Dear People and Friends of the Advocate:
Notes for the days ahead at the Church of the Advocate:
All are welcome!
Thursday, January 27
Note: Theology on Tap has been cancelled this week. Next meeting: February 10 at Tyler’s.
6 PM – 8 PM The Global Big Screen: Budrus: an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. At the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC. (see announcement below).
Saturday, January 29 Moving Day, Part Two: from the Advocate Office to the Homestead house.
We’ll be loading up the caravan — cars, vans, pick-ups and trailer — at the Advocate Office at 403 West Weaver Street in Carrboro from 10 AM – 11 AM, then heading over to the Advocate Site at 4810 Merin Road @ Homestead to unload, store and set-up from 11 AM – 12:30. Please come and help as you are able.
Sunday, January 30 The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Morning Liturgy: 8:45 AM Holy Eucharist. The Vicar will celebrate and preach, with reflection on Anglican mission, particularly in Peru. At Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road. Child care for 1-6 year-olds during the Liturgy of the Word, though children are always welcome to join in the liturgy.
3:30 PM Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace. Learn the truth about the atrocities. (see below for further information). At the Unity Center of Peace.
Evening Liturgy: 5 PM. Holy Eucharist. Followed by dinner fellowship (provided). The Vicar will celebrate and the Rt. Rev. Mike Chapman, missionary Bishop in Peru, will preach. (see announcement below). At Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road. Note: Child care for 1-6 year-olds now available during the Liturgy of the Word, though children are always welcome to join in the liturgy.
Wednesday, February 2 At the Unity Center of Peace (note that we will no longer be meeting at 403 West Weaver Street)
Holy Eucharist at noon
Contemplative Prayer at 6 PM
Friday, February 5 Taizé Service at the Unity Center of Peace. All are welcome at this Advocate-sponsored simple service of song, prayer and meditation, inspired by the Taizé community in France. Invite a friend to join you. At the Unity Center of Peace at 6 PM. (note that we will no longer be meeting at 403 West Weaver Street).
The Rt. Rev. Mike Chapman, Missionary Bishop in Peru, to Preach at the Advocate Sunday, January 30 at 5 PM. Our mindfulness of the church in the world continues this Sunday with a visit from the Rt. Rev Michael Chapman, missionary Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Peru. Bishop Chapman is the father of “daughter of the Advocate”, Sarah McInnis, He was consecrated as Bishop for the south central region of the Anglican Diocese of Peru in September 2010 and approaches his mission work with faithfulness, zeal, and good humor. He will tell us about his work among the poorest of the poor in the deserts regions — proclaiming the Gospel, introducing ways for the people to earn a better living, and helping to provide education for all. Come and see!
Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace Sundays at Unity
Most Americans know that there is ongoing conflict in the Middle East. What we call the Holy Land is regularly in the news, not for its holiness, but for the violence, fear and injustice that are a part of every day life for the people who live there. For those of us who live in the west, the situation can seem hopeless. We don’t know what we can do to make a difference.
The first step for those who want to be able to help seek peace and justice in Palestine and Israel. is to learn about the history and the current day-to-day life of the people of the region.
On three Sunday afternoons this Epiphany Season, the Church of the Advocate will sponsor a series to help us begin. We will use a program developed by the Presbyterian Church, USA, called “Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace”, which features informative video segments and discussion.
We will gather at Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road in Chapel Hill, on Sunday January 16, 23, and 30, from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. All are welcome to come, to learn, and to discern together how we might respond. For more information, contact: Tom Trueblood &lt;email@example.com>.
Advocate to Sponsor Orange County Chapter of Episcopal Peace Fellowship
As we move into the Season of Epiphany 2011, the Church of the Advocate launches a chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship in Orange County. The EPF is a national organization of Episcopalians committed to following Jesus call for peace by “connecting Episcopalians doing justice, dismantling violence and striving to be peacemakers”.
