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 firstname.lastname@example.org.]
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.