First Tuesdays: Dinner for our neighbors at the Community House

The Advocate serves dinner for our neighbors at the Community House on the first Tuesday of each month.
0920-CHN-SHELTER2As we continue to develop our relationships with our neighbors east and west, the Advocate has started helping with dinner at the Community House on first Tuesdays of each month. Community House is a transitional housing program for up to 52homeless men. It is located across the parking lot from the United Church of Chapel Hill, on the northwest corner of MLK and Homestead Road.
Those who can help prepare the meal are asked to arrive by 5 PM. Those who can help serve are asked to be there at 5:45PM. IF you are planning to help in either way, please contact Sallie Moore sallie305@gmail.com.

Advocates to Join Voting Rights rally at the NC Capitol at 5:00 PM September 3.

Join with others calling for justice in our days.
If you want information about riding with others, contact Vicar@theAdvocateChurch.org.

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Our Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, and Our Schools Matter

America’s Journey for Justice is a historic march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C. This more than 800 mile journey is an initiative led by the National NAACP. Marchers from various parts of the nation will demonstrate the need for justice for this generation and advance a focused national advocacy agenda that protects the rights of every American toward a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education.

On August 29th, NC will pick up the Journey For Justice baton. North Carolina has emerged as the “national battleground for voting rights” so the NC leg of the march will concentrate on this most fundamental constitutional right. On August 31st, on the first day of the NC Supreme Court redistricting trial, we will hold a voting rights teach-in at 7:00 PM in Raleigh. On September 3rd, we will hold a mass voting rights rally at the Capitol at 5:00 PM to demand a restoration of the Voting Rights Act and an end to voter suppression in our state. Click here for more information.

Supporters from around the state and nation including National NAACP President and CEO Cornell W. Brooks, will crossover into North Carolina through Richmond County and march through Moore, Hoke, Cumberland, Harnett, Wake, Franklin, and Warren Counties, many of which used to be protected under the Voting Rights Act. On September 7th, the march will continue into Virginia and onward into Washington, D.C. with plans to arrive at our Nation’s Capitol on September 15.

Help Mobilize Today

Share the Facebook eventflyer, and video of today’s news conference on social media using the hashtag #JusticeSummer and #JusticeJourneyNC.

For questions on how to volunteer or support the Journey For Justice, email forwardtogether@naacpnc.org or call (919) 682-4700.

On Thursday, August 20th, there will be a youth mobilization conference call at 8:00 PM at (530) 881-1212, code 762-504-921#. All young people or those who work with young people are encouraged to join the call!

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Forward Together, Not One Step Back!

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Advocate Helps Sponsor Campaign for Better Bus Service for Rogers Road

March for Better Bus Service, Saturday August 15, 2:45 pm.
Assemble at Rogers Road Community Center, 101 Edgar St, Chapel Hill.
Better Bus Service for Rogers Road Campaign Update

 

Two miles. That’s how far you’d have to walk if you live in Rogers Road and need to take the bus home after the HS Route stops running in the early evening. Two miles, in the dark, at the mercy of weather, on the side of busy roads. This is what Justice United leaders heard when they teamed up with residents to talk about doing something to improve bus service to their neighborhoods.

Join Rogers Road residents and members of the Chapel Hill Transit Partners to walk the two miles from the Eubanks Road Park and Ride to the Rogers Road Community Center in symbolic recognition of the limited service on the HS Route.

At the conclusion of the march, Transit Partners will be publicly asked to make a commitment to do everything in their power to support the HS service increase proposal.

Logistics: We will carpool from the Rogers Road Community Center to the Eubanks Park and Ride. Transport will be available to help all return to their cars following the completion of the action.

RSVP: ross.devin@gmail.com

Over the last five months Rogers Road residents have worked with RENA, Habitat for Humanity, the Church of the Advocate and Justice United to create a proposal to increase the service frequency and hours of the HS Route.

The proposal was developed and ratified by the Rogers Road community through two canvassing actions that reached over 100 households each, one community meeting, and outreach at the Unity in the Community celebration. 134 Rogers Road residents and 26 UNC students who volunteer at the Rogers Road Community Center have signed a petition in support of the proposal.

On April 28 leaders presented this proposal to the decision making body, Chapel Hill Transit Partners, who delegated the proposal to Chapel Hill Transit staff for analysis. The Transit Partners will reconvene in late August to review the Transit staff’s analysis and potentially make a final decision.

