Weekly Check-In 05/15/2020
Letter from your Region Missionary
Today I want to offer a prayer that we may have the courage to face the pandemic with open eyes, minds, and hearts. That we can see that the ways communities have suffered from the effects of COVID-19 is not equal, and to acknowledge the disparities experienced by people of color in our medical system, economic system, and social systems. The disparities are not new, they have been with us for generations and have been created and bolstered by the sin of racism and systems of oppression. Today these disparities (unequal access to healthcare, financial security, safety, etc.) are exasperated by the virus and revealed to us in new light. Let us not turn a blind eye, let us not be complicit. In this check-in you will find a section on resources for Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation. Please take the time to watch the webinars and visit the websites. If you want to have a conversation or take action and you don’t know where to begin, or how to go deeper, look through the resources provided by the RHJ&R website or reach out to Kelli Ray Gibson our Racial Justice Resource Coordinator at ECCT. Let us pray…
The Rev. Erin Flinn
 NC Region Missionary
Mobile: 860-966-3742
Prayer for Courage, by Patrick O Tuama
Courage comes from the heart and we are always welcomed by God, the Choí of all being.
We bear witness to our faith, knowing that we are called to live lives of courage, love and reconciliation in the ordinary and extraordinary moments of each day.
We bear winess, too, to our failures and our complicity in the fractures of our world.
May we be courageous today. May we learn today. May we love today. Amen.

*The Irish word Choí (pronounced 'Kree') means 'heart'. This prayer comes form Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community. Corrymeela is a peace and reconciliation organisation in Northern Ireland.
North Central Region Resources
Open Leadership Team Meeting 6/3 @ 6PM
We connect as a group and convene monthly to explore catalyst opportunities to help build capability within our Region.

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Somos un grupo unido que se reúne todos los meses para explorar oportunidades catalizadoras para ayudarnos a crear y desarrollar connexiones dentro de nuestra región.  

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Racial Healing, Justice & Reconciliation
From the RHJ&R Ministry Network In the midst of ECCT’s second year of the Season of Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation , the COVID-19 Pandemic has shone a bright light on a sad truth about life for those on the margins in the United States: People of color do  not  have equal access to quality healthcare, nutritious food and the economic opportunity they need so they and their families can thrive and grow. As Christians, we are called to speak out when we witness injustice, and each month, the Racial Healing, Justice & Reconciliation Ministry Network will share a new resource that provides timely information about the situation on the ground as well as how we can work together to eradicate the sin of racism.

