Book cover: a young African American boy, smiling, on purple background, with word Calvin over his forehead, and authors JR and Vanessa Ford, illustrator Kayla Harren, in  text

Calvin is a boy, and knows it in his heart and mind. He tells his family, as the first day of school approaches.

This picture book for children can help children and adults remember how to apply kindness and empathy, so that all children (and all people) can feel safe, respected, welcomed, and included.

The authors, JR and Vanessa Ford, wrote from their personal experience of raising a transgender child. The authors will be with us this Sunday. They’ll do a book reading, tell us a little of why and how they wrote the book, and then answer questions.  Please join us for this event, and let others know who might be interested!

In-person: we will have LIMITED in-person participation. Our presider, Jone Johnson Lewis, will be at the Meeting House, and our speaker will join us on the large screen there via Zoom.  Please register using the button on this page.  Registration is open from the previous Sunday through the day before the meeting at 5 pm. A reminder that proof of vaccination (at least first dose) is required if attendee is 12 or older. Also required: mask while indoors, sanitize hands, respect social distance.

Zoom: we will include Zoom participation.  See this page for how to join the Zoom meeting.

We will have gathering time in-person and on Zoom from 11-11:15 to socialize a bit, then begin promptly at 11:15 am ET.  We will try to end by 12:15, reducing in-meeting participation time.  In-person socializing time (with social distancing and masking) will be until 12:45 pm, the Zoom room will be open until 1 pm for socializing.

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