David Gushee on “The State of Things” and in Raleigh — Tuesday

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Tune in to WUNC’s “The State of Things” on Tuesday, June 24, to hear David Gushee ahead of his evening presentation in Raleigh. “The State of Things” airs at noon, and Dr. Gushee is currently scheduled to be on from 12:20 until 12:40. If you live beyond the broadcast range of WUNC-FM, you can listen online by clicking on Listen Live at the very top of the page. The Council is pleased to be co-sponsoring Tuesday evening’s program featuring Dr. Gushee, a leading faith-based advocate for an end to torture by our…

Allowing Access to Church Facilities to Promote Physical Activity: Free Webinar

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Partners in Health and Wholeness recently teamed up with the NC Division of Public Health, Faithful Families and Voices into Action to assess what is currently happening around shared use agreements in faith communities across the state and to identify opportunities for growth. Please join us on Friday, March 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to learn how your congregation can provide increased opportunities for physical activity in your local community by allowing outside groups and/or individuals to use your facilities. The webinar will cover the following topics: The importance…

NC Council of Churches Offers ACA Marketplace Webinar

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In response to a number of requests for information about the Affordable Care Act and the new federal health care marketplace, the NC Council of Churches will host a webinar on Thursday, November 14, from Noon to 1 p.m. “The Basics: The Affordable Care Act and The Health Care Marketplace.” Open enrollment has already begun in the ACA, and the requirement to have health insurance begins January 1, 2014. It is important to know what is required of individuals and what help is available. The purpose of this free webinar is to…

Helping Support Healthy Pregnancies — Dinner and Discussion, June 28

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It feels as though I have been pregnant at least eight times. I have two children, ages four and two, whom I care for deeply, and at least nine more that I support in some way or other. In truth, none of those pregnancies was my own, but I believe that when my neighbor is pregnant, I want to equally care for her as though it were my own.  I have gone through heartache, offering comfort where I could to a mother or family who suffered through miscarriages. I have also gone…

Immigration Seminar

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Details: Saturday, June 8, 2013 9 AM — Noon Durham Mennonite Church 603 Lynn Road, Durham, NC Free and open to the public RSVP on Facebook Join us for an amazing Saturday morning seminar focused on immigration issues. This is an exciting time, with Congress considering comprehensive immigration reform, and we have partnered with the Mennonite Church to bring you this wonderful seminar. Featuring: Ann Robertson An immigration attorney from Raleigh, NC, and a UNC law school graduate, Ms Robertson is a board certified specialist in immigration law, with expertise in…

Growing Roots Regional Youth Conference – Fayetteville

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The theme of this free conference is “Growing Roots: A Youth Training Focused on Gardening, Faith, and Collecting Stories From Our Elders.” The conference is for ages 12-24. There will be healthy locally and organically grown food provided by church gardens, home gardens, and other healthy local food donations.

Ruth’s Journey: Building Communi-TEA

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Join fellow women of faith at “Ruth’s Journey” as we discuss how relationships transcend barriers and the need for immigration reform.

When: 3:00pm on April, 26 2013

Where: Duke Memorial United Methodist Church 504 W. Chapel Hill Street, Durham NC

RSVP & for more information: mblickman@faithinpubliclife.org

2013 Faith & Immigration Statewide Summit

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SAVE THE DATE:

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 10am – 2pm

Primera Iglesia Bautista (First Baptist Church)

2840 Cemetery Road

Sanford, NC 27332

Cost: FREE

Workshops and additional details coming soon.

Faith and Fair Taxation Expert at WFU

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There will be no more important and overarching issue before the General Assembly this year than tax reform. Proposals being floated by legislative leaders would reduce or eliminate personal and corporate income taxes and replace lost revenues by increasing the sales tax, eliminating exemptions, and/or making further cuts in funding to crucial state programs. This would mean a decidedly regressive turn to the state’s tax structure and would bring hardship to vulnerable people. We have a chance to hear from one of the nation’s experts in the field of faith and fair taxation. Susan…

New Movie Series Comes to Charlotte

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Monthly climate change action and education movie series have been popping up all over the state. NCIPL is pleased to announce that another movie series begins this month in Charlotte. “Speaking Truth to Power: The Justice Series” is co-sponsored by the Spiritual Activist Group at Unity of Charlotte, Charlotte Energy Solutions, and NCIPL. Discussion, with a moderator will follow, each movie. The first movie in the series is What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire. This movie traces the roots of empire to the current grim realities…

Upcoming Webinar- Congregational Energy Savings Analyses

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If you are interested in reducing your congregation’s utility bills, increasing your congregation’s efforts to care for creation, and taking a positive action in response to climate change, we invite you to participate in NCIPL’s upcoming webinar, How to Obtain a Free NCIPL Energy Savings Analysis for your Congregation. The webinar will be on Tuesday, March 12, from 11-11:30 a.m. Registration is required. NCIPL offers professional-level energy savings analyses (“energy audits”) for congregations at no charge. These analyses can help you and your congregation better understand how your building uses energy…

Program and Registration for 2013 Legislative Seminar

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If you are interested in attending, but have not pre-registered, you may call our office at 919-828-6501 on Tuesday, April 9 until 5:00 p.m. Gene Nichol, Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the UNC-CH School of Law will be the lunch speaker at this year’s Legislative Seminar.The day’s topic for Nichol, who is also the school’s Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor, is “It’s Better Not to Be Poor in NC.” The seminar takes place Thursday, April 11 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 4801 Six Forks Road, Raleigh….

PHW Update: New Funding Opportunity for Congregations

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The NC Council of Churches is happy to announce a new partnership with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation to increase access to healthy, local food through the distribution of Healthy Eating Equipment grants in select parts of the state. The grants can be used to support any work around food access, such as the purchase of a commercial refrigerator or freezer, materials for a garden or a vehicle for food transport. Each grant is limited to $5,000 for one year and must show a direct correlation…

Immigration Webinar Resources

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Click here for a recording of the Jan 9, 2013 webinar: Help – How Do I Talk with My Congregation about Immigration? with Lori Fernald Khamala of American Friends Service Committee.

Important Upcoming Events for NC Social Justice Advocates

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You probably already know that the General Assembly goes into session on Wednesday, January 30. They’ve already had a one-day organizational meeting. You probably also already know that this will be a difficult session for those of us who have worked for years (or even decades) for justice for all North Carolinians, especially the most vulnerable in our midst. Because of that, there are two important events I hope you’ll put on your calendars and plan to attend: 1) Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) 2013. The pre-HKonJ worship service will…