The next installment in the series "Trauma and Mental Health in the Black Community" will focus on Black children and youth. Therapists and other experts will guide us through identifying how trauma impacts the lives of children and youth. They will also help attendees discover the importance of ritual to help lessen that impact and steer young people toward healing. This event is open to the public and will focus solely on Black children and youth.
Join us for part four in the series, "Trauma and Mental Health in the Black Community." This event will focus solely on the needs and concerns of Black men as they experience racial discrimination, violence and other trauma in our communities. Our panel will include a Black psychologist, clergy and Black men from various walks of life. Brothers, bring a brother to this important event exclusively for Black men. Let's find healing together.
Calling all God Chasers! THIS SUNDAY, 8/12 is the last Sunday before school starts in Oakland. Come out for a great time in morning worship with Rev. Ronné preaching. Each student in grades K-12 will receive a small gift and a special blessing for the school year.
Here are the resources mentioned at the 7/25 event. Imani Community Church does not endorse any of these sites, books or other resources but we encourage you to find resources that will nourish your healing journey.:
Internet & App-Based Resources:
- Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP app available for mobile devices)
- www.TherapyForBlackGirls.com (therapist directory / podcast by the same name on all app stores) Episode 54 focuses on the myth of the Black Superwoman
- Association of Black Psychologists (therapist directory available)
- Talkspace (therapy app)
- Headspace (guided meditation app)
- “Myleik Teele’s Podcast” (available in app stores)
- National Association on Mental I’ll was - NAMI.org (diverse resources, support locators, education resources)
- Open Path Collective
- Post-Traumatic Slave Disorder, Joy Degruy
- The Wellness Blueprint, Maiysha Clairborne
- BiPolar Faith, Monica Coleman
Calling all Imani ministry team leaders! Come for a time of equipping and refreshing at our quarterly meeting. We'll hear from Rev. Cummings on the topic of leadership and later develop a social media toolkit to help our ministries shine in digital spaces. Call the church office for more information (510) 531.5411.
For far too long the Black Church has neglected to deal with issues of trauma and mental health head-on. Praying it away is not the answer.
Join us for our second panel discussion on trauma as it impacts the Black community but most specifically, the Black family. Our evening will be led once again by professional Black therapists. Together we'll discover what we can do to help our families and our communities journey towards healing and wholeness.
"Beautiful is the man who leaves a legacy of shared love and life. It is he who transfers meaning, assigns significance and conveys in his loving touch the fine art and gentle shaping of a life. This man shall be called, Father." - Stella Payton
We're excited to celebrate the gift of fathers in worship service this Sunday, June 17th. Robert Harris -- husband, father, retired attorney, community leader, activist and author of Goodbye, Arkadelphia! Turning Obstacles into Opportunities -- will be our featured speaker. We hope to see you there!
AIDS Project of the East Bay (APEB) presents National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS Concert Saturday, 3/10 at 4pm at Imani. This is a fundraiser to celebrate APEB's 35 years of service to those living with HIV/AIDS and to support the awesome work of this agency going forward. Come out and get a blessing and be a blessing!
Join the Life Enrichment Ministry for the Book Discussion on TaNehisi Coates' book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.
Join the Women of Imani for a wonderful weekend of activities. On Saturday hear a word from Guest Speaker Sis. Ceola Abram of Upper Room Church, followed by Sunday morning worship with our friend The Rev. Dr. Donna Allen. There will be guest praise dancers, soloists and of course the ever-joyous Imani Women's Choir. You won't want to miss this special treat!
Dr. Cummings returns from sabbatical on Sunday, October 1st! We are excited to hear from him once again as we look to the fall season. Join us for an extra special morning worship at 10:30am where we will celebrate God and the return of our pastor. Be there!
The Men of Imani present the "Eat to Live" campaign where we will be giving away fresh organic, locally grown produce after service. Open to the community and first come, first served. Bring your own shopping bag and get your blessing!
Contact Min. Eric Cobbs at the church office for more information. (510) 531.5411
The Men of Imani present an inspiring weekend of activities designed to equip and challenge men. Join us on:
Saturday, 9/16 9am-3pm "Hold Fast to Dreams: Moving Forward in the New Jim Crow" workshop
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Sunday, 9/17 10:30am Morning Worship with Rev. Dr. Leroy Gainey
All men are asked to make a donation of at least $75 to assist with the cost for the event. For more information contact Min. Eric Cobbs.
Please join the Women of Imani for a fun filled Fellowship Luncheon!
Please bring your favorite Specialty Salad to share with old & new friends
Saturday, August 26, 2017
11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
(Please be prompt lunch will be served at 11:30)
Hosted at the home of
Please RSVP to Zarina at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Robin Johnson at email@example.com (510) 828-1412
Join Rev. Ronné for a 5-week Bible study series on the movie, "The Shack." We will show the movie on Wednesday, 7/5 at 7pm and will begin the study on Wednesday, 7/12. Come out for a time of blessing and encouragement as we use scriptures and this film as tools to understand a little more about God.
Every woman is someone's daughter. Daughters, bring your mothers and Mothers, bring your daughters and hear an inspired word from The Rev. Leslie Bowling-Dyer, professor of Ethics and Society at American Baptist Seminary of the West.
All women are welcome. Adults - $24 and Girls 10 and under - $12
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*Sorry! No registrations or payments will be taken at the door*.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Sponsored by the Life Enrichment Ministry
We'll be discussing the following two books:
THE FIRE NEXT TIME, JAMES BALDWIN
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism.
Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.
WHY WE CAN'T WAIT, REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Martin Luther King’s classic exploration of the events and forces behind the Civil Rights Movement—including his Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963.
“There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.”
In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, was perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States. The campaign launched by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights movement on the segregated streets of Birmingham demonstrated to the world the power of nonviolent direct action.
In this remarkable book, Dr. King recounts the story of Birmingham in vivid detail, tracing the history of the struggle for civil rights back to its beginnings three centuries ago and looking to the future, assessing the work to be done beyond Birmingham to bring about full equality for African Americans. Above all, Dr. King offers an eloquent and penetrating analysis of the events and pressures that propelled the Civil Rights movement from lunch counter sit-ins and prayer marches to the forefront of American consciousness.
Since its publication in the 1960s, Why We Can’t Wait has become an indisputable classic. Now, more than ever, it is an enduring testament to the wise and courageous vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lenten Caravan clergy and churches will be walking the neighborhood surrounding Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church - 1203 Willow Street in West Oakland. We're bringing a message of hope and unity to the community. Wear comfy shoes and join us at 6pm sharp. We'll be done in time for worship at 7pm. Be there!