Friday, June 18, 2021
A Message from CMM's Executive Director
Living as Though the Future were Now
Friday, June 18, 2021
Rev. Dr. Rodney L. Petersen

The curriculum that CMM has used in its program of Values over Violence has stressed three ideas. The first is the importance of Forgiveness, or a commitment to a way of life that helps us to no longer be victims of our circumstances and transforms us into creators of a new reality. The theme of Forgiveness requires a great effort of internal growth. The second theme is that of Reconciliation. Here the ideas of truth, justice, agreements or pacts and the reparation of memory are involved. We have no way to know the future except through the words of others. Living as Though the Future were Now requires building truth together, promoting justice, making agreements, and living with new memories. CMM has seen this happen in the Department of Youth Services, in local community groups of all ages, ethnicities, religions, and economies, and most recently among youth in Job Corps.
 
The third theme is that of agency. As agents we have the power to make choices. The years immediately prior to 9/11 were called the Age of Apology. We are now in an Age of Mistrust. What makes for a rhetoric of apology that is linked to meaningful reconciliation? What enables us to celebrate and not mistrust the “other”? Celebration with the “other” is, without a doubt, the most important moment in the whole process of Forgiveness and Reconciliation. It is here where the commitments made are sealed and a new life is begun. Three kinds of celebration draw us to the final stage of the process of Reconciliation: the celebration of a new life with the “other person”; public testimony to the path taken and the impact of Forgiveness and Reconciliation; and the expression of solidarity with people of the community who have been victims of some form of violence, to express that solidarity by means of a celebration of memory and reparation.
 
Living as Though the Future were Now is to make public the path of Forgiveness and Reconciliation. It is to recover the soul of the victims by re-establishing the sense or meaning of life, personal safety, and social relationships. In South Africa such celebration is seen in the renaming of the Day of the Vow, December 16, 1838, which acknowledged the victory of Afrikaans over the Zulu peoples at the Battle of Blood River. It is now renamed and reconceived as the Day of Reconciliation, the day has become more inclusive of all peoples and representative of the diversity of the South African population. In the United States, something similar could happen inclusive of all peoples with Emancipation Day celebrations, or a Juneteenth Independence Day that commemorates June 19, 1865, and the announcement of the abolition of slavery throughout the former Confederate States of America.
 
Celebration is a privileged form of recovering the order and the consistency of life in the face of the chaos caused by violence. As persons with agency, we can change an Age of Mistrust to an Age of Responsibility by acting as if the future were now.
A Message from the CMM Board of Directors
CMM Appoints Sophia Bishop-Rice as Interim Executive Director
 
On May 28th, CMM’s Board appointed Sophia Bishop-Rice as Interim Executive Director. A Board member since 2020, Sophia has been a key partner with CMM through the relationship she solidified in a long-term partnership with the Shriver Job Corps Center in Devens, Massachusetts. Sophia’s appointment will be effective starting July 1st, 2021.
 
CMM is looking for a new Executive Director following the resignation of Rev. Dr. Rodney Petersen for family reasons. Rev. Dr. Petersen held the office for seven years, leading to the creation of signature CMM programs, such as Values over Violence (VoV), Clergy and Laity for Affordable Housing (CLAH) and various Ruah activities and relationships. We are forever grateful and look forward to the adventures ahead!
 
Quotes from Board members expressing support for Sophia:
 
“Her energy and vision are inspiring. I believe she understands the importance of consensus building...” — Dr. Alice Kidder
 
CLAH has benefitted from Sophia's nonprofit experience, and she already has good working relationships with our team.” — Phil Jones
 
“I am confident that she will represent the best interests, values and direction of CMM in this interim capacity.” — Hubert Williams, Chair

Job postings also on Indeed and LinkedIn
From Trauma to Triumph: CMM Annual Fundraiser
From Trauma to Triumph: CMM Annual Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who attended our 55th anniversary fundraiser last night! Your presence and support made it even better than we could have ever imagined! We heard from great speakers like Thomas W. Porter, Jr., Rev. Kelly Fassett, Rev. Dr. Walter Earl Fluker and Kim Janey, as we went on to award the At My Neighbor's Table Committee, Needham, Fr. Tom Ryan and the Shriver Job Corps Center. There was a stirring tribute at the end to our retiring executive director, Rev. Dr. Rodney L. Petersen, as people all the way back to CMM's founding acknowledged the tremendous effort put into this work. Below are links to the recording and other materials.

