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.

June 1 - August 24, 2016
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

New Members join church on May 15

This video is permanently archived in the CUCC Archive.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Weekly News - May 10, 2016

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Diversity in our own dominion

Nicholas Kristof takes universities (and us?) to the woodshed in his latest column appearing in the NY Times.

WE progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table — er, so long as they aren’t conservatives.

Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us  ...

Universities should be a hubbub of the full range of political perspectives from A to Z, not just from V to Z. So maybe we progressives could take a brief break from attacking the other side and more broadly incorporate values that we supposedly cherish — like diversity — in our own dominions.

Full article: A Confession of Liberal Intolerance by Nicholas Kristof

Monday, May 9, 2016

Healing Our World: A Deeper Look at Food

Vegans for Peace is meeting in CUCC's Vaughan Fellowship Hall on Wednesday May 11.

Vegan BBQ dinner begins at 6:30.
Lecture begins at 7:00.

Author of The World Peace Diet Dr. Will Tuttle will deliver an inspiring talk about the food we choose, where it comes from, and how it affects us physically, culturally, and spiritually. You will learn how to make positive changes that promote wellness, encourage wisdom, and minimize our eco-footprints on the Earth.

- submitted by Betsy Towler

Event for those opposed to HB2

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh is sponsoring an event that will be of interest to those of us opposed to HB2.  On Wednesday May 11 Maddie Majerus and Andrea Carey, staff members of TurnOut, will be talking with their congregation about upcoming efforts to not only defeat HB2 but to hold legislators accountable for their vote in November.  The meeting will be in the sanctuary from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Address:  3313 Wade Ave.

Joan plans to attend and will look for you if you let her know you are coming.

- submitted by Joan McAllister

John Perkins to speak May 20-22

Join a weekend with Dr. John M. Perkins on "Changing the Conversation on Racial Reconciliation".  Dr. Perkins is a civil rights, leadership, and community development activist, as well as the Co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association.  He was born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a sharecropper.  He fled to California when he was 17 after his older brother was murdered by a town marshal.  He later returned to his boyhood home.  His outspoken support and leadership role in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassment, imprisonment, and beatings.  Today Dr. Perkins is president of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation of Jackson, Mississippi and is the author of nine books.  He is an international speaker and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation, leadership and community development.

Shirley and Don Birt will be attending the Saturday, May 21 session, and would be glad to meet you there or carpool from Holly Springs.  Contact them to make arrangements.

The weekend schedule includes:

Friday, May 20: Dinner and conversation with Dr. Perkins at Christ Our King Community Church, Raleigh, 6:00 p.m. (Cost: $10.00)

Saturday, May 21: Sessions on "A Historical Perspective of Raleigh" with Dr. David Forbes, "How Now Do We Live?",  and "A Call to Action".  Edenton Street UMC, Raleigh, 9:00 to 2:00. (Cost: $15.00)

Sunday, May 22: Joint Worship Service with Dr. Perkins speaking, Mt. Sinai Holy Church and Redeemer Anglican Church, 301 S. Swain Street, Raleigh, 10:30 a.m.

For tickets and more information see:

- submitted by Economic Justice Task Force

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Weekly News - May 6, 2016

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Care for Creation Retreat Photos

Pictures taken by Jane and Santi are available in a photo album located in the Photo Gallery.

Monday, May 2, 2016

CUCC's (and your!) unique voice at Faith Voices for Clean Energy

Wish North Carolina were doing more to bring clean energy to our state?  Here's one very important thing you can do immediately.  Write or show up!

NC Interfaith Power & Light is having a faith-infused advocacy day at the legislature next Wednesday, May 11.  Several CUCCers (including Jane and Gary Smith) will be speaking to their legislators, asking them to support clean energy in North Carolina.  

You can:  
- make an appointment to meet with your senator and/ or representative to speak for yourself*
- send a letter or email to Jane Smith that she will hand deliver to your legislators for you.  Email Jane by midnight, Monday, May 9 or give Jane your signed letter Sunday, May 8.

*If you happen to be represented by Senator John Alexander or Rep. Grier Martin, join Gary and Jane at their appointment.

What is CUCC's unique voice of faith?
We are a faith community and since 2007 we've been exploring ways to reduce climate change and mitigate its effects, especially for people who have the fewest resources to adapt.  Why?  Because we understand creation to be God's good gift to all people and ourselves, as Christians, to be called to love one another.  As important as making changes in our own homes have been the steps we have taken to pre-weatherize homes of low-income home owners, and to run a pilot funding for solar arrays on non-profits to free money for their work in low-wealth communities.  We know first hand how individual families are being harmed by fossil fuels, and we have seen ways that volunteers can leverage state and federal funds to make an impact.

What is your unique voice of faith?

Tell your story - what does your faith tell you about climate change, fossil fuels, and legislative opportunities?  You might consider asking your representative to support renewal of the renewable energy property tax credits for nonprofits - we have demonstrated that they work!  HB 454 (introduced in 2015) doesn't mention including nonprofits; maybe your representative and senator would support a 2016 version, amended to include donations to renewable energy profits on nonprofits?

How do I find out who represents me?
Type in your address, then click on the underlined number on the map that is in your district.  There is one map for the House and one for the Senate.  You'll find your legislator's name, address, and office number.

Calling the women of CUCC - sign up for beach retreat

The annual SIS* Beach Retreat will be Friday, May 20th through Sunday 22nd, with the theme this year being "M.E.S.H. and Let Go." M.E.S.H. stands for Move, Eat, Sleep, Heal. Come nourish your soul to the sound of the waves.

Here is a description of what usually happens at a SIS Beach Retreat.

To RSVP of if you have any questions, contact Marty Lamb .

*SIS= Sisters in Spirit, an informal gathering of CUCC's women

Reserve your ticket for CUCC at Durham Bulls

Durham Bulls Baseball
Friday, May 20, 7:00pm

Join fellow CUCCers as we make our annual trip to a Durham Bulls Baseball Game. This one is against the Rochester team on Friday evening, May 20. The game starts at 7:00pm and we will meet at the stadium. Tickets are $10 and we will all sit together in the same section.

People can call the office at 919-809-8850 or email at with their reservations. Or you can contact Mike Soboeiro. Checks can be brought to the office or given to Mike at church.

Please let us know if you are interested in carpooling from the church.