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…]
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
The Islamic Association of Raleigh is hosting its annual Open House event Saturday March 11th from 11am to 4pm, featuring tours of the Mosque, lunch, and a keynote address by Imam AbuTaleb. Come and learn about Islam, Muslim culture, and sample culinary treats from around the world.
Open House 2017: Meet Your Fellow American Muslims
11:00am – Arrival and Tour of the Mosque
12:00pm – What is Islam? Who are the Muslims? Presentation
12:45pm – Call to Prayer
1:00pm – Observe Mid-Day Prayer
1:15pm – Quran Recitation and Translation
1:30pm – Keynote Speech followed by Q&A by Imam AbuTaleb PhD.
2:30pm – Lunch
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Blog post from Pullen member Clinton Wright:
Obsidian is a really interesting igneous rock. Igneous rocks are those that are formed from molten material. Obsidian, in particular, is formed from lava that is cooled so quickly that crystals cannot form in the rock material; it becomes a sort of glass. It is black, smooth and unstable (chemically speaking).
Many people, myself included, carry a piece of obsidian with them to rub or touch or look at when necessary. I have a piece that I keep in my pocket or in my bag. The reason people keep obsidian in their pockets is because some mystics believe rocks and minerals and herbs have healing powers for the various impacts and ills upon the lives of people. Many believe that obsidian is a truth-enhancing stone that is strongly protective; forming a shield around negativity. It is considered particularly strong in times of great change. Obsidian is believed to draw out from the body mental stress and tension. It stimulates the parts of us that seek strength in new horizons. It is believed that obsidian can offer clarity of mind by clearing emotional blockages and traumas. In essence, obsidian can help you to know your true self. Some mystics believe that obsidian increases ones ability for compassion and strength by grounding oneself. In this self-grounding, obsidian increases ones capacity for self-control.
As I have meditated on the task at hand in the days to come, my mind kept going back to obsidian. I think about the explosive fire that is happening right now, a volcanic explosion. And the negative tongues spewing hate and this hate and speech violence spewing across the country in various forms of lava, literally burning people alive.
We are asking people to stand in the lava. We are asking them to join us as we attempt to rapidly cool this material. We are asking them to be obsidian! We are asking them for the strength of a rock that forms into glass because it cools down so quickly. We are asking them to harness their anger as a result of the current political climate. We need them to harness this anger to be stronger. And….the beautiful thing in asking people to be obsidian is that they will be chemically unstable. They will have the power to change and make change. They can be changed. You see…obsidian is so chemically unstable that over time it can crystalize, small portions at a time, little crystals growing inside and outside of the rock. I believe this is what we want from the people in this movement. We want them to feel the power of their commitment; to see and feel change.
In my analysis of people right now, I don’t see a flatline, I don’t see spiritual death. I see a burning calling to action. I hear people say, “how do I get involved?” But they don’t mean this literally. They are seeing how to get involved. They are finding 100s of ways to get involved. I have been to several local organizing meetings lately. Rooms that before the election had 5 to 10 people in them that now are at over-flow capactiy auditorium size. There is an army of people who feel the fire inside and out. Monday, at the MLK march in Durham, I watched as shop-keeps literally turned their open signs to closed and locked-up to come out into the streets to join the hundreds that stretched the entire length of downtown as we marched down Main Street. My analysis of people leads me to believe that people have minds that are telling them to be rational and think through and listen for directions and to be logical in the steps that they are taking, but also have irrational and illogical hearts that are telling them to go full steam ahead at every entry point they can find into this movement. No. I don’t believe that people are flat-lined, I think they are quite literally quaking! They are standing in the gap and in the lava in the firey explosion of this time. They need guidance though, and they need education. But they are ready to fight the fire by being obsidian; a rock that was once an explosion and is formed to be unstable in an effort to focus on change.
So….I ask again: How do we give the people obsidian? Something to keep with them so that the act of self-purification is an ongoing reminder of ones deep committment and willingness to risk standing in the lava, the gap, to make glass, to repair the breach, to be a firey change we so desperately need.
A note from the Outreach Committee of the Women’s March on Raleigh:
2016 has been challenging for many of you and your members. We at The Women’s March on Raleigh will start 2017 in an affirming way as we show our solidarity for The Women’s March on Washington DC by having a local march in Raleigh. We invite you to be a part of this day in support, solidarity, and sharing along with many other local and state groups. The event will include a march and a rally, including speakers and entertainers.
We invite you to be a part by:
- Donating to help cover our expenses
- Promoting this event to your members and allies.
- Bringing a delegation to the march and rally.
- Encouraging people to volunteer at the event.
Details at: womensmarchonraleigh.
For more information, see this Fact Sheet.