Facing Our Racism Workshop
Facing Our Racism: Becoming Conscious Partners Workshop

Sunday, July 25, 2021, 12 - 4:30pm EST
Online Via Zoom

(Registration ends at 11am on the day of, and the Zoom link will be sent right after that.)
Suggested Donation: $45

The killing of Daunte Wright, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor galvanized White people to become “conscious partners” with our Black sisters and brothers to end racism. Crucial to this new understanding and awareness is the formation of genuine, open, truthful relationships between Black and White community members. You are invited to take part in a “Facing Our Racism: Becoming Conscious Partners” workshop which analyzes the systemic, institutional, policy, and power-driven persecution and discrimination against Black Americans since the very beginning of slavery. The anniversary of George Floyd's death reminds us that the work to combat racism is far from over.

Recommended Pre-Viewing:

  1. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi: Creating A More Equitable Society Is In White Americans' Self Interest: https://youtu.be/dCUOX3NMd4U
  2. Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo: https://youtu.be/DwIx3KQer54
  3. How Racial Bias Works – and How to Disrupt It with Jennifer Eberhardt: https://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_l_eberhardt_how_racial_bias_works_and_how_to_disrupt_it
  4. A Blueprint for Reparations in the US | William "Sandy" Darity: https://youtu.be/hv88_R-XDDw

About the Facilitators

Dr. Connie Holmes, EdD, psychologist (ret.), counseled cancer patients and their families for 28 years in Boston and in the San Francisco Bay area. She is a member of the Diocesan Commission on Reparations of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and Clerk of the Vestry of Good Shepherd Church in Watertown, MA. She is available to conduct these workshops throughout the United States. Her great-grandfather perished in Theresienstadt, a World War II concentration camp. Her exposure to the horrors of the Final Solution has motivated her to join the struggle for racial justice in the United States.

Dolores Moorehead, MS, APCC is the Lead Navigator/ Multi-Cultural Client Support Clinician at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Berkeley with over 30 years of experience that includes the American Cancer Society. She has worked with diverse populations including LGBTQIA+, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Islanders. She is committed to improving communication between doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals about the medical needs and access to care of diverse populations.

Testimonials

The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes, Rector, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Raleigh, NC: “In an era of George Floyd, increased voter restrictions and racial disparities across vital areas of health, income and education, the time is now for us to wrestle with the ubiquitous and persistent racist policies and structures in our society. People of faith are not immune to such forces and have a significant role to play in this effort if ‘faithful witness’ has any meaning at all. Both Connie Holmes and Dolores Moorehead not only help us confront the damaging and lasting impact of systemic racism in both church and society but also why it matters. The bottom-line stares at us with an unsettling gaze: our failure to untangle the racist threads which have long woven patterns of dehumanizing pain and disenfranchisement, will eventually strangle us all."

Jean Kilbourne, Senior Scholar, Wellesley Centers for Women: "Dr. Connie Holmes has been passionately engaged for more than 50 years in the struggle for civil rights and the work of making authentic partnerships between Black and White Americans possible. Her energy, imagination, and eloquent leadership bring new life to the essential conversations we must have in order to make the progress we all so urgently need.

Rev. Dr. David Killian: "Connie Holmes and Dolores Moorehead are superb facilitators to help us to 'face our racism' and dismantle embedded structures of racial inequality and oppression. Their work is transformative and life-changing for the participants and vitally needed in our society today."

Dolores Moorehead, MS: "Dr. Connie Holmes and I worked together at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland for four years. She has been able to use her family's experiences to discuss how more alike we are as humans than different. Taking her commitment over the years to the civil rights movement, Dr. Holmes creates an environment for Black and White individuals to talk about the topic of racial discrimination. She facilitates a conversation that allows participants to address their pain and shame so as to begin the healing process."

Rev. Dr. Rodney Petersen: “Facing our Racism” (FOR) presents a challenging workshop. Just when we thought we were beyond all that, Connie and Dolores take one down to deeper levels of engagement with racism and anti-racism."

Brenda Vaccaro, Psy.D.: "As a psychologist and mental health innovator, Dr. Holmes has forged and promoted therapeutic environments that prioritize social justice and heighten multicultural awareness. A tireless advocate for equitable access to support, she has been a pioneer in acknowledging and addressing issues of oppression, privilege, and power. Her work reflects a deep commitment to redefining mental health services in a way that is more attuned and responsive to the race-based traumatic stress that burdens communities of color. Her approach empowers people to heal and to reclaim the path toward their best possible lives."

