Chapel Hill: Opinion

What you’re saying: Michael H. Hoppe, Ursula Wuerth, Lynne Kane

Ashamed by UNC

I am ashamed of the ways in which the current leadership of “my” UNC-Chapel Hill handles the investigation and potential sanctions by the NCAA.

Fact: A number of UNC-CH athletes retained their eligibility to compete by being able to take “sham” classes.

Fact: Their ability to continue to compete skewed fair competition among schools under the NCAA umbrella.

Fact: The NCAA is tasked to ensure fair competition. So, for UNC-CH to use legalistic arguments to get the NCAA off its back is very disingenuous, to say the least.

Whatever happened to the foundations of leadership worthy of its name – integrity, honesty, accountability?

Michael H. Hoppe

Chapel Hill

‘I was a foreigner ...’

This is for all the church-going, born-again, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant/foreigner/refugee “Christians.”

After I read the article “On Islam ...” in Monday’s N&O, I also later read the Moravian Daily Text for today, which moved me to write this letter.

There it says, “The Lord ... who loves foreigners (immigrants, refugees) and gives them food and clothing. You too must love foreigners for you yourself were foreigners in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10,18-19). Or today in the USA. I guess it was an issue even then!

The second text was from Matthew 25, 35 where Jesus talks about the Last Judgment:

“I was a foreigner and you welcomed me.” And he ends with: “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” verse 40

Just a reminder!

Ursula Wuerth

Chapel Hill

Consider Kol Haskalah

Are you ethical but non-theistic and seeking a Jewish alternative in contemporary life? Are you part of an inter-cultural family?

Consider Kol Haskalah, A Humanistic Judaism Congregation, at our Open House Sunday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to noon in Murphy Hall on the UNC campus.

We explore the full range of Jewish experience to choose what is relevant and meaningful, with belief in our power and responsibility to shape our own lives. Jewish ethics serve human needs and foster freedom and dignity for all humans.

Our pre-K through B’nai Mitzvah Sunday School enhances self-respect and responsible behavior in an engaging program grounded in the ethics and culture of Judaism. Teachers will be present August 28 to discuss their classes and our music component, learned Sundays along with congregant families. David Sennett is our education dDirector.

Rosh Hashanah will occur early October 2016, when the shofar will call us to a celebration of reflection and renewal of self and action in the community.

An ongoing activity is providing and serving a dinner one Sunday a month at Urban Ministries of Durham.

A related Humanistic Judaism Book Group meets every other month, alternating fiction and nonfiction books to discuss.

Kol Haskalah is part of the Society for Humanistic Judaism begun in 1963 by Rabbi Sherwin Wine. We share a deep connection to the future of the Jewish people, ethics, and culture, acknowledging human courage and independence as the path to human dignity for all people.

More information is available at or 919-260-4801.

Lynne Kane Publicity chairperson


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