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The Racial Equity Team Invites You To . . .

The FPCC Racial Equity Team is asking other FPCC members to join them at the Race & Justice Community Meeting On Unjust Police Identification Practice

Thursday, Nov 14 from 6:00P – 7:30P
Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Court, Denver

The meeting will present information to the Denver and Aurora police and district attorneys by Together Colorado Transforming Justice Team. It is a gathering of community members, faith leaders, law enforcement and elected officials to address a troubling policing procedure known as “show ups”, which is used in the field to identify perpetrators of a crime. The practice of “showups” not only fuels misidentification, but increases racial bias in making arrests.

A “showup” is an identification procedure used when a suspect has been detained soon after the commission of an offense because he/she, who may have been in the vicinity of the crime, resembles the description of the perpetrator provided by the eyewitness. The eyewitness is then asked to view the subject (not in a lineup or a viewbook, but by themselves) and asked if they can determine if they can identify this person. This meeting will not only go into further detail about the practice, but also there will be testimony on what is wrong with Showups.  Those points are:

  • Showups are unreliable
  • Showups can easily bias a witness
  • Showups are the least reliable
  • Racial bias seeps into the identification—intentionally or unintentionally
  • Misidentifications can leave the actual perpetrator free to commit more crimes

Please contact Marilyn Miller if you would like to carpool from the church to this meeting.

 

 

 

 

Guess Who’s Coming to Thanksgiving?

Community Life Ministry is sponsoring a home-cooked turkey dinner with all of the trimmings, prepared and served on Thursday, November 28, at 12:00 noon in Plymouth Hall. This meal is limited to 24 folks who are without family, and would like to share a holiday meal. Reservations can be made online or by calling the church office. If your plans change, please contact Susan Oakes or the church office so that another can take your place. Please make your reservation by Sunday, November 24. Entrance to the dinner will be via the Plymouth Hall double doors off the Courtyard.

Adult CE: November 17

Exploring Medical Aid in Dying
As the final hospice presentation, medical aid in dying will be explored:

1) What is the Colorado law/process to date?

2) Where can I get more information?

3) How do I talk to family and friends?

4) How do I look honestly into my spiritual/moral mirror?

Please join us in the Commons Room following the worship service.

 

LOFT Thanksgiving: November 25

LOFT (Living Out our Faith Together) will be hosting our 9th annual Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for our friends at the Denver Inner City Parish. Cooking begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Plymouth Hall kitchen; and we will drive the dinner over to the Parish at 1212 Mariposa in the afternoon for the 6:00P dinner. Heidi Thomas will provide music to dine by as a special treat this year. As we expect to feed 350 individuals, we need many hands to help with this very important event. If you are not able to help in the kitchen, you can contribute to the cost of the dinner or by donating pies for the dessert. Signup online or stop by Mission Central after the services in November to sign up. Questions? Please contact Noanie Geistert or Anne Kleinkopf.

 

Travel Memories Club: November 16

The congregation is invited to attend the First Plymouth Travel Memories Club on November 16 for a presentation by member Bruce Henson, “Normandy – 75 Years Later.”

Bruce, supported by wife Nancy, will present photos and video clips of the 75th Normandy D-Day events supported in song by “Sound of the Rockies” a cappella chorus. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see and feel the emotions of World War II. Q&A to follow the presentation.

Gather at 5:30P for a 6:00P potluck supper followed by the presentation at 7:00P. For those who wish to come to the potluck dinner, please bring your own table settings and if your last name starts with A-J: bring a main dish; K-R: a side dish; and S-Z: a dessert.  RSVP to Nancy Joe Shaw.