Sunday, July 28, 2013

Moral Monday request: Who is doing voter registration?

Following is a summary of the discussion at this week's CUCC Moral Mondays ad hoc group meeting (July 28)

Do this week
Please research groups which are coordinating  helping people register to  vote  and get a photo ID.  Bring details next Sunday OR email them to the group this week.

Upcoming events
Tomorrow, July 29Moral Monday March to Capitol and Mass Social Justice Interfaith Rally   
“Wear red to support public ed” – NCAE request
Carpool from CUCC:  Look for Jane.  Leaving promptly at 4:30.
Rally on Halifax Mall:  5:00pm
Walk to old capitol building:  6:00pm (time change as of 10am Monday)
Thursday, Aug. 1:  “Voices of A People’s History of the United"
Keep your spirits up by watching this documentary.  Folks from CUCC will be meeting there; look for Joan McAllister.
7pm, Clara Barton room at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh (east of CUCC on Wade Avenue)
Description:  On Thursday, August 1, Documentary Night features "Voices of a Peoples History of the United States". Based upon a remarkable collection of documents from the rich tradition of struggle in the US, readings “Voices of A People’s History of the United" celebrates an alternative national identity, one of resistance to racism and slavery, of organization for women's rights, of struggle for union recognition, of opposition to war and militarism, of agitation for workplace and social democracy. Authors Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove use selected testimonies of people throughout U.S. history who articulated a vision for a better world.

Sunday, Aug. 4:  CUCC’s Moral Mondays ad hoc group meets to plan voter registration, IDs, and attending local Forward Together rallies
9:15am, Vaughan Fellowship Hall

Monday, Aug. 5:  Next Moral Monday local rally: 
What: Mountain Moral Monday
When: Monday, August 5, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC
Who: Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the NC NAACP and leader of the Moral Monday rallies in Raleigh
Why: Protest the draconian laws being passed by the NC State Legislature
Joan is interested in carpooling.  Contact her directly if you’d like to go.

Sign up to be an election official    (from Jane)
Article in Huffington Post:    “9 Ways to Organize the Next Civil Rights Movement”     (from Gary)
Editorial in Wall Street Journal:   “Why Are North Carolina Liberals So @&%*! Angry?”      (Is this the correct article, Laura?)
No Labels”:  non-partisan group working on collaborative government solutions, mentioned by Laura this morning 
Buses from NC to March on Washington 50th celebration 

- notes taken by Jane Smith

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Email - 26 JUL 2013

Musical – Into the Woods, Jr.
We Welcome Ruth Pardue as Our Guest Musician this Sunday
Youth News for this Sunday, July 28
Social Justice Ministry Meeting
ONA Task Force Meeting
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Retreat, contemplate, share, recreate. All Congregation Retreat, September 10–12, 2013

Social Justice and the "Fracking Issue"

The Social Justice Ministry has taken an active interest in the "fracking issue" in the past couple of years.   Here are my thoughts on some of the problems with fracking.

For the past two years, the Social Justice Ministry (SJM) has given a significant portion of its budget to resist prospective hydrofracturing or “fracking” shale layers deep in the North Carolina earth to extract natural gas.   Fracking is a drilling technique that inserts a vertical pipe a mile deep, bends the pipe horizontally and thrusts it for additional miles laterally into subterranean shale deposits that house pockets of natural gas.  Fluids consisting of water, sand, and undisclosed chemicals are then pumped through the pipe at extreme pressure and heat levels that fracture the shale and enable extraction of the valued gas. The pipe is encased in cement housed within a steel sheath that purportedly protects against the liquid mix leaking into unintended areas.

As the member of the SJM with the lead responsibility for supporting policies and organizations that advocate for the integrity of God’s creation, I oppose fracking .  I believe fracking poses numerous problems or at least raises serious questions related to environmental and human health, economic stability, community amity, and atmospheric balance.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Musical - Into the Woods, Jr.

