Monday, February 27, 2017

The children go fishing

Fish made by our children
Last week the children learned about Jesus calling the disciples, "fishers of men." Today we had a guest who told us about "Loaves and Fishes."  The fish we created last week were very appropriate today.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

UCC-sponsors Lenten "Church in Society" Town Halls

The Southern Conference of the UCC is offering opportunities for us to talk with others in the denomination about "the issues of today and try to minimize the idea of us vs. them."  Events are being held throughout the conference, with several nearby (March 13 in Cary, March 31 in Holly Springs).  [If you would like to carpool with Jane Smith on March 31, email her at smithjeg@mindspring.com.]

From the Town Hall announcement:

The prophet Isaiah shares with us the question to ponder, "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yolk, to set the oppressed free and break every yolk? (Isa 58:6-7)

As we begin to observe this season of repentance and reflection during Lent, let us use this time for prayer and preparation by engaging ourselves in reflective questions and answers. From Asheville to Virginia Beach and everywhere in between, "Town Hall Meetings" will be held in churches throughout the Southern Conference. It will be open to clergy, lay and the community. It will be titled The State Of The Church In Society. These are truly the times that "try our souls." Now is the time for us to engage in healthy dialogue that captures the essence of who God is calling us to be. It will be a time to listen, talk and discern. We will talk about the issues of today and try to minimize the idea of us vs. them. We will talk about what unifies us more so than what divides us. During this time of discernment, let us come out and talk about the issues of the day and ask ourselves how we can be the church together for such a time as this.

The dates and the churches where the Town Hall Meetings will be held.  All the meetings will begin at 7 pm.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Lives of Others - March 3 Lenten film

Movie poster for The Lives of Others
A week from today is Ash Wednesday. Two days later on Friday, March 3 this year's Lenten Film series opens with "The Lives of Others". This German film debuted at CUCC in the Lenten Film Series of 2009 and has not been shown since. It was scheduled as the lead-off film last year, but that showing was cancelled because of an ice storm.

The film provides a strong statement about redemption and reconciliation. In the 2007 Academy Awards, it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film for 2007.

The film will be shown in the Fellowship Hall starting at 7 PM and runtime is 137 minutes. So with a short break the film will end around 9:30 PM. We'll follow with a brief discussion of the film for those who are interested.

Popcorn will be provided. Feel free to bring other snacks to share if you like. The room will be open by 6:40, so come early to pick a good seat, grab some popcorn, and perhaps help set up chairs. Years past have demonstrated that a good bit of socializing goes on at these Lenten movie events where attendance is generally between 15 and 25.

This mailing is going to the mailing list for last year's Lenten Film Series. If you would like to recommend someone else to be added to the list, or if you would like to be removed from the list, just let me know at lavonpage@gmail.com.

Purchase your Lenten study book now

There are two Lenten offerings that will be using a book to guide the group’s time together. If you are interested in being part of either of the offerings listed below you may want to purchase your own book to supplement your experience. (Note: you are also welcome to participate without doing so)

Sundays, 9:30am
Coffee & Conversation using the book “Grounded: Finding God in the World, a Spiritual Revolution” by Diana Butler Bass, facilitated by Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas  Order your book from Amazon  or Quail Ridge Books

March 20 and 27, April 3 and 10: 
A meat-loving omnivore’s book discussion about eating vegetarian/vegan. Gary Smith will lead a book study on “The Restore-Our-Planet Diet: Food Choices, Our Environment, and Our Health”. by Patricia Tallman, PhD.  Order your book  from Amazon or Quail Ridge Books

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hearing to support Habitat and documentary

Adrienne Little, our Social Justice Ministry's liaison to Congregations for Social Justice, commends these community events to you.

1 -  Please attend Town of Cary public hearing on February 23! from Rachel Zeitler
        Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:30pm. Arrive at 6pm to get a seat.
        Council Chambers at Cary Town Hall
        316 Academy Street
        Cary, NC 27513

Habitat Wake requests rezoning to add affordable housing in Cary
Habitat Wake is seeking to build 15 affordable homes in Cary off of Trimble Avenue. These would be a mix of single family detached houses and townhome units.
The surrounding neighbors have voiced concerns about the project and are planning to oppose rezoning of the land at a Town Council hearing on February 23rd.

