Karen Anderson will assume the executive director’s position for the ACLU NC affiliate in July.

ACLU names new exec

RALEIGH, N.C. — The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) has announced that they have hired Karen Anderson as its new executive director. She will assume her duties on July 25.

Anderson is a passionate civil libertarian with a strong leadership background, the organization shared.

She has spent the last 15 years as director of administration and finance for the Office of the New Hampshire Public Defender. In that role, she had primary responsibility for all corporate, financial, and business matters, including strategic planning, human resources and more.

Anderson has currently served as president of the board of the ACLU of New Hampshire and previously served as that affiliate’s representative on the national ACLU board.

She has a wide range of experience including work as a human resources consultant in Denver, Colo., at various human resources positions at the University of Denver and as a litigator with Gray & Hahn, PC. She previously worked in Rockford, Ill., as associate director of Prarie Legal Services and in Washington, D.C., as a litigation associate with Nixon, Hargraves, Devans & Doyle (now Nixon Peabody).

The ACLU-NC will be her first exposure to the state’s membership when it holds its annual meeting on June 5, 3 p.m., at NC Advocates for Justice, 1312 Annapolis Dr. RSVP to bit.ly/1smNk8R to join in.

info: acluofnc.org.

Methodists conference scheduled

GREENVILLE, N.C. — The North Carolina Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and the Reconciling United Methodists & Friends of NC will hold their Gayle Felton Memorial Lunch and worship service on June 17, 12 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, 203 Greenville Blvd. S.W.

This annual event will welcome Rev. Edwin A. Rowe as its guest speaker.

Rev. Edwin A. Rowe will be the guest speaker at the Gayle Felton Memorial Lunch for The North Carolina Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and the Reconciling United Methodists & Friends of NC.
Rev. Edwin A. Rowe will be the guest speaker at the Gayle Felton Memorial Lunch for The North Carolina Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and the Reconciling United Methodists & Friends of NC.

Rowe was born in Ottawa, Canada. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Adrian College and a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary. He served as a student intern at churches on the west side of Chicago, Ill., during the 1968 civil unrest. Later he became a community organizer for the South Shore Commission in Chicago. His life has been replete with doing ministerial advocacy throughout his career, from riding on school buses to protect students during unrest to revitalizing inner-city churches while addressing quality education, safe and affordable housing and healthcare for the poor issues.

At Wayne State University Wesley Foundation in the 1980s, he created monthly student forums with topics focused on peace, justice and non-violence. In his tenure as senior pastor at Cass Community United Methodist Church he oversaw five outreach ministries, as well as served as senior pastor at Central United Methodist Church in Detroit, Mich. While there he led support in the Detroit News and Free Press strike.

His service stretched around the globe. His support ranged from a teach-in on American involvement in El Salvador to being part of delegations to Iraq and Palestine to promote peace.

Since then, he retired in 2014, but continues his life’s work. He is director of Detroit Metro Interfaith Worker Justice.

He is co-chair of the Michigan Area Truth and Reconciliation Project for LGBTQ United Methodists promoting “do no more harm” to individuals who have been harmed by church posturing.

Tickets are available online at mfsancc.org/events/2016-gayle-felton-lunch/. Cost is $15/advance and $17/at the door.

info: rum-nc.org.

Victory sets trainings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Victory Fund will hit the Queen City from June 23-26 to provide training for those who wish to seek public office.

“Our research shows that when LGBT people serve in public office, the likelihood of anti-equality laws passing is much lower,” the fund said.

Participants will be able to learn more about campaign strategies and how to run a successful bid for office.

Application for the training is available online at bit.ly/1XJliQu.

info: victoryfund.org.

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.