Act NOW: Unite to End Racism. Come Ride the Bus with RISCC

Bus is Filling Up Fast – Contact RISCC to Reserve Your Seat

act nowThe Rhode Island State Council of Churches is going on the road, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to rally in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and address the urgency of ending racism in America.
We have secured a 53-passsenger bus for the journey, at $99/person. Please consider joining us for this momentous occasion, but we need you to act quickly.
We hope to have participants enough to fill three buses, but have a narrow window to secure additional transportation. Buses will depart Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 11:00 p.m. to arrive on the Mall at approximately 8:00 a.m.
The Rally begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m. on April 4th. The bus will depart Providence at 10:30 p.m. on April 3rd with an anticipated return to Providence at 4:00 a.m. on April 5th.
We would love to have you join us for this momentus and moving occasion.
For further information, and to register, please click HERE.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. in Pictures, Words and Song

It is no question that Martin Luther King Jr.’s Actions and Words live on in Inspiration, long after his soul has left the earth.
mlkTom Lane, founder of the Helen Hudson Foundation and performing as “Trakker”, felt the inspiration of Martin Luther King’s Life and Words, and created a stunning, moving song and lyrics in his memory. The Words are timeless, and the Music and Singing is Inspirational.
Watch, and Listen to the 4 1/2 minute video HERE.
Do your self a favor and watch/listen on a large screen with a good sound system…and feel the love of Dr. King and inspiration of Tom Lane’s music/words wash over you.
Many of the images are from the RISCC Civil Rights Tour from April, 2016

Heroes of Faith Breakfast 2017

oak-tree-final 80thWhat a wonderful outpouring of Faith and Love enveloped the Award Participants and the Attendees at this morning’s Heroes of Faith Breakfast!!
Click HERE to watch a video of the Introductions and Speeches from the Heroes of Faith. Also, at the end of the video, Delbert Collins performs the OAKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS Anthem that he wrote and lead for our 80th Anniversary Celebration, held in the beginning of October.
Please share this video with anyone you may know who is connected with the Award Participants or Faith Communities.
Heroes of Faith Awards:
Interfaith Award: Dr. Wendy Ibrahim
Rev. Herbert Bolles Life Achievement Award: Sister Annye Raye Pitts
Sister Ann Keefe Community and Faith Service Award: The Center for Reconciliation, Providence
Congregation Award: First Unitarian Church, Providence
George Dickson Kenny Stewardship Award: Father Eugene J. McKenna
Future of Faith Award: Rabbi Barry Dolinger
Faith Leader of the Year: Reverend Linda Watkins
Partners in Faith (PIF) Awards:
Nancy Binns – Berean Baptist Church, Harrisville
Rose Desilius – Rice City, Mt. Vernon, and Moosup Valley Churches; Foster and Greene
Ann Gass – Barrington United Methodist Church
Mary Hazeltine – Central Congregational; Providence
Dr. Choong S. Lee – Zion Korean United Methodist Church; Warwick
Richard McKay – RI Conference of the UCC
Nora Mullins – Phillips Memorial Baptist Church; Cranston
Donna Pratt and Annette Kirby – Georgiaville Baptist Church
Marilyn Washington – Phillips Memorial Baptist Church; Cranston
Delbert Leon Collins – Beneficent Congregational Church, Providence

Interfaith Vigil to Reduce Poverty 2017

Thank you to all who came out and supported the Interfaith Vigil to Reduce Poverty, held January 4, 2017, at the State House Rotunda. Special thanks to Emily Jones and the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty for her leadership role.  There are a number of reports, links, videos, pictures and text below that well capture the spirit and ONE VOICE of the gathering.

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View a 50 minute video of the entire event HERE

Channel 12’s (WPRI Fox Providence) reporter Steph Machado gave this report.

Providence Journal article reporting on the event, by reporter Jennifer Bogden, can be viewed HERE.

emily-jonesKeynote Speaker Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser, Temple Sinai, Cranston, delivered an impassioned address titled “We Can Be the Storm“.  You can read the text of that address HERE

 

 

 

 

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STATION MEMORIAL FOUNDATION MEETS AMBITIOUS FUNDRAISING GOAL

PLANS SPRING DEDICATION CEREMONY TO HONOR LOST LIVES

CONTACT:  Patti Doyle, 401-374-2553; patti.doyle@gmail.com

station-fire-memorial-newWARWICK, RHODE ISLAND, OCTOBER 17, 2016:  The Station Fire Memorial Park Campaign has achieved its ambitious goal of raising two million dollars and has now set its sights on a Spring dedication ceremony to unveil a meaningful Memorial Park dedicated to the 100 souls who lost their lives on February 20, 2003 at the Station Nightclub tragedy.

According to Former Governor Donald Carcieri, governor at the time of the fire and co-chairman of the Station Fire Memorial Park Leadership Committee, the fundraising goal was achieved from both corporate and personal contributions. “We are very grateful to Rhode Island businesses – large and small – who stepped up and contributed in meaningful ways to this Memorial Park,” noted Governor Carcieri.  “We are also extremely grateful for the thousands of Rhode Islanders who in some way were touched by this tragedy and responded so generously.”

The Leadership Committee also announced that while it had hoped to hold a dedication ceremony this month, construction delays have necessitated postponement of the opening until the Spring. “It’s important that the park be fully complete to respect the memory of those who died there. The full effect of this unique sanctuary will best be realized when both building and landscaping are complete.”

The Memorial Park will include individual granite monuments with each victim’s name and date of birth, a gathering courtyard, memorial steps that are each dedicated to a unique group that played an important role in the tragedy, and a commemorative walkway, all surrounded by twelve memorial gardens and stone walls.  It is being built by Gilbane Building Company, who Governor Carcieri credited for supervising both in-kind and paid contractors involved in the construction of Memorial Park.

The Governor concluded, “I can’t underscore enough the collaborative nature of this undertaking which starts with Gina Russo, a survivor and co-chair of this project who has poured her heart and soul into every aspect of the Memorial. She has been supported by a volunteer board of directors and a Campaign Leadership and Honorary Leadership Committee that includes business leaders, interfaith clergy and union officials from our state, working side-by-side with survivors and victim’s family members to deliver a fitting tribute to the 100 souls who lost their lives that tragic day.”

The Station Fire Memorial Foundation is an all-volunteer, 501C3 charitable organization. www.stationfirememorialfoundation.org.