Reconciliation Outreach News

Welcome to the Reconciliation UMC Outreach Blog and Bulletin Board. This site is designed to be an online place where we can share ideas, projects, information, celebrations, and other things pertaining to outreach ministry. If you would like more information, please contact our Outreach Team Chair, Kathy Murray by emailing her at

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

CRASH Movie Viewing and Workshop

Crash — A Snapshot of Challenges & Opportunities in a Multiethnic Society
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Trinity United Methodist Church
From 9-12 PM

Viewing Friday, July 21, 2006 7PM at home of Sarah Phillips.

The Oscar winning movie Crash depicts the intersection of the lives of ethnic groups in many American cities today. Examining the challenges the characters face albeit painful, complex and disturbing, present an opportunity for all of us to embark on a journey of self-discovery and reconciliation.

In this workshop, participants will discuss clips from the movies to:

· Explore the impact of culture and stereotypes on human behaviors and relationships.
· Discuss ways to reduce or eliminate barriers to building trust and respect in a multiethnic society.

Put this on your calendar. More details to follow. Contact:

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Special Movie Showing - Register Soon, Space Limited

For those who are not interested in the discussion, the movie will be shown on an ongoing basis starting 6/16 at both the Carolina Theater in Durham and the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina School of Public Health invites you to a special showing of "An Inconvenient Truth A Global Warning" followed by a discussion about the film’s message and Earth’s future.

Varsity Theatre
Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

TheFilm: The documentary follows former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s “fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it.”

Discussion: Douglas Crawford-Brown, PhD, director of the Carolina Environmental Program, professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and director of the U.S. branch of the Community Carbon Reduction (CRed) Project, will lead a discussion following the film.

Crawford-Brown and other scientists predict that if nothing is done to curb carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles, homes and industry, climate change will quickly become THE public health threat of the 21st century. The discussion will focus not only on why society must act, but on how we all can contribute to the solution in North Carolina.

To register, go to

The School of Public Health thanks Varsity Theater owner Bruce Stone
for allowing the School to host this special showing.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to defray costs.
For more details about the film and global warming, visit
For more information about Dr. Crawford-Brown and the Carolina Environmental Program, visit

Monday, June 05, 2006

Report On Outreach Team Meeting - 6/4/06

Outreach Meeting – 6/4/06

Thank you to the Outreach Team for attending our first team meeting on Sunday. I look forward to working with you all in the coming year in creating community and providing services to the larger community. Here’s a recap of some of the projects discussed.

The Interfaith Hospitality Network - will be hosting homeless families on Father’s Day weekend at Trinity United Methodist Church. Food donations, transportation and hosting will be needed. Contact: Marianne Daye

Crop Walk: There was good participation in the Crop Walk on March 19, 2006. The idea came up to have an educational video-clip during worship when the final report comes in. Discussed improvements for next year, including:

- More participation in meeting and education.
- Better recruiting for Crop Walk – need help making phone calls.
- Involve youth more in Crop Walk
- Be intentional around gathering together at March - having a meeting place.
- Provide a bag lunch for marchers.
- More orderly payment arrangement.
Contact: Barbara Lesane

Disaster Relief – Several of our youth are going to Biloxi in July. Sue and Kent Gill participated in a joint mission trip to New Orleans earlier this year and were appalled at the damage and the lack of rebuilding that has taken place. Trinity UMC has an ongoing Disaster Relief Group going on throughout the year. They are amassing and storing supplies for relief trips and fundraising. There are work groups which can be hired to provide home repair and other services locally. Proceeds to go to Disaster Relief effort. Contact: Susan Gill

CRASH Workshop - Workshop on the movie CRASH is scheduled for Saturday, July 22, from 9-12. This will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church an they will be partnering in the event. Ask for $5 contribution. Kathy Murray will do Registration.
Sarah Phillips will a host movie showing in advance for those who wish to watch it as a group. Contact: Kathy Murray

Reconciling Prayer Group – The group had its first meeting on Wednesday, 5/30. It was an uplifting and educational experience for both church members and shelter residents. The group will continue to meet at 5:30 at Urban Ministries of Durham. The address for Urban Ministries is 410 Liberty St., Durham NC 27701. See the website at: It is adjacent to the Durham Public Library. Come as often as you like, whenever you can. It is an open group focusing on prayer.

Children’s March
The NC United Methodist Children’s March will be Tuesday, June 20 beginning at 1pm at Edenton St UMC Youth Center. Curriculum resources for adults and children are now available at the website: To receive a paper copy of the curriculum or registration form – contact the Office of Children’s Ministries at the Methodist Building.

Proposed Project - Natalie Gidney-Cole would like to start up an Outreach Project for younger children.

The following people expressed an interest in various projects. Let me know if their are any corrections to this list, or you would like to be added: Contact Kathy Murray, Outreach Chair, Phone is 919-419-7059 (Home), 688-3079 (Office).


Marianne Daye
Barbara Lesane
Maggie Pierce

Crop Walk
Barbara Lesane
Marianne Daye
Melissa Rasberry
Natalie Gidney-Cole

Disaster Relief
Susan Gill
Marianne Daye

Reconciling Prayer Group
Bill Murray
Natalie Gidney-Cole
Melissa Rasberry
Barbara Lesane

Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Groups
Bill Murray
Danielle Reid
Melissa Rasberry
Natalie Gidney-Cole

Crash Workshop Planning
Bill Murray
Sarah Phillips
Barbara Lesane
Melissa Rasberry

Bread for the World
Sarah Phillips

Movie Nights Planning
Melissa Rasberry

Children's March
Kathy Murray
Natalie Gidney-Cole
Bernice Johnson is very heavily involved in this project
Youth are invited to attend.

Latino Outreach
Sarah Phillips
Barbara Lesane
Melissa Rasberry