Sponsors

Grace Church in Newton, St. Mary’s Church in Dorchester, the Charles River Deanery, Temple Shalom in Newton, Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, ten other congregations, and Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM), the greater Boston area’s oldest interfaith social justice organization that has been fighting racism since 1966.
Upcoming Community Events
Juneteenth: MFA Community Celebration

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10am - 10pm
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA


Join us on site at the MFA for a day of activities and programs to celebrate Juneteenth and honor the contributions of Black artists, scholars, and creative voices to the City of Boston. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally observed commemoration of the ending of slavery in the US. Throughout the day, make art inspired by “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation,” see a concert curated by BAMS Fest, and catch a screening of Summer of Soul, a documentary from legendary musician Questlove featuring unearthed footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. All events and activities are free and take place in person on the MFA’s outdoor campus.
Juneteenth @ Bow Market

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 11am - 9:30pm
1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, MA 02143


Music and performances coordinated by Brandie Blaze

11am - 5pm || Black Owned Bos. Retail Bazaar featuring House of Art & Craft, Adorn Me Africa, Ankhara by Luciana, and B. Royal Boutique

6pm - 7pm || Wild Child - Black Like Vinyl: Spin Party w/ Vinyl Index

June is Black Music Month – circa Jimmy Carter in 1979 – and our intention is to honor the legacy of Black musical expression as an essential conduit for Black strife, melancholy, joy, and celebration. Few articulate the cultural symbiosis of music and Blackness like Hanif Abdurraqib (Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest) and Stephanie Phillips (Why Solange Matters) – two of our spotlight authors for the day. In the spirit of the best musical collabs, we’ll be partnering with Vinyl Index to offer some irresistible vinyl + book bundles because it’s Juneteenth and we love us some bundles.

7pm - 9:30pm || Wild Child - Steam Power Hour: Black Poetics After Dark

If Stacey Abrams can write romance novels, even the most ardent activists among us need that steamy good-good. Join us for salacious readings of romance novels, stories, and poems that center Black love, joy and pleasure. The evening will feature a rotation of readings from Black writers, dreamers, and kinksters that sent us their best smut. The wine will be pouring and Maxwell is queued. In collaboration with Black Owned Bos.
Juneteenth Joy - Focus on Freedom: A Juneteenth Commemoration

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 12pm
Francis D. Martini Memorial Shell Park and Moynihan Recreation Area
1015 Truman Parkway, Boston, MA 02136


This is the 1st annual Juneteenth commemoration for Hyde Park with arts performances, community dialogues and an address by Mayor Janey. The event will feature drummers, poets, singing by Roosevelt students, a keynote address from Mayor Janey and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, a Color Guard from Enactors of the 54th Regiment and Community awards. The Ceremony will be followed by small group conversations on important issues.
Juneteenth Art Event

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 12 - 2pm

In honor of Juneteenth, New Art Center will be holding a free public event led by Artist and Educator, Annette McCarty. Join in a celebration of freedom, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Community art making activities will take place in the courtyard of the TRIO Newton space at 245 Walnut street. Choice McCarty will begin the event with a performance starting promptly at noon. Celebrate freedom with the healing power of art.

Cambridge Families Of Color Coalition Present Juneteenth

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 12 - 3:30pm


On June 19th Cambridge Families of Color Coalition will be celebrating Juneteenth, through the arts, at Starlight Square in Central Sq. We will have live performances, puppetry, musical theatre, and more! We will center JOY on this day, lifting up the legacy of Black art making.
NEMPAC Opera Project presents JUNETEENTH: Opera in the Key of Freedom

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 12:30pm


Featuring the works of William Grant Still, Scott Joplin, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and a World Premiere Commissioned Piece for North End Music & Performing Arts Center by Mason Bynes. This virtual streaming presentation will celebrate the holiday of Juneteenth, when the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1865 in Texas to the final groups of enslaved people marking the end to slavery in the United States. Through a variety of music from Black Composers across three centuries, we will celebrate Juneteenth with the themes of freedom, triumph, and joy. These works will be performed by leading Black Musicians of the Greater Boston Arts scene and filmed at the African Meeting House on Boston's Historic Black Heritage Trail.
Juneteenth Celebrations in Newton

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 3pm
Sunday, June 20, 2021, 12pm

The Hyde Community Center Bandstand will host two Juneteenth Events on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, commemorate Juneteenth with Newton area speakers presenting alongside musical performances, local artwork, and a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. On Sunday, a family-friendly event includes Music by DJ Ricky Groov, performances by Aashka Dance Company, food from Fresh Food Generations, and ice cream by Tipping Cow. These events are co-sponsored by FORJ, Historic Newton, Newton Community Pride, Newton Cultural Council, and The Harmony Foundation. Registration is required. Register here for Saturday and Register here for Sunday.
The Power of Unlearning

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 6pm

Join The King Center on June 22nd at 6PM on Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube for a conversation between Dr. Bernice A. King and award winning music artist, Lady Gaga as they discuss The Power of Unlearning.
MIRA Coalition’s Intro to Immigration 2021 Summer Series

Beginning Thursday, June 24, 2021, 12pm

This four-part lunch hour series will present relevant, up-to-date, and accurate information on immigration topics. You can attend all 4 trainings, or choose individual sessions. This series is open to all individuals who would like to increase their knowledge of immigration-related topics. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary! Trainings will be held Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. on the following dates; 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, and 8/5.