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Safe Haven Mother Daughter Luncheon

Sunday, October 22, 12:30 p.m.
Thornapple Pointe Gold Club

Teen dating violence can be scary to talk about, but nearly one-third of all teens experience forms of relationship abuse during their adolescent years, so we can't afford to stay silent. No one is better positioned to talk to teens about preventing dating violence than parents, and we want to help you start that conversation! Join us for lunch, a story from a survivor, and a safe space for discussion of adolescent relationship abuse. For more information and to purchase tickets visit safehavenministries.org/events.


Immigration and Sanctuary

Tuesday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
Plymouth UCC

Have you found yourself asking, "Why don't immigrants just get in line?" or, "My grandparents came the legal way, why don't they?" or, "Now that they're here, what should be my faith response?" Featuring presentations from Kate Kooyman with the Office of Social Justice with the Christian Reformed Church in North America and Justo Gonzalez, South West Area Minister and Latinx Ministries Coordinator for the UCC Michigan Conference, this two-part series will promote thought and discussion; engaging immigration from a Biblical and Social Justice perspective. Gain firsthand knowledge of the obstacles facing those who seek refuge and a legal way to stay in the United States as well as an understanding of what we can do as followers of Christ and citizens. Please join us.

 


Black Lives Matter in Grand Rapids

Wednesday, November 1
Rosa Parks Circle, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Join this on-going demonstration with members of Plymouth Church, All Souls, Fountain Street, and Westminster at the corner of Monroe and Monroe Center (by the Rosa Parks statue). The group gathers the first Wednesday of every month. Placards and signs are provided.
 


Plymouth Book Club - The Sound of Gravel

 Monday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. in the lounge

Our selectionfor November is The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner. This is a riveting and deeply affecting true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist family. Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, she lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Wariner's father—the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony—is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant. In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Wariner and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where their mother collects welfare and their stepfather works a variety of odd jobs. Wariner comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As she begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself. Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable memoir of one girl’s fight for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph, courage, and resilience. Please join us as we explore the world of the polygamist life and how one brave girl escaped and made a new life for herself. This is a testament to courage! Our selection is available at Schuler Books on the Book Club Table with a 20% discount.
 


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