Each Wednesday in July, Pilgrim children and families gathered to eat, learn and create together. Each night, after sharing a meal in Fellowship Hall, we moved to the columbarium to (re)hear the stories of Moses and the Exodus told by wonderful story-tellers.
Kate and Kyle are Pilgrim’s new interns. Kate will be with us through the end of July and Kyle will be with us through May.
Kyle is getting ready to go into his junior year at NC State studying Religious Studies and International Studies at NC State with a focus in the Middle East. He plans on going to divinity school and to become a minister. He has helped to promote education on transgender issues and has shared his own journey as a Christian, transgender individual. Kyle plays guitar and sings, and has an adopted lab mix adopted from the SPCA.
Kate is a rising senior at Wellesley College where she majors in Religion. She is from Winchester, Massachusetts and is a Red Sox fan. She enjoys reading and embroidery. Rev. Ginger is a former associate pastor at her home church.
On July 24th, thirteen Pilgrims traveled to Cherokee, NC to learn more about our native neighbors, their history and ours, and a stun-ning part of our state full of tragic and courageous stories. Over the weekend, we were given a tour of Oconaluftee Village; listened to story-tellers by the Oconaluftee River; visited the incredible Mu-seum of the Cherokee Indian; ex-perienced Unto These Hills, an outdoor re-imagining of the Cherokee story; and explored the mountains on our own. Several of us will share our reflections from the trip during worship on September 13th.
On Mondays in July, we continued our summer tradition of hosting Lunch Bunch: kids and families from our neighboring apartments came over to share a meal and join us for activities. It was a fun and surprising month!
Rev. Mandy Mizelle was ordained at Pilgrim UCC during a joyful worship service on June 7, 2015. Rev. Mandy was called into the ordained ministry of the United Church of Christ and installed as Minister of Christian Education at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Durham NC.
On Saturday, June 13 at 11 am, you are invited to join other Pilgrims for a visit to Historic Stagville. Historic Stagville comprises the remnants of one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War South. The plantations belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totaled approximately 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres of land by 1860. Stagville offers a view of the past, especially that of its African American community, by allowing visitors to guide themselves around its extensive grounds.
Congratulations to this year’s confirmands: Christopher Chaves, G Frybarger, Bennett King and Marec Marhoul! We are grateful to have witnessed this special part of your journey, and to continue with you.