're interested in your reflections on your individual journey and questions you're grappling with, as well as books / podcasts / documentaries / ideas which have challenged your thinking.
How to Be an Antiracist: Continuing Conversation
Thursday, June 24 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since George Floyd’s murder. So much has happened since then. In so many ways, the world seems like a very different place. And yet, of course, so much remains the same in terms of racial inequity and racism. If anything, those forces have become more visible, vocal and empowered.
With that in mind, we are holding a zoom gathering of Kendi book group participants and others who are interested to reflect on the past year. Please join us as we discuss how we have reacted to these events, how How To Be An Antiracist or other anti-racist reading has been helpful, and share actions we are taking to advance racial equity as well as sharing our current challenges and questions.
Please register to participate in this Zoom conversation, to be facilitated by Kathy Strand and Don Rudalevige.
Casco Bay Cruise
Wednesday, June 23 • 1-4 pm
Enjoy a cruise around Casco Bay with Chris Abbott at the helm. All ages are welcome. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Adults should be vaccinated. This activity is limited to 8 people. Complete the sign up form and Chris will be in touch.
Exploring Race and Justice through Film
Tuesday, July 6 • 7-8 pm
This month we begin a series of exploring race and justice through films. Each month will feature a different film to view followed by a facilitated conversation. This month’s film is Moonlight. In this acclaimed coming-of-age drama, a young man who grows up poor, Black and gay in a rough Miami neighborhood tries to find his place in the world. The film is available for rent on many sites including Hulu, Prime Video, and YouTube. Watch the film on your own; then join us on Tuesday, July 6 at 7 pm on Zoom for discussion and sharing.
Mid-week Coffee and Conversation
Wednesday, July 7 • 9-11am
Join Kathy Strand for a midweek morning cup and conversation at her home, off Baxter Blvd in Portland on Wednesday, July 7th, 9-11 am. She will provide the refreshments. The event will take place on a screened-in front porch but in case of torrential rain, the gathering will take place inside (in which case, attendees will need to be fully vaccinated.) If you'd like, bring your favorite poem to share. This event is limited to 10 people. Please sign up and Kathy will contact you with further details.
Antiracism Policy Group
Tuesday, July 20th • 6:30 pm
The Antiracism Policy Group is actively following and advocating on many federal, state and local pieces of legislation. For more information, please email Kathy, Evelyn or Carter. Everyone is welcome to join the ARI Policy group's Zoom meetings to learn more. We invite everyone to participate at a level that feels right, while gently pushing us each beyond our comfort zones as we use our voices toward collective freedom.
Opportunity to Host an Outdoor Gathering
As covid-19 vaccination rates rise, so do the opportunities for us to safely gather outdoors! We are seeking people willing to host outdoor small group gatherings. Some ideas might be hikes on local trails, backyard brunch, lawn games, campfires, etc. We are only limited by your imagination and necessary safety practices. If you have an idea and would like to host a gather please contact Mike Davis.
HGW Kids is on Summer Break and will Resume in the Fall
We are so grateful for to be able to partner with several of our Family Promise graduate families. Your compassion and community support is a blessing during this time of uncertainty. We continue to provide basics such as bus passes, help with groceries and Portland trash bags. The families have been very appreciative of your contributions and caring. So we are not only appreciative to all of you who have donated, but we also appreciate these graduate families who are willing to allow us to partner with them in the midst of this uncertain time. Monetary donations to be used in support of all of our Family Promise graduate families may be sent to HopeGateWay at 509 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101. Thank you for your continuing love and care for all in our community! Please contact Shantia or Cassie with any questions or offers of assistance.
Gateways Daily Reflection
Did you know we send out a daily morning prayer, reflection, or Scripture reading - with a daily question to ponder and reflect on? Consider trying this as a new spiritual practice. We'd love to add you to our list! Subscribe here.
Sing along with the HopeGateWay Virtual Choir
Do you ever have worship songs going through your mind long after worship? You can now sing along at home any day of the week! Kelly and the HopeGateWay Acapella Virtual Choir creates a new song recording for worship every week. So our library of songs is growing! You can listen at this link.
Thank you for your generosity!
Some have asked how to send a donation to HopeGateWay during this time of virtual worship. You may give through our website or send a check to 509 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101. Thank you so much for your generous support of HopeGateWay's ministry and programs as we navigate through this time apart, together.
Grab a CLYNK Bag and Support HopeGateWay!
Support the ministry and mission of HopeGateWay in a super easy way! Just pick up one of our Clynk bags in our lobby, fill it with returnable bottles and cans, and return it to Hannaford. If you have a personal Clynk account, you can also donate your balance to HGW! Your gift through the Clynk fundraiser helps us to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God!