Pfeiffer-Charlotte offers lecture and lunch series

August 2, 2017

[caption id="attachment_9900" align="alignright" width="232"] Click to get full size poster[/caption] Join Pfeiffer University and a group of distinguished scholars and community leaders as we explore current issues and trends related to the challenges of our region, nation and the world. The Charlotte Symposium, an 11-month lecture and lunch series, offers certification in lifelong learning for those who participate in seven sessions during 2017-18. Sessions may also be taken individually. Cost and Subscription Per lecture: $20 per participant, including lunch Annual subscription available for $165 per person (annual savings of $55) Location and Time Pfeiffer University Charlotte campus 1515 Mockingbird Lane Each event begins at 11 a.m. with lunch following. Dates and Topics 2017 August 14 From Jesus to Superman: Our Addiction to Redemptive Violence Chris Hughes, Yadkinville UMC September 11 Public Memory Kevin Marinelli, Davidson College October 9 Global Christianity Eric Lewellen, TEAM November 13 Native Plants: What’s the Big Deal? Angela Haigler, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library December 11 Integrative Pastoral Care: Recovering Soul in Community Life Mary Kinken, Davidson Center for the Professions 2018 January 8 Wisdom of the World’s Religions and its Meaning for You Patty Meyers, Pfeiffer University February 12 Closer than Close: Awakening to a God Who is Closer than You Think Dave Hickman, Apartment Life March 12 Religion in Appalachia Timothy S. Moore, Pfeiffer University April 9 Cultivating Awareness: A Discussion on Privilege and Power Emily Stone, Pfeiffer University May 14 Buddhist and Christian Ethics Kevin Taylor, Pfeiffer University June 11 Dialoguing about Diversity with Millennials Andrew Knoblich, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Clare Merlin, UNC-Charlotte For more information, email continuing.education@pfeiffer.edu

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A Summons to Witness, Protest, and Promise

We give thanks for this Summons to Witness, Protest and Promise written by the cabinet of the North Carolina Conference.  In our ongoing collaboration, we affirm these words alongside them.  Across our state, we invite all United Methodists to be a part of building “the new world God promises as heaven in time descends to earth.” (Revelation 21)

A Summons to Witness, Protest, & Promise

We, United Methodists in The Western North Carolina Conference, join our voices with The North Carolina Conference in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

We believe. . .

We believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed poured out upon all people.
We believe that in baptism, we are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation, and commissioned to resist evil, injustice and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves.
We believe that God’s intent for humanity is community, compassion, and holiness, and that justice has been marred by the history of enslavement and racism.
We believe that repentance is urgent for the historic and ongoing violence against Black girls and boys, men and women.
We believe that in the wounding of Black bodies we see Christ crucified.
We believe that those who have been steeped in white privilege, through repentance, can be transformed into humble servants of the living God.
We believe we are called to work for the day when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

We protest. . .
We protest violent murders of Black men and women, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
We protest the narratives of fear and suspicion that divide people from one another.
We protest our historic failure to ensure all our churches are places of hospitality, welcome, and belonging for our Black brothers and sisters.
We protest the historic and continuing suppression of voting and other basic rights.
We protest all incendiary public leadership in this time of crisis and turmoil.
We protest the lack of will in our communities, our state and our country to protect the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, and especially the most vulnerable, the young and the old.

We promise. . .
We promise to use our voices, resources and power to dismantle white privilege and racist systems, especially within our own United Methodist Church.
We promise to read the Scripture with ear and eye attentive to the continued call toward God’s will for all people.
We promise to exercise the right to vote and to work against voter suppression.
We promise to create around ourselves at all times hospitable space for all people.
We promise to name prejudice when we see it and to receive the correction of others who see prejudice in us.
We promise to be life-long learners, to constantly make adjustments in the way we use our power and influence, to be active participants in the building of the beloved community, and ultimately growing always in holiness toward the perfection we see in Christ.

Signed,

Bishop Paul Leeland
Laura Auten
Carl Arrington
Michael Bailey
David Christy
Amy Coles
Bev Coppley
Beth Crissman
Otto Harris
David Hockett
Kim Ingram
Linda Kelly
Mark King
Melissa McGill
Samuel Moore, Jr.
Dan Pezet
Mark Ralls
David Snipes
Caroline Wood
Jane Wood

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward
Tim Russell
Edie Gleaves
Ray Broadwell
Gil Wise
Gray Southern
Mike Frese
Kenneth Locklear
Randy Innes
Linda Taylor
Dena White
Tara Lain
Ismael Ruiz-Millan
Jon Strother
Beth Hood
Lisa Yebuah
Greg Moore
Steve Taylor

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