February 2020 – Minutes

CLJP Minutes February 11, 2020

Monticello Room, Westminster Canterbury

Present: John Peale, Peter Weatherly, Bob McAdams, Hal Horan, Carol Muntz, Dave Warren, Lehman Bates, Taylor Beard, Burnie Davis, Bob McAdams, Jean Newsom, John Surr, David Warren, Ove Osrumm 

Guests: The Rev. Brenda G. Brown-Grooms and Dorothy Piatt                                                                                                                                    

Horan opened with prayer.  Weatherly presided.

The Minutes of the January 14 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Since the January 14 meeting balance of 2,301.95, Beard reported no activity in the budget for the month, so the balance of February 11 remains 2,301.95.     

Beard also received a greeting card from what appears to be the first names of members of the board of Virginia Humanities. Inserted in the card was an announcement of this year’s Festival of the Book, scheduled for March 28 to 22.  Our co-sponsored Festival speaker: Matthew Desmond, author of the best seller, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City will ocure at a later date possibly in April.  


1) John Surr shared the following:

CONCERNED ABOUT WAR WITH IRAN? (and in Afghanistan, Yemen, North Korea, etc.…)

Join us and turn your concerns into action. Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the Northside Branch Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Meeting Room, 705 West Rio Road.

Sponsored by the Charlottesville Advocacy Team, one of over 120 such teams
across the nation, supported by the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

We are Quakers and non-Quaker friends who, through media outreach and respectful, fact-based lobbying, work in a non-partisan manner to bring about an end to war and a more peaceful world.


Questions?  Contact Carol Dicaprio Herrick at herrickcd@aol.com

2) Bob McAdams announced the following event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters:

“Hot Matters: Climate in Crisis! What actions should we take?” – LWV CVA Sunday Seminar, February 16, 2020, CitySpace Downtown Mall. Doors open at 1:30 pm for “Meet and Greet” and meeting will begin promptly at 2 pm. For further information visit https://www.lwv-cva.org/election-day-is-tuesday-november-6/

PROGRAM: Pastor Brenda G. Brown-Grooms led a discussion on James Cone and Liberation Theology

She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned the Bachelor of Arts in Government and Foreign Affairs, with a concentration in Soviet Politics, in 1977.  Reverend Brown-Grooms graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY with a Master of Divinity in 1987.

Reverend Brown-Grooms also completed the Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) at the Vanderbilt University Graduate School of Religion. She has served as a Visiting Professor and Consultant at Virginia Seminary and College in Lynchburg, VA.

Reverend Brown-Grooms develops and facilitates workshops on various aspects of church life and Christian development and personal empowerment.   She currently offers churches and professional organizations sixteen workshops, included among which are: God-talk; Empowering the Pew; The Bible: How to Teach and Study It; The Leadership Training Workshop; How to Save the African American Family; The Women’s Workshop and A Workshop on Church Growth and Unity using the Book of James.

Reverend Brown-Grooms believes very strongly in the work of the Church to create, mirror and maintain community, both among church families and the community where local congregations are situated.  She believes that Church is the place where individuals can become strong enough and powerful enough to live life abundantly.  Everyone in a congregation can and should be powerful.  The task of the local congregation is to help each other to live powerful, God-directed lives, together—for the good of each home, each neighborhood, each city, each state, there represented.  It is her belief that we make a difference in the world by doing what we have the gifts and ability to do, where we are, among the people with whom we live.

The meeting adjourned at 2:00 pm.

We meet again on March 11.

Respectfully Submitted,

Hal Horan, Recording Secretary