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Please come to a conversation at CUCC on Sunday, June 5, from 12:00 - 1:00 in the Hoffman Room.  All individuals and groups at CUCC are invited to come together to share information about what we are doing, suggest new initiatives and projects, and explore ways we can collaborate and support each other in our activities and concerns.  This is a way to keep in touch, stay informed and share.  Gary Smith will facilitate the meeting.

- submitted by Shirley Birt for CUCC's justice groups (Community Outreach Ministry, Social Justice Ministry, Economic Justice Task Force, Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force, and Open and Affirming Task Force)

Remembering a Christian justice advocate and friend

With sadness we announce the passing of CUCC friend Leo Klohr on May 24.  Leo was an advocate for peace and justice whose warm smile and intellectual curiosity were intertwined with deep faith.  Through his commitment to respectful dialog, educating for peace, and showing up at countless vigils and rallies, Leo helped a broad network of people find ways to take action for peace and justice.  Leo and his wife Judy Occhetti-Klohr were recipients of CUCC's 2015 Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award.

Judy invites us to join her at a celebration of his life on Saturday, June 18, at 1PM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Anyone who would like to send Judy a note can get their address from Jane Smith.

- submitted by Jane Smith

Joy to start new Living the Questions discussion in Wake Forest

CUCC member and in-care seminary student Joy Alford will be leading a Living the Questions discussion group in the Wake Forest area   If you know of anyone in the Wake Forest area who would like to attend or if you want to come yourself, please let Joy know.  CUCC members have given rave reviews of previous series led by Joy.

June 1 - August 24, 2016 at NANCY JO PHOTOGRAPY (107 S White St., Wake Forest) 6PM meet and greet 6:30PM  discussion begins
People know that at its core, Christianity has something good to offer the human race.  At the same time, many have a sense that they are alone in being a "thinking" Christian and that "salvaging" Christianity is a hopeless task. What is needed is a safe environment where people have permission to ask the questions they've always wanted to ask but have been afraid to voice for fear of being thought a heretic.

Living the Questions is a 12-week DVD and discussion based small group study exploring beyond the…

Pancake brunch - May 22

Question:  How can I spend time with youth learning about their amazing summer plans?
Answer:  Yummy, fluffy hotcakes right after worship next Sunday!

Join us for a pancake brunch next Sunday, May 22, at 11:45Am, immediately after worship in the fellowship hall!  We will share BYC and ASP information and entertainment with you at the brunch so you can know more about the wonderful experiences that our youth will have this summer!  You'll even have an opportunity to contribute a love offering toward these adventures!

Please join us in the fellowship hall for a delectable breakfast with lots of choices, especially pancakes!

- submitted by the youth of CUCC

Sunday Soup Night - June 5

You're invited to Sunday Soup Night - a relaxing evening of CUCC fellowship - just for fun!
Sunday, June 5, 5:30-8:30PM

Paul and Susan Atkinson have invited us to their home (contact the church office or the Atkinsons to get the address) near Five Points.  They will provide the soup and iced tea and we are asked to bring a side dish of any variety to share and other beverage if we would like.

This is a family focused gathering where all are welcome!

Hope to see y'all!

Talk to Susan A. if you have questions.

Break the fast with our Muslim friends

Pastor Peg received this invitation for CUCC folks to attend evening dinners which break the fast during Ramadan.  You are invited to attend any evening (schedule below).  If you would like to join others from CUCC, Frank Gailor and Pastors Peg and Ken plan to attend (probably on different nights); contact them.  Or let Jane Smith know and she will post the night you want to attend so others can join you!  Please let the Institute know which night you plan to attend.  RSVP

Here is the invitation:

Dear Pastor Peg Nowling Williams,

I serve as one of the officers under Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies ( in Cary, NC. One of our goals is to bring local communities together to promote compassion, cooperation, partnership and community service through interfaith activities.

We are contacting you to invite you, members of your family, members of your congregation, and your colleagues to share our table to break bread together with our community members in the month of Ramad…

Diversity in our own dominion

Nicholas Kristof takes universities (and us?) to the woodshed in his latest column appearing in the NY Times.

WE progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table — er, so long as they aren’t conservatives.

Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us  ...

Universities should be a hubbub of the full range of political perspectives from A to Z, not just from V to Z. So maybe we progressives could take a brief break from attacking the other side and more broadly incorporate values that we supposedly cherish — like diversity — in our own dominions.

Full article: A Confession of Liberal Intolerance by Nicholas Kristof

Healing Our World: A Deeper Look at Food

Vegans for Peace is meeting in CUCC's Vaughan Fellowship Hall on Wednesday May 11.

Vegan BBQ dinner begins at 6:30.
Lecture begins at 7:00.

Author of The World Peace Diet Dr. Will Tuttle will deliver an inspiring talk about the food we choose, where it comes from, and how it affects us physically, culturally, and spiritually. You will learn how to make positive changes that promote wellness, encourage wisdom, and minimize our eco-footprints on the Earth.

- submitted by Betsy Towler

Event for those opposed to HB2

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh is sponsoring an event that will be of interest to those of us opposed to HB2.  On Wednesday May 11 Maddie Majerus and Andrea Carey, staff members of TurnOut, will be talking with their congregation about upcoming efforts to not only defeat HB2 but to hold legislators accountable for their vote in November.  The meeting will be in the sanctuary from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Address:  3313 Wade Ave.

Joan plans to attend and will look for you if you let her know you are coming.

- submitted by Joan McAllister

John Perkins to speak May 20-22

Join a weekend with Dr. John M. Perkins on "Changing the Conversation on Racial Reconciliation".  Dr. Perkins is a civil rights, leadership, and community development activist, as well as the Co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association.  He was born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a sharecropper.  He fled to California when he was 17 after his older brother was murdered by a town marshal.  He later returned to his boyhood home.  His outspoken support and leadership role in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassment, imprisonment, and beatings.  Today Dr. Perkins is president of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation of Jackson, Mississippi and is the author of nine books.  He is an international speaker and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation, leadership and community development.

Shirley and Don Birt will be attending the Saturday, May 21 session, and would be glad to meet you there or carpool from Holly Springs.  Contact them…

Care for Creation Retreat Photos

Pictures taken by Jane and Santi are available in a photo album located in the Photo Gallery.

CUCC's (and your!) unique voice at Faith Voices for Clean Energy

Wish North Carolina were doing more to bring clean energy to our state?  Here's one very important thing you can do immediately.  Write or show up!
NC Interfaith Power & Light is having a faith-infused advocacy day at the legislature next Wednesday, May 11.  Several CUCCers (including Jane and Gary Smith) will be speaking to their legislators, asking them to support clean energy in North Carolina.  
You can:   - make an appointment to meet with your senator and/ or representative to speak for yourself* OR - send a letter or email to Jane Smith that she will hand deliver to your legislators for you.  Email Jane by midnight, Monday, May 9 or give Jane your signed letter Sunday, May 8.
*If you happen to be represented by Senator John Alexander or Rep. Grier Martin, join Gary and Jane at their appointment.
What is CUCC's unique voice of faith? We are a faith community and since 2007 we've been exploring ways to reduce climate change and mitigate its effects, especially for people …

Calling the women of CUCC - sign up for beach retreat

The annual SIS* Beach Retreat will be Friday, May 20th through Sunday 22nd, with the theme this year being "M.E.S.H. and Let Go." M.E.S.H. stands for Move, Eat, Sleep, Heal. Come nourish your soul to the sound of the waves.

Here is a description of what usually happens at a SIS Beach Retreat.

To RSVP of if you have any questions, contact Marty Lamb .

*SIS= Sisters in Spirit, an informal gathering of CUCC's women

Reserve your ticket for CUCC at Durham Bulls

Durham Bulls Baseball
Friday, May 20, 7:00pm

Join fellow CUCCers as we make our annual trip to a Durham Bulls Baseball Game. This one is against the Rochester team on Friday evening, May 20. The game starts at 7:00pm and we will meet at the stadium. Tickets are $10 and we will all sit together in the same section.

People can call the office at 919-809-8850 or email at with their reservations. Or you can contact Mike Soboeiro. Checks can be brought to the office or given to Mike at church.

Please let us know if you are interested in carpooling from the church.