Charlotte: PFLAG Cookout, Faith Initiative, ‘Table’ Discussion

Carolinas News Notes

PFLAG sponsors cookout

CONCORD/KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Concord/Kannapolis will welcome MTV’s “Promposal” couple Brandon Caddell and Noah Ambrose who reside in Moore County at the Oct. 10 meeting at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 38 Church St., in Concord, N.C. The couple will share their story with attendees.

The following day the organization will sponsor a cookout for Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City Schools Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) on Oct. 11, 3 p.m., at Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Rd., in Concord, N.C.

All GSAs, their advisors and Time Out Youth Cabarrus County staff are welcome to attend.

info: ckpflag@gmail.com.

Faith event planned

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NC Faith Forward will be held on Oct. 7, 9 a.m-12 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Charlotte University, 8520 University Executive Park Dr.

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This event brings LGBTQ-affirming individuals of faith in Charlotte, N.C. and North Mecklenburg County to strategize about the future of the community.

Included in the activities will be relationship building, storytelling skills tips and faithful action taken.

The NC Faith Forward Coalition is an LGBTQ-affirming faith coalition working to make North Carolina a more just and inclusive home for all LGBTQ individuals. The coalition consists of seven organizations: Believe Out Loud, Equality North Carolina, Faith in Public Life, The Freedom Center for Social Justice, Many Voices: A Black Church Movement for Gay and Transgender Justice, More Light Presbyterians and the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Registration is available online.

Other locations around the state are: Durham, Oct. 10, 9:30 p.m., LGBTQ Center of Durham, 114 Hunt St.; Greensboro, Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m., Guilford College, Founders Hall, 5800 W. Friendly Ave.; Wilmington, 10 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wilmington, 4313 Lake Ave.; and Asheville, Nov. 11, time/location TBD.

info: bit.ly/2haiHzz.

Future put ‘on the table’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Oct. 25, the On the Table CLT will take place across Mecklenburg County in order to discuss how to collaboratively build and maintain a more connected, inclusive and opportunity-rich community, organizers Community Building Initiative and Foundation for the Carolinas announced.

The event will bring thousands of individuals together in small groups to “generate ideas, inspire solutions and cultivate relationships and collaborations to strengthen Mecklenburg County.”

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The initiative is a partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Foundation for the Carolinas. Charlotte was one of 10 cities from across the U.S. chosen to replicate the On the Table initiative this year with funding from the Knight foundation.

The target goal is to have 5,000 individuals of all ages participate in more than 500 small groups on the event date. Social media will serve as a connection point as well at #OnTheTableCLT.

Area companies, organizations, etc., are encouraged to become a host. Details on how to accomplish this are available online.

At the events’ conclusion, participants will be asked to complete a brief email survey to learn more about their experiences in the project.

info: onthetableclt.org.

 

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Posted by Lainey Millen

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