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Minority Business Spotlight - Ethiopian cuisine

Gursha Ethiopian Restaurant
Towne & Country Plaza
4301 Kalamazoo Avenue S.E.

Don't overlook Gursha Ethiopian Restaurant for a leisurely, fun meal. The food is served on a sourdough crepe (called “injera”) which is also your utensil – you tear off pieces of the soft flat bread and use it to pick up mouthfuls of lentils, spinach, or meat stew. It’s leisurely not only because you don’t have a fork, but because there is only one owner/server/cook. You can check the restaurant's Facebook page for more information but, if you're looking for lunch or dinner, your best bet might be to call ahead at (616) 350.0009. It will be worth it!

 And, if you are near downtown Grand Rapids and curious about Ethiopian cuisine, stop by Little Africa Ethiopian Cuisine at 956 East Fulton Street. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Call (616) 222.1169 for hours.



Act Now for Gun Safety!

It is time to say – Enough! (from the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network)

As people of faith, we are called to heal our society’s acceptance of violence and idolatrous fascination with weapons. Here are three things you can do:

1. Contact your Senators and urge them to oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
Even as public support for reasonable gun safety measures swells, there are some in Congress who are threatening undermine states’ efforts to strengthen their laws. There is concern that the Senate may attach the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (which the House passed last year) to any positive legislation that might be advanced. This bill would force states with strong concealed-carry permit requirements to recognize permits issued by states with more lax permit requirements.This is a dangerous step and has widely been opposed by state governors and law enforcement. Take action – Tell your Senators to oppose concealed carry reciprocity!

2. Join the March for our Lives.
The students of Parkland are inviting us to march with them in Washington, DC and at sister marches throughout the country on March 24th. Planning to come to DC? Let us know and we’ll keep you updated on opportunities to connect with out UCC members.

3. Advocate in your State
There is a lot you can do to advance gun safety legislation from home. Download our two-page guide for ideas.

Lenten sermons on this site

This Lent, Rev. Van Doren has been looking at the various meanings of the cross. Much of what people think is the meaning of the crucifixion, such as substitutionary atonement, is not a direct biblical understanding, but rather a sixth century theology that does not square with our understanding and experience of God in Jesus. You can find copies of these, and other sermons, on the website. A caveat - these are print versions only. As such, they don't tell the whole story. For that, you have to attend in person.

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