We want to demonstrate to Council that there are also residents of Cary who support this affordable housing development. If you live in Cary, please help us pack the house at the hearing! At one point, we'll ask Cary residents in support of the project to stand.

Also, please consider signing on to our letter of support. You can add your name online at this link: http://bit.ly/SupportTrimble.

Thanks so much for your support and ongoing dedication to making affordable housing available in our community!

2 - Documentary - AL HELM - Martin Luther King in Palestine from Sue Woodling
                 Tuesday, February 21, 2017  - 7:00 PM
                  Highland United Methodist Church - Conference Room
                  1901 Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC  27607
A documentary of discovery as an African-American gospel choir and the Palestinian National Theater perform the story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and travel through the Occupied West Bank.

Journey with us this Lenten season

Ash Wednesday, March 1 - Sunday, April 9 (Palm Sunday) 

What is Lent? The word “Lent” comes from the Old English word “lengten,” which simply means “spring” — when the days lengthen and new life springs forth. It is a time in which we reflect upon and 'admit' our mortality that then frees us to relinquish all that keeps us from relying on God.

2017 Lenten Guide
At CUCC we invite all ages to journey with us on the way. Please read through the CUCC 2017 Lenten Guide, and join us when you are able.

Updates to CUCC 2017 Lenten Guide
If we get more details about any of the events in the guide, we will post them here.

Update on March 17 Lenten Film:  Les Innocentes

Update on children's Sunday School schedule:  During Lent, children (like the adults) have Sunday School from 9:30 to 10:20.  Parent's pick up their children at 10:20 for worship.  After the Children's Message, the children leave (as usual) for special Lenten activities.  Schedule

Update on ordering books for Lenten studies:  Here a links to places you can order books (if you desire) for two of our Lenten studies.

Update on Ash Wednesday (March 1) and children:  I hope you will join us for an Ash Wednesday Service, March 1 @7pm, as we kick-off this Season by getting “ashed” together, remembering from whence we have come and to what we shall return, dust to dust, and for a simple family friendly meal at 6:30pm. We will not offer childcare during the service, but there will be Lenten coloring sheets and a child-friendly space created in the sanctuary, so that children will feel welcome on this special night.

Update on The Lives of Others, March 3 of Lenten Film Series

Update on Our Diet and Climate Change Series:
  • Sunday night - Meet Some Veg-Heads and the meat-loving omnivore’s book discussion about eating vegetarian/vegan have moved to Sunday nights (no longer Monday).  
  • We are pleased to welcome Hilary Stoddard to the list of those presenting at "Meet Some Veg-Heads" (Sunday, March 12).
  • Immediately after 10:30 worship - The April 23 "I Love Food" potluck is immediately after worship, not in the evening.  Bring a dish that shows your food values.  Intergenerational cooking?  A dish from your heritage?  What you cook for the women of the Helen Wright Center?  Something from your garden?  We'll ask you to label "your plate" to share what you value.  Consider choosing ingredients that practice what you learned during Lent about how good it tastes to eat in a lower impact way.  (You'll find more suggestions on the bulletin board in the narthex.)
Update on reading schedule for "Grounded" discussion:  Pastor Jenny says that if you want to read along during the discussion of "Grounded" (Sunday mornings, 9:30AM) here is a 5-week reading plan.
Week 1: Read Genesis, pages 1-30
Week 2: Read Chapters on Dirt and Water, pages 31-96
Week 3: Read Chapter on Sky, pages 97-126
Week 4: Read Chapters on Roots and Home, pages 133-193
Week 5: Read Chapters on Neighborhood and Commons, pages 193-266

Below are two additional online resources offered to accompany your Lenten Journey:
    House for All Sinners, Nadia Bolz-Weber, 40 Ideas for keeping a Holy Lent
    Luther Seminary (ELCA) Lenten Devotional

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Settled Stardust

Settled Stardust
Feb. 14, 2017

People who think Ash Wednesday is for Catholics who forgot that they were living in the 21st Century totally don’t get it. I mean, there is part of me that knows that getting dirty and exposing my dirt is sorta taboo, but I think that makes it all the more necessary.

