Public Witness

Public Witness Opportunities in April

Allison Tanner

March 29, 2022

Public Witness Forum, April 3 – Lakeshore’s Hunger Task Force has been a long-standing expression of our congregational Public Witness. April’s PW Forum will feature Hunger Task Force partners City Team and Berkeley Food and Housing. Representatives will share the work they are doing in our community, work that is supported by contributions from the Hunger Task Force.

Public Witness Bible Study, April 5 and 6 – “What’s Your Public Witness?” One of my roles as Pastor of Public Witness is to encourage the congregation’s participation in the work of public witness – or living our faith in public. During Bible Study, we will explore what it means to engage in public witness individually, in community, and as a congregation.

Good Friday Virtual Worship and Witness, April 15 at 7:45 a.m., “This Tax Day What Does the Lord Require of Us” – Pastor Tanner will preach for the Ecumenical Peace Institute’s Good Friday service traditionally held outside Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory. This zoom service will include music, sacred dance, a nuclear update, and prayer. Register for zoom link at

Pilgrimage for Just Closures, May 28-June 1, 2022 (one-day option May 28)

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity is leading a Pilgrimage for Just Closures. There is a one-day option on May 28 that includes programs outside San Quinton and Yuba County Jail, the last county jail in California to function as an ICE Detention Center. There is also a five-day option that will visit the six for-profit detention centers in the cities of Bakersfield (two), Adelanto (two), Calexico, and San Diego, all operated either by GEO or Core Civic. The stories and voices of people who are currently detained, formerly detained, and their families will be featured. If you are interested in joining a Lakeshore contingent for either the one-day or multi-day experience, please contact me for details.