LUCY STONE COOPERATIVE
FEBRUARY/MARCH 2011 NEWSLETTER
Dear Friends, Supporters, Co-opers, and People of Faith,
The first set of housemates finally moved into the Lucy Stone Cooperative and have been busy settling in. The house comes alive every Sunday evening with a candlelight dinner followed by a few hours of singing. A number of exciting events are coming up soon, from an inter-cooperative movie night, to newly forming faith-sharing groups, to a weekend social justice leadership development training with an amazing organizer from the Highlander Center. We’d love to have you join us!
On February 1st, we moved into the Lucy Stone Cooperative. It was the result of many days of packing and unpacking, loading and unloading. It was the result of several weeks of renovations. It was the result of many months of legal and financial work to close on the house. It was the result of 2 years of planning meetings, to-do lists, community organizing, collaboration, fundraising, legal work, party planning, leadership trainings, and collective visioning. Thank you for your crucial role in making this dream a reality.
The Lucy Stone Cooperative is now a house, alive with the sounds of cooking, laughter, singing, and house meetings. It is also a faith-based affordable housing organization. And it is most of all, a community and extended network of activists and visionaries working together to enact our values of Sustainability, Social Justice, & Spiritual Practice.
April 4th, 7:45pm– Monday Movie & Mending Madness
"A Briar in the Cottonpatch"—co hosted with Beacon Hill Friends House.
This documentary film explores the unusual story of a faith-based community founded on the principles of non-violence and sharing that changed the lives of thousands of people. Join the Lucy Stone and the Friends for the movie and discussion at the Friends House (8 Chestnut St, Boston 02108). Gather at 7:45—we’ll start the movie at 8pm and wrap up with informal discussion for anyone interested!
April 23rd Leadership Training: "Popular Education and Community Organizing"
9am-5pm, at the UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury
Geared for co-op house members, Unitarian Universalists and community activists.
This interactive and dynamic approach will help you identify the resources and gifts that already exist in your community - a critical first step to creating change.
Our house has begun what will hopefully become a tradition of candlelight dinner and singing on Sunday evenings. Please feel free to join us at 7pm on Sundays for a vegetarian/vegan dinner at our house (28 Moreland St in Roxbury), to be followed by an hour or two of hearty singing. We have a handful of songbooks, but feel free to bring your own. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to plan a visit.
Newly Forming Young Adult Faith-Sharing Groups
We want to create a spiritual space for young adults of various faith traditions and unchurched, women- and queer-inclusive folks, to learn and grow with and from one another. Participants meet biweekly or monthly and can take turns leading discussions, activities, and prayer... Dinner could be incorporated or not, field trips, adventures to the moon - really whatever the group decides.
Simply from initial conversations, one group has started and another is forming. The newly-forming Sunday group would love to have more folks join them in meeting once or twice a month. If you’re interested in participating, but Sunday afternoons don’t work for you, let us know, and we’ll let you know if there's enough interest to start another group. Contact Rowan at email@example.com or Kayla at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate or learn more.
Elizabeth, Greg, Heather, Hilary, Matt, Rae, and Rowan
The Lucy Stone Cooperative
Unitarian Universalist Community Cooperatives Board