Church holds film screening

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Metropolitan Community Church Sacred Journey will host a screening of the new documentary, “The Sunday Sessions,” on Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., at the Hendersonville Public Library, Kaplan Auditorium, 301 N. Washington St.

The film’s subject focuses on conversion counseling through an intimate portrait of a gay man’s struggle to reconcile his religious convictions and his sexual identity.

A panel discussion will follow the screening. It will include Rev. Joan Saniuk of MCC Sacred Journey, retired psychiatrist Clay Eddleman, Presbyterian pastor Rev. Mark Stanley, and gay-straight alliance advisor Joshua Bledsoe.

The event is free and open to the public.


Council hosts forum

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Asheville City Council Forum: LGBTQ Legal and Lived Equality will be held on Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Friendship Hall, 20 Oak St.

The event gives the community the opportunity to learn more about the final six candidates running for city council and their policy positions specific to LGBTQ legal and lived equality in Asheville, N.C.

Co-sponsors are Tranzmission, Blue Ridge Pride Center, Western North Carolina AIDS Project and the Campaign for Southern Equality. None of the mentioned groups are endorsing candidates due to their 501c3 status. They are non-partisan and focused on issue-based advocacy.

The event is open to the community. Childcare will be provided with advance notice.


Circle singing slated

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Singing in Sacred Circle will be held on Nov. 18, 2 p.m., at the Senior Opportunity Center, 36 Grove St.

Shelley Graf

Leading the event will be Shelley Graff who has offered workshops at the National Women’s Music Festival and MichFest.

Organizers shared that the Singing In Sacred Circle “playshop” is an opportunity for women to come together to share “voice and spirit through song.” While learning short, repetitive women-centered and earth-based songs from a variety of traditions, (Goddess, Native American, Buddhist) “power rises from the center of the circle as all voices create an energy that is empowering, loving, healing and transformative.” This opportunity is intended to allow women, regardless of singing experience, to share their spirit-voices in a non-competitive, relaxed safe space. Percussion instruments are welcome.

Cost to attend is $10-$20 on a sliding scale via cash or check with no woman turned away for lack of funds.


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