This week we are readying for our sixth annual service of Evening Prayer (Vespers) on November 3, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Each year this worship has focused on a particular, timely topic: peace in the Middle East, the dignity of black bodies, the Church's continuing re-formation, climate change-and now, immigration. We are pleased and honored to welcome as our preacher Linda Hartke.
Ms Hartke is a daughter of St. John, Sudbury, an alumna of Smith College and former Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Chet Atkins. She worked for Church World Service (in New York and Phnom Penh, Cambodia), chaired the World AIDS Campaign and Amnesty International USA, served as President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service from 2010-2018, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Migration Studies. She is a passionate advocate for justice for refugees, migrants and all who face discrimination, stigma or disadvantage.
Friends will join the CLC Choir in songs from the Americas, and, as has been our practice, a simple supper and conversation with the preacher will follow the liturgy. There is no charge for the event. A freewill offering will be received to offset expenses.