Rev. Nancy Petty at WUMC January 28

Please join us next Sunday, January 28, to hear Rev. Nancy Petty, a Southern progressive minister, talk about her work as a white woman with North Carolina’s Rev. William Barber (whom some call the next MLK) and the Moral Mondays movement.

As an activist pastor at Raleigh’s progressive Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Nancy Petty is often making news. She is openly gay and has championed marriage equality and LGBT rights. Rev. Petty has led Moral Monday protests and chairs the Reverend William Barber’s Repairers of the Breach board (check out this video for a taste of Rev. Petty’s work).

The Moral Mondays movement began with 27 protesters responding to Gov. Pat  McCrory and the state’s republican congress concerning issues like voting rights, the environment, cuts to social programs, cuts to education, and The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (the “bathroom bill”), which opponents called “the most anti-LGBT legislation in the United States.” Moral Mondays protesters met at the state house each Monday to protest legislation; ultimately about 2,500 protesters showed up and 924 entered the state building and were arrested. 80,000 people marched in the final rally in February 2014, which was the largest civil rights protest in the South since the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches. Governor McCrory was defeated in in his re-election bid in 2016. Rev. Barber argued in his book, The Third Reconstruction,  North Carolina was the testing ground for the right wing’s takeover of the US government.

More recently, Rev. Petty’s work has focused on facilitating interfaith dialogue with Raleigh’s Muslim community and fighting Islamaphobia and racism. Her transformative journey from her small town upbringing in Shelby, North Carolina, paralleled major social shifts happening in the churches she has served.

Rev. Petty will be with us in Adult Ed at 9:00AM and then will preach in worship at 10:00. Stick around after the service for a potluck lunch and more time with her. This is an exciting opportunity and not to be missed, so see you there, and invite friends and family!