Whilst society is doing our best just to tread the hellacious waters of absolute chaos at the unraveling of our common shared life as we know it, our ashen-poached heritage, the settled Stardust that has speckled our fragile bones with a wrinkled-radiance, and freckle-faced beauty, is screaming out to be remembered.

That we might know from which we have come, and make known that which we are, and receive that which we will all be, dust to dust, as an invitation to bless and be blessed.

If anything this untold story is refreshing, casting each one, of many colors, shades and flavors within the kaleidoscope of our shared humanity, in the image of one another, bone for bone, breath for breath, complete with both a cadre of perils and praises from the living as well as the living dead.

As we prepare ourselves to enter into this season of Lent, let us be marked not by what we have accomplished or what we have let go, not by who we are known by or for, but by whose and what we are.   

Ash to ash, dust to dust.

I pray you will join me as we journey through Lent together beginning with an Ash Wednesday service and a simple meal of bread and broth on Wednesday, March 1st (dinner at 6pm, service at 7pm)  Please read through the Lenten Guide which   
          will be made available this week, thanks to Śānti, in electronic and print forms.


May the Spirit lead the way,
   
~Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas

Out of the Silence...

Feb. 8, 2017

If you were in worship on Sunday you heard some of my personal story, bits and pieces of a past still alive in the present. I shared about an experience I had while on a mission trip, as a teenager, to the Philippines with a fundamentalist evangelical Christian group when I was “silenced” for being a woman, and was told that I was “not to speak at all”.

Last night during another intense debate where Democratic Senators held the floor for 24 hours, this time protesting the nomination of Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General after having just endured the election of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass) stood up in protest and read a letter from the late Coretta Scott King, written in 1986, in protest to Jeff Sessions nomination to the judgeship. Not only was Warren rebuked, but in a brief telephone interview with MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," a program watched loyally by many Warren devotees, she explained that, "I've been red-carded on Sen. Sessions, I'm out of the game of the Senate floor. I don't get to speak at all.”

So many women, men, young and old have been silenced so that I might speak, have been silenced so that my voice, our voices can be heard. This week is not unlike so many others in our nation’s history where the souls, the bodies, the minds of our children have been compromised, the dignity of women across the globe, the decency of humanity threatened by our own self-interests.

This morning when my own words are full of rage and revenge, I am reminded of the beautiful Malala Yousafzai who so graciously empowered us to dig deeper, to hold onto the only thing capable of speaking truth to power, love to violence, peace to pain. In her address to the
UN General Assembly following her attack she said,

“Dear friends, on 9 October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends, too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. And my dreams are the same. Dear sisters and brothers, I am not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I am here to speak for the right of education for every child. I want education for the sons and daughters of the Taliban and all the terrorists and extremists. I do not even hate the Talib who shot me……This is the philosophy of nonviolence that I have learned from Gandhi, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learned from my father and from my mother. This is what my soul is telling me: be peaceful and love everyone.”  (you may read the full text here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/the-full-text-malala-yousafzai-delivers-defiant-riposte-to-taliban-militants-with-speech-to-the-un-8706606.html)

May it be so this day and all of our days,

Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Town Hall meeting on redistricting reform

Town hall details
Town Hall Topic:  Redistricting Reform in NC           
Flyer with details

Panel:  Jane Pinsky, Common Cause, and Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation

They expect a tremendous turn-out, so pre-register by emailing BallLA@ncleg.net

CUCC has sponsored a number of educational events on the effect of gerrymandered districts on our legislative process.  We have an opportunity to learn more about current redistricting efforts in NC at a nonpartisan Town Hall sponsored by our own Cynthia Ball.  Cynthia serves as representative to the NC House from District 49.

February 23
Beth Meyer Synagogue
504 Newton Road
Registration 6:30PM
Town Hall 7:00PM

Wonder if you are in district 49?  Use the Board of Elections Public Voter Search to find your district.

Radical Welcome: Living with the Other

Adrienne Little, CUCC's representative to Congregations for Social Justice, extends this invitation on their behalf.

2017 Jack Crum Conference from HENRY C JARRETT
         March 25, 2017
         Jarvis United Methodist Church
         510 S Washington St,
         Greenville, NC 27858

Click HERE for registration fees and details.

