August Theme and Guest Speakers

August Theme and Guest Speakers

During the month of August, we are focusing on world religions and the topic of justice. We are privileged to welcome three guests each from a different tradition: Rabbi Dr. Andrew Ettin of Temple Israel; Muslim social justice activist, Rose Hamid; and Rev. Kathy Beasley, recently ordained in the Unity Church. I look forward to sharing the pulpit with our special guests. Please join me in offering a warm welcome to our visiting speakers this month!
~Rev. Mary Frances
Rose HamidAugust 4th – Rose Hamid
Rose Hamid is a Muslim American of Palestinian and Latin descent, born in Buffalo NY, living in Charlotte, NC since 1987. She grew up Catholic but left the church in her teens. She started practicing Islam in her mid-20’s. She’s been a flight attendant since 1985.
She’s a member of the CMS Interfaith Advisory Council, which meets quarterly with the Superintendent and has served on the boards of the Community Building Initiative and Mecklenburg Ministries
She is co-founder and President of the Muslim Women of the Carolinas: a local organization whose mission is to bring the diverse Muslim women of Charlotte and the surrounding area together in order to get to know one another and to do good works.
She’s been a frequent columnist for the Charlotte Observer and Huff Post. Her writings center on her experiences as a Muslim living in America. Rose gained notoriety in Jan. 2016 when she stood in silent protest at a Trump rally)
Visit www.MrsRoseHamid.com to read her columns. And www.SalamIComeInPeace.love a resource page to get answers to frequently asked questions about Islam and Muslims.
August 11th – Rabbi Dr. Andrew Ettin 
Title: “Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue”
Description: Commitments to justice and righteousness stand at the center of Jewish ethical teachings, as this verse from Deuteronomy attests. We learn, however, not only from precepts and parables but from experience, from negative examples as much as positive ones. Rabbi Ettin will explore some personal examples and encounters shaping his perspective on Jewish teachings about justice.
Rabbi Dr. Andrew Vogel Ettin has been the spiritual leader of Temple Israel, Salisbury, N.C. since 1990. He is also Professor Emeritus of English at Wake Forest University and Adjunct Professor of Religion and Divinity at WFU. He was formerly a professor at Cornell University. Dr. Ettin has taught courses in English and American literature, rabbinic and contemporary Judaism, mysticism and spirituality. He is committed to interfaith and interracial activities as well as women’s issues. An alumnus of Rutgers College (A.B.), Washington University (M.A., Ph.D.) and Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (M.S.J.S.), Dr. Ettin was ordained as a rabbi by Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. He is the author of four published books in addition to numerous articles; a fifth book is in progress.
Rev. Kathy BeasleyAugust 18th – Rev. Kathy Beasley
Combined Service at University Gathering
Leader – Author – Motivator – Teacher – Thinker – Theologian – Innovator
Rev. Kathy employs a passionate perspective of utilizing the unconventionality of technology to reach beyond the traditional and social aspects of “church” to include those who could benefit from a positive and practical spiritual message regardless of their geography, economics, politics or spiritual background. Her hope she says is: “To help people discover a new way to become community to one another in such a way that it reinvents the idea of what it means to be church in a time such as this”. Kathy’s work in the world is as a Senior Manager of IT Service & Support for a national faith-based healthcare organization. She is a sought-after speaker, workshop presenter and organizational vitality consultant. She makes her home in Orlando, FL and shares her life with her spouse; Dr. Sakile Camara of Los Angeles, CA and their dog Shanti. Her current labor of love is the development of a podcast, blog and social media project called Sunday Morning Vibe, that is set to launch in Spring 2019. Kathy is a contributing author on: Communication Training & Development – Exploring the Cutting Edge and A Field Guide to Internships; An Interactive Resource for Discovering Your Career. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management, multiple technical certifications and has studied Pastoral Theology and Emerging Ministry at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Earlier this year, she graduated from the Unity Urban Ministerial School and was licensed as a Unity Minister.