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On Holy Ground
Engaging in Advocacy &
Meeting the Call in Matthew 25


Making visible our unity in Jesus
by educating and advocating for justice and compassion in our communities & our world.

Preventing Childhood Hunger Should be a Top Priority
MAC leadership submitted an article to the local newspapers to advocate for the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. This Act includes the Community Elligibility Provision which provides free breakfast and lunch at high-poverty schools, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Read the full article, printed in the Bozeman Chronical, here.
Scholarship for Ecumenical Advocacy Days
April 24-27, 2020 in Washington, DC

The Montana Association of Christians is excited to be able to offer a travel scholarship (round-trip airfare to Washington, D.C.) to a young adult who would like to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD), April 24-27, 2020, in Washington, DC. The young adult will expected to present on EAD at MAC Connect in the fall of 2020.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and oapportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues. (Excerpt copied from https://advocacydays.org/)

To cover additional expenses for the event, individuals will be eligible to apply for a "young adult" scholarship from the EAD that allows for free registration to the event.

To apply, click here. The deadline for application is January 31, 2020, with preference given to applicants who apply before the following year. 
 
Opportunities to Learn
National Institute of the Rocky's Presents:
In Memory of Her: Voices of Biblical Woman - November 4, 2019

Taught by Dr. Kathryn Schifferdecker
 
In this class, we will explore anew the books of Ruth, Esther, and Song of Songs. These are all small Old Testament books, often overlooked in Christian preaching and teaching. Yet they contain hidden treasures - great stories, beautiful poetry, humor, and strong women's voices. Come explore these little gems of the biblical narrative and re-acquaint yourself with the themes found in them: love, loyalty, beauty, courage, and faith.
 
This is an online class available via Zoom.
 
Monday, Nov 4, 9am – 2:45pm

For more information, please click here.
Sponsored by the Northern Rockies Institute of Theology (A continuing
education ministry of the Montana Synod, ELCA)


NRIT would like to invite our brothers and sisters in Christ to the following educational
opportunities. Go to www.montanasynod.org and click on the blue NRIT logo, left side of page to learn more and to register.

An NRIT Digital Offering: download onto your computer or stream online
An Introduction to the New Testament:
a resource for adult study in congregations or for lay leaders wanting to deepen their knowledge, with Dr. James Aageson, professor emeritus Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

The New Testament documents are central to the Christian faith and to historic Christianity. By ecumenical consensus among all Christian traditions, the New Testament is central to the faith, life, and worship of the church. It is the word of God and it conveys the word of God. Even as the New Testament is central to all Christian traditions, interpretations of these texts often vary widely. This makes for a rich and fascinating tapestry of readings in the history of New Testament interpretation. This course is an introduction to the New Testament designed for a general audience and for lay people who may be preparing themselves for congregational leadership.
 
You can purchase this class now and watch at your convenience anytime in the coming months. The format allows you to watch in any time increment you choose and also allows you to return to sections you’ve already watched or go back and forth between sessions.
6.5 Contact hours of continuing education. (And no travel costs!)
If you would like to advertise an upcoming event related to MAC's Mission, you may submit it to mac@macmt.org
Resources
The Marshall Project - We Are Witnesses

"Despite controversies over border walls, separated families and the Muslim travel ban, immigrants are still striving for American citizenship. We Are Witnesses: Becoming an American tells their stories and the stories of those trying to help and hinder them." (from Marshall Project website)

To view this immigration resource, please click We Are Witnesses.
New Civic Engagement Curriculum for congregations from the Pennsylvania Council of Churches: https://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/civic-engagement-primer-study-guide/
Click here to access a resource guide on anti-Semitism and white supremacy, including resources on how to speak with children about these issues and about violence and bigotry, prepared by the Anti-Defamation League.
Interesting article from the Washington Post on Circuit Preaching
Please click here for the article shared by Candida Quinn.
Ocean Facts for Kids: http://modestfish.com/ocean-facts
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