Theme - Radical Welcome: Living with the Other

Workshops/Speakers (Working Titles only; Subject to Change)
   First Americans: Rev. Terry Hunt (confirmed), possibly with Gary Locklear .
   Immigrant Rights: Jose Luis Villasenor, Apex UMC Fiesta Cristiana. Ernesto Barigurette
   Islamophobia: Manzoor Cheema.
   Homeless & Helpless. This workshop will be offered by:
            – Greenville Shelter Director Bob Williams
            – Trillium (Managed Care Organization) Local Office Director Keith Ledgeworth
            – Both NAMI Chapter Leaders-Christine Spencer and Millie Hagler
            – Rev. David W. Girod, ACT Case Manager for over 4 years, currently In-Reach Specialist for MCO in Central NC
            – Leona Love, LCSW, Assertive Community Treatment Team Leader, Pathways To Life.
   For First Americans drop Gary Locklear.
   Relating to Persons with Disabilities. Cathy Green, UMC Persons with Disabilities Mission
   Welcoming LGBTQ Community.

Workshops will be repeated, if possible, allowing people to attend two workshops during the conference.

Co-Sponsors
The NC Conference Board of Church and Society
The NC Council of Churches (NCCC)



Monday, February 13, 2017

Sharing God's love

More photos
On Sunday, Feb. 11, the children of CUCC went all out to share God's love in a special Valentine's Day celebration.  Ms. Susan, Ms. Ann, and Ms. Anne helped them bake cookies, make strawberry roses, and create beautiful cards.

Draft congregational meeting minutes available

A draft of the minutes of the January 29, 2017, congregational meeting is available on the Important church documents page of our website.

Loaves and Fishes Comes to CUCC - Feb. 26

Loaves and Fishes (LAF), an organization with deep roots to our church, will participate with us in the service, Forum, Sunday school and a chili lunch on Sunday, February 26.  They will describe their history, mission and programs that empower low-income K-12 youth and their families to overcome challenges in order to achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Loaves and Fishes was started in 1982 by Betty Anne Ford and Nancy Newell, two members of CUCC, as an after-school program for children living in subsidized housing in downtown Raleigh.  Today, LAF serves 53 children from 31 families.  LAF’s mission is accomplished  through out-of-school programming such as homework assistance, mentoring providing healthy snacks to supplement frequently inadequate nutrition, life skills and workplace readiness training, exercise, field trips and other experiential learning activities.

The schedule for the Sunday’s activities:

smiling face of Joe Burmester
Joe Burmester
Forum: 9:30am - 10:15am - Joe Burmester, Executive Director, will talk about the work LAF does, as well as its importance to the community and to CUCC’s mission.

Sunday School and Youth Church School: 11:00am – CUCC students and, if available, LAF students will have activities during Sunday School that highlight social and economic justice issues.

Chili luncheon for CUCC and LAF members: Noon - During lunch, Joe Burmester will explain their work, as well as CUCC’s long-time commitment and involvement with the program. The chili will be provided by the Economic Justice Ministry.

We need volunteers to bring tea, grated cheese, chopped onion, butter or desert, please contact Susan Lane at lane.susan70@gmail.com.

Raleigh’s History through the Lens of Race

The CUCC group that is now studying the UCC White Privilege curriculum invites you to the following events in our area…

Oberlin Cemetery Clean-Up - Saturday, February 18

 Please help with a cleanup of historic Oberlin Cemetery on Saturday, February 18 from 9:00am to Noon. Oberlin Cemetery  served as a final resting place for people who by law could not be buried anywhere else. There are believed to be over 600 graves there, some still marked by gravestones marking the burials of freed black doctors, lawyers, artisans, teachers, ministers, and even a Buffalo Soldier, truly heroes of Raleigh and this country as well. Walking through the grounds is like turning through the pages of Raleigh history. The Friends of Oberlin Village recognize that if this cemetery is not preserved, a significant section of history will be forever lost. The cemetery is located at 1014 Oberlin Road (behind the InterAct of Wake County building).

       We want to protect cultural artifacts and avoid pulling out markers, so please check with the welcome table when you arrive for special instructions. Any of the following tools would be helpful to bring, but are not required: axes, steel rake, grubbing hoe, hand pruning saw, safety glasses, wheelbarrow, strong handle shovel. Please dress for the weather, we will go ahead rain or shine! Light refreshments and water will be provided.

