Monday, June 30, 2008

P2e Fest

The 7th annual P2e watermelon and hot dog fest will be held next Sunday (July 6) in the fellowship hall following the 10:30 worship service.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New moveon.org campaign commercial

For those who haven't seen the controversial new campaign add from moveon.org.


Food for thought

A little humility is good for folks at both ends of the spectrum. Here's a teaser from today's NY Times column by David Brooks.

The cocksure war supporters learned this humbling lesson during the dark days of 2006. And now the cocksure surge opponents, drunk on their own vindication, will get to enjoy their season of humility. They have already gone through the stages of intellectual denial. First, they simply disbelieved that the surge and the Petraeus strategy was doing any good. Then they accused people who noticed progress in Iraq of duplicity and derangement. Then they acknowledged military, but not political, progress. Lately they have skipped over to the argument that Iraq is progressing so well that the U.S. forces can quickly come home.

The column is The Bush Paradox by David Brooks. It's a good reminder that we don't always get it right either. (And there's an interesting response to the David Brooks column by Joe Klein of Time Magazine.)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Transit Forum

You will recall that the CUCC Forum had a program recently, led by Greg Flynn, about the recommendations from the Special Transit Advisory Commission (STACC), a committee comprised of Triangle leaders, dealing with Transit needs and options for Wake County and the Triangle.


Dealing with this important topic, WakeUp Wake County is hosting a forum this Thursday evening, June 26, 7:00 to 9:00pm (registration begins at 6:30pm) at the NC State University McKimmon Center, Transit: Is Wake County Ready for It? I am proud to note that Community United Church of Christ - Justice in a Changing Climate is among the sponsors.

You can read more about WakeUp Wake County and about the Transit Forum at http://wakeupwakecounty.com/cms/ where there are links in the box about the Transit Forum for more information including a detailed flyer.

With the financial support of sponsors, admission is FREE. You can register on-line and I hope you'll plan to come. If you have any questions, please contact me at cball@ballmediation.com or 387-9479.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Conversation on Race, continued

We will continue our "Conversation on Race" this Sunday, June 22, at the regular Forum time, 9:15 to 10:15am. More information about panel speakers and topics will be announced tomorrow (Friday). Please plan to come and participate.

And, we will meet again on Tuesday, July 22, at 6:30pm. More information tba. Please put it on your calendar.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sermons: A Sacred Conversation on Race

Below find links to notes from which sermons and ministry moments were preached at CUCC as part of A Sacred Conversation on Race.

Keep in mind that a sermon when preached differs from the notes used to prepare for the preaching.

May 18, 2008 "Alive in the Spirit" - The Rev. Steve Halsted Click here: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcxkfpb_5d4266hgd

May 25, 2008 "It's Not Martin Luther King Day! Or Is It?" - The Rev. Robert Parrish Click here: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcxkfpb_4fckns9cz

May 25, 2008 "Conversation on Race: A Bit of History" - Cy King Click here: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcxkfpb_6ck9ms4zq

Peggy Hoffmann wrote a wonderful play, "A Peculiar People," which gives more information about the context of the events Cy describes. Click here: http://homepage.mac.com/lavon/church/peculiar_people/

June 1, 2008 "God Leads" - The Rev. Steve Halsted Click here: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcxkfpb_8c3mxhjfw

COMING SOON

May 25, 2008 Reflections on our relationship with our friends from the DRC - Margaret Osborne