The Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton

Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley, MDiv, STM | Senior Pastor
Rev. Howard Haywood | Pastor Emeritus

21 Curve Street West Newton, MA 02465 | 617.332.5870

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Myrtle Summer Institute

Categories: Announcements,Events

Join us for the kick-off of our Myrtle Summer Institute this Thursday, June 11 at 6:30pm, where Sis. Sonja Spears will begin her class “Discussing the New Jim Crow”.

Please see the full flyer for descriptions and dates and sign up with the church office today for these awesome opportunities to grow with our church community. Classes are free and open to all!

DISCUSSING THE NEW JIM CROW BY MICHELLE ALEXANDER
Instructor: Sis. Sonja Spears
Thursday, June 11, 18, 25 and July 2 from 6:30-7:30pm

Come and join in a discussion of Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Together we will explore the War on Drugs, mass incarceration, how issues of race are inextricably bound up in our criminal justice system and what this all means for poorer black communities. Do you believe that jails are populated by mostly black males because they are committing the most crimes? Is this fact simply a consequence of poor choices? Read Professor Alexander’s eye-opening book and see if you are surprised.

Materials needed: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander


MOVIE NIGHT & DISCUSSION: THE HOUSE I LIVE IN
Facilitator: Sis. Sonja Spears
Friday, July 3 at 6:45-9:30pm

Join us as we watch then discuss this prize-winning documentary about the War on Drugs. Discussion of this film will close the discussion of The New Jim Crow but you may still join in even if you could not make the book discussions. We will enjoy popcorn and pizza! The film is suitable for most teenagers but parental discretion is advised since it deals with issues of drugs, crime and incarceration.


FAITH & FILM
Instructor: Rev. Brandon Crowley
Class Dates TBD

Films are produced mainly for entertainment but truly impactful films are thought provoking. Have you ever watched your favorite films with an eye towards any theological themes they might contain? Now is your chance to do so as Pastor Crowley leads a discussion about the presence of faith in films. The class will watch the films outside of class then meet prepared to discuss the films under Pastor’s guidance.


HARNESSING THE POWER OF LINKED IN
Instructor: Sis. Angela Pitter-Wright
Wednesday, July 15 and 22 from 6:00-8:00pm

Discover the power of the world’s largest professional networking site. Whether you’re looking to connect with new business clients, build brand awareness or just trying to expand your personal network, LinkedIn is an excellent tool. Learn how to make your profile appear in searches, add contacts for strategic networking, and other advanced tips for getting the most out of this social media platform. Need to have created your LinkedIn account prior to class; This is a hands on workshop, please bring your laptops (not iPads or Tablets). Class size will be capped at 12 participants and sign up will be on a first-come-first served basis.


THE 3D GOSPEL: MINISTRY IN GUILT, SHAME, AND FEAR CULTURES
Instructor: Bro. Hubert Williams
Thursday, July 17,24, 31 from 6:00-8:00pm

What does the Bible say about guilt vs. innocence, honor vs. shame, fear vs. power? The goal of this class is to provide an opportunity for group study of three cultural perspectives on theology. Examine how we encounter the gospel through various metaphors that reflect our cultural worldview. We will examine The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures. Complimentary books are available for the first ten attendees.


RUNNING TO WIN! A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFULLY RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE
Instructor: Bro. Ike Spears
Class Dates TBD

Have you ever considered running for public office? Do you have no interest in running yourself but you just love politics? Are you curious to learn about what goes on behind the scenes of a successful campaign? This course will focus on the essential elements of running for public office.

Among the topics to be discussed are: choosing the right office, logos and literature, issues and messaging, opposition research, staff and volunteers, fundraising and finance reports, social media, voter contact, field operations, polling, endorsements and GOTV.

Three class sessions TBD.


TIE-DYE FOR (ALMOST) ALL AGES
Friday, August 7 from 7:00-8:00pm and Saturday, August 8 from 10:30-11:30am

Come and have some fun learning to tie-dye! Just bring along a cotton t-shirt (100% best results) to dye. Ages 8 and up may attend without guardian but please grown-ups come with any little ones to help them along. The shirts must be dyed then left overnight to set. They will be washed and all masterpieces unveiled the next morning.

Author: myrtlebaptistchurch

Myrtle Baptist Church, founded by freed slaves in 1874, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 and exists as one of the oldest black churches in New England.

One Response to "Myrtle Summer Institute"

  1. Saundra Smart Posted on July 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I was looking for the questionnaire that went along with the Faith and Film lecture series. I have watched the movie and would like to attend the discussion. My niece and I want to participate but have been able to locate the paperwork. Could some one please assist?

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