Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of August 13, 2021



Greetings Metropolitan family and friends. May God’s love embrace you as we continue to worship, liberate and serve.


We look forward to your presence in the Cafe Met on Saturday at 11 am on Facebook and in Worship on Sunday at 9 for meditations and 9:30 am on Zoom, Facebook, or Youtube.


During the week, we look forward to your presence during Morning Meditations at Metropolitan at 7 am Monday through Friday, at our Men's prayer call Monday at 7:30 am, for Social Justice Summer on Monday at 6:30 pm.


Just a reminder: Both Noonday and Pastor’s Study on Wednesdays are still on hiatus during the month of August.


Please join us Monday-Friday from 7-7:15 am for “Meditations with Metropolitan.” To sign up to offer a meditation or to share your prayer requests, email the Morning Meditations team at prayer.metro1518@gmail.com. You can join via phone by dialing: 1-929-205-6099, 97875446720#.


Join us every Monday Morning from 7:30 am – 7:45 am for the Men's Prayer call. You can join the men's prayer call via Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78045010050?pwd=QzVmUEUzb0I2SlhQcFlRU1JlV3NUZz09

The Meeting ID is 780 4501 0050 and the passcode is: urst5J


Join us for our last week of intergenerational reflection, practice, history, and social justice action in our Social Justice Summer series. All ages are welcome.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96323908184?pwd=VWNXVUJlYVpTZ01HK2dyWHBva1hVQT09

Password: SJS

We look forward to worshipping together on Sunday.

Meditations begin at 9 am; Worship begins at 9:30 am

Join via Computer or Tablet: https://zoom.us/j/975804722

Join via Phone 1-929-205-6099, 975804722

Watch Live on Facebook and YouTube

Looking for replays of our worship services? You can find replays of Worship on our website and YouTube channel.


The series concludes Monday, August 16 at 6:30 pm.

We will be talking about healing and access to holistic healthcare.

Join us for our last week of intergenerational reflection, practice, history, and social justice action. All ages are welcome.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96323908184?pwd=VWNXVUJlYVpTZ01HK2dyWHBva1hVQT09

Password: SJS


We hope you will join us for the Faith and Film series kickoff with the Youth and Families ministry on Monday, August 23 at 6:30 pm. We’ll be watching and discussing Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.


Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/98284531654?pwd=RWs4UkV5Ujl1SjE3NkQ2Y0x6WklWUT09

password: YAF

Many of you have asked for information on how you can join the fight to end gun violence. Sis. Ryane Nickens has shared information on local organizations that are working to end gun violence in the District of Columbia.


TRIGGER Project

https://thetriggerproject.org/about-us

The True Reasons I Grabbed the Gun Evolved from Risks (T.R.I.G.G.E.R) Project aims to denormalize and destigmatize gun violence in communities of color across the nation. We focus on changing the norm and narrative of gun violence in communities of color by authentically telling the untold stories of everyday gun violence users to all walks of life. Our intent is to build awareness and compassion for people who feel invisible without a gun. Both our nation and our community have accepted gun violence in communities of color as the standard way of life, yet, through understanding the everyday shooter's reality we can greatly reduce the number of homicides in the most affected population in the world.


Peace Walks DC

Rev. Delonte Gholston

http://peacefellowshipchurch.org/dc-peace-walks/


Community Shoulders

Jay Brown, Executive Director

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/guns-washington-police-seizure/2021/03/11/53ad2312-8192-11eb-ac37-4383f7709abe_story.html

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/discussion-after-violence-police-involved-confrontations-in-wards-7-8/65-580806472


Project Transformation

https://projecttransformation.org/washington-dc/

Our mission is to transform communities by engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships.


Guns Down Fridays

https://gunsdownfriday.com/

Guns Down Friday creatively provides resources to Communities affected by Youth Homicide, Suicide and Mental Health Illnesses. Back in 2018, Youth Deaths were occurring every week. Stormiyah Jackson, Jayln Wheeler, Tyshon Perry, just to name a few. Miss Hardy and her daughter attended Funerals, Vigils, and Community Meetings faithfully. They also spent a lot of time with the parents, siblings, and Communities affected by Violence. With the outpouring of Support, Miss Hardy decided to take Guns Down Friday serious. Guns Down Friday has supported hundreds of families in time of need.


The WIRE

https://thewiredc.org/

The WIRE (Women Involved in Reentry Efforts) is a network of formerly incarcerated women who have successfully reintegrated back into the community after release. The Women of the WIRE have joined together to provide peer support to other women returning from incarceration.


Serve Your City DC

https://www.serveyourcitydc.org/

Whether it's our after-school enrichment and tutoring programs, or life-saving work with Ward 6 Mutual Aid, our mission remains the same: provide Black and Brown youth and families the same resources and opportunities that others in DC already have. Today and into the future.


Momma Safe Haven

https://www.mommassafehaven.org/

Momma’s Safe Haven provides a bridge of support for people affected by trauma. We provide safe spaces to heal and support to our community. Through counseling, nutrition, education, and unlimited love. We strive to help our people become whole and to take control of their own successful futures.


The Future Foundation

https://www.thefuturedc.org/

The Future Foundation (T.F.F.) exists to empower these youth to proactively address the trauma themselves, their families, and communities experience. Our trauma-informed curriculum trains them to navigate and dismantle the oppressive systems that have been structured for economic and educational disparities to exist and thrive. Our programs provide youth and their families access to the language that describes the struggles they are facing. As well as family wellness practices to begin individual and collective healing. Ultimately, the organizing skills they learn give them agency over how they advocate and address social justice (or lack thereof) on the front-lines for themselves and their communities.


The National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens (NAARC)

https://www.naarcdc.com/about-naarc-dc

Vision: NAARC’s vision, through our nonprofit association and coalition building, is to affect the reintegration process in a unique way that empowers returning citizens. The overarching goal is to ensure that returning citizens have a real chance at becoming self-sufficient via collaborative community-based programs/services, political advocacy, community relations/organizing, and economic empowerment.


The TraRon Center

www.traroncenter.org

Email for more information: info@traroncenter.org

Our Mission is to expose gun violence survivors to therapeutic modalities that may be absent from their current grieving and coping methods. With a focus on the inclusion of creative arts, we will equip survivors with strategies to healthfully endure the complexities of loss- while promoting community health and solidarity.