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Raleigh church is exploring social issues – Turchetti

Benson Memorial United Methodist Church in Raleigh is hosting “Living Our Faith,” a series of 10 presentations on social issues with an emphasis on the response to those issues by people of faith.

The series begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, and continues throughout the summer. Here’s the schedule:

▪ May 24: how to approach controversial issues with civility and respect

▪ May 31: honest and open government

▪ June 7: the history of racism in this country

▪ June 14: discussion and book study of “America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America” by Jim Wallis

▪ June 21: reconciling congregations

▪ July 12: a Muslim perspective on social justice issues

▪ Aug. 2: Guardian ad Litem and how participants advocate for abused and neglected children in court

▪ Aug. 9: prisons and how they are sometimes used as substitutes for mental health treatment

▪ Aug. 16: immigration and refugee resettlement issues

▪ Aug. 23: an examination of poverty’s impact on access to health care

The committee that is hosting the series has reached out to other churches to invite them to participate, and is welcoming members of the community to join in as well. Organizers say the idea is to gather to hear and discuss issues and to grow in understanding and compassion for the most vulnerable people in society.

The entire lineup of topics and scheduled speakers for the series is online at Benson Memorial United Methodist Church is located at 4706 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh.

Coffeehouse date change

The upcoming Memorial Day weekend is shifting the usual date of Coffeehouse at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

The May edition will be held on May 19 and features Laura Ridgeway and Friends as the entertainment. They will perform tunes that range from high-energy dance music to more mellow, nostalgic favorites.

Coffeehouse is a social evening for adults of all abilities and is run and staffed each month by volunteers. The program will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 7000 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh.

Movie on the lawn

Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Raleigh will show a movie on the church lawn Friday, May 19.

Food trucks will arrive at 6:30 p.m. in advance of a 7 p.m. showing of “The Lorax.” The movie, appropriate for all ages, has a message of responsibility for caring for all of God’s creatures.

Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church is located at 4900 Kaplan Drive, off the Western Boulevard exit of the Interstate 440 Beltline.

Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at