Generosity has ensured that CRCDS students will always have a place to relax and grab a snack or drink when they come to campus with news that the Student Lounge will remain open and funded. This comes as very welcome news to many students, since many travel a long way and appreciate having a “home away from home” between classes.
The Student Lounge is headed by Katie Kreutter (M.Div.) and is funded entirely by the CRCDS Student Cabinet. An appeal to staff, faculty and students was made last week for assistance that resulted in an immense showing of support through donations of food and money.
Pres. Marvin A. and Mrs. Peggy McMickle made a kind gift of $100 to fund the pantry, noting that “having a well stocked student lounge is a blessing at a school with a largely commuter student body.” The Black Student Caucus and the Social Justice Fellowship both contributed $75 each to the cause, while many others also pledged to provide financial assistance or to donate food items.
If you would like to support the Student Cabinet, below is a “wish list” of food items they need:
1. Coca-Cola and Diet Coke
2. Water Bottles
3. Granola bars
4. Mini chocolate candy bars, and honestly anything chocolate
5. Individually wrapped bags of chips – all kinds
6. Fruit cups and applesauce
7. Popcorn (the small size microwave bags)
8. Fruit snacks
10. Peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, etc.
For more information, please contact Polly Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Friday night, a downtown church in Raleigh, North Carolina, fills with more people than it can hold. The diverse group meets to discuss the logistics of the direct action events that have, since late April, taken place each Monday at the North Carolina State Capitol. The movement is known as “Moral Monday.”
A mix of progressive Christian leaders, college students, minimum wage workers, social workers and many others, the broad coalition of protestors are united in their concern about recent policies by the North Carolina legislature that they believe are a concerted effort to limit the civil and economic rights of ethnic minorities and those living below the poverty line. These policies include a move to make Christianity the official religion of the state, remove extended benefits for over 70,000 people, the decision to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provision (which would cover an additional 500,000 people) and the repeal of the state’s earned income credit.
The following reflection was written by alumnus George Payne, who is Peace and Justice Educator at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.
It is clear that the overwhelming majority of Americans do not support military involvement in Syria. Some denounce military action because Syria does not immediately endanger America’s national security. Others contend that two dreadful attempts at nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan have left Americans war weary. And still others decry the use of force based on its limited effectiveness in deterring the Bashar al-Assad regime.There are also detractors who base their opposition on economic and political philosophy. Following a foreign policy agenda that dates back to President Washington, this group asserts that a war in Syria will not promote the mandates of the Constitution, nor will it prevent a foreign dictator from encroaching on the livelihood of American citizens. If this opposition was not staunch enough, President Obama must answer critics within his own party who prefer hard diplomacy to military action. This group believes that diplomatic overtures to China, Iran and Russia may be the only way to bring peaceful order to this crisis.
The following is a reflection on the potential use of military force by the United States on the current Syrian government by CRCDS M.Div. student Kathy Thiel.
What comes to my mind when I think about the US becoming forcefully involved in the situation in Syria are the words of Martin Luther King Jr. on non-violence. What comes to my heart is sadness. If the United States uses violence against Syria, we are ignoring faith of any kind that this situation will resolve itself without our intervention.