This Sunday we are honored to hear from Dustin Barto, co-director of the Foothills Interfaith Assembly. He's from Lincolnton and converted to Islam in 1999. His current activism centers on protecting the rights of Muslim U.S. citizens.
“If we are going to allow fear to override our faith," he says, "and if we are going to allow that fear to erode the foundational elements of our nation, then we might as well tear down the Statue of Liberty, because at that moment we have betrayed the proclamation, and the promise, it represents."
Don't miss this opportunity to meet and talk with this courageous man!
The next of our regular All-Committee Nights at the church! Join us at 6:00pm with a brown-bag supper -- then at 6:30 we'll break off into our groups. Later we get back together to give brief reports on what we've done. It usually turns out to be fun because we enjoy each other's company!
Pick the committee that most interests you:
In this service, Rev. Melissa Mummert considers generosity as a spiritual practice. Come with open hearts, ready to reflect on the unique gifts that you have to offer.
We don't want Christine Levy to go. We really, really do not want Christine Levy to go. But we do want her to have a long and happy retirement, so we're sending her off with a party full of music and laughter -- just the kind she likes.
It'll be at the church building on March 10th, starting at 6:30 -- and you're invited!
Please read the invitation (download it here) and RSVP to 828-322-3309.
March is Women's History Month, so let's spend some time exploring this vital topic. The progression of women's rights has never been easy -- it hasn't even always gone in the same direction. Katherine Farris, herself a woman and a doctor of women, shares some insights into this journey, through history and through contemporary experiences.
Shining Our Light - An All Congregation Dinner
Saturday, March 18th 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
How's that for a title? But "UU Spring Fest: Songwriters Showcase and Open Mic" says it all. We're talking about Friday, April 7th from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the church building.
David and Lisa Thurman, singers/songwriters themselves, are coordinating this and emceeing the event as well. They suggest a $5 donation at the door, with proceeds dividing between the Featured Artist (whoever that turns out to be) and the ongoing protest movement at Standing Rock.
So here's how the evening will go:
Social Concerns / Social Justice Committee’s February project to “CHANGE the World” will benefit the HICKORY SOUP KITCHEN, serving Hickory’s hungry since 1983 with hot meals & showers. You can leave your spare change (or donation) in our CHANGE jar in the church foyer. It’s cold out there – thank you for helping!
Our UUCCV library collection – the Max Curdy Library – located in our front office has been nicely reorganized and labeled so you can more easily find things of interest. AND a complete listing of our books has now been created and will be updated as new or donated books are added. You can find that list HERE or link to it through our new Library page!
Did you see the excellent story by LeAnne Bartelt in the Hickory Daily Record?
Either way, we have it here for you to read as a PDF. It's all about Rev. Melissa Mummert and her hopes and dreams for us.
So you'll definitely want to read this. Download it here.