Marriage Amendment Panel planned for April 21 in Hendersonville

From the press release:

Hendersonville: On Saturday, April 21, 3 – 4:30 PM, First Congregational United Church of Christ (Fifth Ave. W. & White Pine Dr.) will sponsor a free educational opportunity to help voters make an INFORMED DECISION about the Constitutional Amendment on the May 8th primary ballot.

At “NC MARRIAGE AMENDMENT : A Question of Civil Rights” (refreshments following) you will learn facts, like how the amendment’s passage may affect same-sex and opposite-sex, unmarried couples, from this expert panel: Rebecca Chaplin, MSW, Gerontologist, local Council on Aging; Clay Eddleman, M. D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine; Brian Fitzsimmons, Chief Operating Officer of the Sorin Group, The Rev. Dr. Douglas F. Ottati, Distinguished Professor of Reformed Theology and Justice Ministry, Davidson College and Susan Wilson, Esq., Mediator and Attorney specializing in Mediation, Collaborative Law and Domestic Partnership. After each panelist makes a brief presentation, they will take questions from the audience.

The public is also cordially invited to hear Dr. Ottati on Sunday, April 22, in our Adult Forum at 9:15 AM. His topic will be “Some Reflections on Gay Marriage and Same Sex Unions in a Reformed Perspective.” Please also join us for worship at 10:30 AM where Dr. Ottati will preach on the theme: “A Time to be Counted Against Injustice.” For more information call 828-692-8630 or see


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