If the new year is anything to us all, it’s the opportunity for a reset from the year prior and to allow us to see how we would like to see our lives going forward. … Amidst all of this, community leaders and members across the Carolinas have begun to chart a new course for 2021. Here are some of those voices who have shared their resolutions for a brighter, better year ahead.
Rev. Vance Haywood welcomed congregants during a livestreamed service on a Sunday. In a green chasuble, he spoke about the challenges of coming together during a pandemic and welcomed viewers even beyond North Carolina. “We’re in this work together,” he said before sitting quietly, hands crossed at a distance behind Rev. Paully Adams who delivered a sermon about reclaiming the power of prayer.
Rev. Vance E. Haywood, Jr. will be installed as Imani Metropolitan Community Church pastor on Feb.24, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is presenting a speaker series, Chris Williamson, Barbara Higbie and Teresa Trull are heading to the Triangle, a bike riding fundraiser is being to support Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, a seniors’ expo is slated and Ash Wednesday came this year with glitter infused ash.
The LGBT Center of Raleigh will hold its Annual Awards Gala, “Strength Grows Here,” on Oct. 6, the Miss Hispanidad 2017 Pageant will be held on Aug. 25 and on July 23 St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church held a Celebration of Life for Rev. Carlton Dale Mutts Rutherford, LCSW, M.Div., who died on July 15.
“Chasing Capri,” a documentary film by southern filmmaker Caleb Holland, was released and featured a Carolina transgender teen at the center of the storyline, Mark Spano will read from his award-winning novel “Midland Club” on June 25, Gospel Drag and Talent Show will be held on June 23 and SAGE Raleigh will hold its annual 4th of July cookout and potluck on July 4.