By establishing a chapter, we hope to provide a means by which Episcopalians and other in Orange County can learn more about justice issues in our community, our nation and our world, and can better organize to work for peace. We hope to sponsor quarterly gatherings of those who are involved.
Members are asked to support the work of the EPF with an annual donation, and to make the following commitment pledge:
In loyalty to the person, teaching, and person of Jesus Christ, my conscience commits me to the way of redemptive love: to pray, study, and work for peace, and to renounce, as far as possible, participation in war, militarism, and all other forms of violence.
In fellowship with others, I will work to discover and create alternatives to violence and to build a culture of peace. I urge the Episcopal Church in accordance with our baptismal vows “to renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God”, and to wage peace across all boundaries, calling upon people everywhere to repent, to forgive, and to love.
Learn more at the Episcopal Peace Fellowship website: http://epfnational.org/
Or contact: Chris Ringwalt: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Trueblood: email@example.com
Two Justice Education Events in our Community in the Days Ahead:
The Global Big Screen: Budrus January 27, 2011 | 6:00 to 8:00 PM | FedEx Global Education Center
Participate in the launch of The Global Big Screen film series with the screening of Budrus, an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat. The movie is directed by award-winning filmmaker Julia Bacha (co-writer and editor of Control Room and co-director Encounter Point), and produced by Bacha, Palestinian journalist Rula Salameh, and filmmaker and human rights advocate Ronit Avni (formerly of WITNESS, Director of Encounter Point).
Screening followed by a discussion with Nadav Greenberg of Just Vision, the non-profit organization made up of Israelis, Palestinians and North Americans that produced Budrus and other multimedia and educational tools to raise awareness about Palestinian and Israeli civilians working nonviolently to end the occupation and resolve the conflict.
This screening is hosted by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and Curriculum in Global Studies with support from the Department of Asian Studies, Arabic Program, Hebrew Program and Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.
To Buy the Sun: The Story of Pauli Murray
Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to stand, Pauli Murray refused to sit in the back of the bus; 20 years before the Greensboro sit-ins, she organized restaurant sit-downs in the nation’s capital. Durham native Pauli Murray not only lived on the edge of history, she seemingly “pulled it along with her.” One hundred twenty-three years after her enslaved grandmother was baptized at Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, Pauli Murray returned as America’s first female African-American priest to celebrate her groundbreaking Eucharist there. A champion for human rights, Pauli Murray’s struggles and insights resonate powerfully in our times. Celebrate her history; create our future. Join Hidden Voices, the Pauli Murray Project, and the Duke Human Rights Center as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Pauli Murray’s birth with a new play that explores the life and legacy of one of North Carolina’s own.
· January 28 and 29, 2011 at the Hayti Heritage Center, 7:30pm
· January 30, 2011 at the Hayti Heritage Center, 3:00pm
· February 4 and 5, 2011 The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, 8pm
· February 13, 2011 The Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, 7:30pm
· February 18, 2011 St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Hillsborough 7:30
Feed the Hungry — Support the InterFaith Council Food Pantry and Holiday Meals Program
As you do your weekly shopping, why not pick up an item or two to give to those who can’t afford it and add it to you offering on Sunday?
Here’s the list of items that are especially needed this week: canned greens, snack crackers and saltines, canned pinto beans, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, canned tuna and luncheon meats, jelly (18 oz.) toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper.
Other events to look out for this Season:
- a celebration of the Eucharist each week using a rite from the Anglican Church in New Zealand.
- a weekly expression of solidarity with our Haitian sisters and brother as we pray the Lord’s Prayer in Haitian Creole
- reflections on the injustices within our own criminal justice system
- a report on our neighbors who are homeless and the plans of the Interfaith Council to build a transitional housing program
- the Advocate’s annual meeting and commissioning on Sunday, February 6.
- the start of a new Habitat Build joining with Binkley Baptist, Barbees Chapel, and the Episcopal and AME churches in Orange County.
May Christ, the Son of God, be manifest in you, that your lives may be a light to the world...(from the Book of Occasional Services Epiphany blessing).