Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Voting Rights Rally needs you Sept. 3

The America's Journey for Justice walkers will be walking from Shaw University to the Bicentennial Mall on Thursday, September 3.  We can join them - either walking with them or greeting them at the Mall - to show our support for voting rights.

America's Journey for Justice walkers began in Selma and are walking to Washington DC, stopping along the way in communities at gatherings supporting voting rights.  People from Community UCC will accompany them this Thursday on the Raleigh leg of their walk.  This is an event where crowd size matters, so come.  Appropriate for all ages.

Options for participation:
Shaw University (118 East South Street) - Walk is to start at 4PM.  Look for the vertical CUCC banner.  The walk is about 1 mile long.

Bicentennial Mall - The walkers are due to arrive at the Mall 5-ish, which is when a rally should begin.  It is planned to last about 45 minutes.  If you want to join the CUCC crowd, look for the vertical banner to arrive.

I'm sure many CUCC people plan to attend, but I know you can look for Edith, Gary, Joan, Mac and myself.

- submitted by Jane Smith

Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcoming Sunday September 13

Come and join the activities on Community UCC’S Welcoming Sunday.  Along with delicious food at our potluck there will be games, art fun, and various tables for you to visit to support the mission of our church.  After the brief 10:30 AM worship service, the fun and games will begin.  Come and join us on Sunday, September 13th for Community UCC’s welcoming Sunday activities!

Please bring a side dish to share - fried and grilled chicken and drinks will be provided.

Call the church office for additional information.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sign up for a shift at the fair restaurant

Claim your shift - the online sign up is now available for the St. Paul's NC State Fair restaurant!  St. Paul's Christian Church has invited us to join them in this annual fundraiser - a welcome source of income for our congregation in light of exciting new ministries and staff changes. If you have not been able to increase your pledge, working a shift at the fair is a way to help CUCC have the funds we need.  We are honored to be invited by our friends to be part of this historic ministry of hospitality.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Justice Activities from Adrienne - Aug. 28

Congregations for Social Justice (CSJ) is "Faith communities and non-profits advocating for a better Raleigh/Wake County for all people!"  Adrienne Little represents CUCC's Social Justice Ministry at Congregations for Social Justice meetings.  She invites you to join her at the next CSJ meeting or to attend any of these events and report back to Social Justice Ministry if there is something you'd like to help CUCC do on any of these initiatives.

ONA Sunday Morning Forum Series – September 2015

Inspired by the NC Pride celebration (Sept. 26), CUCC’s Open and Affirming Task Force invites you to a September Forum series of education and suggestions for action.  Forum meets in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday 9:15-10:15AM and is open to anyone in the community.

September 6  Have you wondered about how you can help transgender people feel more welcome at CUCC, in the workplace, or elsewhere? Rebecca Chapin of the LGBT Center of Raleigh will be presenting a workshop, “Specific Ideas for Allies of Transgender People.”  Rebecca is an expert in this field and will be glad to answer your questions.

September 13 (Welcoming Sunday)   No Forum because folks will be setting up for Welcoming Sunday

September 20  Decorate signs and posters for NC Pride 2015 including a free-for-all discussion about LGBT issues and some of the struggles our members have faced in other church experiences. Worship September 20 will affirm our commitment to be an Open and Affirming congregation.

September 27    A panel of LGBT and straight ally CUCC members will share their stories about why it is important to them that CUCC is an Open and Affirming Congregation.   If you are new to CUCC and don’t fully appreciate the importance of this ministry, please come! Child care will be provided.

On Thursday, October 1, CUCC will be sponsoring a workshop for LGBT families regarding the ramifications of the Equal Marriage decision of the Supreme Court.  Issues such as custody, adoption, inheritance, survivorship, taxes, and employment may or may not have been impacted by the Supreme Court decision.  In order to push for your rights, you must first know what your rights are.

August 30, 2015 Weekly News (PDF)

August 30, 2015 Weekly News (PDF).

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The online calendar is always available and is always up-to-date.

Newsletters from 2013 and 2014 may be found on the News blog. Older newsletters are found in the archive.

Consider participating in one of these events

Congregations for Social Justice (CSJ) is "Faith communities and non-profits advocating for a better Raleigh/Wake County for all people!"  Adrienne Little represents CUCC's Social Justice Ministry at Congregations for Social Justice meetings.  She invites you to join her at the next CSJ meeting or to attend any of these events and report back to Social Justice Ministry if there is something you'd like to help CUCC do on any of these initiatives.

Monday, August 24, 2015

August 20, 2015 Weekly News (PDF)

August 20, 2015 Weekly News (PDF)

The online calendar is always available and is always up-to-date.

Newsletters from 2013 and 2014 may be found on the News blog. Older newsletters are found in the archive.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The World's Hot Spot

Thomas Friedman's most recent column in the NY Times is on implications of global climate change in the Middle East. The link is posted here at the request of Gary Smith on behalf of the Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force.

The Coddling of the American Mind

Recently John Little sent me a link to an article in The Atlantic entitled "The Coddling of the American Mind" which merits thoughtful reflection by those of us at CUCC. While the article is directed primarily at trends in higher education, some of the trends cited in the article have also been observed within our own church.

Articles on this topic have been appearing with increasing frequency. (Recently I publicized a similar article from The New Yorker.) Such articles tend to be long, in part because there are so many examples that can be brought to bear, as well as so many questionable aspects of this trend.

I hope you will take time to read this piece and to reflect on it.  -- Lavon Page

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/