Kathleen Carpenter reminds us that standing up from a position of privilege can be easier than you think, and that as UU's it is an opportunity for re-dedication to values and principles. – Ed.
I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular. But I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice of the voiceless, an effective hope of the hopeless. — Whitney Youngby Kathleen Carpenter During the summer, I was one of the almost one thousand people who participated in civil disobedience as part of the Moral Monday movement, a protest effort organized by the North Carolina NAACP to focus attention on the increasingly regressive laws being passed by our Republican-controlled state legislature. And, yes, I was arrested. You would be correct to say I heard the call (to justice) and responded. Upon my release, I posted a photo of myself departing the detention center on my Facebook page along with a description of what I had done. The following are comments posted by Facebook “friends:”
- You are awesome and inspiring.
- Don’t know what the issues were but does my heart good to see you make such a strong stand for your beliefs.
- Such amazing strength. And so brave!
- Thank you for representing us. You did hard, noble work. I am very proud of you!
- Seeing you and Rev Jay get arrested made me proud to be a UU. I told my kids you’re true heroes.
Kathleen Carpenter is a Credentialed Religious Educator who for more than 20 years has served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte (NC) as Director of RE for Children and Youth. She has served on the Thomas Jefferson (now Southeast) District RE Committee, the Southeast LREDA Chapter, the LREDA Committee on Mentoring, and the UUA’s Religious Education Credentialing Committee. Active in the Charlotte interfaith community, Kathleen is the mom of three young adults and a newlywed as of Valentine’s Day 2013.