Weekly vigil held at Cumberland County Courthouse, Crossville Tennessee
For the second week members of a Pleasant Hill church have held a 30-minute vigil in front of the Cumberland County Courthouse.
Pleasant Hill Community Church United Church of Christ has hosted a mission called “Witness for the Children,” a vigil at the Cumberland County Courthouse on Mondays from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
“The idea for the vigils came from a member of our immigrant assistance team who, like many of us, felt like we needed and wanted to do something about this dire situation for children at our southern border,” the Rev. Glenna T. Shepherd, pastor of Pleasant Hill Community Church UCC, said.
The church welcomes others to join who believe the treatment of children being separated from families at the border is wrong.
“Our aim for the vigils is primarily to create visibility and call attention to the plight of refugee children who are being separated from their parents, sometimes without a way to reunite them, and being held in deplorable conditions that compromise their physical and mental health and wellbeing,” Shepherd said.
Dozens of motorists traveling through downtown Crossville honked and waved at the group as they passed the courthouse Monday.
The group plans to continue the weekly vigils until the conditions for the children are improved.
“We’re making a statement about both the immorality and inhumanity of the policy and practice of holding children in cages, as well as the particular conditions under which they’re being held. We’re doing this distinctly as people of faith who are called to give our lives to name the injuries in our world and work to alleviate suffering. Particularly the suffering of those who are on life’s social and political margins,” Shepherd said.
She said the group is not making a partisan political statement and any political party member is encouraged to join.
“We welcome all whose hearts break for these children to join us in prayer and compassionate witness,” Shepherd said.
She said members of the church are also active in the Pleasant Hill community through volunteering at Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Wharton Nursing Home and through the Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill. The church also helps support The Grab Thrift Store in Pleasant Hill to offer affordable clothing in the area.
She said the church also has been active with national nonprofit groups Back Bay Mission and Heifer International.
Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster said the group has filled out and filed the required form to host the vigils.
– Gary Nelson, Crossville Chronicle Senior Staff Writer
Annual Fall Picnic
Saturday, August 31
Once again Jeff and Brenda Dodson have generously made their farm and its wonderful lakeside picnic area available for our picnic the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.
Menu will be chicken and pulled pork bbq, beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and banana pudding. A vegetarian meal option will also be available. Iced tea and water will keep us hydrated. Coffee will also be available. The meal line will open at 5:00pm.
Sign-up for the picnic will be on the three mid-August Sundays. Meal cost will be $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12, payable at sign-up. The last Sunday to sign up will be August 24. Family members and guests are always welcome, if you have signed them up! If you want it, a map to Jeff and Brenda’s will be available at sign up.
Parking – for everyone – will begin at 3pm at the Dodson upper field. We will transfer to van shuttle for the short ride down the hill to the picnic area complete with tables and chairs. This is a lovely grassy picnic area with some uneven ground. Wear good walking shoes, please.
In case rain has made the grass too slippery to be safe, rain is happening, or rain is imminent, the picnic will be moved to Adshead Hall. That announcement would appear by noon on the day of the picnic.
Hope to see you there!
Russ and Liz Mullens, 2019 picnic coordinators
Cuba Study Seminar Presents… Revolution and the Biblical Call to Justice
An Immersion in Cuban History, Culture, and Values.
Trip Description: Participants will be introduced to contemporary Cuban life, its revolutionary history, and engage in daily biblical study and reflection led by Rev. Clint McCann (Ph.D.). Activities include worship with a local congregation, visits to schools and health clinics, a concert with the Cuban National Choir, conversation with Cuban Council of Churches leaders, Cuban Communist Party officials, seminary leaders and students, museum visits, Latin American Medical School, Che Guevara National Monument, and a discussion of Guantanamo Bay Military Base.
Trip Dates: Thursday, January 30th – Sunday, February 9th, 2020
Contact Tom Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 931-267-2836
This activity will take a break over the summer months. See you back in September.
Yarn-Over Knitting Group
This group will take a break over the summer months and discuss resuming in the fall if there is interest in doing so. In the meantime, if you would like to do handwork with others, contact one of these folks: Margaret Vogel, Judith Olsen, Gail Ford, or Clarice Mitchell. Happy Knitting.
Join us for Wednesday Evening Documentaries in room 4 — video presentations with a focus on Social Justice. Sponsored by our Ecojustice class.
- No classes in July or August
- Wednesday evening documentaries will resume on September 4 at 2:00 pm, and continue at the 2:00 pm hour every first and third Wednesday of each month.