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Easter Sunday

Easter is the most important religious observance for Christians and the time when they celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection, three days after his death by crucifixion. Easter is also the oldest tradition of the Christian church, directly following Lent, the 40-day time of fasting and repentance leading up to Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) and Holy Week. 
Jesus is known to Christians as the Lamb of God. Just as Jewish people observe Passover by sacrificing a lamb to God, Christians believe that Jesus sacrificed himself by dying on the cross as a way of redeeming them from their sins. Jesus' act of sacrifice and redemption therefore connects the Old Testament with the New.

The term "Easter" probably comes from the word "Estre," which was the Anglo Saxon name for the goddess of spring. Because Easter is celebrated in the springtime, Europeans likely incorporated local seasonal celebrations into their religious customs, such as Easter eggs. Easter eggs symbolized fertility, joy and celebration in ancient times.

Today, many Catholics, Protestants and Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Easter with sunrise services, commemorating Mary Magdalene's early morning visit to Jesus' tomb where she found his body gone and Jesus risen from death. On Easter, Christians around the world often greet one another with these words: “He is risen. He is risen indeed!”

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Join us for a literary exploration of how culture and race
shape our communities and the world.  

Please watch your email for information on how to get involved. If you would like to host a CCS/CHS Reads lunch and book discussion in your area, please contact Margaret Boddie.


Here are some other books that explore diversity:

A Little Yellow Dog by Walter Mosley
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Children in the Holocaust and World War II by Lauren Holliday
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Daughters Are Forever by Lee Maracle
Daughters of the Earth by Carolyn Niethammer
Dream Jungle by Jessica Hagedorm
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
Extraordinary Acts of Native Life on the West Coast by Kathryn Bridge
Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States by Seth Holmes
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
Native Son by Richard Wright
Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family by Pauli Murray
Savage Continent by Keith Lowe
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
The History of White People
by Nell Irvin Painter
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie
Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit by Leslie Marmon Silko
April 2014 Diversity Calendar

Celebrate Diversity Month (started in 2004; recognizes and honors the diversity surrounding us all; by celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other.

Autism Awareness Month (established to raise awareness about the developmental disorder that affects children's normal development of social and communication skills)

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

2 - World Autism Awareness Day

4 to 11 - Week of Nonviolence (sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious)

4 - Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968)

7 - Day of Remembrance for Victims of Rwanda Genocide

7 - United Nations' World Health Day

8 - Ram Navami (Hindu; festival commemorating the birth of Lord Rama, a popular deity in Hinduism; people celebrate the holiday by sharing stories and visiting temples)

 11 - Global Youth Service Day

12 - International Day of Human Space Flight

13 - Palm Sunday (Christian, Orthodox Christian; commemorates the entry of Jesus in Jerusalem. It is the last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of the Holy Week)

14 (beginning at sunset) to 22 (ending at sunset) - Passover (Jewish; celebrated each spring in remembrance of the Jews’ deliverance out of slavery in Egypt in 1300 B.C.;
on the first two days of Passover, a traditional Seder is eaten
and the story of deliverance is shared)

16 - Anniversary of the assassination of 12 year-old Iqbal Masih,
the victim of child labor in the carpet industry of Pakistan
who organized widely against this exploitation of children

18 - Good Friday/Orthodox Good Friday (Christian, Orthodox Christian; commemorates the execution of Jesus by crucifixion and is recognized on the Friday before Easter)

19 - Anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing (1995)

20 - Easter Sunday/Orthodox Sunday (Christian, Orthodox Christian; celebrates Jesus’ return from death after the crucifixion; considered to be
the most important Christian holiday)

20 - Anniversary of Littleton, Colo. school killings (1999)

22 - Earth Day

23 - Anniversary of the death of César Chávez (1993)

24 - Anniversary of the Edinboro, Penn. school killings (1998)

28 - Yom HaShoah, Shoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day

29 - Day of Remembrance Day for Victims of Chemical Warfare Victims



We gather in our diversity to challenge ourselves and our communities to love one another.

We gather together in our diversity to listen to and speak our respective truths.

We have everyone’s uniqueness, talent and gifts engaging people so they feel free to speak openly about issues and concerns.

We gather our diversity to celebrate our varied histories, cultures, and triumphs.


“Diversity and inclusivity in an organization cannot be accomplished in an unstructured and informal manner. Creating the enterprise necessitates a responsive, comprehensive, and effective methodology developed specifically for creating process innovation and lasting organizational transformation. The goal is not to engage in a series of unrelated activities and or quick fixes. Rather the goal is to create a process, which would transform the organizational structure and become a part of day-to-day operations.”
(Catholic Charities USA) 

CS/CHS Employee Pledge
CCS is committed to making our services, our agencies and our communities free of the divisive and dehumanizing ravages of racism. To live out this commitment every employee is expected to pledge the following:

I will not tolerate attitudes, behaviors, or statements that alienate, offend or injure any person associated with CCS because of their racial or ethnic origin;

I will enable and support all efforts to become aware of and eliminate racism and racist behaviors within CCS and the broader community;
I will take exceptional steps to identify and root out such biases, especially where there appear to be long-standing, institutional patterns of unacceptable behavior or lack of performance.
CCS is committed to employing staff that reflect the diversity of the regional population. Professional Ethics, Mission orientation and Cultural Competency trainings are required of all employees to assist the organization in meeting its commitments in this arena.
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El Centro de la Raza
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El Centro de la Raza website.

Minority Executive Directors CoalitionClick here to visit the
Minority Executive Directors Coalition website.

United Indians of All Tribes
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United Indians of All Tribes Foundation website
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First Place website
Black Dollar Days
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