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PVcaresThis website has been created to serve the communities which came together first on November 3, 2014 to find ways to work together, on issues of Social Justice and the Environment.

The minutes from the November 4, 2015, the first anniversary meeting, are here.   The minutes list the faith organizations attending and give a list of the year’s accomplishments, a list of current concerns, notes from two sub-group gatherings, and a calendar of events.   Minutes of the initial meeting, November 3, 2014, are here.  Minutes from other meetings, of the Climate/Environment group,  are linked in the sidebar.

There are pages for each of the interest groups named on November 3rd, 2014, but nothing is in some of them yet – they are waiting for people to enter material.  If you have material for a page, please email it to the webmaster with “PVC” in the subject line and say which page it is for.  Would you like to be the “editor” of a page (able to place material there and edit the page?) If so, ask the webmaster.

There is a forum for each of the several issues of concern, which will make it convenient for all users to comment and share information.  These are listed in the sidebar. Meanwhile, anybody can add comments to the content of the Pages (though there is nothing there to comment on yet) or comments on the comments, and so on.  Anybody can enter a “Post” but you must “register” for the site to do so, an easy process.

There is no “steering committee” for this operation, and no executive, and nobody with any explicit authority to do anything.  We will see how well this works, and hold things open for further developments.  We are just starting up and experimenting!  For example nobody authorized the name or location of this website.

For comments and suggestions on this website, please email the webmaster.

The material below is from the original 2014 meeting and may not be reliable or up to date.


Contact persons for faith organizations:

Organization Contact person
B’NAI ISRAEL Elaine Ulman
FIRST CHURCHES – HAMP Sharon Moulton
FRIENDS MEETING — NORTHAMPTON Maureen Flannery
FRIENDS MEETING — MT. TOBY Roger Conant
HAYDENVILLE CONGREGATIONAL Doug Renick
JEWISH COMMUNITY OF AMHERST Sallie Deans Lake
ST. ELIZABETH ANN SEATON PARISH John Yount
ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL Dick Fish
SMITH COLLEGE INTERFAITH Matilda Cantwell
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST -HAMP & FLORENCE Alison Bowen
BEIT AHAVAH Margaret Miller
FIRST BAPTIST – AMHERST Karen Ribeiro

Contact persons for interest groups:

Climate Change Alan Eccleston
Haiti Todd Weir
Homelessness Colleen Curry
Gun Violence and Mass Incarceration Diane Palladino
Website Roger Conant
Food Justice and Hunger Sara Weinberger
Living Wage Kitty Callaghan