A Community’s Legacy: African American History Walking Tour - Saturday, Feb. 18 or 25

The Pope House Museum is offering FREE walking tours in February that will explore the community surrounding the house and its rich history. As the only African-American house museum in the state of North Carolina, the Pope House offers a glimpse into the life of one of Raleigh’s most intriguing citizens, Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope, who was the only African-American man to run for mayor of a Southern capital in the midst of the Jim Crow Era.

      The house features original furnishings to the family and many historical artifacts giving insight into a remarkable man and family.
Each tour begins at the Pope House Museum, 511 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh.

     The following two dates are available: Saturday, February 18, 11:00am, and Saturday, February 25, 11:00am.  If you are interested in going as a group to tour the museum, please contact Śānti Matthews at education.cucc@gmail.com or 919-809-8850.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Refugee Update

A big thanks this week to Santi Matthews in her support of Azeb and Tsegawit. Santi pitched in with a tremendous amount of help, from working with DSS and ESL courses to simply keeping their apartment warm and toasty. She's made a huge difference in their lives.

Azeb and Tsegawit continue to be part of our church community. They both joined the Youth Group for a large portion of the lock-in last Friday night. Tsegawit had an amazing time and Azeb enjoyed the company of other adults as well. 

Money and services are always an issue with new refugee families. If you would like to contribute toward CUCC's refugee efforts, please write a check to CUCC and put "refugee fund" in the memo line. 

Carpool to creation justice conference

Carpool with Gary Smith to this inaugural event.  CUCC's Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force is a member of the UCC's Creation Justice Network which is sponsoring this event.

The Creation Justice Network of the United Church of Christ, Southern Conference,
presents
Creation Justice Pathways in North Carolina 
co-sponsored by the NC Council of Churches

Where: Parkway United Church of Christ, Winston-Salem, 2151 Silas Creek Parkway

When: Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26

Register here - FREE!

Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Potluck supper, small-group discussion, and community building
Saturday, 9:00 a.m - 2:30: Presentations. 11:45-12:30: Lunch (free; donations welcome)
Sunday: 11:00 a.m: Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler, worship leader

PRESENTERS and SESSIONS:

Marilynn Marsh-Robinson is the Partnerships and Alliances Manager of the US Climate and Energy Program of the Environmental Defense Fund. She serves on the NC Conservation Network board and the planning board of the NC Environmental Justice Network.

Speaking Truth to Power: Environmental Justice in NC:  The panel will share the birth of the environmental justice movement, the meaning of environmental justice, and North Carolina case studies, with guidance and resources for protecting God's Creation and its inhabitants.

Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler is Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church. Dr. Sadler is also
Vice-chair of the Justice Action Mobilization Network and Executive Committee Member, North Carolina NAACP.

Making a Cleaner, Greener, Better World: Fusing Climate Change and Social Justice:  This session will explore the spiritual and economic benefits of shifting to a carbo- free energy grid. It will also address how we can deal with both the climate emergency and the poverty emergency by working on these crises together.

Dr. Daniel Vermeer, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of the Practice of Energy and Environment at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and director of Duke''s Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE). He is lead contributor to policy documents issued through the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Foundation.

Energy 2050: Understanding the Present Reality and Possible Futures of the US Energy System: We are rapidly running out of time to address climate change by decarbonizing our energy system - and the stakes could not be higher, profoundly impacting our climate and natural resources, economy, and quality of life. By framing our energy decisions in the context of the current system and a realistic view of the alternatives, we can make choices that are better for people and the planet.


Nicole Johnson is the Regional Coordinator in Western North Carolina for Partners in Health and Wholeness, an initiative of the North Carolina Council of Churches. Susannah Tuttle is director of NC Interfaith Power & Light (NCIPL), a program supporting faith communities to identify and implement positive, hope-filled responses to climate change as a moral imperative.

 Creation Justice Pathways for Health and the Environment:  Our health is inseparably linked to the air that we breathe, the water we drink and the land on which we walk, grow food and live with one another. We will explore the impact of the environment on health through role playing, a creative exercise identifying the factors necessary for good health, and a guided discussion. We will explore together what it means when “Your zipcode can indicate the length of your life" and the possibilities of a place-based, hopeful response from people of faith.

