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First Congregational UCC performance and call to artists

Posted by admin on Feb 22, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice

The First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Asheville at20 Oak Street is pleased to invite you to Execute Art Not People on Monday, March 1, from 7 to 9pm, a free event featuring visual and performance art to commemorate Amnesty International’s Death Penalty Awareness Week. The exhibit has also issued a call for art from local artists, students and activists — all proceeds from work offered for sale will go directly to the artists. Please forward this invitation to others who may be interested in attending or contributing art. The exhibit features a quilt made by the families of murder victims and death row inmates in western North Carolina, work by Asheville artists John Mac Kah, Anna Jensen and Linda Larsen as well as by death row inmate Wiley Dobbs. The program includes poetry by former North Carolina death row inmate Edward Chapman, music by Asheville musician James Richards, City Council member Cecil Bothwell and prison chaplain Rev. Mark Siler, as well as a presentation by mediator and restorative justice advocate Melanie Snyder, author of Grace Goes to Prison, entitled Restorative Justice in a Tough-on-Crime World. Event co-sponsors include the UNC-Asheville student chapter of Amnesty International as well as Amnesty USA, the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters, Asheville Friends Meeting, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Human Rights Team, the WNC Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the WNC Ethical Society. Additional co-sponsors are also welcome. Please contact Alex Cury at (828)253-5088 or acury@ncmoratorium.org for more information.

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First Congregational UCC presenting play to benefit homeless

Posted by admin on Feb 22, 2010 in Community Support and Outreach, Local Social Action, Other Events

Our Friends Meeting has been more and more involved with homelessness in Asheville over recent weeks and months, including helping feed some 150 homeless Asheville citizens in Pritchard Park last Sunday morning….
Over the past few months a group called Homeward Bound has
prepared a musical/theatrical experience which is currently running
each weekend at First Congregational Church, downtown, near the traffic circle at the County Building. Both Mountain Xpress and the
Citizen-Crimes have given this show a LOT of press and there are many moving testimonials to the value of experiencing it, first hand.
The following came in tonight from a VERY discerning source, one whom many of you will know and respect. I hope you’ll all read this and consider attending “Always Expect Miracles”, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (and Saturday afternoons) through March 8th.
Jim Cavener

Friends,
Last weekend, my family was blown away by this play. We didn’t
realize what powerful social justice stories and messages would be
presented, including a transgender woman’s powerful monologue about finally being free to be herself. Stump town, desegregation, and more. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll think. You’ll feel the power of song and dance …and even motorcycles! Beaucatcher Mountain has been constructed right there in the high sanctuary along with an amazing set that comes to life with 50 local actors of all ages.
So enjoy great stories about Asheville….and benefit Homeward
Bound which works on housing and homeless issues in the City.
You’ll have a great time!! You’ll leave uplifted!! See
details below provided by the play:
Best
Monroe

Monroe Gilmour
Coalition for Equality

Homeward Bound’s Community Performance Project, Just Home in the Mountains, continues its performances of “Always Expect Miracles”

Written by award winning playwright Jules Corrierre, and based on stories gathered from Asheville residents.

The performances will take place at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street in Asheville 28801
(next to Health Dept & across Oak St from 1st Baptist)

All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Homeward Bound of Asheville.

Always Expect Miracles is a mixture of stories gathered from residents of WNC and artfully woven into a compelling chronicle.

Over 50 actors, from every segment of our community, will bring to life these true tales of colorful characters, civil rights leaders, famous ghosts, new neighbors and old timers. Don’t miss this ground breaking community event!

“Always Expect Miracles”
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, Asheville
Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 18 until March 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday matinees- 2:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets at the Door OR
Advanced tickets can be purchased through Pack Place- 2 South Pack
Square, Asheville.
Mon-Sat- 10- 5, Sunday 1-5 or call 828-257-4500

For More Information Contact:
Rebecca Williams, Project Director – Homeward Bound’s, Just Home in the
Mountains
828-768-2456, bbinfo@hbofa.org
or visit www.justhome.org

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