The musical Into the Woods, Jr. will be presented on July 26th and 27th at 7:00pm in the CUCC Sanctuary.  Several members of the congregation will be participating in the production. Tickets are free.  Donations are accepted.
Listen to a bit of the music and read a description

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Family pool party

Our next Rituals & Resources for Teaching Faith at Home gathering will be Sunday, July 28, 4-6pm, at the Lake Johnson swimming pool.  Families with children 5th grade and younger are welcome.  Bring snacks & drinks for your own family.  Those families who still feel energetic at 6pm will head out for a pizza dinner, while the sleepy ones can head home.
Directions to the Lake Johnson pool
Pool day pass fee 

If it rains, we'll reschedule for another day.

Questions?  Call Jane Smith.

- submitted for the group

Moral Monday update

Beverly Stolarick and Gray Woodard told us about their experience being arrested at last week’s Moral Monday. Thank you, Bev and Gray!

We arranged to carpool to the rally responding to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Joan agreed to announce the carpool in worship.

Joan and Jane will be hosting “lupper” (lunch/supper) for 3 people from High Country UCC tomorrow (July 22) at 3:30pm at CUCC. If you would like to join us, call Jane or Joan so we can add your name to the pot. Menu: gazpacho, salad, and fruit-sickles. We’ll use the time to swap ideas about how our congregations are responding to Moral Monday. Joan has two high school friends from Winston-Salem who will be joining us as well.

Etta brought a copy of the “Don’t Be Silenced” report card produced by Democracy NC. The sheet lists how all NC legislators voted on key legislation. Etta will look into obtaining more copies so we can distribute them at CUCC.  

Consider attending the October 10 gathering of the NC NAACP. This meeting will be held in Rocky Mount. Rep. John Lewis will speak and a reception will honor the Moral Mondays arrestees.

We welcomed Cindy Hodges who answered our questions about registering people to vote. Cindy explained which parts of the form voters must complete. Anyone is allowed to hand out forms and to collect completed forms and return them to the Board of Elections. Wake residents’ forms go to the Wake BOE; other NC county residents’ forms can be delivered to the NC BOE. You may distribute copies you download from the BOE website or pick up copies at the BOE. The photo ID law (if passed) will not be implemented until 2016, so we don’t need to worry about that yet. Groups Cindy has worked with recommend that you deliver completed forms to the BOE within 24 hours of collecting them. Be sure to look over the form before the person walks away to ensure that all the information is legible and all required fields are completed.

Printable voter registration form 
Wake County Guide to Effective Voter Registration Guides 
Location of Wake County Board of Elections: 337 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh (ground floor of old county office building at corner of Salisbury and Davie)
Mailing address of Wake County Board of Elections: PO Box 695, Raleigh, NC 27602
Location of NC Board of Elections 441 North Harrington St, Raleigh (near 42nd Street Oyster Bar) Mailing address of NC Board of Elections: PO Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611-7255

The group discussed working with NAACP-NC to identify locations to register people to vote. It was also suggested that we print labels to affix to the forms so that people who choose to take them to fill out later will know where to mail them. We may want to sponsor a combined a voter registration/health care enrollment effort in October.

Tomorrow’s Moral Monday: Carpool to leave CUCC Dixie Trail parking lot at 4:30pm. This is probably the final opportunity to protest while the General Assembly is in session. If you plan to risk arrest, this is the day!

Let me know if I missed anything in the notes.
- submitted by Jane Smith for the Moral Monday ad hoc group

Friday, July 19, 2013

We Welcome Reverend Denise Baker to our Pulpit

We welcome Reverend Wilhemina Denise Baker to our pulpit this morning. Rev. Baker is the daughter of Rev. Paul A. Baker of Hope Mills, NC and the late Mrs. Bobbie Mae Baker. She is the oldest of their five children and has two brothers and two sisters. Denise has one daughter, Tameka, and two granddaughters, Alia and Alina. Rev. Baker graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fayetteville State with a B.S in Psychology. She earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctorate from Campbell. She is a licensed Professional Counselor, a licensed Psychological Associate, and a licensed Attorney and Counselor at Law. Her professional experience has been focused primarily upon family-related issues. She is employed as the Team Leader of the Division Affairs Team for the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services in Raleigh, NC. Rev. Baker was ordained by the Union Missionary Baptist Association. She is ever mindful and most thankful for the wondrous blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon her. She is both awed and humbled by God’s choice of her as one of His own and is most pleased to be known as God’s child.

