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County Human Rights Commission to Recognize Rev. Antal on April 19th

The Orange County Human Rights Commission will be recognizing Rev. Chris J. Antal for his humanitarian deeds and actions at its 22nd annual awards dinner Wednesday, April 19 at Kuhl’s Highland House, 512 Highland Ave., in Middletown. Rev. Antal, Dr. Ron Israelski, Abdullah Rahaman, Lana Williams-Scott and Christopher D. Watkins, Esq. are this year’s award … Continued

Local Clergy Repudiate Travel Ban

January 28, 2017 Newburgh – Clergy from the Greater Newburgh Interfaith Council gathered together with the local Muslim community at the Masjid Al-Ihklas Mosque, Newburgh, N.Y. Saturday, to publicly repudiate President Trump’s ban on refugees and stand in solidarity with “the poor, the needy, and the traumatized.” “Yesterday President Trump took a wrecking ball to … Continued

Newburgh rally decries US ban on some Muslim travelers

By Pauline Liu Times Herald-Record NEWBURGH – Dozens of demonstrators rallied outside the Masjid Al-Ikhlas mosque in Newburgh on Sunday to protest what they referred to as President Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims. His executive order bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends the … Continued

Rev. Antal is Featured Speaker at 2017 UU-UNO Seminar; Terri is Chaplain

UUCRT Minister Rev. Chris J. Antal is the featured speaker at the  2017 seminar, Arm in Arm: Interfaith Action to Disarm Our Planet, on April 6-8, 2017 in New York City.  Lay commissioned minister Terri Pahucki is the seminar chaplain.  Scholarship applications are accepted through January 16. Early registration with reduced fee ends January 23. The link to scholarship, registration … Continued

$10K Donation to Refugee Fund; Welcome Coordinator Named

NEWBURGH – The Greater Newburgh Interfaith Council has appointed Cornwall attorney Alisa Swire as Welcome Team Coordinator for local efforts to resettle refugees in this part of the Hudson Valley. Swire had a pleasant welcome into her new, unpaid position on Dec. 18 when interfaith council President the Rev. Chris J. Antal presented her with … Continued

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity — sermon by Bruce Knotts

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity   A sermon by Bruce Knotts of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office presented to the Rock Tavern UUs.     Liberté, égalité, fraternité: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Bruce Knotts Director: Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Thank you for inviting me to your lovely congregation and for your welcoming hospitality. Your Unitarian Universalist … Continued

Rev. Chris Answers Call to Stand and Pray with Standing Rock

(Editor’s Note: Rev. Antal has answered “the call to Standing Rock” and will be joining other faith leaders this Sunday, Dec. 4, for an Interfaith Day of Prayer at the Oceti Sakowin Camp.)   From Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota, and … Continued

Local Clergy Meet to Support Refugee Resettlement Efforts

(Reprinted from the Times Herald-Record) By Leonard Sparks Times Herald-Record CITY OF NEWBURGH – Chris Antal knows both sides of the refugee story. Four years ago, as an Army chaplain in Afghanistan, the Unitarian Universalist minister befriended an Afghan man working as an interpreter for the U.S. military – an occupation that endangered the man … Continued

How To Be A Transgender Ally

On November 20th for Transgender Day of Remembrance, Jamie Capach read the congregation a list of first steps to being an ally for transgender people in the spirit of empowerment and taking action. According to source Transwhat, “Allyship to trans people involves a number of different actions: some are necessary and relatively easy, while some … Continued

Refugee Resettlement Office to Open in Hudson Valley

NEWBURGH –The Greater Newburgh Interfaith Council is sponsoring an event Thursday Nov. 17 at 11:30 a.m.  at Saint George’s Episcopal Church in Newburgh to inform area clergy on the services and needs of the new refugee resettlement office that will open in Poughkeepsie. The office expects to begin resettling families from Syria in a 50 … Continued