Why Orange Durham Americans United will fight against HB2:
HB2 is a law in NC that requires people to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate. The justification of the law was made as a “public safety issue.” Now the state of NC is on a list of place to boycott. The entire state.
Our Chapter will be at the Hot Tin Roof on Wednesday, October 26th. Rollin Russell, John Hamilton, Vicki Boyer, and Allison Mahaley will be serving up drinks. If we sell 100 bottles – we will raise enough money to fund all of our projects for 2017. Please come out for a good time and a good cause.
Tonight, 6:30 pm, Seymour Center in Chapel Hill
Ronda Jones, Stokes County Commissioner, will present on her efforts to keep religion out of politics. A discussion will follow.
Keeping Sacred Spaces Sacred
September 20-23, 2016
The polarization of our nation during this election year has been perplexing and often painful. Join The NC Council of Churches, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and other faith leaders to discuss the intersection of politics and religion and ways to provide a faithful witness in your own community.
Topics Will Include:
Registration is $15 to cover coffee, lunch, and snacks.
Please use this link, which includes payment options: http://goo.gl/forms/XHtkxlxcq6x2LA2u1
Or call the NC Council of Churches at: 919-828-6501
Workshop Dates and Locations
GREENVILLE – Tuesday, September 20, 10 am – 2 pm
@ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 East 4th Street
DURHAM – Wednesday, September 21, 10 am – 2 pm
@ First Presbyterian, 305 East Main Street
CHARLOTTE – Thursday, September 22, 10 am – 2 pm
@ Selwyn Presbyterian, 2929 Selwyn Avenue
ASHEVILLE – Friday, September 23, 10 am – 2 pm
@ First United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street
Posted by Vicki Boyer at BlueNC
It has been excruciating to watch the news streaming from Orlando in the aftermath of the horrific slaughter of innocents early Sunday morning at the night club, Pulse. All of the mass killings have touched me deeply: Sandy Hook, Paris, Santa Bernardino, Columbine… This one, however, elicits a unique breadth of pain and dread. It is an election year and the polarization in America is deep and seems intractable.
Already the President is being castigated for not calling the attack “radical Islamic terrorism.” And, of course, the NRA will chant, “if someone in the crowd had a gun they could have taken him down.” Blame the victims? We learned almost immediately that the killer had a license to own the weapons and got them legally, and that he was mentally unstable but had never seen any mental health provider. No existing or proposed gun laws would have prevented him from doing what he did. We can’t regulate ourselves out of the morass of distrust and hatred into which we have been dragged, though we must not stop trying.
Further, this is not about the faith of Islam. I have participated in numbers of inter-faith dialogues, and every Muslim I know is devastated about this massacre, and doubly so: it reflects wrongly and badly on the character of their faith and further alienates many persons of shallow spirit. We even have an aspiring leader of the nation who gloats that he was right about Islamic terrorism, and scores of political opportunists who will try to capitalize on it.
At the heart of it all is the religious and cultural disdain and hatred of LGBTQ persons. Two hundred anti-LGBT laws have been introduced in our legislatures, and not by Muslims! How can we make light of our nation’s founding principle that all are created equal and endowed by the Creator with life, liberty and pursuit of happiness? Is America sick? It is time to take our national, ethical and spiritual pulse.
Rev. Rollin Russell