Pullen’s Cross of Nails Reconciliation Fellowship would like to share these updates on recent and upcoming events in the CCN international network. Since 1978, Pullen has been a part of this community of organizations and individuals who see reconciliation at the heart of their ministries. (For historical information, see this 2014 post: http://www.pullen.org/2014/11/14/working-for-peace-reconciliation-40-years-later/) [Read more…]
Archives for February 2017
Text: Exodus 24:12-18
This morning I want to talk about climbing mountains and I want to begin with two stories from my life. The first story: the year is 1990 and the location is Ridgecrest Conference Center—the Southern Baptist Conference Center cradled in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. For generations, since 1909, Baptists have gathered at Ridgecrest to share with other Baptists the journey of faith. In the summer months these gathering would include youth groups from Southern Baptist churches. In 1990, I was the Minister with Youth and Young Adults at St. John’s Baptist Church in Charlotte. It had been the tradition of the St. John’s youth group to attend summer camp at Ridgecrest. Having started at St. John’s in the fall of 1989 I wasn’t about to mess with tradition my first summer. So I made all the necessary arrangements for our group of some 80 youth to go to summer camp at Ridgecrest. [Read more…]
Holy Union Focus for Worship February 26, 2017 – Pat Long
Twenty-five years ago this month, the Pullen congregation decided to offer services of holy union for same-gender couples as part of the church’s ministry. That decision has helped shape our identity ever since.
Gay issues surfaced at Pullen some 31 years ago. In 1986 Pastor Mahan Siler preached a sermon in which he said, “I do not believe that AIDS is God’s judgment on homosexuals.” Conservative pastors were saying so. The next year he preached a sermon in which he compared the gay person to the Good Samaritan, “the most hated and discredited person in Jesus’ world.” He said gays deserve our caring because they are human beings, our neighbors, our colleagues, our relatives. [Read more…]
Our new neighbors at the Gregg Museum are gearing up to open their doors at the end of this summer. They graciously offered a tour of their building to Pullen’s staff this past Monday. Here are a few pictures for those interested.
On Friday Feb. 17, 2017, Pullen Youth collaborated with Neigbhor2Neighbor to host an event called MadHouse. This event provided a safe, fun and positive environment for minority urban city children living in poverty. The majority of the students that participated in this event were from SE Raleigh.
While SE Raleigh children played basketball, the Pullen Youth prepared healthy snacks for all the young basketball players. During halftime and between games, Pullen served food, laughter and smiles. Pullen Youth have agreed to participate in this event once a month.
Thanks for all the parents support for this event.
Learn more about Neigbor2Neighbor: http://www.n2noutreach.org/
Co-Leaders: Brian Crisp & Terrance Ruth