The Farm Labor Organizing Committee is holding worker meetings, but since none of the farm workers have cars, worker participation is completely dependent on transportation by volunteers.
Driving Workers to their Meetings
FLOC’s farm worker members in the three regions of NC (Eastern, Piedmont and Western) need rides to their scheduled regional meetings (see dates below) in July and August. By driving 1-4 farm workers to a meeting, you can make a huge difference in the success of the organization these farm workers are building. At each FLOC regional meeting attendance may be 40 – 60 workers …..so we need 15 – 20 volunteers for each meeting.Triangle Friends of Farmworkers (TFF) and the National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM) have collaborated in past years in recruiting and coordinating rides for farm workers — this year we need more volunteer drivers.
You do not need to speak Spanish. Before your return trip, you and FLOC farm worker members and staff will have a chance to eat a meal together.
July 2nd FLOC Regional membership mtg (Eastern – Dudley, NC, at FLOC’s union hall)
July 30th FLOC Regional membership mtg (Piedmont – Town and meeting venue TBD)
August 20th FLOC Regional membership mtg (Western — Town and meeting venue TBD)
Sept 7th Farmworker delegates to FLOC convention driven to rendezvous points (TBD) to board buses
Sept 10th Farmworker delegates returning from Toledo to be picked up and taken to labor camps
How to Volunteer
(1) To volunteer for a specific date(s), just let us know (email Dave Austin at email@example.com ) and we’ll put you on our list and send you updates on schedules as soon as we get them;
(2) If you would like to volunteer, but can’t commit to any specific dates yet, let us know (Dave Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll put you on our potential drivers list and send you updates and reminders as we receive them.
(3) If you have any questions, please email and we’ll do our best to answer them or get an answer for you.
A few words you might enjoy from Pullenite Deborah Brogden:
I enjoyed the Islamic Center’s visiting day so much, I just wanted to submit a little write-up about it for those who could not be there.
During our first Wednesday evening gathering this March, Cathy Tamsburg passed on an invitation to attend the Islamic Center’s day of community outreach for education and fellowship. This event was held last Saturday, March 4. Fortunately, I was able to attend. While I did pre-register for the day, I saw that all were welcome, pre-registered or not. I wandered around the large gym which was lined with display tables. The tables had posters and pamphlets about the history and points of belief for Islam. At one table was a gentleman who, with great finesse, would write out one’s name in Arabic calligraphy.
The best part of the occasion was meeting and talking to the young ladies of the mosque who circulated, greeted and assisted the visitors. These women helped to serve the snacks, the tea and coffee, and the lunch. They answered questions about the building (Where are the bathrooms? Why do they include foot-washing areas?) and, of course, answered various questions about their faith. I found these young folks to be so welcoming and helpful. The day, starting with the warm welcome, included lots of good conversation, good food, and learning opportunities. I’m glad I was a part of it.
Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church invites the Pullen family to the 21st Century Peace and Reconciliation Lenten Series. There will be three Sundays in Lent where the greater Raleigh community is invited to participate in an evening for presentation, Q&A and fellowship. Together we will engage in thoughtful consideration of the ways faith informs discipleship, specifically around the topics of peace and reconciliation in our lives. Please see the link below for details.
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…]
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…]