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UPCOMING SCHEDULED LOTTE MEYERSON TIKKUN OLAM PROJECTS:
1st Friday each month from 1-3 PM @ MANNA– CBHT volunteer team. Contact Sandra Layton to help.
3rd Friday each month @ noon – CBHT Vets shelter meal serving. Contact Hilary Paradise to help.
Monday, April 29th, @ 4:30 PM—next L.M. Tikkun Olam meeting.
Friday, May 24th, @ 7:30 PM—Tikkun Olam Shabbat
July 14th –21st --- RITI—Contact Sherrill Zoller, RITI liaison for CBHT, email@example.com, for information.
THE LOTTE MEYERSON TIKKUN OLAM COMMIITTEE UPDATES APRIL 2019
UNC Asheville Lecture
by Brian Stevenson Thursday, April 25th
Bryan Stevenson, the attorney, activist and best-selling author, who led the team that created the first national memorial to victims of lynching, will speak at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena at 7 PM on Thursday, April 25th. Doors will open at 6 PM. The talk is free and open to the public.
Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Stevenson recently won a historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger. He also is the author of award-winning book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
In April 2018, EJI opened a new museum, The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, built on the site of a former slave warehouse in downtown Montgomery. This is a companion to a national memorial to victims of lynching. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opened at the same time, has been visited by a number of LMTO Committee members. The LMTO Committee is working with the Interfaith Initiative to facilitate bringing to Asheville a memorial to those lynched in Buncombe County.
Room in the Inn (RITI)
Room in the Inn Appreciation. Once again, many thanks to all of the CBHT members who volunteered to participate in some needed way for our RITI host week in February. Whether you provided food, rides, overnight supervision or just plain companionship, our partnership in this very important community project simply could not be realized without all of you. Much appreciation from the 12 homeless RITI women, the Homeward Bound staff and the L.M. Tikkun Olam Committee.
Looking ahead, our second RITI host week will take place at CBHT July 14th - July 21st. Please mark your calendars.
Sherrill Zoller, RITI liaison for CBHT
The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee initiated what turned into a fantastic exchange and collaboration for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday recognition.
On Friday, January 11th, the choirs of both houses of worship collaborated to provide music and the Rev. Brent Edwards provided the sermon for our CBHT Shabbat service.
Rev. Edwards’ sermon emphasized that we all walk with God through our daily ups and downs. The combined choirs and the St. James dancers made for a deep and meaningful experience.
On Sunday, January 13th, many members of CBHT attended a Unity Service at St. James AME Church. The two choirs again joined their voices and Rabbi Meiri provided the sermon. She spoke of Dr. King’s words that "Unity is the great need of the hour." She went on to describe the weekend events as “an affirmation that we are better together – as a congregation and as a community.” It was an exciting and profound service! Special thanks go to Vivian Ellner for working tirelessly to initiate this collaboration, and to Rabbi Meiri and the CBHT choir for making our shared services a reality. The Tikkun Olam Committee hopes to continue to work on collaborating with St. James AME Church.Read_more_...