Sunday, March 9, 9:15 & 11:15am
Sweet Tea, Grit(s), and Faith: Journeying to LGBT Equality in the South
Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Guest Speaker
In the campaign for equal rights that is opening doors and breaking through barriers to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, there is
a moral force working that will not be denied.
BIO: Jasmine is a minister in the United Church of Christ and the Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, which promotes LGBT equality in the South. She and her wife, Meghann, live in Asheville with their hound dog and a baby on the way.
Rev. Ward offers spiritual leadership and a pastoral presence for the congregation and is chiefly responsible for its worship life. He also acts as chief of staff and oversees management of the congregation’s ministries. He was called as Lead Minister of UUCA in 2004.
To read Rev. Ward’s biography, click here.
Read Rev. Ward’s latest Minister’s Musings, posted on our monthly newsletter page.
Rev. Bovee-Kemper oversees the congregation’s pastoral, social justice, and membership ministries, working with the Lead Minister to provide a pastoral presence for the congregation. She works with the Earth & Social Justice Ministry to advocate and witness on issues of importance to the congregation, including hunger in Buncombe County, full equality for LGBTQ persons, and fair treatment for migrants. She also leads worship monthly. Rev. Lisa was hired as Assistant Minister of UUCA in 2011.
To read Rev. Bovee-Kemper’s biography, click here.
A Faith for the Few? (text & audio)
Rev. Mark Ward
I am learning that I need to be careful of the topics I choose for worship, lest I be given lessons I’d just as soon not have. This week is a good example. As I began mulling over how I would address the topic of class this Sunday, I promptly lost my wallet. Actually, it turned out it wasn’t lost – thanks to a reminder from my wife, Debbie, I discovered it eventually in a coat pocket. But for a good hour or so Monday morning I was tearing around frantically, convinced that it was gone. What would I do now?
Our theme this month reminds us of the powerful role of religion as critique. Many of the greatest figures in religion – Jesus, Muhammad, the Buddha, and many others – made their mark as critics of the pomposity, arrogance, and foolishness of the prevailing society. Click on the title to continue reading...
(S) Sanctuary, (SH) Sandburg Hall, (RE) Religious Education Classrooms, (JH) Jefferson House, (23) 23 Edwin Place