Monday, May 31, 2010

Climate Change:La Paz water shortage may induce massive migration

Thanks to Geri Bowen for finding this BBC World News item which describes how the shrinking glacier above Bolivia's capital city is causing water shortages which may in turn force mass migration of the population toward the rain forest as they search for sufficient water. 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A changing of the guard

At CUCC, we've made significant strides in recent years with regard to bringing our communications into the digital world. However, a note in today's news signals the speed with which that world is changing. The New York Times reports that yesterday Apple officially passed Microsoft to become the world's most valuable technology company.

SAN FRANCISCO — Wall Street has called the end of an era and the beginning of the next one: The most important technology product no longer sits on your desk but rather fits in your hand.

The moment came Wednesday when Apple, the maker of iPods, iPhones and iPads, shot past Microsoft, the computer software giant, to become the world’s most valuable technology company.

Collins Kilburn in N&O

Collins Kilburn is featured in the N&O article on the 75th anniversary of the North Carolina Council of Churches.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Budget Hearing

(posted at the request of Jim Smith)

Tell your Representatives to Take a Balanced Approach
Dear Together NC Partners,

The House is holding a budget hearing tonight at 7 PM, providing you a chance to ask legislators to take a balanced approach to closing the budget gap. This is also an opportunity to thank them for listening to your concerns last year and raising revenue to offset deep cuts to
critical services. Remind your representatives that revenues should be on the table to offset damaging cuts to services.

We feel that by coming together last year, your organization and the other members of Together NC were better able to convince legislators to take a balanced approach. Please mention your membership in Together NC when making your remarks at the public hearing tonight. Remind legislators that those supporting a balanced approach still stand

In preparing for tonight, consider what is at stake. The House Appropriation Chairs have indicated some damaging cuts may include:
  • Cuts that would slow growth in Medicaid and Health Choice
  • Consolidating More at Four and Smart Start
If you cannot attend in person, use the online form or email to tell your legislators your priorities.

Or provide feedback via email.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wedding Invitation

Greetings to All Members of Community United Church of Christ,

As we indicated in church a couple of weeks ago, we -- Adrienne Talbot and John Little -- are going to reaffirm the covenant/commitment ceremony we shared in Guam in February and become officially married on July 10. The people of CUCC have played such important parts in our lives for the past three decades that we want all members and friends who are able to attend. The ceremony will take place at 2:00 pm with a reception in the Vaughn Fellowship Hall immediately following. We plan to provide light refreshments and wine at the reception, but will need to have an idea of how many will be there. So, we shall deeply appreciate your contacting us by phone at 919-781-0829 or email at [John's e-mail address shown in the church directory is out-of-date] to let us know if you plan to come. Dress will be casual—no tuxedos or fancy dresses for the wedding party and anything that passes the test of decency for guests. We love CUCC and all of its members and genuinely hope you can join us in this celebration of our marriage.


Adrienne and John

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Erin Moorman featured in News & Observer

Erin Moorman, daughter of Anne Moorman-Smith, is featured in today's issue of the Raleigh News & Observer. There's a great photo of Erin appearing at the farmers' market as part of the North Carolina Opera. Please see the N&O article for the full story and to see the GREAT photo! (I'd love to display the photo here but that would be illegal since the N&O owns it.)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Japanese Film "Departures" - June 4 (Foreign Film Series)

The June choice for the foreign film series is the Japanese film "Departures" which won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2009. Here's the Netflix summary of this movie:

Freshly unemployed, young cellist Daigo (Masahiro Motoki) has an epiphany in which he realizes he's been heading down the wrong career path. Retreating to his hometown, he trains for a new professional role as a nakanshi, or one who prepares the dead for burial. Tsutomu Yamazaki provides comic relief as Daigo's eccentric mentor in director Yojiro Takita's Oscar-winning, richly detailed -- if unlikely -- drama about finding your bliss.

From the paragraph above you will surmise that this is not your ordinary film. It's wonderful. And you'll come away from watching feeling like your time has been well spent.

Films in this series are shown at 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Article on orphanage we helped support

On Sunday, February 14, the youth hosted a Shrove Sunday pancake breakfast after worship and there was a love offering being collected for an orphanage in Haiti that was being supported in part by Santi's Western Boulevard. Presbyterian church. The orphanage is featured in today's N&O. See how our "love offerings" help.