BRATTLEBORO -- The Board for Mission and Service at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro is hosting a workshop from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, that will focus on solving the problems of poverty rather than just treating the symptoms. All faith communities from the local Interfaith Clergy Association have been invited to attend, sending teams of three to five members each.

Angela Berkfield, the director for ACT for Social Justice, will serve as facilitator. She is a graduate of the SIT Graduate Institute with a degree in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations. Her work addresses the root causes of injustice and inequality and participants will focus on: What is our understanding of poverty? Is our response to poverty contributing to the problem?

According to Board chairperson Julie Ball, small groups will work to take action steps that begin to move the community out of poverty.

At 10 a.m. worship Sunday, the Rev. Carra McFadden will preach on "The One Another Community: Forgive One Another," based on the sermon text from Ephesians 4:25-5:2. Adult education precedes worship at 9 a.m., based on Karen Armstrong’s "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life." All are welcome.

Special Offerings for February will benefit the Overflow Shelter and Morningside Shelter, both located in downtown Brattleboro.

Centre Church is located at 193 Main St., Brattleboro, and is Open and Affirming. For more information contact the church office at 802-254-4730 or visit the website at