Advocate Hosts Johnson Service Corps Commissioning and Pounding Party August 30

The Advocate is glad for our connections through the years with the young adults of the Johnson Service Corps. Part of the Episcopal Service Corps network, Johnson Service Corps members live together in an intentional community, learning community and leadership skills while working in a non-profit placement in Durham/Chapel Hill.

The Advocate is excited to host the commissioning and pounding party for the 2015-2016 Johnson Service Corps members, Sunday, August 30.

The Commission will take place in the context of our 5 PM liturgy, and the Pounding Party will follow at 6:30 PM.

Pounding Party is a southern tradition; bring a pound of something to help the corps members set up their new home! 

The dinner will be a potluck, so please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  

Learn more about the Johnson Service Corps in a brief video featuring some familiar people and scenes from the Advocate HERE!

All are welcome and encouraged to come celebrate the new corps members: Allie, Ashley, Helen, Jordan, Jahkazia, Jessi and Loui.

Advocate Peter Morris Advocates in Raleigh

Image credit: Photo by Bob Geary
Image credit: Photo by Bob Geary

Advocate Peter Morris takes his Christian vocation very much to heart.Trained in public health and as a pediatrician, he now serves as the Executive Director of Wake Urban Ministries in Raleigh.

He also takes time to advocate for those in our state who have been cut out of Medicaid expansion.

Peter Morris on Pentecost 2015 at the Advocate
Peter Morris on Pentecost 2015 at the Advocate

See more in the most recent Independent Weekly magazine, here.

 

 

A Prayer For Our Earth — From the Papal Encyclical

UnknownA prayer for our earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

Justice United Core Team Training July 23 @ the Advocate

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From the early days of Orange County Justice United, the Advocate has been grateful to be involved. Justice United provides a mean by which we can engage more effectively in justice work in our community, and now in our neighborhood in north Chapel Hill.

Thursday, July 23, friends and people of the Advocate are encouraged to join a diverse group of religious and secular leaders from northern and southern Orange County to learn how we can build a Core Team for action: a group of leaders capable of building a power base to act effectively to support affordable communities and other issues that matter most to our membership in Orange Justice United.
Time: 7 PM
RSVP: Justice United Organizer Devin Ross, ross.devin@gmail.com

Questions? Ask the Vicar, The Rev. Lisa G. Fischbeck: vicar@theAdvocateChurch.org

