Monday, May 30, 2016

Weekly News - May 26, 2016

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Please come to a conversation at CUCC on Sunday, June 5, from 12:00 - 1:00 in the Hoffman Room.  All individuals and groups at CUCC are invited to come together to share information about what we are doing, suggest new initiatives and projects, and explore ways we can collaborate and support each other in our activities and concerns.  This is a way to keep in touch, stay informed and share.  Gary Smith will facilitate the meeting.

- submitted by Shirley Birt for CUCC's justice groups (Community Outreach Ministry, Social Justice Ministry, Economic Justice Task Force, Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force, and Open and Affirming Task Force)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Remembering a Christian justice advocate and friend

a woman and two men smile at the camera
Judy and Leo (right) with the King's son
at the reception for the Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award

With sadness we announce the passing of CUCC friend Leo Klohr on May 24.  Leo was an advocate for peace and justice whose warm smile and intellectual curiosity were intertwined with deep faith.  Through his commitment to respectful dialog, educating for peace, and showing up at countless vigils and rallies, Leo helped a broad network of people find ways to take action for peace and justice.  Leo and his wife Judy Occhetti-Klohr were recipients of CUCC's 2015 Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award.

Judy invites us to join her at a celebration of his life on Saturday, June 18, at 1PM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Anyone who would like to send Judy a note can get their address from Jane Smith.

- submitted by Jane Smith

Friday, May 20, 2016

Weekly News - May 20, 2016

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Joy to start new Living the Questions discussion in Wake Forest

CUCC member and in-care seminary student Joy Alford will be leading a Living the Questions discussion group in the Wake Forest area   If you know of anyone in the Wake Forest area who would like to attend or if you want to come yourself, please let Joy know.  CUCC members have given rave reviews of previous series led by Joy.

starting June 1
NANCY JO PHOTOGRAPY (107 S White St., Wake Forest)
6PM meet and greet
6:30PM  discussion begins

People know that at its core, Christianity has something good to offer the human race.  At the same time, many have a sense that they are alone in being a "thinking" Christian and that "salvaging" Christianity is a hopeless task. What is needed is a safe environment where people have permission to ask the questions they've always wanted to ask but have been afraid to voice for fear of being thought a heretic.

Living the Questions is a 12-week DVD and discussion based small group study exploring beyond the traditions and rote theologies in which so many people and local churches seem to be stuck.

Ideal for an introduction to more progressive Christian initiation and any spiritual formation, Living the Questions will help seekers and "church alumni/ae" or the unchurched alike in discovering the significance of Christianity in the 21st Century and what a meaningful faith can look like in today's world where all people no matter who they are or where they are on life’s journey are welcome.

Pancake brunch - May 22

Question:  How can I spend time with youth learning about their amazing summer plans?
Answer:  Yummy, fluffy hotcakes right after worship next Sunday!

Join us for a pancake brunch next Sunday, May 22, at 11:45Am, immediately after worship in the fellowship hall!  We will share BYC and ASP information and entertainment with you at the brunch so you can know more about the wonderful experiences that our youth will have this summer!  You'll even have an opportunity to contribute a love offering toward these adventures!

Please join us in the fellowship hall for a delectable breakfast with lots of choices, especially pancakes!

- submitted by the youth of CUCC

Sunday Soup Night - June 5

You're invited to Sunday Soup Night - a relaxing evening of CUCC fellowship - just for fun!
Sunday, June 5, 5:30-8:30PM

Paul and Susan Atkinson have invited us to their home (contact the church office or the Atkinsons to get the address) near Five Points.  They will provide the soup and iced tea and we are asked to bring a side dish of any variety to share and other beverage if we would like.

This is a family focused gathering where all are welcome!

Hope to see y'all!

Talk to Susan A. if you have questions.

Break the fast with our Muslim friends

Pastor Peg received this invitation for CUCC folks to attend evening dinners which break the fast during Ramadan.  You are invited to attend any evening (schedule below).  If you would like to join others from CUCC, Frank Gailor and Pastors Peg and Ken plan to attend (probably on different nights); contact them.  Or let Jane Smith know and she will post the night you want to attend so others can join you!  Please let the Institute know which night you plan to attend.  RSVP

Here is the invitation:

Dear Pastor Peg Nowling Williams,

I serve as one of the officers under Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies ( in Cary, NC. One of our goals is to bring local communities together to promote compassion, cooperation, partnership and community service through interfaith activities.

We are contacting you to invite you, members of your family, members of your congregation, and your colleagues to share our table to break bread together with our community members in the month of Ramadan. We will have dinners almost every night during Ramadan and we would like to break our fast with our neighbors regardless of their religion by gathering around the table to taste the delicious Turkish meals and to share an interfaith spiritual atmosphere in this sacred month.

Please kindly let us know whether you could honor our dinner table. If so, could you please let us know through this link about which night you would prefer? You will receive a confirmation email after we confirm the availability of that night. We can accommodate 8 guests per night per group.

This year we plan to show a documentary movie “Love is a Verb” as we did last year. This will be followed by a quick tour and brief introduction about the mosque, prayers and the month of fasting by an IITS volunteer. Our guests can interact with the community members while waiting for the sunset and the dinner. Since the sunset is sometime around 8:35 pm during those days we will have to wait until then to start the dinner.

7:00 pm “Love is a Verb” - Documentary Screening (Optional)
8:00 pm Presentation / Q&A
~8:40 pm (with sunset) Fast Breaking Dinner

- Place: Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies (IITS)
- Address: 1391 SE Maynard Rd, Cary (Next Door to the DMV)
- Dates: Any day between 6/6 and 7/4, except 6/11.6/24 and 6/25
- Participation is free of charge.
-  Please RSVP via this registration link or by sending email to or calling (919) 322-9960

We also would like to invite you and your guests to our Open House event on 6/11 Saturday and to our Annual Ramadan Community Tent on 6/24 Friday and 6/25 Saturday.

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Nihat Fidan

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Weekly News - May 10, 2016

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