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The UCC’s The Cross & the Lynching Tree

Beloved of God,

Thank you for your interest in the JLCM Zoom Webinar: The Cross and the Lynching Tree, as moderated by Rev. Dr. Velda Love on May 31, 2020.
A recording of the panel discussion including the sermon by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III will be available on this YouTube playlist.

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We mentioned so many resources and ways to connect over the course of the webinar.  The panelists mentioned, or recommended, the following resources for further learning, study, and action.
• Brown Douglas, Kelly, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God, Books, (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2015).
• Cone, James H., The Cross and the Lynching Tree, (New York, NY: Orbis Books, 2011
• DiAngelo, Robin, What Does It Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy, (Peter Lang Publishing, 2012).
• DiAngelo, Robin,  White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism, (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2018).
• Roediger, David R., Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White, The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs, (New York, NY: Basic Books, 2005).
• Ibram, Kendi X., Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, (New York, NY: Nation Books, 2015).
• Baptist, Edward E., The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, (New York, NY: Basic Books, 2014).
A Conversation with White People on Race
Africa’s Great Civilizations Amazon Prime Video

Several action steps were named as something for you to be aware of:

1. Know your rights at demonstrations and protests
2. Take steps to demand an end to Stand Your Ground laws
3. Protect voting rights within your states: Our Faith Our Vote 2020

You can watch the sermon directly by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III here.

Please look and familiarize yourself and your congregation to what is new and emerging with the Sacred Conversations to End Racism.

With Peace,
Justice and Local Church Ministries
The United Church of Christ

United Church of Christ

Dan Porter’s Brief but Spectacular Bio

Hello. I’d like to tell you about a friend of mine, Dan Porter, who turned 98 last month and is one of our oldest church members. He and his wife, Phyll, joined First Plymouth in 1949, when we were located at 14th and Lafayette. Many of you might not know Dan and those who do have not seen him around lately. He no longer drives, is confined to a wheelchair and prefers the familiarity of his home. He used to come to church nearly every Sunday.

Some of Dan’s early history: He was born and raised in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. His father was a professor at the University of Illinois in the School of Engineering, where Dan enrolled in the mechanical engineering program after graduating from high school. But WWII came along and interrupted his studies. He enlisted in the army and was assigned to facilitate the shipment of war hardware and supplies to the Russians through Alaska. At the end of the war, First Lieutenant Dan was the last soldier to close the base where he was stationed. He returned to Urbana, got married to Phyll and finished his studies. After graduation, they packed up their car and headed to California in search of the good life. They stopped in Denver on their way to visit some friends (and get free lodging) and never left. They didn’t make it to California, but they did find the good life.

Dan had several jobs during his first years in Denver. Then, he met Jim Blackington and Don Decker, both members at First Plymouth, and joined their construction company in 1956. He bought the company from Jim and Don in 1967 and ultimately retired in 1991. Not surprisingly, Stuart Haskins, former senior minister, felt that Dan’s background qualified him to be the church’s unofficial facilities manager. As Dan’s children remember it, Dan was always early to church so that he could make his inspections of the building and talk with the custodians. Even at 78 he was up on the roof replacing tiles or down in the basement inspecting the boiler. As Dan’s son Will remembers it, there was nothing more enjoyable for he and his father than shoveling pigeon droppings out of our bell tower.

In addition to being the head facilities person at FP, Dan served a similar function at Kentucky Circle, as well as serving on its board of directors and driving the facility’s bus each week to the grocery store. At the Denver Inner City Parish, Dan was always the go-to guy when they had problems with the church building and then the community center building on Mariposa. He also got to know the pigeons in the Parish’s church bell tower. In 1997, Dan and Phyll received the First Plymouth Foundation Caring Award for their volunteering at DICP.

Dan still lives in the same home he built, much of it by himself, in Golden in the mid-50s. The house is a classic mid-century modern design with a beautiful view of the front range. People can see it for themselves if they stop by for a visit. Please call in advance.

(written by Bruce Thumm)

Meet Mary Osgood

Mary is almost a Denver native, having moved to Colorado in 1969. However, her roots are in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, a Milwaukee suburb. It was in high school in Wauwatosa where she first met Norm Plunkett and 50 years later they reconnected and ultimately married in 2004.

Mary’s primary love and passion is as a mother to her three daughters, Kris, Suzy, and Lynn. With a smile, she likes to tell each of them that they are her favorite. They are very blessed and grateful to have a close, loving, sometimes irreverent, laughter-filled relationship. Mary’s seven grandchildren refer to her fondly as Grammary which has at times morphed into Miracle Mary. Mary was an Educational Consultant for Jefferson County schools where she worked with students with learning disabilities.  After her retirement she took on new interests.

Mary’s other passions were hiking with Butler’s Gulch a favorite, travel especially internationally, road trips with Norm in the US and internationally to Ireland and a Viking Danube River Cruise. She often traveled with her childhood best friend. Mary is known for her watercolor paintings which have been displayed at a First Plymouth Art show. Mary created her own business, OsgoodArt, and for many years, turned her paintings into notecards which were sold at various Denver locations including The Tattered Cover and The Denver Botanic Gardens gift shop. Mary also loves genealogy and has collaborated with her younger brother for many years on family research which they have lovingly documented for future generations.

Mary was active in First Plymouth ministry for many years, serving as chair of Worship and Arts, a member of Church Council, planning the Caring Award Luncheon and various other committees. She also sang tenor in the choir for many years, and loved La Foret and enjoyed community camp.  Norm and Mary were married in the LaForet chapel.

All Church Meeting: via Phone

May 17 at 4PM – ALL-CHURCH MEETING (via phone)

Sun, May 17, 2020 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (MDT)

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 678-905-533

Church Council: May 19

Preliminary Council Agenda
(via GoToMeeting)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Welcome and call to order: Kim Wooldridge
Opening Reflection by Steve Haskins
Check in Kim

Consent Agenda Items:  KimWooldridge
1. Approval of April Minutes – requesting approval
2. Announcements
3. Congregational Meeting scheduled June 7

Reports
Minister’s Report Jenny Shultz-Thomas
Treasurer’s and Finance Report Steve Haskins
DoA Report Carol Hainsey

Old Business: Kim Wooldridge
Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

New Business:
Applications to next-year’s Council
Update to Bylaws adding Immediate Past Moderator
Do we want a On-Line Coffee with Council?
Have we accomplished our goals this past year?

Adjournment/Closing Reflection: Steve Haskins