This is where you'll discover how to get more deeply involved with our Jubilee! community and the greater Asheville community...whether it's helping refugees, homeless folks or people of color; coming to a social celebration, movie night or drum circle; or joining a meditation, labyrinth walk or prayer circle.  Here are some highlights of what's going on right now.

Annual Membership Meeting

As provided for in Jubilee!'s bylaws, an Annual Membership Meeting is to be held each June to elect new Board members, share business information and a financial update. This year, the meeting will be on June 13th immediately following the 9:45am Sunday Celebration on Zoom. We will be skipping the breakout rooms next week, so we can go straight to the Annual Meeting. Here is a link to nominees' bios so you can prepare for voting in new Board members, and the Zoom link is on the Join Us This Sunday website page.

Refugee Settlement in Asheville

Plans are underway for a refugee resettlement operation (100 individuals the 1st year) in Asheville. Lutheran Services Carolinas is organizing the program, and Jubilee! has an opportunity to sponsor a family in early 2022.  This might include things like helping them practice English, giving rides to medical appointments, collecting home furnishings, and such. We already have some volunteers for the project, but still need a team leader.  If you are interested in heading up the team that takes on this transformational work, please contact Nancy Ellington nancy.a.ellington@gmail.com for more information. 

Just Conversations

Jubilee! is co-sponsporing Just Conversations: Dialoguing for a Deeper Truth with the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice.  This is a series of online discussions with activists about the lessons they have learned working long-term with people who share their goals but not all of their identities.  Here is a list of the upcoming events:

Calling All Artists

Jubilee!'s creative energy is flowing strong again and it's time to once again share your artistic gifts with the community.

  • With our first in-person Sunday Celebration planned for June 20th, Jubilee! is looking for artists who would like to exhibit their original artwork and prints in the Hospitality Room, with proceeds from sales of the prints donated to the Hunger Fund. We will be expanding our offerings later this summer, giving artists in all media an opportunity to display their work and support Jubilee!. For this first exhibition and sale, artists who are interested in donating the proceeds from the sales of their prints to the Hunger Fund can email Nan Davis at nsdasheville@gmail.com.
  • Now that folks can meet in person, the Art Team is being restarted to reflect Jubilee! today, and what we want to share and accomplish. Would you be interested in being the new Art Team leader? This is an opportunity to envision how our community's amazing artists can work together with Jubilee! moving forward. If you are interested, please contact Patrick Fitzsimmons at patrick@jubileecommunity.org.

Help Us Prepare to Meet in Person

Via Positiva starts on June 20th, and so do in-person celebrations.  There is a lot of stuff that needs to get done as we gear up to hold Sunday Celebrations that are great experiences for Jubilants who want to come in person, as well as those who are more comfortable attending online.  Here are some things you can help with: 

  • The Celebration Center needs a bit more sprucing up. We made a lot of progress this week, and will continue the work on Saturday, June 12th from 10am to about 2pm.  If you can help out, please contact Laura Collins at revlauracollins@gmail.com or Patrick Fitzsimmons at patrick@jubileecommunity.org.  
  • The Sunday Team can use a few more members. You don't need to be a tech wiz  to help make Sunday Celebrations as appealing online as they are in person.  If you can use a computer, we can use your help. And it is a totally flexible commitment...one Sunday a month...or more often if you want. Email Bob Lantis at bob@atlantisinventures.com for details.

10 Tips for Engaging in Social Justice Action

Click on the video to the left to watch Ron Katz sharing 10 tips for successfully engaging in social justice actions during Jubilee!'s June 6th Sunday Celebration.  His website  WNC Social Justice Advocacy Guide is a great resource for more information, including 17 social justice issues and about 100 non-partisan organizations that are on the front line to advocate for good public policy. 

And More...

These are just some highlights of what's going on at Jubilee! right now.  To get up to date on everything that's currently happening, read this week's newsletter.