One of the blessings of our church community is that we take time to get to know one another, we often share when something really important or special has happened to somebody, and we celebrate! We believe that knowing each other is a good way to know God. And we believe that celebrating each other is a good way to celebrate God.

We celebrate with five graduates this spring (one grad school, three college and one high school). Two of our graduates grew up in this church and were members of our youth program.

CUCC member Deborah Lipman earned her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Concordia University in Chicago.  Deb and Todd are currently living in Switzerland, but are very much a part of the CUCC family.  Deb’s research focus was professor perspective of teaching autistic higher education students.  For the immediate future (until June 20th) they are traveling across the US looking for opportunities to hike and camp visiting many National Parks and family.  Deb is currently seeking employment opportunities in education (preferably higher education), further research in autistic education, and/or writing children’s books to spread the word about positive interaction with diverse – especially neurodiverse- populations.  Congratulations, Deb.

We celebrate Glenda Chen as she graduates from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Congratulations, Glenda!

Leah Jensen graduated from Meredith College on May 14 with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Studio Art, and a minor in Art History. Leah was recognized for outstanding work in both studio art and art history. Leah displayed much of her work in a senior art show in December of 2021, with a focus on fiber arts and digital media. She also completed a senior thesis focused on the Iron Age Celtic art, which she presented at the undergraduate art history conference at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Leah began working as an intern at SAS in 2019 and is now working full time as an Associate Graphic Designer for SAS Marketing. Leah is continuing to explore her art, pursuing an interest in fiber arts with weaving. She currently has work on display at Coffee and Crepes in Cary and the FRESH Art Show at Art Space. Leah is also in training to become an Art Park Guide at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Growing up, Leah Jensen was an active and treasured member of the CUCC children and youth programs at CUCC. We’re proud of Leah and inspired by her creativity!

Kate Lanier, granddaughter of Mary Matthews, will graduate June 11 from Carleton College in Minnesota. She has a job lined up in Seattle Washington that will begin in September. Kate will be working for the Audubon Society!

And finally, we celebrate Sophie Flynn who grew up here at CUCC. Sophie will graduate from Broughton High School. Her honors include serving on Class Council her sophomore, junior, and senior years, National Honor Society, Acapella Honors Choir, Spanish Honor Society, Service Club President, Manager for the Broughton Theater Department, Wake Co. Superintendent Student Council, Principal’s Advisory (she was recently chosen to receive the Magnet Award on behalf of Broughton High School at a Wake County School Board meeting), she was on the Queen of Hearts Court all four years (performing her freshman and junior years), and was on the Homecoming Court her senior year. Sophie has also been a strong, caring, justice oriented leader in our youth program throughout her middle and high school years. Sophie will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall and will major in Communications.

Congratulations Graduates!