Feb. 1 "Budget challenges for cities and counties", Wake County Commissioner Lindy Brown and Raleigh City Councilor Thomas CrowderFeb. 8 - "Animal rescue and animal rights reform", Joan Williams Ott, Founder and President, and Beth Livingstone, Executive Director, AnimalKindFeb. 15 – “Building a State of Equality”, Ian Palmquist, Executive Director, EqualityNCFeb. 22 – "NC's Public Schools", Dr. June Atkinson, NC Superintendent of Public InstructionThe Forum meets in Vaughan Fellowship Hall at Community UCC which is located at 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh (corner of Wade Avenue and Dixie Trail).
All are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussions.
Cy King sent a link to an HBO website which featured a video of the inaugural concert last week. It turns out that HBO kept the video available for only one week, so it's no longer available via HBO (who had purchased the TV rights to the concert). However, here's a short clip from YouTube which illustrates what it was like to be in the audience for the concert. (Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen are singing.)
(posted at request of Vandy Bradow) The rally, titled “Women Empowered,” will be held Saturday, February 21, in Durham at Mt. Calvary UCC, 1715 Athens Drive. Register by mail (Betty Griffin 1319 Cherry Dr., Burlington 27215) or phone (336) 584-5637 by February 1. The $5 registration fee includes three morning sessions, lunch, and the afternoon celebratory worship service. The program is approximately 6 hours , beginning at 9:30. Carolyn King, Marge Eckels, and Vandy Bradow have attended a previous rally and enjoyed it. Information is on the bulletin board and also on CUCC’s website. All UCC women members and friends are invited.
Rep. Deborah Ross will preview the NC General Assembly session which convenes on January 28. The anticipated $2 billion+ budget shortfall will require the legislature to make difficult decisions about cuts and possible tax increases.
The 2009 Legislative session is about to convene. A state budget will be developed and many important fiscal and policy issues will be debated. If you’re looking for the inside scoop on what to expect, be sure to attend a special “Crucial Conversation” luncheon sponsored by NC Policy Watch–
SAT 1/10. 8a - 12noon. Wake County "Yes We CANS!" Food Drive, part of President-Elect Obama's National Service Day.
Home of Vickie Takei,2508 Dahlgreen Rd., Raleigh
Several counties in NC are organizing an after-holiday food drive in the spirit of Martin Luther King. President-Elect Obama has declared January 19th "National Service Day" and has challenged our communities to host a 'service event' prior to Jan. 20th. We are participating in the "YES WE CANS!!" food drive for the NC Food bank. This event will have several phases....we will meet on Saturday, January 10th to create and distribute our grocery bags to specific neighborhoods. We will hang the bags on door knobs w/information on what is needed and when we will collect, which will be on Saturday, January 17th. Help is needed either SAT. Or, if you want to organize a food drive at your office, school, church, etc., please contact Vickie for more i…
As we approach our memorial service for Mary Pickering, I have found in my video archives from last spring a clipping that is so poignant that I want to share it. Not only is it a haunting reminder of the beauty of Mary's voice, the fact that she died in a tragic automobile accident 8 months after this was filmed (during worship on March 9, 2008) makes the song especially meaningful to all of us as we look to that "gathering at the river".