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God, Cats, and People

Peach died last night in his 19th year. He appeared to suffer a stroke, and over a period of many hours his system just slowly shut down. We held him and talked to him (and to ourselves) about his passing.

The photo of Jo and Peach is from spring 1993. Peach and his sister Mazie suffered massive kidney failure in 1996. Mazie died, but the vets said Peach might have enough kidney function left to live another six months. At that time Peach was already the only cat ever to be the topic of a sermon at CUCC. (Dave Barber will remember.) And his passing brings to mind a piece I posted on the CUCC web site in February 1996, a theological reflection of sorts on God, cats, and people. It's a reflection on his death which I was anticipating 11+ years ago, so it seems appropriate to resurrect the piece to commemorate his passing.


Peach and I know each other well. We both like a lot of affection, and we both have a wild streak. Even since he's been sick, I enjoy watching …

The Iron Wall

(posted by request from Peggy Rafferty)


a documentary film that explores the human impact of the continued growth of the Israeli settlement program and the military occupation of the Palestinian territory.

This documentary film includes prominent Israeli and Palestinian voices
an NGO that provides technical support and extension services
to Palestinian farmers including empowerment programs for rural women
of occupied Palestine.

working for a just and lasting peace based on democratic principles of the rule of
Law and respect for human rights.

Sunday, June 3rd
12:30 pm

Community United Church of Christ
12:30 for gathering, light refreshments
followed by the film ( 52 minutes ) and discussion

Sponsored by the CUCC Bible Study group along with The Triangle Coalition for Peace with Justice (monthly meeting to follow the discussion)

Find out how to get invol…

Youth Summer Schedule

Get out your family calendar and mark the dates when Journey and Friends get together this summer! For more information about what to bring and whether FOOD is involved, check the schedule coming in the mail this week.

Pilgrim House Workdays(after we worship together at the Taize' service)
June 2 (Sat.) - possible if enough people can come (RSVP to Jane today)
June 24 (Sun.) RSVP to Jane two weeks ahead
July 15 (Sun.) RSVP to Jane two weeks ahead
Aug. 5 (Sun.) RSVP to Jane two weeks ahead

Visiting Other Congregations(call Suzette or Judy so they know to look for you)
June 17 Prince of Peace Episcopal Church (our ASP hosts)
July 8 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
July 29 our Congolese friends
Aug. 12 Christ Church (Miss Anne Bailey's church)

Stay in Worship
June 10
July 1
July 22

Party after worship!!!
June 3 (Hot Dog End of School celebration)
July 1 (Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest)
August 19 (End of Summer celebration)

Congregational Meeting Minutes

DRAFT MINUTES (recorded by Edith Sylla)
Community United Church of Christ. Congregational Meeting, May 20, 2007 (second annual congregational meeting for 2007) John Little, Moderator, called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m. Steve Halsted opened the meeting with a prayer. The minutes of the January meeting were read and approved (motion by Vandy Bradow, seconded by Sam Johnson, passed without dissent). Gary Smith, Tom Young, and Gradie McCallie made a presentation (with PowerPoint slides) for the Social Justice and Community Outreach ministries on “Justice in a Changing Climate: A proposal for discernment and action.” They first addressed the question: Is God calling CUCC into leadership? Gary Smith reviewed the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that have been issued this year, indicating that climate change caused by human activities is occurring. The ill effects of climate change, moreover, will disproportionately affect the poor who ar…

Activities this weekend

Stop Hunger Now packaging - be there a little before 12 N. Directions at bottom of this post.Auction - Saturday night at 6:30. IF YOU'RE BRINGING AN ITEM TO AUCTION, BE THERE EARLY SO IT CAN BE LABELED AND PUT ON DISPLAY PRIOR TO THE SILENT AUCTION (6:30). Catalog is attached. The final auction catalog is attached. Please note, the catalog is divided in 2 sections - first the items that will be in the silent auction and second, what will be in the live auction. Check in at the door for your bidding numbers as well as turning in your item to be put in the auction. We hope you can come! Congregational meeting Sunday after worship. Directions to SharehouseGo north on Capital Blvd. (U.S. 1 N). Where the road splits, stay left toward Wake Forest and Henderson. You will eventually pass Old Wake Forest Rd. on the left and soon go under 540. At the second traffic light after going under 540 turn left onto Gresham Lake Rd. Watch for Burwell St. on your right and proceed on…

Special Worship Sunday, May 20

The children and youth of CUCC will make this Sunday's 11 a.m. worship service special. They'll be providing music, serving as readers and worship leaders, presenting a banner they've made, leading the congregation is song and thanking their wonderful church school teachers. Hope to see you there!

Beyond the Olive Branch

(posted at the request of Peggy Rafferty of the CUCC Sunday Morning Bible Study Group)

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Durham Friends Meeting
and the Coalition for Peace with Justice invite you to join them for

Beyond the Olive Branch:
Working for Peace and Justice in Palestine and Israel

Samir Moukaddam
American Friends Service Committee


Richard Wark
Jewish Voice for Peace

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Durham Friends Meetinghouse
404 Alexander Avenue

Bottles of Palestinian Olive Oil will be available for purchase at the reception.

Samir Moukaddam is director of the Middle East Peace Education Program (MEPEP) of the American Friends Service Committee's Southeast Regional Office (AFSC-SERO). He is also the co-chair of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East. Samir will describe the AFSC programs that support the non-violent efforts of both Palestinian and Israeli peace activists to end the occupation of Palestinian territory and bring a just peace …

CUCC Info Sharing

(A Project of the Communications Committee)

This blog will become an "official" tool in CUCC's communications toolbag around May 20. It will serve as a complement to the newsletter (printed and online), e-mail, and the CUCC website. The purpose will be to improve internal communications among members. So some explaining is called for to clarify why this particular option is being introduced.

The web site is primarily for one-way communication (webmaster posts, everyone else reads). E-mail is not bad for communications between a handful of people, but it is unsuited for large groups. (Mailing lists can help a bit, but that offers a very imperfect solution.)

Young folks have pretty much abandoned e-mail altogether. The under-30 generation has moved to various forms of text messaging for one-on-one contact and social networking tools (MySpace or Facebook primarily) for group communication. Note that both of these forms of communication are bi-directional for all participants (…