Dear FCC Members,
Please see below information about five discussion forums planned for this fall and set to begin on September 21st. I am grateful to Emmanuel Episcopal Church for hosting the forums, which I think will provide opportunities for discussion of important topics. I hope you can attend.
COME SHARE GOD’S DREAM IN FARMVILLE
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Farmville, in partnership with The Interfaith Clergy Standing for the Community of Pitt County will offer a series of five fall Wednesday evening forums entitled “Sharing God’s Dream of Unity and Peace in Our Community.” We speak different languages, have different customs and think in different ways. In the midst of the many religious, political and racial differences, we fail at times to affirm that we are all God’s children – and God dreams that, like any family, we will learn to love each other and to live in peace together.
God’s Dream through the lens of cross-racial dialogue about racism; conversation about hunger, feeding our children – its impact on our community; and easing the burdens of our neighbors who are among the more than 600,000 in the N.C. coverage gap when it comes to health insurance; are among the areas of focus toward becoming God’s Beloved Community.
“One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” is not only possible but can be believable when we have the courage to create a politics worthy of the human spirit, one that has a chance to serve the common good as God’s Dream intends. God’s Dream calls us to places in our heart, community and world we might find challenging to go today. Fear, not hope, seems to control so many people’s choices, behaviors and decisions. We learn best when facts and figures become faces of people willing to listen and dialogue.
These five forums begin Wednesday, September 21st from 7 – 8:30 in the Emmanuel parish hall at 3505 South Walnut Street (next door to the Farmville public library). All are welcome. For further information, contact Pastor Rodney Coles at email@example.com or Rev. Bob Hudak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COME SHARE GOD’S DREAM IN FARMVILLE
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, in partnership with the Interfaith Clergy Standing for the Community in Pitt County, will offer a series of five adult forums on Wednesday evenings, September 21 through October 19, 2022. These forums will be from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the parish hall at 3505 South Walnut St., Farmville (next door to the Farmville public library).
September 21: We are all sisters and brothers within the human family.
+ God’s Dream for the human family through the vision and mission of Jesus’ teaching that the kingdom of God is within and among us. This first forum will be inclusive of the vision and mission of the Interfaith Clergy Standing for the community.
September 28: Planting seeds to dismantle racism.
+ God’s Dream for the human family through the lens of cross-racial dialogue led by faith-based leaders to stir meaningful conversation about racism and its impact on our community.
October 5: “For I was hungry and you gave me food” (Matthew 25:35).
+ God’s Dream for the human family: Feeding our Children program through our 37 Pitt County public schools and the ecumenical Farmville soup kitchen, an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about hunger, feeding our children – and its impact on our community.
October 12: What the eye doesn’t see doesn’t move the heart (Haitian proverb).
+ God’s Dream for the human family: Easing the burdens of our neighbors struggling to pay costly medical bills because they are among the more than 600,000 in the N.C. coverage gap when it comes to health insurance. Leaders of Care4Carolina (a coalition of 156 member organizations: patient advocates, health providers, economic development and child and family advocates) will address how access to quality, affordable health care, helps build a healthier, stronger community.
October 19: Becoming God’s Beloved Community
+ Where do we go from here? A panel of local faith-based and community leaders, along with interfaith clergy standing for the community of Pitt County will lead this final forum engaging us in how we might make God’s dream come true when it comes to racial equity, food security and health care for our sisters and brothers in our local community.