Triangle: Film screening slated

Carolinas News Notes

Film screening slated

RALEIGH, N.C. — The premiere of “Sitting at God’s Table” will be on April 26, 6 p.m., at Raleighwood Cinema Grill, 6609 Falls of Neuse Rd.

The film is a documentary by SAGE member Ellen Shepard who produced, directed and wrote the piece. It explores differing faiths through the eyes of five religious leaders.

“It is my mission to seek answers to the most controversial questions of our day from the leaders of multiple faiths. It is through acknowledging what we have in common as well as appreciating our differences that can lead to understanding and tolerance,” Shepard said.

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Interviewed were: Shakil Ahmed, The Islamic Association of Cary, Cary Masjid; Bishop William Curry, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina; Rabbi Lucy Dinner, Temple Beth Or, Raleigh, N.C.; Dr. David Hailey, Hayes Barton Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C.; and Fr. Mark Reamer, The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh, N.C. Filming took place over a seven-hour progressive meal as they candidly shared their views on numerous subjects.

A Q&A will be held afterward with Shepard and some of the religious leaders.

The screening is free. However, email to RSVP as seating is limited.


Youth group continues successes

DURHAM, N.C. — iNSIDEoUT breaks into late winter on the heals of its weekend-long Fab-u-fest retread held in January. Workshops helped to empower students who attended with resource packets to share with students whose schools have challenges.

Additionally, the youth board has been conducting a workshop series on Saturdays during their weekend hangout hours. Those wanting to get involved with this group should visit the organization’s website to be placed on the mailing list.

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Calvary United Methodist Church, 304 East Trinity Ave., recently donated space to iNSIDEoUT to house its staff workspace and provide a place for youth to meet. They have created a wish list for the new space and welcome contributions. Sought are couches, shelves, bean bag chairs, storage containers, plastic bins, art supplies, desktop computer, projector, TV, non-perishable snacks, coupons for groceries and a camera. Email to find out where to take items.

Adult ally bar night will be held on March 7, 9 p.m., at The Bar, 711 Rigsbee Ave. The $5 cover will go directly to iNSIDEoUT programming. Prior to the bar night, an adult volunteer interest meeting will take place at The Bar at 6 p.m., followed up by set up for fundraiser at 8 p.m. Some projects that require assistance over the next few months are: helping to develop a business reach out plan; professional graphic design for a new logo; referrals to healthcare professionals; cooking meals for youth events; legal advice; and more. Email to learn more.

The church will host its second annual Queernival on March 28 at 12 p.m. The event is a southern celebration of youth liberation where local GSAs/QSAs and youth non-profits engage in games, food and performances to educate the community about issues that impact minority youth, organizers said. All ages are welcome.


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Posted by Lainey Millen

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