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Join JCC at conference featuring CNN Hero Joyner

Rev. Richard Joyner smiles at camera while standing in a field of healthy crops
Rev. Richard Joyner
The Rev. Richard Joyner only ever wanted to escape from the land -- the farms of Pitt County where his family toiled as sharecroppers, and endured repeated racial and economic injustice.  But as he watched his 300-member community of Conetoe, NC, suffering from high mortality and high school dropout rates, and the same racial and economic injustices that still haunted him, Joyner turned to a solution that seemed unthinkable:  a return to the land that he had come to hate.  The results are nothing short of miraculous.  He is also a CNN Hero – see his story here.

On Saturday, February 23rd, from 9:30 till noon, we invite you to share in Rev. Richard Joyner's story of redemption, courage, and community at Melfield UCC in Haw River (just outside of Burlington).  His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion among food, health and environmental advocates within and beyond the Southern Conference of the UCC.  We also invite you to bring your favorite heirloom dish and its recipe to share; and if you aren't able to bring food, we will have plenty on hand to feed everyone, at no cost.

Gary and Jane Smith are going and encourage you to carpool with them.  Phone Gary, or email him at for more information.

Although this event is free, you must register. Click here to RSVP.

- a message from CUCC's Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force