“Courageous Vulnerability and Quiet Confidence” A Nathan Kirkpatrick Sermon

A sermon offered by The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick at The Advocate on June 21, 2015, Year B, Proper 7.
Depayne and Cynthia.
Susie and Ethel.
Clementa and Daniel and Myra.
Tywanza and Sharonda.
A week ago, these nine were unknown to most of us.
These retirees, this librarian; this track coach; these preachers; these dreamers.
These mothers and fathers, sons and daughters — our brothers and sisters. These students of Scripture.
Before Wednesday evening, they were unknown to most of us in this room and to most everyone in this country.
But the Goliath that killed them is sadly too well known to us.
He goes by many names; he wears many faces.
     He is gun violence. He is hate. He is racism.
               He has been fed on power and privilege and prejudice.
                    He is hulking, and he is afraid. But he masks his fear with rage and violence.
                    He stalks our streets, haunts our cities;
                         kills our children, our parents, our neighbors, our friends.
                                 He is gruesome, fearsome, and well-armed.
     His mere appearance can reduce a president to tears.
     And he taunts us to fight back.
But how can we?
We have tried so many ways to defeat this Goliath.
We have wielded the swords of legislation and diversity trainings,
We have carried the spears of passion and even compassion out to meet him.
We have tried to reason with him, educate him, treat him, negotiate with him.
We have protested him, marched against him. We have lit our candles in his presence and in the wake of his devastations. We have held vigil. We have pleaded with heaven.
When all of that has seemed to affect no change,
We have even tried shielding ourselves from him with denial.
          But still he comes. He still breaks through our defenses.
               He taunts and teases and terrifies all at once.
                    And cuts down the innocent.
                         And, when this Goliath shows himself,
                         we tremble and grieve, fearful and uncertain what might come next.
Parker Palmer says that this is the point that people of conscience
find themselves tempted by two options:
     First — we yield to a corrosive cynicism,
          a kind of despair and despondency that says that Goliath will always win,
               that there will always be another nine and another nine beyond that,
                    that our streets and sanctuaries will never know peace,
                    and that the casualties will only continue to mount.
                         That’s a corrosive cynicism that comes from the gradual wearing down of the soul,
                         the erosion that comes from the daily-ness of the headlines and the stories.
                              It’s an abandonment of our call to hope.
The other choice that Palmer identifies is
that we find ourselves becoming irrelevant idealists —
     the kind of people who can only really spout platitudes in the face of suffering,
          the kind of people that hold real hurt at bay just hoping that tomorrow will be a better day.
                    It is a kind of irrelevant idealism that is borne from the walling off of the soul.
                         It is born from building defenses to shield ourselves from other people’s pain —
                              It is an abandonment of our call to love our neighbor.
                                   Because we cannot love our neighbor if we do not see and feel their pain.
And let’s be brutally honest for a moment:
  For most of middle class white America, these are really only options
      — both corrosive cynicism and irrelevant idealism — because we know
           that Goliath hunts in other neighborhoods first.
Which is one reason why we need First Samuel chapter 17,
why we need the story of a shepherd boy who willingly goes out to take on the giant.
     Because the shepherd shows us that there’s another way,
          that we, who might have the luxury to grow caustically cynical or vapidly idealistic,
               might find a way forward when Goliath comes, when another nine fall,
                    or even better yet, might take on the giant before another nine fall.
I had never noticed until this week, in the shadow of Charleston,
that, in the story of David and Goliath, King Saul tries everything
to shield David from the giant’s wrath.
Did you notice?
Saul tries to talk David out of going. “You are just a boy.”
     And when David cannot be persuaded, Saul takes David and clothes him in his own armor — a helmet, a coat of mail, the royal sword.
          But, and this is the critical part — 
          When David is wrapped in all of power’s protections, he is powerless to move.
          When he is all defended, he cannot even walk, let alone win.
               “I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them.”
It is only when David sheds all that might shield him
that he is able to confront the evil before him. 
So he goes without armor, without a helmet, without the royal sword.
He goes with faith and trust in God
and five stones he picked up from the ground
and walks out to meet the giant.
Now there is a certain sermon that says,
here are the five stones that we must wield to bring the giant down.
     This is not that sermon.
Because the more powerful witness of the shepherd is that, when facing Goliath,
the only real weapons we can bear are our own vulnerability
and our confidence that God is still Emmanuel,
that God is with us, and that what God wants for the world
is not what Goliath wants for it.
And that God’s dream wins.
It is why Paul can later write to the Corinthians, “open wide your hearts,”
because God’s work in their vulnerability can be a witness against a whole empire of Goliaths.
In his eulogy for
Addie Mae, Cynthia, Carole and Carol Denise
— the four young girls killed
in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham —
Martin Luther King, Jr., said that their deaths
“say to each of us, black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution.”
Yes, we must.
It is time to substitute courage for caution.
So let us shed all that might shield us.
Let us meet Goliath with the courage of vulnerability
and the confidence that — to quote King again —
God is still in the habit “of wringing good from evil.”
Amen.

Advocate works with Justice United for Affordable Housing at St. Paul Village

Justice United Works for Affordable Housing at St. Paul Village
St. Paul AME Church, 101 N. Merritt Mill Rd. Chapel Hill
Tuesday, May 26  7-8:30 PM

On March 31 during the Justice United Clergy Meeting, local clergy/religious leaders committed to develop a campaign to support affordable housing at St. Paul Village.  This is an opportunity to enhance the relocation of St. Paul AME to its future site off Rogers Road with the addition of affordable housing, thus creating a village.

All are encouraged to be part of this opportunity to be good neighbors to our future neighbors, St. Paul AME.

Justice United Sets Goals for 2015-2016

Justice United Sets Goals for 2015-2016
May 28  Rogers Road Community Center (101 Edgar St.)
7 – 8:30 PM
Come if you can to the Justice United Countywide meeting to learn and discuss goals for the remainder of 2015 and the beginning of 2016.

These plans include lobbying for expanded bus service for Rogers Road (and Homestead Road), community listening sessions, and IAF (Industrial Areas Foundation) training.
All are welcomed and encouraged to attend!