This month, the RHJ&R Ministry Network shares the COVID-19, Health Disparities, and Systemic Racism. A Call to Action! video above, a 90-minute panel discussion conceived and moderated by Kelli Ray Gibson, ECCT’s Racial Justice Resource Coordinator. The panel includes eight speakers including Rev. Tracy Johnson Russell, advocate, educator and Rector of St. Monica’s Church in Hartford and founding member of the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Healthcare. 
Below you will find two webinars on the racial disparities in our heath care systems. Below the webinars are a few resources that were named in the ECCT webinar that can help us in engage in the work of racial, healing and justice right now in our region.
ECCT, COVID-19, Health Disparities, and Systemic Racism Panel Discussion On May 8, Kelli Ray Gibson hosted a conversation on the prevalence of racism and its many manifestations around health disparities, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, the history of white supremacy, and civic involvement opportunities. You can watch the recording here.
Race, Inequality, and COVID-19: How Churches and Faith Communities Can Respond. On April 29, the CEEP Network held an online interview of essayist Charles Blow of the New York Times, and panel discussion with key African American leaders and pastors to reflect on concrete steps churches and communities must take to address the racial disparities and inequities revealed by the COVID19 pandemic. You can watch the recording here.
CONECT - Communities Organized for a New CT is a collective of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and civic organizations from New Haven and Fairfield Counties – representing more than 20,000 people from different races, faith backgrounds, and living in both cities and suburbs – that have joined together to take action on social and economic justice issues of common concern. CONECT has made an impact on issues as varied as gun violence, health insurance rates, police reform, immigrant rights, and more. http://www.weconect.org
GHIAA - Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance. In October 2019, 1500+ people from 35 multi-faith congregations and allied institutions gathered to launch the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance to build a diverse organization of lay leaders and clergy from across bounds of race, class, gender identity, religion and geography to build relational power to address social justice issues in local communities and beyond. GHIAA's current action campaigns are in the areas of Education; Gun Violence; Healthcare; Housing; and Criminal Justice Reform. For more info visit http://cljct.org/ghiaa .
Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) offers great resources for understanding the 2020 Census and why it matters to us as Christians and what we can do to ensure an accurate count. The Episcopal Church is an official partner of the U.S. Census. The Church’s goal is to use our presence in thousands of communities to help ensure that everyone is counted. For EPPN Census resources & and a video from Bishop Curry click here.
Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation Request Form: Even in the midst of COVID-19, ECCT remains committed to the Season of Racial Healing, Justice, & Reconciliation. If you would like assistance in moving forward with this work in your parish please be in contact with our Racial Justice Resource Coordinator Kelli Gibson. For more information please fill out this form.
Engaging in Community Assistance
Trinity College Office of Spiritual & Religious Life is collaborating to provide meals for 20 families, twice a week, for 20 weeks. All meals are professional prepared by dining staff at Trinity and delivered to families by community volunteers, in partnership with local social services. Parishes and individuals in our region are invited sponsor a meal for a family. 1 family meal = $18 (4-5 people)
$180 = 1 family, 1x/week, 10 weeks
$360 = 1 family, 1x/week, 20 weeks
$720 = 1 family, 2x/week, 20 weeks
Adopt/Furnish an Apartment. The Coalition on Housing + Homelessness is working hard to move families and individuals from temporary housing in shelters and hotels into permanent housing. 35+ housing units are being prepared in Middletown, Meriden and Wallingford for a June move in. In the past churches have "adopted" a unit and got it completely ready for a family to move in. If your parish is in the area and you would like to adopt an apartment or learn more please reach out to Ann Faust at ann@growstrongct.org .
Opportunities to Gather
Ministry with People who lack Housing & Food Security -   Monday, May 18 at 7 PM join Deacon Bonnie Matthews and leaders from around the NC Region to share and discuss Food Pantry Ministries, Soup Kitchens, Feeding Programs and Sheltering needs in our area. For Zoom info - email Bonnie at bmatthews228@comcast.net.
NC Region Clergy are invited to a virtual coffee hour Every Tuesday @ 3 PM. This is an informal space for clergy colleagues from across our Region to connect with each other, pray and converse. For Zoom info please email me, Erin Flinn, at eflinn@episcopalct.org.
Getting Outside
Planting a Pollinator Pathway. The Interreligious EcoJustice Network is offering a webinar on May 18 @ 7 PM on how to build a pollinator garden or a pollinator pathway in your town with native plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers. Learn about the different types of pollinators and their benefits, plus the hazards of pesticides. Registration and more info here.
Victory Garden Webinar offed by Society for the Increase of Ministry. Between increased joblessness, disruptions to the food supply, and the potential of a second wave of the virus this fall, many anticipate a food crisis next winter. Maybe it is time for your church to join this new Victory Garden movement. Or in the case of the Church, Good News, or Jubilee Gardens. Watch here.
Youth & Music Opportunities
New Each Week . The Rev. Margie Baker, is making videos for Children’s Chapel. You can find them on YouTube each Sunday .
Virtual Kids for Christ program for young children, Sundays at 9 AM. For Zoom link and coloring pages email Priscilla Hooper education@stjameswh.org.
Our Cathedral's Ensemble-in-Residence, Cuatro Puntos, is hosting Cross- Atlantic Quarantine Sessions, Every Monday through June 29 on Facebook. Or Register via zoom to interact with the artists.
Pop-up concerts to benefit local charities offered by St. John's, West Hartford. Every Wednesday at Noon. Info at Music at the Red Door and on Facebook.
Region Resource Reminders
  • Looking for a place to try online worship? For an ongoing list of ECCT Parishes hosting livestream services click here

  • 2-1-1 is a one-stop connection to the local services folks in your community may need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. For more info click here. 

  • 3-1-1 It is similar to 2-1-1 but region specific to the city of Hartford. More info here. If you need a ride to get tested for Covid-19 and you live in Hartford, you can call 3-1-1 for a free ride to your testing appt. For ride info in English & Spanish.

  • Foodshare - (Serving Hartford & Tolland Counties) visit www.foodshare.org/coronavirus to learn more about locations or to donate. People who are in need of food can text FOODSHARE to 85511 to identify locations where food is being distributed near them. 

  • CT Food Bank - (Serving Middlesex County and 5 others) visit ctfoodbank.org to learn more about locations or to donate. 
ECCT Resources
ECCT Resource for COVID-19 are continually being updated, including:
  • Messages from our Bishops
  • Event updates
  • Financial Resources
  • Self-Care Resources
  • Digital Communications Resources
  • Worship Opportunities
  • And More...
CCT Digital Communications Office Hours! Thursdays , 1 PM - 2 PM. Everything Thursday, Jasree & Alli will offer online office hours via Zoom as physical distancing and quarantine continue due to COVID-19. Registration is required, you may sign up for multiple. This is informal, bring your specific questions regarding communications and media.
Closing Prayer
Communications for the North Central Region
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