In a planned “Day at the Capitol,” clergy and faith leaders met on Thursday, April 26, 2018. With a goal of uniting faith communities to engage and act in the political sphere, Catholic Charities organized a gathering of local pastors and clergy. In attendance were Elder Thomas T. Priday, Area Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, among many others. Deacon Geoff Bennett, Vice President of Parish and Community Relations for Catholic Charities spearheaded the event and began the morning with the vision for the group. He invited all to set aside doctrinal differences, “…agree on foundational issues, and tell our legislators that these things are important to us.” Stake presidents, priests, and other attendees shared thoughts on how to carry out this ecumenical vision. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila spoke next, further driving home the point about Christians’ needs to be active, informed constituents that help enact change. Quoting de Tocqueville, Archbishop Aquila taught, “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” The meeting concluded with a presentation from Jenny Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, and president of the National Association of State Catholic Conference Directors (NASCCD). She helped educate the group about legislative advocacy, what it looks like, and how it’s carried out. The group concluded with a walk to the capitol, where they hoped to meet with local legislators. However, as Kraska taught, with politics you learn to be patient and flexible. Large crowds of teachers protesting salaries also chose Thursday to walk on the capitol; they arrived in such large numbers that religious leaders’ agenda took a back seat. Despite the change of plans, participants shared enthusiasm and gratitude for the meeting.

Elder Priday and Archbishop Aquila


A rare collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls are now on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, generating interest among scholars and people of faith alike. Building on the excitement around this exhibit, two Denver-area religious institutions will host a panel discussion on “The Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Christianity”, featuring Dr. Craig Blomberg and Dr. Richard Hess of the Denver Seminary and Dr. Dana Pike from Brigham Young University. There are two opportunities to participate:
Thursday, May 3, 2018
7 p.m.
Denver Seminary Chapel
6399 S. Santa Fe Dr.
Littleton, CO 80120
Friday, May 4, 2018
7 p.m.
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
9203 S. University Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
No reservations are needed for these two events. Please join us for a stimulating and faith-building experience, and make sure to plan your own visit to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the museum.

Jefferson County is a better place because of The Action Center. Since 1968 The Action Center has provided an immediate response to basic human needs and promoted pathways to self-sufficiency for county residents and the homeless.

On February 10th Mormon women in the Arvada area came together to help The Action Center.

The women had the opportunity to purge the unnecessary out of their lives to benefit those in need.  They brought their used t-shirts to a Women’s Conference meeting where they transformed them into reusable grocery bags for The Action Center.

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Worldwide missionaries love to share the message of Jesus Christ in Song. Pictured here are Mormon missionaries performing at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh Scotland

On February 11th from  7 pm to 8:30 pm Mormon missionaries in the Denver area will present a special musical presentation called “Why I Believe.”

The presentation will feature musical performances from sister and elder missionaries serving in the local area as well as messages which will be shared by recent converts to the Mormon church in Colorado.

The Musical Performance or “fireside” is open to everyone in the community, both members of the faith and those who are not currently of the Mormon faith.

“It promises to be an experience that will build one’s faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and only way back to the father,” says Jacob Paulsen of the Denver North Public Affairs Council. “Come worship the Redeemer through song and testimony!”

No registration or tickets are required to attend. The presentation will be held at a Mormon meetinghouse located in Denver at 2710 S Monaco Pkwy.


Jimmy Abuseith visits with Castle Rock Stake President Gregg Lindsey and Craig and Bertha McIlroy at an LDS church service.

This past Sunday evening, August 27, 2017, the Denver South Public Affairs Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) hosted an interfaith event in Highlands Ranch to strengthen understanding between Muslims and Mormons. As a longtime friend of the LDS Church, Mr. Jimmy Abuseith of Jerusalem spoke to hundreds of LDS Church members and their friends and neighbors who gathered at an LDS meetinghouse in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Addressing the large audience with candor and goodwill, Mr. Abuseith explained how both Muslims and LDS Church members share many overlapping practices and beliefs, which include fasting, modesty, adherence to a health code, the importance of family, serving others, and practicing love and forgiveness in daily life. In addition, Mr. Abuseith shared many personal insights from his family life with his five children and his thoughts and experiences about living his Muslim faith.

