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19th January - Three different activities. At 10:30 am, Northside Urban Ministries is hosting a Peace and Unity March. The March will begin at Bidwell Presbyterian Church, 1025 Liverpool St. in Manchester and conclude at Calvary United Methodist Church at Allegheny and Beech Avenues. At noon, at the conclusion of the march at Calvary, Northside Urban Ministries and the United Methodist Conference are sponsoring an ecumenical e of celebration. The theme for the service is “THE BELOVED COMMUNITY: TELL IT…LIVE IT…BE IT.” Rev. Glenn Grayson, pastor of Wesley Center AME Zion Church in the Hill District will be the guest speaker. Finally, following the worship service, at 1:30, the Northside United MLK committee is organizing a “Drum Major for Justice” action. This action is yet to be determined, but will likely last about an hour. Buses will leave from Calvary Church and return to Calvary Church and Bidwell Church.
4th February - The Northside Health Improvement Partnership, of which CNNC is a member, is hosting an Access to Healthcare initiative to address diversity in end of life care by presenting education and awareness programming to minority churches and community organizations on the Northside.
The initiative will kick-off with a production of Vesta on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 5:30pm at the New Hazlett Theatre. This intimate 90-minute theatrical reading examines an African American family’s struggle when the matriarch is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Following a series of complex medical, economic and personal issues, Vesta must confront loss of independence and, inevitably, her life’s end. The conflicts focus on the relationship between Vesta, her daughter and her granddaughter, and the decisions they must make about her healthcare.
Following the reading there will be a panel discussion that will allow the audience to ask questions about the play and specifically about diversity in end of life care. The event will also be offered to health care professionals for Continuing Education credit. Tickets are free but a reservation is appreciated.
If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation, please contact Stephani Greenleaf, AGH Northside Partnership Coordinator, at 412-330-2535 or email Stephani@pittsburghnorthside.com.