Erica Wrencher will share the purpose and ongoing work of Journey to Joy, an intentional reframe space for young womxn of color to explore joy and discover ways that this joy can transform their communities. Erica is a public educator, speaker, vocalist, and activist working with young folx, churches, and neighborhoods to build beloved communities. Her teaching and faith-rooted community leadership spans urban and rural contexts in North Carolina and Chicago. Erica holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations. She is active as an organizer for racial equity and justice and considers herself a human connection educator. Erica is committed to speaking from her context as a Black woman who is rooted in history and truth. Service Leader: Kathy Parham.
In late April, roughly a month into our current pandemic, Captain Andy LeBeau was promoted to the position of Interim Chief of Police for the Town of Boone. For this service, Captain LeBeau will join us for a candid conversation on the role of police services (locally and nationally) during these difficult times. How does Captain LeBeau respond to criticisms of the police made by Black Lives Matter and the “defund the police” movement? What can he tell us about de-escalation tactics and about the training of local police officers? How does contemporary police practice reflect our UU principle of “justice, equity and compassion in human relations”? Come with your questions for Captain LeBeau. Service Leader: Connie Green.
Chablis Dandridge, born to a 17-year old single mother and raised in Newark, NJ, had many lessons early on about the harsh realities of life. By 18, he had dropped out of school, suffered 4 gunshot wounds, was paralyzed from the waist down, fathered two children, was institutionalized for mental health concerns and found himself living in and out of jail. While in prison, Chablis received a college degree and Paralegal Certification, learned Spanish, focused on prison reform advocacy and community outreach work, and authored 5 books. Today he lives in Charlotte, NC, speaks publicly on human rights and works tirelessly on recidivism and youth reformation programs.
Date/Time: Sunday, July 12, 11:00 a.m.
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Meeting ID: 824 5537 8963
We have a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” Our work for a better world calls us to unexpected places as we harness love’s power...These words from the Justice & Inclusion page of the UUA website remind us of what it means to be fully aware of circumstances in our community and how we might be of service. As our local community agencies ramp up to provide basic needs for all of us in this time crisis, let us expand our tradition of community support as much as possible. In addition to the groups that we already support, individually and collectively, we have listed below a few that have come to our recent attention. This list is also on the Social Action page of our website. If you would like to include other agencies, please let us know.
Adult Forum: Sunday, March 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary - Faces of Poverty, Chapter 7: Wilkes County and Mountain Poverty, by Gene Nichol. Note: Dr. Nichol will be our Sunday service Speaker later this month! Learn more about Adult RE.
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