Author: Kelly Sherman-Conroy

20
Jun

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is held annually on June 20th to bring awareness to the plight of displaced humans around the globe. It is also a day to commemorate the strength and resilience that refugees display during the hardest of times. It is an opportunity for the world to think about human rights in the face of […]

19
Jun

Juneteenth

The United States has a dark history of slavery. Sadly, this is a topic that is seldom discussed. Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, is included in this. For nearly 150 years, the national government has been reluctant to proclaim this day a public holiday. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth […]

17
Jun

How to Cope With Gun Violence

When children hear about other children their age being shot in their schools and neighborhoods, children are typically highly affected, and sometimes are quietly terrified as a result. In the aftermath of the heinous mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, we are all overwhelmed with sadness and despair at the fact that […]

20
May
Memorial "A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice"

DAY ONE: 60-Day Journey Towards Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence

Day 1 Post – May 27, 2022 The long journey toward justice and peace Adopted in 1994, the ELCA social message “Community Violence” urges us to become more involved in countering the reality and fear of violence in our communities and our neighbors’ communities, pursuing justice and seeking peace no matter how long the journey […]

05
May

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. The rich history and heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is thousands of years old and is integral to shaping the history of the United States. Formerly known as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the […]

28
Apr

Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is Yom HaShoah-Holocaust Remembrance Day It is pertinent to remember the Holocaust. The Nazi regime murdered 6 million Jews as well as millions of other innocents, including Roma, Slavic, and Sinti peoples, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ people as well as political dissidents, among other groups. We join Jewish people throughout the United States, Israel, […]

13
Apr

Convergence of Holy Days

As we enter into the Three Days of Holy Week, people of other religions are also journeying into their holy days, including Vaisakhi, Mahavir, Jayanti, Passover, and Theravada New Year.  We wish all of our neighbors peace and blessings.

03
Apr

Ramadan Kareem

As many of you know, the holy month of Ramadan began at sunset yesterday, April 2, 2022, and lasts until May 2, 2022. Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because it marks the month that the Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him). During the holy month of Ramadan, many Muslims fast from […]

31
Mar

Standing in solidarity: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2022

Transgender Day of Visibility Today is Transgender Day of Visibility—a day to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of transgender, non-binary, Two-Spirit, and other gender-diverse communities.  We see you, we hear you and we are allies for you. What is International Transgender Day of Visibility? International Transgender Day of Visibility (also called Transgender Day of […]

21
Mar

International Day for The Elimination of Racial Discrimination

International Day for The Elimination of Racial Discrimination March 21, 2022 We reject all forms of racism, discrimination, and hatred on this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Although we’ve made some gains in fighting systemic racism and injustice in the U.S. and around the world, too many people still face discrimination and […]