We make our home at the intersection of faith, social justice, and policy here in North Carolina. From rigorous policy analysis to stories of everyday grace, we’ve got you covered:
- Worship Resources on Restorative Justice
- Teacher Pay: Leaping, then Looking
- First Sunday in Lent: Poverty & Health
- Worship Resources on Awareness of Those with Disabilities
Jesus was an advocate for social justice. So when we work on behalf of farmworkers and recent immigrants, those living in poverty or with disabilities, children and the elderly, we are doing what Jesus did.
But we can’t do this alone. So find a friend and start praying, find a pen and start writing, find a shovel and start gardening, find a bullhorn and start shouting. Change never comes easy.
While we remain committed to our founding ideals, our work continues to expand: to peace as both a local and global issue, to care of creation, health care for all, gender equality and fair treatment for our LGBT brothers and sisters. We continue to break new ground with work to establish churches as centers for good health and to view food as a faith issue.
What They’re Saying
The Council provides an opportunity for churches and church leaders to come together not only for fellowship but also to make a shared public witness on issues and concerns that affect the lives of people in our communities, especially the poor and those who often have no other voice.
~Bishop Michael Curry, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina
I am personally blessed to have been introduced to the North Carolina Council of Churches and Partners in Health and Wholeness.
I quickly learned that these are God-sent entities that truly believe in the physical, spiritual and emotional well-being of God’s people. My congregation is PHW-certified at the Gold level and has received mini-grants to further grow our health ministry, along with a free AED. I feel well prepared to perform my duties as a Faith Community Nurse with the Council and PHW at my side!
~Velma White, PHW Liaison, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Winston-Salem
When I think of the NC Council of Churches, I think of the constant challenge we must present to the status quo in areas where injustice remains. We all need allies with whom to commiserate when the fight goes poorly, and friends with whom to celebrate when we make progress. I find both at the Council.
~Leslie Ware, Anti-Torture Project Coordinator, NC Council of Churches
As a Latino pastor serving seminarians, pastors and churches who want to minister with the Hispanic/Latino community, I have found in the NC Council of Churches to be a partner who provides me with printed resources, experts, and events that help me figure out how to better serve and advocate for the growing Hispanic/Latino population in North Carolina.
~Rev. Ismael Ruiz Millan, Hispanic House of Studies, Duke Divinity School
The free energy savings analysis offered by NC Interfaith Power & Light (a program of the NC Council of Churches) affirmed what we were doing well and lifted up the next level of steps for us to address. Taking care of energy stewardship in our own house is essential to building integrity and authenticity into any other efforts we make toward environmental justice as a congregation.
~Rev. Craig Schaub, Pastor Parkway United Church of Christ Winston-Salem
When the NC Council of Churches Governing Board met in December, 2013, its members unanimously and emphatically approved a suffrage statement that harkens back to the organization’s founding ideals and calls people of faith to action.
Since then, the Council has joined a coalition of organizations, led by Democracy NC, called Operation Jumpstart. Those groups have agreed to work together to ensure that changes to the state’s voting laws do not undermine what many have fought and died to achieve – the right to participate in free and open democratic elections.