ED Search Deadline Extended


The deadline has been extended for those interested in applying for the Council’s Executive Director position. The Search Committee will accept applications until February 10. More information is available here. Questions for the committee should be sent to EDSearch@outlook.com.

ACA Open Enrollment Deadline — Feb. 15

Heart Health

The open enrollment period for those seeking coverage through the Affordable Care Act ends on February 15. As NC Policy Watch’s Chris Fitzsimon pointed out shortly after this latest round of enrollments began, the process is going smoothly, the website is working, and, most importantly, people’s lives are getting better. In some cases, lives are being saved. In the last weeks of enrollment for 2015, agencies across North Carolina are holding events to provide in-person assistance to anyone needing help as they sign-up for health care. Some of those are listed below….

Who Pays When It Comes to Taxes?


People who are poor pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes than do those who are wealthy. The NC Council of Churches joined many allied organizations two years ago in opposing changes to the state’s tax structure that made it more regressive by, among other things, eliminating higher income tax brackets for wealthier people. Now there’s a report out confirming the impact of those changes. The following is from Alexandra Forter Sirota with the NC Budget and Tax Center, part of the NC Justice Center: The latest Who…

Healthy Eating for You and the Planet


Many of us kick off the new year committed to healthier eating. In his words below, NCIPL Steering Committee Chair Carl Sigel suggests ways we can be better not just to ourselves but also to our planet: At present, about one-third of the planet’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions result from agriculture, largely due to tropical deforestation, methane emissions from livestock and rice cultivation, and nitrous oxide emissions from fertilized soils. To meet the world’s future food needs, food production will likely need to double by the middle of this century. If we continue…

Welcome EdNC to the Conversation

Public School

Education has been of central importance to the NC Council of Churches throughout our history. Part of our opposition to segregation was support for a fully integrated public school system. When it seemed that too many voices of faith were bashing public schools, the Council’s Public Education Committee was created to provide an alternate voice. Public education is probably our society’s greatest equalizer, opening opportunities to people of all backgrounds, incomes, and abilities. Now there’s a new news service to help North Carolinians be better informed about what is going…

2015 Ecumenical Prayer Calendar


This Prayer for Unity and monthly ecumenical prayer calendar include by name the judicatories and congregations that are members of the North Carolina Council of Churches and the names of their current leaders. Your prayers for reconciliation are invited for all Christian bodies in and beyond the state. Click here to download a PDF of the Prayer Calendar. A Prayer for Unity Holy One, whose love has been poured into our hearts through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit, and who by the power at work within us is able…

Which Christmas Will We Embrace in NC?


Now that Epiphany is over, we are looking back on Advent and Christmas, and remembering our celebrations — special time with family, special foods or gifts.  An article in the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s winter newsletter entitled “For Which Christmas Are You Preparing” by Rev. Ellie Stock, Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, St. Louis, Missouri, led me to reflect on my warm-fuzzy memories in relation to questions she raises. In terms of the real celebration God wants for Christmas, have I missed the boat?  Rev. Stock describes our three Christmas celebrations: The first is…

District Lines Entangle Race, Politics


The Republicans who rule North Carolina’s General Assembly start the new year riding tall in the saddle – and yes, we can imagine GOP legislators tipping their Stetsons to salute the state Supreme Court, which gave them an early Christmas present that must have made their holidays glow even brighter. The gift arrived on Dec. 19, in the form of a long-awaited ruling that swept aside challenges to the current district boundaries for seats in the US House, the state House and state Senate. Those redistricting plans — crafted after…

Reclaiming Epiphany

Jennie Epiphany Photo

January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, is a time when Christians celebrate the arrival of the Magi from the East. The word Epiphany comes from the Greek word meaning “manifestation,” and it celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the whole world. We are reminded that December 25 is not the end of Christmas; Christmas lasts twelve days (yes, this is where “The 12 Days of Christmas “originated), ending on January 6. For many Christians, it is a time to take a breath after the hectic schedule of Advent and…

Happy, Healthy New Year!


This is the time of resolutions, health goals, hope for transformation and new beginnings. As you set your goals and make your plans for 2015, we at PHW hope we can support you and your faith community in your health goals. We encourage you to make small, sustainable changes that become part of a healthy lifestyle rather than a temporary fix or short term solution. Although well-intentioned, New Year’s resolutions do not have a great track record. According to a New York Times article a few years ago, four out of five…

So Long, 2014: It Wasn’t all Pretty!

Party popper

Of the many decisions and activities that unfold in the arena of public affairs, the ones that tend to show up on the NC Council of Churches’ radar are those affecting the quality of social justice in our state. The Council stands for policies and their associated programs that offer support, relief and prospects for a brighter future to our vulnerable neighbors and fellow residents. That doesn’t mean reckless handouts. It means reasonable public efforts to keep the working poor, children, the income-strapped elderly, immigrants, people with disabilities and those…

How Your Church Can Help Prepare for Administrative Relief

Photo by Justin Valas

On November 20, President Obama announced that his administration will make changes to immigration policy through an administrative relief program. This will include changing removal priorities, expanding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, creating a new work permit for parents of US citizens and legal permanent residents, and more. For more information about what these changes will look like go to adminrelief.org where you can find fact sheets, a community education presentation, and a useful webinar. Here are some other ways that your congregation can help to prepare others for the…

With Gratitude

stained glass

As the year draws to a close, we offer sincere gratitude to all of you who have supported the Council with your gifts of time, talent, and treasure. You help us continue our faithful call to work for peace, justice and Christian unity. If you have not yet given but would like to, we will accept gifts for 2014 that arrive in our office by January 9, 2015. The check must be dated no later than December 31, 2014. Online donations must be made no later than December 31. We…

Pushing Back Against the Grinch

10k Villages

On the third Sunday of Advent, the New York Times ran an essay by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. (It was reprinted by the Raleigh News & Observer at the start of Christmas week. Click here to read it.) It began: “’Christmas is at our throats again.’ That was the cheery yuletide greeting favored by the late English playwright Noel Coward, commemorating the holiday after which he was named.” It went on to cite a 2005 survey showing that more than half of Americans were bothered…

Blessings of the Season


I sought him dressed in finest clothes, where money talks and status grows; but power and wealth he never chose; It seemed he lived in poverty. I sought him in the safest place, remote from crime or cheap disgrace; but safety never knew his face; It seemed he lived in jeopardy.  I sought him where the spotlights glare, where crowds collect and critics stare; but no one knew his presence there; It seemed he lived in obscurity.  Then in the streets, we heard the word, that seemed, for all the…


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