Methodists to hold forum

GARNER, N.C. — The Conference Board of Church and Society of the North Carolina United Methodist Church is hosting the second in a series of Bishop’s Forums on homosexuality for district superintendents with a luncheon on Feb. 12, 11 a.m., at the Methodist Building.

The forum enables those among the laity and clergy to engage in dialogue about challenging issues in the community and world. They consist of two speakers who share their presentations, each consisting of 20 minutes. The forum is open to the public.

“The purpose of the forum is to have a grace-filled conversation between those who believe that faith compels us to embrace such notions as gay marriage and those who believe that faith compels us to hold on to traditional teaching that marriage is to be between folks of oppposite genders,” Eric Lindblade, Jr., chair of the Conference Board, said in an email.

He also added that the United Methodist Church is wrestling with this issue, unlike many denominations which have reached consensus, either on one side or the other.

Lindblade added, “In all these forums, we seek neither to deify one position nor demonize an opposite position! And no matter what our position might be on a particular issue, we seek above all to maintain unity in Christ!”

Last year the Unity Dialogue within the United Methodist Church Conference convened to address issues as they relate to faith and sexuality. It passed a resolution that stated, “Therefore, be it resolved that we implore the General Conference to change the language used in The Social Principles, and to affirm the place of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) members within the church, lest they risk losing not only those members but any and all members with family or friends who are LGBT.” The forum will use this as a jumping off point for its dialogue and discussion.

A nominal fee contribution of $5 will enable attendees to enjoy lunch while networking with others. Email Robin Harry at to secure a spot no later than Feb. 5.


Center goes to the theatre

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh is heading out to the stage for its Out at RTL as it partners with Raleigh Little Theatre for a special showing of “The Divine Sister” on Jan. 23 at the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, 301 Pogue St.

A pre-show wine tasting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, with the performance following at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $16-$25 and are available online. Use the promotional code “OUTATRLT” to get $5 off.

The show’s premise centers around an homage to Hollywood films that feature nuns.


Valentine’s dance on horizon

RALEIGH, N.C. — A Valentine’s Dance will be held at the LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St., on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

This inaugural casual attire event features Rock ’n Roll and music of the 1960s and 1970s.

All singles and couples are welcome. Food will be provided and there will be a DJ.

Suggested donation is $5.


ENC to join HKoJ event

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality North Carolina will be part of the “Moral March” at the annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street 2014 on Feb. 8.

Participants will gather at Shaw University, 118 E. South St., at 9:30 a.m. The march will begin at 10:30 a.m. and head toward Jones Street to the North Carolina General Assembly.

LGBT community members are encouraged to bring their rainbow flags and to wear Equality NC state of equality T-shirts. Spread the word about the importance of LGBT visibility by inviting friends and family members to the event.

This civil and equal rights march and rally for justice bring focus to a variety of issues in the state. It is considered to be one of the largest gatherings of progressive groups in North Carolina annually. Participants come from across the state and nation.

Autos can be parked at the Blount Street Deck, 314 S. Blount St.


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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.