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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 St…

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


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.

We Welcome Ruth Pardue as Our Guest Musician this Sunday­ - We welcome Ruth Pardue to our Morning Worship this Sunday.  Ruth is a former organist and choir director of CUCC and we always welcome her back to share her musical talents with us.

Youth News for this Sunday, July 28 - Our study of World Religions continues - We will have a visitor on Sunday, Pam Diamond will share with us about Judaism and what her faith means to her.

Social Justice Min…

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 …

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…

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 mi…

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


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 expe…

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 An…

Guest Consultant at Moral Mondays Group this Sunday

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.

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
PFLAG
Tai Chi
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Musical – Into the Woods, Jr.
Retreat, Contemplate, Share, Recreate


We welcome Reverend Sheila Barrick to our pulpit this Sunday.  Sheila Spruill Barrick is a graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary and an ordained Presbyterian minister.  Sheila has been married to Doug since 1976 and they have four children.  Sheila served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church for approximately 20 years.  Prior to this she was the Director of Christian Education.  Additionally, she and Doug served for 3 years as Presbyterian missionaries in Brazil.

The Caring Committee will meet Sunday, July 14, in the library after fellowship.

Hospitality for Moral Monday - People from all over North Carolina are coming to Raleigh to take part in Moral Monday.  If you are willing to have an out-of-towner stay at your home, email Gray Woodard w…

Friday Email - 5 JUL 2013

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



Food Bags Due This Sunday
Effective Monday, 165,000 North Carolinians will lose their extended unemployment benefits. This will probably mean a huge increase in demand for emergency food. I would love to see more food bags on first Sundays, as our current regular donations amount to @ 17 bags. If you can increase your donation, or begin making such a donation, I am sure Urban Ministries would be thrilled, as would many hungry clients. This is the list for food bag items:

1 lb. grits1 lb. rice1 lb. dried beans2 cans beans (no green beans)1 can carrots2 cans tomatoes2 cans (or jars) applesauce2 1qt. pkgs. dry milk2 boxes Macaroni/Cheese1 jar peanut butter
Thanks, Linda Baker

GREAT FLYING SEEDS!! - Hey! Look up in the air!!! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a CUCC P2E seed! You gues…

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 Birmin…