April 6, 2018 - April 12, 2018
In This Issue:
Sunday Services
9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 
April 8 
"Hope Theory"
Bryan Sexton, preaching 
Join us this Sunday for a service featuring church member Bryan Sexton who will speak about why the concept of "Later" is fundamental to who we are.
SHARE THE PLATE Habitat for Humanity
TABLING Sanctuary and Refugee Support Ministry, Sanctuary for Dialogue
Capital Campaign & Annual Pledge Drive
BUILDING ON OUR LEGACY--NOW IS THE TIME! Cottage meetings have met. Visiting stewards have visited. Packets have been mailed. Thank you to the more than 100 families in our community who have already returned their Annual Pledge Drive and Capital Campaign pledge forms.

If you have not made your pledge, now is the time. We hope to receive all pledge forms on or before
Sunday, April 8. If you have misplaced your pledge form, have questions, or need assistance, please contact Ivy, Paige or Cathy.

Through our generosity we each are able to proclaim that we believe that what our church has to offer -- friendship, love, spiritual renewal and growth, enriching the lives of children and youth, caring for each other, ministering to those in need, standing on the side of love -- is worthy of our financial support. If you have not contributed, we invite you to invest yourself through your financial resources into this work we are called to do together.

This Sunday
SHARE THE PLATE Habitat for Humanity and the Community Church are building a new home for the Tengono family.   Church members are putting up walls, feeding volunteers, and quilting a cozy house warming gift.  You can help finish this project by giving generously during the April 8 Share the Plate or sending your contribution to the church office.  Make checks payable to The Community Church of Chapel Hill UU with "Habitat for Humanity" in the memo line.
Upcoming Events
APRIL IFC DINNERS: Our church will be cooking and serving dinner at the IFC on April 6 and 17. The sign-up sheets are on the Kiosk. First timers will learn from experienced volunteers.
SERMON DISCUSSION WITH REV. THOM On April 15, Thom will be preaching about "Masculinity: Toxic and Otherwise." He wants to hear from you first. You are invited to bring lunch to church on Wednesday, April 11 to discuss this topic. RSVP to revthomb@gmail.com
SYRIAN REFUGEE BENEFIT DINNER April 14, 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Dinner features authentic Syrian food and music. Tickets are $20. Just a handful of seats left! Email Kathy Putnam or Merry-K Moos for tickets or more information.
WOMENCIRCLE TRIP TO THE NASHER MUSEUM - April 20 - 12:00 noon.  Bring a bag lunch and meet at the upper entrance to Duke Gardens. (Cookies and drinks provided.)  At 1:30 we move to the Nasher and have a guided tour of the special exhibit entitled "Solidary and Solitary," which highlights the contributions of people of African descent to abstract art from the 1940's on. Cost is $12 ($10 for seniors).  RSVP to Bonnie Gilliom at bbgilliom@gmail.com .
UU READERS On Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 in the Kirby Room, the CCCH Readers are discussing An Indigenous People's History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The acclaimed historian and activist offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of the indigenous peoples. Carolyn Holt will be leading our discussion. Please join us if this topic interests you-we welcome folks on a drop-in basis.
SANCTUARY MINISTRY BENEFIT CONCERT At 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 22, members and friends of CCCHUU will have the opportunity to attend a concert to raise money for our new Sanctuary Ministry program. This concert features fellow church member, cellist Debbie Davis and pianist, Deborah Hollis, with a program of brilliant music by Debussy, Cassado and Mendelssohn. Donations are voluntary and will go directly to the establishment of the church as a sanctuary site. Refreshments following the concert!
EARTH DAY, which has been celebrated every year since 1970, is Sunday, April 22. Come to ECO's outdoor table and test your knowledge of native plants and birds, and find out about gardening plans for the courtyard. We will also have a table for our Share the Plate for Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dumping. Be sure to stop by at coffee hour on that day and help us celebrate!
OUTDOOR CONNECTIONS April 27-29, Peaks of Otter: OK lakeside lodging overlooking the mirrored reflection of Sharp Top Mountain. Internationally famous Warbler Road for peak of migration warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks. Banks of Trillium, pockets of Lady Slippers. RSVP to: dorfman-chandler@mindspring.com
SANCTUARY FOR DIALOGUE "ADDRESSING INCOME DISPARITY" a two hour Dialogue, will be held on Sunday, April 29, from 3:00PM - 5:00PM and on Monday, April 30, from 7:00PM - 9:00PM. Please email us at dialogue@c3huu.org and let us know which time you would like to participate or sign up at our table during coffee hour. Enrollment ends on Sunday, April 15. Dialogues are structured discussions led by trained facilitators from the SfD team. Visit our web page for more information.
SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION FOR ADULTS (SEA) Spring Classes Register online or after services. Next classes: Creative Time to Connect With Your Spirit. Led by Steevie Jane Parks. Thursday 4/26 7-9 PM. Voluntary Simplicity. Led by Marion Hirsch. Thursdays 7-9 PM 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31. Tai Chi. Led by Joe Swain. Wed 7-8 pm. Drop-in or register. Visit the SEA web page for more information
Within These Walls
SAVE THE DATE The Share the Plate Committee is now accepting applications for Share the Plate Sundays for July-December 2018. Deadline for applications is Sunday, May 13. For applications, click here. Questions:  Email Jill Baker or Jane Provan
DID YOU DONATE A CLOTHES RACK TO "OLIVER!"? There is an unclaimed clothes rack in the Straley Room which was used for "Oliver!" costumes. If it's yours and you'd like to have it back, please pick it up from the rear of the Straley (it's been disassembled). If you intended it to be a donation to the church, just let the office know, and thank you!
KIOSK EASY INFO  During coffee hour check the Kiosk for varied information on community activities and a chance to help with our church's dinner at the IFC on Tues., April 17.  Remember your enthusiasm from our February Sanctuary vote meeting.
SEEKING SOUNDROOM VOLUNTEERS for Sunday services. No experience necessary. Are you interested in helping to operate the sound system during Sunday services? Training would only take 15-20 minutes, and could easily happen after any Sunday service, or at your convenience. If you're interested in helping, contact Glenn Mehrbach.
Justice & Service Events
suggested by members/committees
BURNED: ARE TREES THE NEW COAL? Woody biomass is the latest false solution to climate change. This film tells the story of how biomass companies, like Enviva, have hidden behind green labels and become the alternative-energy savior for the power-generation industry. April 6, 6:30-8:30 pm, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF), 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. Click here for more information. Submitted by ECO 
STRAIGHT TALK   Bessie Elmore discusses this  support group for families and friends of people in jail or prison and those re-entering society. 1:15PM Monday, April 9, Carol Woods  Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. Elders for Peace,  judybellin@gmail.com.  Submitted by Peace & Justice Committee
NC-4 CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE FORUM Primary Tuesday, May 8, decides next congressman from Orange and parts of Durham and Wake County.  7 p.m., Monday,  April 9, Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 MLK, Jr. BlvdSponsored by Progressive Democrats of Orange County. Submitted by Peace & Justice Committee
HELP NATIONWIDE BOYCOTT OF RJ REYNOLDS' E-CIGARETTE Triangle kick-off of 45-minute monthly rallies at same Circle-Ks, suppliers of VUSE, to get RJR's attention to negotiate with Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) to end abuses and human rights violations in its supply chain. Demand Circle-K  take VUSE off its shelves.  5-5:45 p.m., Monday, April 9, Circle K,  106 East NC 54, corner of Fayetteville Street, Durham. Contact: daustin@mindspring.com. Submitted by Peace & Justice 
MEDIA, POLITICS AND STRUGGLE OVER MODERNITY IN ARAB WORLD TODAY  Jaafar Aksikas, Columbia College (Chicago), discusses  aspects beyond Al Jazeera and 'Arab Spring ' and explains how commercial media increasingly articulate both to energies and strengths of emerging Arab modernities and to production of global neoliberal Arab subjects. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday,  April 10, UNC's Hyde Hall University Room, East Franklin Street, 4th building in row from Post Office. Contact: mpalm@unc.edu. Submitted by Peace & Justice Committee
WARS OF CHOICE VS CHRISTIAN ETHICS  Ray McGovern, retired CIA analyst, who delivered daily brief to White House, discusses today's choices and quality of issue discussion in our media. Some questions: What does world look like to an analyst who worked at highest levels of government?  Do faith-based ethics have a chance against profits of war?  7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, Community Church sanctuary. Balance  & Accuracy in Journalism.  919 542-2139. Submitted by P&J
THE JUSTICE FIRST TOUR, which calls for a network of grassroots and frontline organizations working together to advance climate justice and forest protection, will launch at the UU Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue, on April 12, 6 to 8 p.m. Environmental groups, including NC Interfaith Power and Light, the NC Environmental Justice Network, and NC WARN, will present local speakers, solution-centered dialogue, and celebration through art and music. Click here for more information. Submitted by ECO
ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES  Two  forums to meet candidates and learn about funding priorities and strategies. 7 p.m., Thursday, April 12, Southern Human Services, 2505 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, co-sponsored by Democratic Women of Orange County and Orange County Democratic Party; 7 -  8:30 p.m., Monday, April 16, Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 MLK, Jr. Blvd, sponsored by Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools PTA Council, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Branch of NAACP. Submitted by P & J
NC COUNCIL OF CHURCHES 2018 CRITICAL ISSUES SEMINAR, April14, 9am-3pm, Greensboro - theme: "The Wisdom of Women" (includes topics: Equal Rights Amendment, sexual harassment and work place policy, elected office, health care, public education). Speakers: Rev.Dr. Donna Coletrane Battle (chaplain, Meredith College), Anita Earls (Southern Coalition for Social Justice). ( https://www.ncchurches.org/) Submitted by P&J
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF AND CLERK OF COURT CANDIDATES   Office seekers will introduce themselves and explain duties of office followed by opportunity for attendees to ask questions of each candidate.   7 p.m.,   Wednesday, April 18, Southern Human Services, 2505 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, co-sponsored by Democratic Women of Orange County and Orange County Democratic Party.   Submitted by Peace & Justice Committee
2018 FARMWORKER INSTITUTE Summit and Networking Event, April 19, 8:30am-4:30pm, United Church of Chapel Hill - forum to raise awareness about farmworkers in NC, connect farmworker advocates from a variety of disciplines, and information on key issues affecting migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. Submitted by P&J
CROP WALK MEET UP  Look for the bright colored feet on the Kiosk to learn how to be a CROP WALKER on April 22, to find a walking buddy, and perhaps to find some financial supporters. Former walkers and supporters, you can sign the list there showing you are willing to support a 2018 walker. The walker contacts you about the amount and delivery procedure.
NATURAL GAS IS WORSE THAN COAL in contributing to global warming. Despite what you see in Duke Energy's ads, natural gas pipelines are leaking methane, which is an even more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Read this article by Bill McKibben for more details , and then tell Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good to cancel the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and help avert climate chaos instead of making it worse:   ceo@duke-energy.com, (704) 382-7649. Submitted by ECO
UNC STUDENT FIGHT AGAINST  WHITE  SUPREMACY  Effort  to educate public about Silent Sam statue and build support to remove it. Submit comments to NC Historical Commission Monuments Study Committee: www.ncdcr.gov/comment-relocation-monuments. Join Women's International  League  for Peace and Freedom-Triangle Branch to vigil and distribute information about history of  Silent Sam's presence on  UNC campus.  Noon to 2 p.m., Wednesdays, Silent  Sam, East Franklin Street by Pettigrew Hall.  Community contact: ekkeel2me@gmail.com or 252-944-7474.  Submitted by P&J
MORE WAYS TO ASSIST SENDING BOOKS TO NC PRISONERS Prison Books Collective's volunteer workdays packing free books remain 1 to 4 p. m, Sundays, 4312 Etta Rd, Durham, when books may be donated. Donate money online or mail. Directions and information: http://prisonbooks.info prisonbooks@gmail.com Submitted by P&J
Ongoing Events
ART IN THE SANCTUARY Alyssa Hinton's show, Earth Consciousness and Cultural Revelations, will be on exhibit in the sanctuary during March and April. Using vibrant colors that awaken the soul, mixed media artist, Alyssa Hinton, illustrates a theme of cultural reawakening and regeneration through her unique southeastern Native American imagery.
MEDITATION Please join us in the sanctuary for silent meditation. We regularly meet on Tuesday evenings, 7:15 - 7:45 p.m.  For more information contact Delia Keefe.
LECTIO (SACRED READING) MEDITATION GROUP meets at noon every Friday in the Commons.  We use readings from poetry and the wisdom traditions of the world's religions as prompts for reflection and sharing.  No need to sign up ahead of time.  Please join us.
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