Friday Email - 19 JUL 2013

We Welcome Reverend Denise Baker this Sunday
Sunday, July 21 – Youth Field Trip
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Earth Sabbath
Tai Chi
Lena Gallitano Receives Audubon Award
Musical – Into the Woods, Jr.
Guest Consultant at Moral Mondays Group this Sunday
Retreat, Contemplate, Share, Recreate

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

NAACP-NC announces next steps for Forward Together

I found this information in High Country Press (Boone).  - from Jane Smith

The North Carolina NAACP is also announcing the following next steps for the Forward Together Movement [the HKonJ project title for Moral Mondays]:
  • Voting rights will headline the 12th Wave of protests on July 22, and their impact on public education and criminal justice.
  • The 13th Wave will be an interfaith assembly on July 29. A permit for the State Capitol facing Fayetteville Street has been submitted.
  • Throughout the month of August, local Moral Mondays will take place in select cities and communities across the state.
  • Each of the growing number of Moral Monday participants will be asked to register 50 people.
  • On August 28, the Forward Together Movement will honor the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with events in each of the 13 congressional districts in North Carolina, including one at the State Capitol.
  • Clergy will deliver special sermons throughout the weekend on August 24 and 25 in advance of the Anniversary.
  • North Carolinians are mobilizing for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, planned for August 24, 2013 in Washington DC. 

Guest Consultant at Moral Mondays Group this Sunday

Thank you, Geoffrey Frank of UCCH, for the photo.
On Sunday July 21, Cindy Hodges will be joining us to provide information on how we can help register voters and counter the effects of voter-suppressing legislation now being passed by the NC Legislature.  The Moral Mondays Sunday ad hoc group has been discussing ways that we can be involved with voter registration, polling place support, and assistance to people who need to get ID’s but cannot afford it.  All are invited to attend this meeting at 9:15 am to get your questions answered.  Cindy is Precinct Captain for Joan’s precinct in West Raleigh.
In addition we hope to hear from our newest Moral Monday arrestees, Gray and Bev, about their experiences.  We will focus on next steps.

-                submitted by Joan McAllister for the Moral Monday’s ad hoc group

Lena Gallitano Receives Audubon Award

At the National Audubon meeting in Stevenson WA, Lena Gallitano won the William Dutcher award for her volunteer service to Audubon. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Fall Retreat

Note that the right-most tab on this News & Chat blog is entitled "Fall Retreat". That will be your resource for up-to-date retreat information between now and the retreat. And you can download the form to sign up for the retreat from that location.

Friday Email - 15 JUL 2013

We Welcome Reverend Sheila Barrick this Sunday
Caring Committee
Hospitality for Moral Monday
Gardening Therapy
Tai Chi
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Musical – Into the Woods, Jr.
Retreat, Contemplate, Share, Recreate

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Email - 5 JUL 2013

Food Bags Due This Sunday
The Caring Committee
Hospitality for Moral Monday
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Art Wall
Musical – Into the Woods, Jr.
Retreat, Contemplate, Share, Recreate

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Send-off to Camp for CUCC Youth

In case you missed the 10:30 worship service on Sunday, June 30, here's an opportunity to see the send-off that the youth group received during the worship service. They left immediately following the send-off, and will return Friday afternoon. Santi and Paul Kiel are accompanying them on the trip. Go CUCC youth!

Then (1963) and now (2013) - 50 years

Barry Saunders in today's N&O reflects on 1963 as the year of the Speaker Ban law (and the protests that followed passage of the law). That, plus Joan McAllister's ode to getting arrested on Sunday, plus a conversation with Judy Kiel during fellowship after church about the change in protocol between arrests in 1963 vs. arrests today prompts me to share with you a piece that has been in the CUCC archive since 2006.

My own "premeditated" arrest did occur in 1963 (in Chapel Hill), although in those days arrests weren't scripted as they are nowadays. But the more interesting arrests during the period that Barry Saunders writes about were the "accidental" ones. While civil disobedience as a tactic may be just as applicable now as it was 50 years ago, the details of arrests as they occurred 50 years ago have been lost in the fog of time. Or to put it another way, times have changed. For a trip down memory lane, my reflection in 2006 on an arrest in Birmingham AL in 1965 provides an interesting reminder of that.

Birmingham Summer (18 minute audio)