April 2019 - Minutes

CLJP Minutes April 9,  2019

Monticello Room, Westminster Canterbury

Present: Taylor Beard, Hal Horan, Peter Weatherly, Bob McAdams, Ed Murray, Diane Murray, Burnie Davis, Jim Hassmer, B.L. Catron  

Guests: Mellisa Elliott, Yoshi Takahashi

Yoshi Takahashi opened with a prayer that included John Peale who is still recovering in the W-C infirmary and Chip Sanders who was taking his wife to doctor appointments and who is also experiencing health concerns, and the Bates family.  Murray presided for Sanders.  

The Minutes of the March 12  meeting prepared by Horan were approved with the correction noting Hassmer’s membership at that time.

Treasurer’s Report: Since the February/March 12 balance of 2,616.85, Beard reported a luncheon  expense of 20.00 for two speakers and an addition of 135.00 in dues paid by Hassmer, Davis and Beard, resulting and a balance as of April 9 of 2,731.85. Beard also reminded several other members of their annual dues.

ANNOUNCEMENT (McAdams)

Scott Doney, Professor of Environmental Change at UVA, will speak on Climate Change and the International Community on Sunday, April 28, at 3:00 pm, at the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 717 Rugby Road.

Dr. Doney’s expertise spans oceanography, climate and biogeochemistry, with particular emphasis on the application of numerical models and data analysis to global-scale questions.

His research focuses on how the global carbon cycle and ocean ecology respond to natural and human-driven climate change and ocean acidification.

All are welcome to this free and open meeting of the Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA.

McAdams also reminded members of the importance of the Nehemiah Action IMPACT meeting on April 11 at 6:00 pm at the Martin Luther King Performance Arts Center and the continuing project to promote affordable housing in Charlottesville.  

Weatherly announced that the program speaker, The Rev. Lehman Bates, was called out of town because of a death in the family, and suggested that we discuss possible future programs and projects. 

Ed Murray, reflecting on how successful we were working with the Festival of the Book focusing on the problem of economic inequality, suggested that combating the evil of predatory loans could be an issue that could have a same or even greater  impact. And it would be such a natural for religious communities, especially the three descendants of the God of Abraham and Sarah, where prophets from Amos to Adam Smith have regarded the poor and the exploited as the very apple of God’s eye (See Harvey Cox’s latest effort, The Market as God, chapter 11).

Hassmer responded that there exists just such an organization, the Coalition for Economic Opportunity (CEO)

which has launched BankOn Growing financial health in Greater Charlottesville “to help residents avoid predatory lending and offer low interest loans to those who qualify.”   

http://www.charlottesville.org/departments-and-services/departments-a-g/economic-development/downtown-job-center/bankon-of-greater-charlottesville

A possible speaker for the CEO is Will Brown of the University Baptist Church.

Another suggestion is the Sunrise Movement’s mission claim, born of the Green New Deal and responding the “Unite the Righters,” “We’re building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.”  https://www.sunrisemovement.org/ Optimistic?, perhaps necessarily so, given the times.

McAdams suggested some possible ideas percolating from FM station  94.7, WPVC “The Progressive Voice of Charlottesville”

And take a second look at the January 8 Minutes featuring “The Charlottesville Clergy Collective, a group of clergy and interested lay persons who gather regularly to discuss and address the challenge of race relations in the Charlottesville and Albemarle region of Virginia.” (emphasis added)  https://www.cvilleclergycollective.org/ 

Further discussions involved the importance of successful local initiatives as well as the present need of a strong and effective federal structure supporting and regulating enterprise while securing and maintaining the common good (McAdams).

The meeting concluded with Hassmer’s amazing and hopeful and lively tour of agencies that acquire and distribute free food from the cornucopia of participating grocers and restaurants.

The meeting adjourned at 1:45 pm

Respectfully Submitted,  
Hal Horan, Recording Secretary