Watershed Discipleship — Radical and Urgent Change

Butternut on the vine

The Watershed Discipleship Course was held June 16-20 at in Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa.  This conference was sponsored by the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Divinity with support from Kalleiopeia Foundation. Four of PHW’s influential liaisons came together along with other powerful minds to confront the “interlocking crises of deepening climate change, resource exhaustion, and social disparity” that are embedded. One of the most profound statements that circled this conference was, “to truly face these crises is to commit ourselves, as Christians and citizens, to radical and urgent…

Cold Weather Harvest — The Time is Now

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I am already mourning the loss of the abundance of fresh produce that has been available this summer. It is a sort of anticipatory grief, particularly for those warm summer tomatoes.  However, the fresh local food doesn’t all go away when the weather turns colder. There are some great year round crops in North Carolina.  If you want to have your own fall and winter harvest of healthy greens and root vegetables, the time to prepare is now. Here is a great guide for what to plant in your garden now,…

Take Action For Health

Large Hispanic family in kitchen preparing food

I am roughly halfway through my internship with Partners in Health and Wholeness, and the pressure is on. There are a lot of behind-the-scenes activities that make PHW successful. For instance, it can be difficult to engage the community to embrace the idea of a healthy lifestyle, coordinating the events, and research different topics as a small non-profit. I have been to events before of various sorts but did not put much thought into the preparation for them until it became time for me to plan one. From now on, I will appreciate the process and…

Workers and Justice — A Call to All People of Faith

Extravagant Generosity

“There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American whether he [or she] is a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid, or day laborer.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Day Sunday this year is August 31 — a day to remember all who labor with special thoughts for those who labor for less than living wages. These include fast food workers, farmworkers, hotel industry workers, caregiving workers in homes, hospitals, and nursing homes, associates  and clerks in our stores,…

Connect and Share with Others in Planning for the People’s Climate March in September!

People's Climate March

The People’s Climate March is bringing together people with the urgency and power needed to address the climate crisis. Read more here. It is happening in New York and simultaneously in locales around the world. Major organizations such as 350.org are arranging a climate tour of four East Coast Cities. The National Religious Partnership is calling for local prayer vigils. Other coordinating gatherings and events are listed here. Are you going to NY for the People’s Climate March? Let us know! With this link, you will also have the option to…

PHW Honors Helen Livingston

PHW -- Helen Livingston

Meet one of our community leaders, Helen Livingston, of Scotland County. I first met Helen through the phone when I started with PHW, and almost instantly we were kindred spirits. She was the reason PHW had our first webinar, and she continues to be a strong asset for the Central South-East Region where I work. She was recently honored by the Scotland County NAACP Youth Council. Because of  the NC Council of Churches’ work with the NCNAACP, and because Helen Livingston is such a strong community leader in Scotland County, I wanted to…

Cary Congregation with Liberian ties Collects Medical Supplies

Rock Hands

We have all been touched by news of the growing Ebola crisis in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria, a crisis that so far has resisted efforts at containment. Those of us with even brief personal ties to West Africa (I spent a couple of weeks in Togo and Burkina Faso in 1974) will never forget the people there and are especially moved by this unfolding crisis. The August 7 e-newsletter from the Southern Conference (SOC) of the United Church of Christ contains information about a connection between the SOC…

2014 Faith & Health Summit – Register Now!

2014 Faith & Health Summit

Please join the North Carolina Council of Churches at the 2014 Faith and Health Summit, which will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Ardmore Baptist Church in Winston-Salem (501 Miller Street). The program will run from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with registration starting at 8:30. Arrival snacks and coffee will be provided. The conference theme is “We’re Better Together” and the focus text is Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a. Click here to register by Monday September 29. After registering, please make your $15 payment by: 1) sending a check to PHW, 27 Horne Street,…

Finding Amazement With Teens and Worms

PHW -- teen gardener

Partners in Health and Wholeness continues to amaze me. I had a chance to visit Laurinburg Presbyterian Church where PHW is incorporating their program for healthier lifestyles. Of course this is with the help of some congregation members and local teenagers in the community who seemed very excited to be a part of the health projects for the neighborhood. Noran, the adult leader of the garden at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church and his group of young men were working on several projects with the help of PHW mini-grant support. They are…

How to Make a Diabetes Emergency Kit for Your Congregation

Dr Lea-Currie

Do you have people in your congregation with type 2 diabetes? Have you considered creating an emergency kit especially for them? PHW liaison, Dr. Renee Lea-Currie of Philadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church in Burlington, shared the information below with PHW staff to pass along to you. Thank you, Renee! I have encountered too many type 2 diabetic family members, friends and visitors at church who neglected to eat sufficient food before attending services (yes, even after taking their morning insulin) which resulted in low blood sugar episodes. This can be a…

Saving Our Souls

Suffer the Little Children

News about children at the border – what’s happening to them, what politicians believe or say about them, where they are going, what will happen to them — continues and the facts are becoming more sensationalized as politicians seek to push their partisan agendas. No single person, group or party has an answer to the growing problem; however, one article this week in particular really made me think.  Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, wrote an article for “The…

Revenue-starved Budget Rattles and Rolls

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The debate is familiar: State government is too big. No, it’s too small. People in the too-big camp typically think government – the state agencies and institutions that North Carolinians support with their taxes — is too expensive. That it tries to do too much in the way of regulating business. That it saps individual initiative with aid to folks who should be working harder to help themselves and makes everyone else pay. Across the philosophical fence are those who view robust regulation, robust social programs – including public education…

Change is Not Easy, But Necessary

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The human body naturally seeks homeostasis or balance. This course does not need any thought or action from the individual; it is a natural process. Recently, I took the Partners in Health and Wholeness pledge to make some healthy lifestyle changes, seeking that homeostasis in my life. However, it doesn’t seem so easy. As an intern with Partners in health and Wholeness, I want to practice what I preach. In the past, I have looked at attaining this balance as a destination. A time when the physical, mental and spiritual…

True Imaging Demonstration with PHW

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Wednesday, August 12, 1-2 p.m. Partnership for Children Building 404 North Main Street, #A, Troy One of our stellar volunteers for Montgomery County is hosting a curriculum demonstration two weeks from today. Cindy Taylor, native to Troy, has fought to keep health at the center of her worship in Randolph County. She has become a beacon of light for so many individuals who want to get started on health changes but just don’t know where to begin. She recently attended a conference hosted by Fred Bahnson and the Wake Divinity…

The Great Tomato Festival

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On Saturday I had the chance to attend the 5th Annual Great Tomato Festival, which is a collaboration between the Cooperative Extension of Guilford County and NC A&T University. Extension master gardener volunteers plant, tend, harvest and prepare the tomatoes for the event. NC A&T provides land for growing the tomatoes and the venue for the event: the University’s farm. The NC 10% campaign, Got to Be NC Agriulture, the 4-H Club and the Cooperative Extension all set up tables to offer resources and information. There were cooking demonstrations, garden tours,…

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