Ami Worthen aims to illuminate, amplify, and fortify transformative community action.
Her writing and collaborative projects center social justice. Based in what is now known as Asheville, NC, a region that is the ancestral homeland of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, Ami follows the call of collective liberation.
MountainTrue knows that Black lives matter, and we encourage our members to learn about and fight examples of systemic racism – not only during the current protests, but for the long haul. Our Board is currently in a process of strengthening the racial justice lens of our work to create meaningful change within our organization and region.
Affirming the rights of ALL people and demonstrating care and respect for everyone are key to Womansong performances and to our choir. Our shared, national history of white supremacy and horrific violence against black people, LGBTQ folks, native communities, women, and many other groups is at the heart of the civil unrest we’re experiencing.
After years of shifting political waters and we know that in order to continue to build the power we need in the South, regardless of who controls the White House, we have to be more clear about who and how we are in relationship to each other as Southern people who are working to earn the respect of future generations. Our very lives depend on it.
Common Hymnal is an online library for the spiritual underground, a connecting point for an as-yet-uncoalesced movement around the exchange of songs, stories and ideas. We facilitate this exchange via this site, streaming, play listing, YouTube, social media, a podcast and a Patreon.
Korean American author speaks about her journey to find true self
By Kang Hyun-kyung
Cindy Wilson, author of “Too Much Soul: The Journey of an Asian Southern Belle,” was born I Wol-yang in Seoul and adopted by African-American parents in 1975 when she was a few months old. Her name was changed to Cindy and she was brought to America by her adoptive parents the following year.Unlike some other adoptees who have spent a great deal of time and energy to find their birth parents, Wilson has never tried to find her roots. She said she considers her adoptive parents, not birth parents, to be her true family.
Stephanie O’Neill – in NPR
We’re all experiencing some form of grief these days. As this pandemic progresses, more of us will brush shoulders with loss.
The death of someone you care about deeply can be so gut wrenching and annihilating that you may be left unable to imagine ever regaining your equilibrium. And if you’re there right now, just know you won’t be in that painful place forever. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
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We’re so excited about spring migration that we are DOUBLE BOOKED today! You now have two options to tune in and learn about the amazing journeys birds make to, from, and through North Carolina.We’re so excited about spring migration that we are DOUBLE BOOKED today! You now have two options to tune in and learn about the amazing journeys birds make to, from, and through North Carolina.
Thriving ecosystems can better support marine and animal life, provide local jobs and food, and reduce carbon emissions. The United Nations considers life on land and life below water to be two of its Global Goals for Sustainable Development. You can join us in taking action on this and related issues here.
Buncombe County has been monitoring Coronavirus/COVID-19 since it was first announced as a potential threat. The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. As such, our Public Health department is partnering with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, health care providers, and first responders to watch and respond to this evolving situation.
For people who have questions about COVID-19 in Buncombe County, please call (828) 419-0095.
Pisgah Legal is creating timely, reliable and up-to-date information to help people navigate through various systems. Please check them out and share widely.
For Renters: On May 30, Governor Cooper extended a moratorium on evictions until June 20, 2020. Check out this updated information with common questions and answers for renters.
LESSONS FOR OUR TIMES: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, His Work, “the Cost of Discipleship”, and U.S.Evangelism
As we live through this momentous time in our country, here’s some history to consider. American religion and culture has been deeply influenced by Evangelism.
Introduction by Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post
Racism is this nation’s telltale heart beating ominously in the collective subconscious. From time to time we come to believe we have expiated and silenced it once and for all. But then it is back — changed, perhaps attenuated, but unmistakable.
By Prachi Gupta in Elle
In January, Jennifer Carroll Foy helped end nearly 50 years of inaction on the Equal Rights Amendment by leading a push to make Virginia the final state needed to ratify the landmark women’s rights legislation to the Constitution. Today, the 38 year old freshman state delegate and criminal defense attorney took on an entirely new, historic challenge, announcing she is running to become the next governor of Virginia.
Democracy is more than the system of government. It is a way of life based on our commitment as citizens to the common good. We can assess the vitality of any democracy by looking at its history, its current state, and its potential to serve the hopes and dreams of its people. But the truest measure of its health is how well it is practiced.
A Matter of Spirit (AMOS) is the quarterly justice journal of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center with analysis, theological reflection and action on justice issues. Our Governing Council selects four topics for the year, which are then given to our Editorial Board to determine articles and writers.
By Brian Wong and edited by Sam Dresser in Psyche
You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!
– Greta Thunberg, 23 September 2019, New York
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As soon as allowed by local authorities and the North Carolina Governor’s office, Brevard Music Center (BMC) will launch Brevard Music Center @ The Drive-In Movies — an exciting summer drive-in movie series brought to you by Ingles Markets Presenting Sponsor, on the Music Center campus. The eight-film series is made possible by BMC with lead sponsors, PLATTand the Transylvania County Library Foundation, and will begin mid to late May with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as the first featured film in the series. The films will be presented on weekends at 9 PM on a big screen in the parking lot adjacent to BMC’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium (WPA) at 349 Andante Lane in Brevard.
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