Mr. Abuseith graciously fielded impromptu questions from audience members on a range of topics from gender equality, health and dress codes, doctrine espoused in the Koran, and even politics. LDS church members appreciated the opportunity to learn directly about Muslim beliefs from a faithful Muslim who also enjoys considerable knowledge of the LDS faith.


On September 12, 2015 – The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Black Genealogy Search Group, and FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world hosted an exclusive VIP event in Denver, CO announcing the digital release of 4 million Freedmen’s Bureau historical records and the launch of a nationwide volunteer indexing effort.

About 100 people attended the VIP event at the beautiful Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in downtown Denver’s five points neighborhood. Most of those present were personally understanding of the difficulties for Black Genealogical efforts in the United States and very appreciative for this new resource.

The program was an excellent mixture of speakers, music, and learning about this spectacular resource. Adrian Miller, the Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches directed the program which included Ex Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, Reverend Frank Marvin Davis,  Mrs. Janet Taylor of the Black Genealogical Search Group and Mrs. Terry Nelson of the Blair Caldwell Library, Bishop Jermaine Carroll, and President Russell  Watterson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. of The speakers shared their combined enthusiasm and appreciation for the work that will be done and its value to their Community. The audience also enjoyed an amazing musical performance by local actress and singer SuCh.

Several present had already been to an LDS Family History Center to do genealogy work, and others were excited to see the addresses of the Denver Area Family History Centers noted on the program. Refreshments and hands on training were shared after the meeting on the third floor of the Library. For more information on the event contact ericfowles@me.com

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September 12, 2015

HISTORIC FREEDMEN’S BUREAU RECORDS RELEASED:
Event launches volunteer indexing effort of 4 million freed slave records

DENVER, CO — The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Black Genealogy Search Group, and FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world are partnering on an exclusive VIP event in Denver, CO on September 12, 2015 announcing the digital release of 4 million Freedmen’s Bureau historical records and the launch of a nationwide volunteer indexing effort.

FamilySearch International is working in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society and the California African American Museum to make these records available and accessible by taking the raw records, extracting the information and indexing them to make them easily searchable online. Once indexed, finding an ancestor may be as easy as going to the site, entering a name and, with the touch of a button, discovering your family member.

The Freedmen’s Bureau was organized near the end of the American Civil War to assist newly freed slaves in 15 states and the District of Columbia. From 1865 t o1872, the Bureau opened schools, managed hospitals, rationed food and clothing and even solemnized marriages. In the process it gathered priceless handwritten, personal information including marriage and family information, military service, banking, school, hospital and property records on potentially 4 million African Americans.

Throughout the year, volunteers with each of these organizations and interested individuals from the general public will search and index these priceless records, making the information, details and histories readily discoverable for free online genealogical searches.

The goal is to have the records fully indexed in time for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. It only takes a little training for anyone with a computer and Internet access to join the project. Technical assistance will be available at FamilySearch centers throughout the nation.

The VIP event, held at the Blair-Caldwell African American Library in Denver, CO will be conducted by Adrian Miller, Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches, and will feature speakers from partner organizations; Blair-Caldwell Library, Black Genealogical Search Group and FamilySearch.

For more information about the effort or to see how you can help us restore records of millions of freed slaves, visit DiscoverFreedmen.org and on social media using #DiscoverFreedmen.

CONTACTS:

Danny Walker
dwalker@denverlibrary.org
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Janet Taylor
babyjklt@msn.com
Black Genealogical Search Group

Eric Fowles
720-472-0104
ericfowles@mac.com