At rise of Meeting next First Day, 1/31/16, we will have a called Meeting for Business to examine the proposal from House and Grounds for general repairs on the Meetinghouse and discern way forward. Friends are asked to review the estimate from our contractor prior to the meeting. The estimate is posted here:
Developing Our Spiritual Leadership to Stand for Black Lives Matter and Act Against Racism
February 27 (10:00-3:00)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga
Join us for a dynamic and interactive workshop with Unitarian Universalist educator Chris Crass on using our spiritual superpowers of prayer, ritual, song, and community to act with courage against racism and for Black Lives Matter. We will talk about the challenges and opportunities the congregation is experiencing as we have taken a bold and public stand for Black Lives Matter. We will explore ways we can deepen our church’s internal understanding and commitment to anti-racism, as well as strengthening out external work for racial justice and racial equality.
Utilizing story sharing, small and large group discussion, this participatory workshop will focus on how we can help create supportive and healthy leadership and culture that enables more and more of us to be effective racial justice leaders in these Black Lives Matter times, in our congregations and our communities.
Chris Crass is a white anti-racist activist, also a Unitarian Universalist, who leads anti-racism trainings around the country, and is the author of Toward Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategies.
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GEORGE LEVERING WHITE, 88, of Greensboro, NC died from complications of a heart valve failure on Thursday, January 14, 2016, surrounded by close members of his family. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn Root White, his four children, Becky White Rodzik, Alan Robert White, Cynthia White Lenda and David Ernest White, and their families including 7 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter: Jason & Rachel Rodzik; Bunny (Paulette), Tristan, Rachel & Nora White, Caleb White; Brian, Ian & Ben Lenda; and Jan & Jonathan White. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy White Hartley, and was preceded in death by his sister Ruthanna White Holmes.
Born in Greensboro in 1927, to Vivian Robert (Bob) and Ruth Levering White, George became an Eagle Scout in high school and joined the Navy as World War II came to a close. He attended NC State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1949. George enjoyed his 42-year career with Southern Bell Telephone Co. as an electrical engineer, then district level engineering manager in various cities in North Carolina. He served on the board of Friends Homes at Guilford and was very active in Friendship Friends Meeting in Greensboro. He was active in the BellSouth Pioneers club.
George loved traveling with his family including many road trips across the country that took him to all 50 states. After retiring, George and Marilyn enjoyed bicycle tours in Europe and other travel. He rented a large house at Ocean Isle Beach, NC every year to host his family of up to 18. He loved talking about current events, watching the evening news, and reading the New York Times. George enjoyed telling stories, had a great sense of humor, and loved his family dearly.
A Meeting for Remembrance in the manner of Friends for George White will be held on February 6, 2016 at New Garden Friends Meeting, 801 New Garden Rd, Greensboro, NC at 1:00 pm, with time to share stories of his life after Meeting in the Friendship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, if you would like to give a gift in Remembrance of George White, please consider a donation to one of the following:
Guilford College (memo line: V.R. & Ruth L. White Scholarship Fund)
Friendship Friends Meeting Building Fund
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Lyman Brett White of Swannanoa, NC, passed away on December 2, 2015 at the age of 87. Born in Nyack, New York to James Henry White and Lillian Victoria Owen White, Brett and his siblings (sisters Joy and Ruth, brother Harry) were raised in Bethel, Connecticut. Brett graduated in 1946 from George School, Newtown, Pennsylvania. He attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut before being employed as a Sales Representative and Office Manager with Bard-Parker, a division of Becton, Dickinson and Company.
Brett married Theodora N. Whittaker in 1951 and they had four daughters together. During this time, Brett pursued and accepted a position with Church World Service, the relief, development and refugee assistance arm of the National Council of Churches. The family was sent to Jerusalem, Jordan in 1963 where Brett and his team were instrumental in the building of roads, schools and wells to provide sanitary drinking water. After three years, the family returned to the United States where Brett was involved with the relief effort in Haiti before accepting a position as an Associate Director for Material Aids at CWS headquarters in New York City.
Brett left CWS to pursue his interests in franchising and real estate syndication in Florida. A lifelong Quaker, Brett was associated with the Palm Beach Friends Meeting, the Miami Friends meeting and was a representative of or attended the Friends United Meeting, the Southeast Yearly Meeting and the Friends General Conference. Brett was the Business Director for Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat and conference center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania from 1972-1974.
Brett had many ardent interests one of which was Barbershop Quartet singing. A longstanding member of SPEBSQSA, he sang baritone with many quartets, directed several choruses over the years and was the Sunshine District President from 1971-1972.
A profound event in Brett’s life was the loss of his daughter, Marcia Robertson White, in 1979.
In 1986 Brett met Ruth Passmore Miller; he was devoted to her until her death in 2007. By then a resident of Swannanoa, North Carolina, Brett continued to foster support for the Palestinian refugees and further explored his religious and secular self, described in a narrative theology published in 2004.
Brett is survived by his second wife, Ellie J. Essink White, three daughters, Lorna Brett (Robert Willis), Kendra (Frank Skellen) and Camela (Benjamin Dicus), five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting House on February 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM.
In honor of his life, donations made be made to Church World Service (cwsglobal.org).