As I write, we are just two days from Pride. I am excited to participate for the first time, as last year we stood in solidarity with those who asked the community to boycott in protest so that new voices might be included at the Table. The boycott effected such change as the former leadership stepped away and new leadership emerged. This new leadership team has endeavored to create space for voices that had been excluded from the planning process which led to last year’s even being held on Yom Kippur.
As Pilgrim learned of the new leadership’s hope for this year, borne out of last year’s pain, we have opened ourselves to new ways of participating. In that, we have prayerfully decided to not offer communion this year so that we might experience what the event organizers are trying to birth as an interfaith celebration. What we hope begins this year is the building of relationships that will bring about a interfaith worshipful experience next year that creates multiple stations, allowing different faith traditions to welcome festival-goers in ways unique to their tradition–and we will do so in communion and concert with each other. I look forward to this journey.
I want to celebrate and share my gratitude with this community as this week we met our $20,000 fundraising goal for our solar panels. How outstanding that Pilgrims heard the call and responded together so that we might reflect in our very campus the stewards God calls us to be. Well done, good and faithful church!
I also want to thank everyone who responded with donations for those affected by Hurricane Florence. We delivered two carloads of supplies to United Church of Chapel Hill that Sunday and then had to fill the car again later in the week with even more supplies. I pray our supplies met, in part, the deep need of impacted areas.
As the need continues, we have been asked by the UCC Southern Conference to raise monies for clean-up buckets in concert with Church World Service. We have chosen to raise funds rather than the actual buckets themselves given the quick turn around time. By raising funds, we also defray the cost of what was purchased in the immediacy of the storm’s aftermath. Please see the write up below for more information.
See you Sunday,