Chapel Hill: Community

On Faith: Eno River Fellowship to hold racial inequity forum Nov. 12

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, serving members from both Chapel Hill and Durham, will host a film and dialogue event on racial inequity from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the campus.

In the film “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity,” director Shakti Butler asks America to deepen the conversation on race by talking about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity.

The film has been described as “the most dignified and evidenced response possible to the blithe assertion that we live in a ‘post-racial’ America.”

It features moving stories from racial justice leaders, including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Ericka Huggins, Humaira Jackson, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tilman Smith and Tim Wise.

After showing segments of the video, the Revs. Mel Hoover and Rose Eddington, former co-ministers of the UU congregation in Charleston, W. Va., will lead a discussion.

Hoover received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Unitarian Universalist Association for his work in anti-racism, anti-oppression, community building, gender equality and environmental justice.

Eddington is nationally noted for her work in environmental justice.

The program is free and open to all.

Church tag sale

Members of Carrboro United Methodist Church are cleaning out their attics and closets for missions.

A Tag Sale is set for Saturday, Nov. 22, to benefit mission organizations in the local community.

Sale items will include furniture, rugs, lamps, books, CDs, decorative vases, glassware, bedspreads, vintage purses and hats and jewelry, to name a few.

Also available, biscuits, muffins, fruit and coffee and a bake sale of a variety of baked goods just in time for the Thanksgiving table.

The sale is set from 8 a.m. to noon. Church is located at 200 Hillsborough Road.

Lee Smith reading

Southern writer Lee Smith will read from her most recent novel “Guests on Earth,” set at Highland Hospital in Asheville on Sunday, Nov. 16, at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, 102 Tryon St

It is a narrative that blends fact and fiction, giving the reader opportunity to witness through the eyes of a 13-year-old patient the tragic fire of 1948 that killed nine women in a locked ward. Among them was Zelda, wife of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The public is invited to the reading at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the church.

Light refreshments will be served.

‘Warrior Spirit’

A lecture, titled “The Warrior Spirit and the Trauma of Mechanized Warfare,” will be given in the sanctuary at the Church of Reconciliation by author, teacher and student of Jungian psychology Robert Mitchell at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.

Mitchell will present his ideas how the archetypal warrior spirit has been corrupted and betrayed by 150 years of mechanized warfare. He will link the betrayal of the warrior archetype with the incident of PTSD.

As a combat helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, he has personal experiences that allow him to shed light on the challenges that modern warfare presents for veterans who return from war and must reconstitute their civilian lives while healing wounds of war they have suffered.

The lecture is sponsored by The Men’s Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping men learn to live better, more fulfilling lives.

The event at the church, 110 N. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill, is free and open to the public.

For questions or additional information, contact Bron Skinner at 919-968-4499 or bron.skinner@gmail.com.

Alternative market

The United Church of Chapel Hill's Alternative Gift Market has for 25 years assisted the developing world through a variety of programs.

Most notable is support funneled through Church World Service.

Mary Catherine Hinds, senior field director at Church World Service, who works out of the Southeast Office in Raleigh, will speak at the Adult Forum at United Church on Sunday, Nov. 16.

This year, United Church will have a special emphasis to support Church World Service's “Life More Abundant” project that works in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua to end child labor. The project returns childhood for those children so they are free to attend school and create the possibility of a sustainable future.

Hinds has traveled to Nicaragua with her church’s Sister Cities program and has visited CWS projects in Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Serbia and Moldova.

She and her husband, John, son Carter,9, and daughter Louisa, 6, live in Raleigh where they are active members of Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic Church.

The Adult Forum at United Church, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., meets at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Visitors are welcome.

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