PLEASE JOIN US -- and please share the attached flyer and bulletin/newsletter insert!
For more information contact conference organizer:  Karen Richardson Dunn, krichdunn@gmail.com
OR  CUCC's Gary Smith, smithgk@mindspring.com

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lenten Film Series - 2017

At the urging of members of the Deacons Ministry, we will be presenting yet another Lenten film series during March of this year. All films will be shown in the church fellowship hall and will begin at 7 PM. Popcorn and other refreshments will generally be provided. Admission is free. During the previous two Lenten seasons attendance at the films has averaged around 20.


March 3: The Lives of Others

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. This film was scheduled to be our lead film in last year's Lenten series, but the showing was cancelled because of ice.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Writer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch
Country: Germany
Language: German (English subtitles)
Release Date: 30 March 2007 (USA)
Runtime: 137 min


March 10: Tender Mercies

A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together. Robert Duvall won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in this film.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Writer: Horton Foote
Stars: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 10 June 1983
Runtime: 92 min


March 17: Les Innocentes

In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.

Director: Anne Fontaine
Writers: Sabrina B. Karine, Alice Vial
Stars: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza
Country: France | Poland
Language: French | Polish | Russian (English subtitles)
Release Date: 10 February 2016 (France)
Runtime: 115 min


March 24 or 31: Film selection still under discussion

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Democracy for Sale - extra showing

Another showing of Democracy for Sale has been scheduled for Wednesday, Feb 8 at 7 PM at the James B Hunt Library on Centennial campus of NCSU. First come, first serve.

Thank you to everyone who came to the showing at CUCC on Tuesday night. A special thank you to the people who were so understanding when we had to turn you away.

More info: 

Monday, February 6, 2017

A salon: "People and the Environment" at the Smiths

You are cordially invited to a salon featuring a presentation by Marty Lamb, “Thinking ‘Green’ in the Hot, Hot Summer.”  I am honored to host Marty and look forward to the conversation among those assembled.  The salon will be held at my home on Monday, February 20 at 2PM. Light refreshments will be served.

In the summer of 2016, Marty and Bill Lamb attended the Chautauqua Institute week-long session, “People and the Environment.”  When Marty returned brimming with ideas and information, she and I began planning an informal opportunity when she could present some of what inspired her from the week.  Included in her presentation: what world religions have to say about the environment and its preservation.

Please RSVP to me at 919-787-6539.  My living room capacity is 12 people.

- submitted by Jane Smith

You gotta put one foot in front of the other...

Yesterday Anne Moorman-Smith taught us a song for our days and our marches.  Sing along...


You gotta put one foot in front of the other and lead with love.
Put!!!!   one foot in front of the other and lead with love.

Thank you, Melanie DeMore, for your song and Joan McAllister, for drawing it to our attention.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2 Learning Opportunities

Adrienne Little passes along these opportunities to join in the justice work of the community around us.  She is the Social Justice Ministry's contact to Congregations for Social Justice.

1 -  Sicha's Annual Interfaith Day of Learning - from Maxine Smith         
         Monday, February 6, 2017 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
         You can do this AND the CSJ Dinner!
                Temple Beth Or
                5315 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh  27612
Join Sicha for a day of Interfaith learning on a topic both timely and timeless. In a community of Muslims, Christians, and Jews, share sacred stories from each tradition about love and its role in building a responsive and responsible community of fellow-travelers.
$50 registration includes lunch

2 -  Accepting Reservations through Monday, Jan 30 from Al Reberg           
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting
          Monday, February 6, 2017 – 6:00 PM
          Highland United Methodist Church - Bradley Hall
          1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh 27607
Our Guest Speaker will be David Guice, Commissioner of NC Department of Corrections
      Deadline for RSVPs is Monday, January 30

Updated Office Hours

Pilgrim House - Church Office
Church Office is located
 in the Pilgrim House across the
 parking lot from the main building.
CUCC Office hours are 9:00am - 1:00pm, Monday - Friday. If you need to contact the pastor at any time, contact Pastor Jenny at 859-361-4240.

For regular business after hours, call 919-809-8850 and leave a message or email the church office at office.cucc@gmail.com.