Yesterday, Jubilee! celebrated its 29th anniversary. I first came to a celebration in the fall of 1996 after I moved here in late July. I wasn’t looking for a faith community, certainly not one that was Christian based since I was brought up Jewish, but I was struck on my first visit by the humor, the hugs, and a not-so-bald guy who kept talking about “keeping the main thing the main thing”.
For me, the main thing has over the years become how might I help make the world a better place, and I saw Jubilee! as a faith community that believed that as well. I was also looking for community, and that is something else that Jubilee! has offered to me. I’m not sure if I ever quoted a Bible verse before, but I think a version of this comes from the new Testament: “from whom much is given, much is expected”.
I know I offered this song in last week’s Update, but I think “We are Here” is always appropriate to help us reconnect with what our purpose is.
- There will be a repeat of the “What’s on the Ballot” forum this Thursdayevening, August 16th, starting at 6 pm, at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Here is a link to that Facebook page to RSVP. If you are not on Facebook and want to go or have questions, feel free to contact me at 828-768-4559 or via email. Here are some Fast FactsDemocracy NC has put together about how dangerous they believe four of those amendments could be if the voters approve.
- Want to have fun, learn about campaign finance reform, and support Haywood Street Congregation? This Friday, August 17th, starting at 7 pm. “Go Granny D” will be performed at the Block off Biltmore. Check out this press release for details.
- Want to know about voting events? Check out the Buncombe/WNC Voter Engagement Coalition’s calendar that lists events, activities, candidate forums and workshops to help us navigate voting. I encourage you to check this out on a regular basis.
Black women make 66 cents on the dollar compared to white men as the Economic Policy Institute states. Here’s the blog post that provides details.
Having discussions about racism with the Imperial Wizard of the KKK sounds both scary and, quite frankly, ridiculous. We might ask what could possibly be accomplished, but Daryl Davis has been doing this for quite a while, and this pieceillustrates his remarkable actions. It is well worth reading. Here’s a video of Mr. Davis being interviewed if you prefer to listen than read.
- Support businesses and organizations who pay a living wage. Here is the list of Certified Living Wage Employers in WNC broken down by type of business.
- Spirit Airlines offers a $10,000 grant to worthy nonprofits. Right now, they have a contest going where members of a community can vote for one of four nonprofits everyday through August 23rd. Here is a link with the information to vote. Just scroll down to see organizations.
We all need positive statements to live by, and here is a quote from one of my heroes, Nelson Mandela, who practiced this during his life: