Notes from Pastor Ashley / February 2, 2023

Dear Friends, In lightly programmed worship this past week, I read a poem by Mary Oliver called “Whistling Swans.” I love Mary Oliver’s poetry, and some lines from this poem stood out for me. Lines like “don’t worry about what language you use, God no doubt understands them all.” I am grateful to be part of a community that uses different language for God and hears the voice of the Spirit in the whistling swans…

Welcome Afghan Family / February 2023

New Garden Friends Meeting is sponsoring a new refugee family. A Mom and Dad with 4 kids, ages 3-11. Both parents were professionals in Afghanistan and speak excellent English. They have very impressive resumes and the Dad is very anxious to go to work. Waseem (the Dad) was able to take the driver’s test and get his license and would love to have a car. If anyone has any leads on a used car or…

Caring Friends Opportunity: Friend Visitation / February 2023

Join Marcy Reid-Smith and Judy Haughee-Bartlett for an introductory session designed to better prepare you to visit a member of our community in their home or care facility. On the schedule: fun, fellowship, role playing, wisdom sharing and guidance! Commitment: After attending the session, volunteers will be paired with an individual to visit once each month. Visits may last 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the needs of the individual. All are welcome! When: February…

Anti-Racism Resources / February 2, 2023

Where to begin, or where to look for additional resources to aid in your quest to become antiracist? Here is a link published by the University of North Carolina and shared with me by Tina Fisher of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee. This could keep me busy for the rest of my life-long endeavor to become an antiracist: diversity.unc.edu/anti-racism-resources Thank you, Tina! If any of you have resources that have been helpful to you,…

Rosenwald Schools Film Premier / February 4, 2023

Dear Friends, Many of you know that I’ve been involved in a documentary film project about Rosenwald Schools for a (very) long time. Several of you have generously supported the non-profit that Jere Snyder and I started (Longleaf Productions) to do this work. Now, at long last, we have something to show for it. “Unlocking the Doors of Opportunity / The Rosenwald Schools of North Carolina” will be screened at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4,…

Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation / February – March 2023

Moving Medicaid Expansion Forward FCNCL is partnering with Health Action NC (HANC) in support of their “Love Thy Neighbor” themed lobby day on Valentine’s Day February 14. You can help by signing up to participate in a Call Your Legislator Action Hour, 11 am Feb. 7 via Zoom. You can also help by signing up for in-person or Zoom lobbying of your legislators on Feb. 14. email: [email protected] web: fcncl.org Help us gauge our effectiveness:…

Faith Leaders Lobby Day / February 7 & 28, 2023

Training – February 7th, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. ON ZOOM Lobby Day – February 28th, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. / 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC Dear faith and religious community leaders, Thank you for your interest in and partnership on organizing around issues of abortion and reproductive justice in NC. We all know that this legislative session has the potential to usher in new harsher restrictions for reproductive healthcare in our state AND that…