By Matt Rifkin
Rev Nancy trial day 7
10:36am â€“ running late
15-20 supporters in the galleryâ€¦print media, bloggers, video camera crewâ€¦all presentâ€¦
Jury, Judge Hara enter.
Sulla calls next witnessâ€¦defendant Rev Nancy Harrisâ€¦
Sulla going over basic questionsâ€¦born 1955, Columbus, Ohio. Went to college at 30, had been poor and couldnâ€™t support family. Took ACT test, got a scholarship at community college. AS in Math, then college for MS science and math education. Fellowship at University of Arkansas, MS science and math. Got hired at UA as lecturer, teaching math to sight impaired and disabled students. She can read Braille. Taught from 1994 as a grad student thru 2004. Taught calculus 1 & 2, while raising a family. At some point learned about a church using cannabis as a sacrament, around 1999. Her family had gone through a traumatic event, and she was lost, low, no spiritual grounding. Working, but spiritually empty. Had been a using cannabis recreationally, yet, also found connection to higher source. Raised Christian, fallen to agnostic, no God feeling. Knew there was a higher power, cannabis helped make that connection. Met Rev Tom Brown, the minister at the First Church of the Majai, Fayetteville, AR, where he had been released from jail for the activities of his church. Services were held in a public park, which she attended from 1999 until the founding of STM. Read more
By Matt Rifkin