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Community

As a Congregation, CHJ is a member of local community and religious groups whose goals and values we share. Among them are:

Making Strides Walk CHJ supports this annual gathering at Sherwood Island every October to raise funds for the effort to defeat breast cancer. In recent years, our teams honored two members who lost their battle with breast cancer by naming our team after them: the We Love Lucy team in memory of Lucy Katz and the CHJ Jane Horkel Team for Jane. strides-walk-2016. Kids and their parents were at the Succoth party.

Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held around Charles Darwin’s February 12th birthday. Specifically, the event celebrates the discoveries and life of the man, born in 1809, who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor.  darwindayFor more information visit darwindayct.org. More generally, DARWIN DAY expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity. A memorable event for all, everyone is guaranteed to go home smarter, or at least more than when they arrived!

The Interfaith Council of Westport and Weston promotes a climate of understanding and respect for the many religious traditions among us. Members work together to foster values we hold in common and meet to discuss contemporary issues affecting our community. The focus  is on cultivating relationships, sponsoring educational programs for the community  and creating coalitions for action. Among them are the Food Justice Coalition and Action Against Gun Violence. Locations for monthly planning meetings rotate among participating congregations.

The Connecticut Coalition of Reason is comprised of atheist, freethought and humanist groups working together in the state of Connecticut. Our twin goals are to foster a sense of community among the like-minded and raise public awareness that people who don’t believe in a god or gods can be decent citizens who contribute to the larger society.
Photo is of a meeting of the Board. CHJ member Cary Shaw, our rep to CoR, is the tall guy.