First Presbyterian Church – Cedar Rapids

Insight Study Group

Please join us on Sunday from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public. Christian Practices for a New Day: Stewardship and Our Impact on Creation

5/12
[Insight @ FPC CR] Our New Neighbors: Low-Income Housing – Sudan immigrants and Americans in poverty
 
Our community has recently seen a large number of immigrants from different countries and different cultures from what we believe is ‘Cedar Rapids American.’ They have left their home countries for more economic opportunity and a safer place to live. 
 
However, they have had challenges to the success for which they aspire. Finding adequate living accommodations, jobs and even safety has threatened their wellbeing. Significantly, there are those who are helping to prepare them for success in Cedar Rapids. 
 
Our speaker, Gary Connors-Boe, is a former Lutheran pastor and retired in 2018 from his work at Four Oaks where he was coordinator of the After School Program.
 
5/19
[Insight @ FPC CR] Our New Neighbors: Support to those in poverty — money plus personal involvement.
 
Our community has recently seen a large number of immigrants from different countries and different cultures from what we believe is ‘Cedar Rapids American.’ They have left their home countries for more economic opportunity and a safer place to live. 
 
However, they have had challenges to the success for which they aspire. Finding adequate living accommodations, jobs and even safety has threatened their wellbeing. Significantly, there are those who are helping to prepare them for success in Cedar Rapids. 
 
Our speaker, Liz Mathis, has been an Iowa state senator since 2011. In her first career as a journalist, she worked for WMT-TV, KWWL-TV and KCRG-TV. She was also a professor at Waverly College in Wartbug, Iowa. After her broadcasting career she was the vice president for community relations for Horizons, and later chief community office for Four Oaks. Please join us from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public. 
 
 
5/26
[Insight @ FPC CR] Our New Neighbors: Greene Square – conflict in our city’s center. 
 
Our community has recently seen a large number of immigrants from different countries and different cultures from what we believe is ‘Cedar Rapids American.’ They have left their home countries for more economic opportunity and a safer place to live. 
 
However, they have had challenges to the success for which they aspire. Finding adequate living accommodations, jobs and even safety has threatened their wellbeing. Significantly, there are those who are helping to prepare them for success in Cedar Rapids. 
 
Our speaker, Dale Todd is Vice President of Development for the Hatch Development Group and Cedar Rapids City Council member for District 3. He will lead a discussion on empowerment. Please join us from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public.