Upcoming Events Supporting our Mission Oct 14 – Nov 2
The Mission of High Country UCC: to inspire positive change in our world as we are led by Christ’s example of love, compassion, and acceptance of all people. In these next few weeks there are a number of events in our area which are in close alignment with our congregational mission.
Oct 14th 7pm at ASU “Race in America” with anti-racist educator/author Tim Wise.
Oct 20th 11am at HCUCC is Widening the Welcome with a “Mental Health Sunday“.
Oct 21st 5pm at St Luke’s an evening with David LaMotte, peace activist/musician.
Oct 24th 6pm at ASU “Unmasking Whiteness” part of an ASU series on race.
Oct 24th 5-7pm at Hospitality House – “Food Day”: an Open House / Dinner.
Oct 28th ~7:30pm at ASU Schaefer Center The Rev Dr William J Barber*.
Nov 2nd 3pm at St Luke’s – meeting about forming a local branch of NAACP*.
*NAACP: The Mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. (website: www.naacp.org)
* The Rev Dr William Barber has led the NC NAACP chapter through multiple years of HKonJ diverse coalition building that then enabled the powerful 2013 Moral Monday & Forward Together Movements in Raleigh and statewide. HCUCC members’ participation in these events have ranged from being voluntarily arrested for civil disobedience and working on steering committees, to attending rallies and raising legislative awareness.
The organizational name “NAACP” may lead some people to believe that the group is concerned only with redressing racial discrimination. For crucial reasons, eliminating race-based discrimination has necessarily been the major focus. And, in addition, the NAACP has also been advocating for other marginalized groups, just a few recently have been undocumented immigrants, the uninsured, and same-sex couples.
In fact, Rev Barber led the NAACP’s vigorous campaign against North Carolina’s 2012 discriminatory marriage amendment and helped inspire our HCUCC campaign. He also then facilitated the 2012 Resolution for Marriage Equality, adopted by the entire NAACP nationwide. Currently, key concerns include largely voting rights, healthcare, education, poverty, environmental concerns, civil rights, and fairness in the criminal justice system. Rev Barber is passionate and inspiring, and hearing him in person is not to be missed.