On July 14th, family, friends, and fellow parishioners of CCB patriarch Bob Donovan joined together in a drive-by vehicle parade to celebrate Bob’s 99th birthday. Everyone decked out their cars, honked their horns, and shouted their birthday wishes to Bob as he watched from his front yard. We send our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to Bob! Please enjoy the pictures of the celebration below.
Juneteenth commemorates the day of June 19, 1865, which is when Union soldiers arrived in Texas to announce the end of the Civil War and the freeing of enslaved peoples throughout the United States.
The UCC is hosting a Zoom event on Friday, June 19th to commemorate the end of slavery, as well as commit to a “long term antiracist movement.” Please read the article on the UCC site for more details. You can register and join the event here, and also follow a “Celebrate Juneteenth” Facebook page created by the Racial Justice Mission Group of UCC’s New Hampshire Conference.
Please join CCB and the UCC in continuing to take a stand against racism and injustice, supporting Black businesses, and amplifying the voices of our Black brothers and sisters. Find resources for supporting the movement and educating yourself and others here, and find a ever-growing list of local and online Black-owned businesses here.
The Peninsula Multifaith Coalition is collecting socks & underwear for Samaritan House’s drive. See details below, and click HERE to donate. CCB is also looking for youth volunteers to record video announcements about the drive for Sunday services. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested!Sock-donation-drive-flyer
On Thursday June 11th, a contingent from CCB decorated our cars and took to the roads in a vehicle parade to honor our 2020 graduates at every grade level. We passed by the home of each graduate, smiling, waving, honking horns, waving pompoms, playing kazoos, and generally making a fuss. Each graduate received a card signed by all the participants and a candy necklace with their favorite sweets. Below are some pictures from the event, as well as a video we made for a graduate who could not attend.
The Congregational Church of Belmont, along with the United Church of Christ as a whole, is committed to standing against racism and injustice in America and around the world. Please see our previous post for further reading and resources, including donation links, for this cause. We are also gathering a list of black-owned businesses to promote and support. If you know of any local or online ones that we have not listed here, please leave us a comment or send us a message at email@example.com.
Please note that not all businesses listed have been vetted by CCB. As always, please use caution and common sense when doing business online.
Bay Area Black Market, a website listing black-owned Bay Area businesses
BAOBOB – The Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses, which includes a downloadable directory of both local and national businesses
Black-Owned Businesses in the South Bay and Peninsula, a curated list from Yelp
Bookstores That Specialize in Black Literature, a directory from the African American Literature Book Club (California is selected in the link, but they list bookstores nationwide)
The Ultimate List of Black-Owned Farms and Food Gardens, including five in California
60+ Black-Owned Breweries to Support Across the Country, including seven in California (and one in San Francisco!)
Online or National Businesses:
Five Fifths, described by co-founder Kyle Umemba as “the largest list of black-owned restaurants and online businesses on the internet.” The site also curates black business news and interviews with black entrepreneurs
An article from Finimpact: How to Support Black-Owned Small Businesses
This is just a start – we are always looking for more resources to share!
The Congregational Church of Belmont, along with the United Church of Christ as a whole, is committed to standing against racism and injustice in America and around the world. We realize this is a scary, confusing, and frustrating time, and many people are at a loss for what to do or how to help. We have collected a variety of resources from multiple sources, with links to places to donate, petitions to sign, media to educate yourself and others, and more and listed them below. We hope you will take advantage of these and join us in taking a stand.
*Please visit our other post listing resources to support black-owned businesses
**This list is not exhaustive and will be consistently updated. If you have found another resource you think is worth sharing, please let us know!
Please note: these links have been gathered from multiple sources, and not all of them have been vetted for accuracy. Please be safe and responsible if giving out money or information to an unfamiliar source.
Statement from the UCC Board condemning racist actions
Further reading from the UCC
Anti-racism resources from the UCC
Resources from the Black Lives Matter website
Systemic Racism Explained – a very informative video by act.tv
“I’ve posted on Instagram. Now what?” – a infographic post with resources
Antiracist Allyship Starter Pack, an expansive list of resources including links to articles, books, podcasts, films, and more. Also includes petition and donation links and a list of resources to protest safely
75 Books about Extraordinary Black Mighty Girls and Women, a list from A Mighty Girl with books for children of all ages
Healing Racism Resources, a list from The Episcopal Diocese of California
Our community shared so many wonderful kite pictures and videos for Pentecost 2020. Find the pictures in the gallery below, along with a link to Pastor Liz’s sermon from Pentecost Sunday, over which all the videos are played.
Please join us in helping CCB member Becky Chamberlin with her Capstone Project! She is studying how age affects morality, and needs participants in a survey she has created. Please click the button below to take the survey. Thanks for your participation!