This Friday at 6:00 PM we will kick-off our second annual W.W. Finlator Lectureship Series in Social Justice. Our keynote speaker for the evening will be Dr. Gene Nichol. Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley Distinguished professor and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at UNC School of Law. He teaches courses in constitutional law and federal courts. From 2005 to 2008, he was the 26th president of the College of William and Mary. He was Burton Craige professor and dean of the law school at UNC from 1999-2005; law dean at the University of Colorado from 1988-1995; and James Cutler professor and director of the Bill of Rights Institute at William and Mary from 1985-1988. Gene founded the Byron White Center of Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado and the Center for Civil Rights at UNC.
This evening will honor the legacy of our former pastor, Bill Finlator, and the continued practice of this church to be a people of faith concerned with a social gospel. If you have never heard Gene Nichol you will not want to miss this evening. He is one of the most informed and inspiring speakers on issues of poverty and race in the United States. As someone who has traveled our state this past year listening to the real stories of the underemployed and unemployed, he speaks powerfully about the poverty facing many North Carolinians. And if you have heard Gene speak before, then you know how meaningful the evening will be. Gene will also be our guest preacher on Palm Sunday, April 13. (Remember, we will be worshiping at Jones Chapel on the campus of Meredith College on April 13 because of the Rock-n-Roll Marathon that blocks access to our church.)
For this dinner, we do need for you to sign up by calling the church office by noon on April 8, or RSVP using the form below. The cost for the meal is $20 per person. However, please do not allow the cost of the meal to keep you from signing up. We do have a budget to supplement our meal cost if needed.
As a part of our Finlator weekend the Deacon Council is also offering on Saturday, April 12, a day-long training examining the effects of race on economic disparity and institutional decision-making. This program will be led by the Racial Equity Institute out of Greensboro. The organization has an excellent reputation and is growing in its magnetism about its programming – the trainings are expanding from Greensboro to Charlotte and Chapel Hill, involving private citizens, and private and public institutions. So empowering and important has the program become that Mecklenburg County, for example, budgets 10-20 of the Institute’s two-day immersion trainings each year for its employees. As with the Finlator dinner the night before, please call the church office or use the form below to sign up for this event. The program is free, but the trainers need to know how many will be coming. Box lunches will be provided for $8.50.