New Resource on Tax Fairness

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From Jerusalem to Jericho: Christian Witness on the Tax-Sustained Road Click here to download. This compelling 13-page document draws current tax policies into conversation with Scripture passages, Church theologians, and denominational statements. From the Introduction Few of us, I imagine, like to pay taxes, whether it’s income tax withheld from your paycheck or a sales tax added on at the cash register. Yet, taxation provides for public services that benefit us all and that contribute to the well-being of communities. Whether public education, safety, roads, mental health care, or agricultural…

Sí, se puede: Celebrating Holy Week & National Farmworker Awareness Week

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Holy Week this year is also National Farmworker Awareness Week (March 24-31). It seems like no accident that the week in which we celebrate Jesus’ service and sacrifice for humanity is the same week that we celebrate the extraordinary gifts that farmworkers offer to our communities. It’s a time when we both remember and look for hope even in the midst of oppression, new life even in the midst of dehumanization. Farmworkers do some of the hardest, most dangerous work in our society, yet often go unrewarded. We believe that every worker,…

Preparing the Way: A Social Justice Study for Lent (free download)

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Click here for a free download of our new 2013 social justice study for Lent: Preparing the Way. This simple 10-page document combines traditional Lenten themes and Bible passages with contemporary issues including hunger, care of creation, and immigration. We invite you to join us in this season of reflection and preparation.

Equal Education, Unequal Pay

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For decades, we’ve been working toward equal pay and equal treatment for women in the workplace. Sadly, there is still much progress to be made – illustrated by this powerful graphic below created by Kayla Evans.

2013 Ecumenical Prayer Calendar

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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…

Farmworkers’ Vital Contribution to North Carolina’s Economy

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Agriculture serves as the economic backbone for North Carolina, and farmworkers’ hand labor is needed to produce crops that bring in billions of dollars to the state’s economy each year. Despite this fact, farmworkers remain one of the state’s most economically disadvantaged and unprotected group of laborers.

Christian Scriptures and Farmworkers

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From the laws and histories of ancient Israel to the life of Jesus and the letters of Paul, themes related to the treatment of farmworkers emerge consistently throughout the Judeo-Christian scriptures. Many of these passages suggest that a community’s relationship with God is in fact defined at least in part by its treatment of foreigners, laborers, the poor, and the marginalized. Below is a brief selection of Bible verses that support the idea that farmworkers should be treated fairly.

Resources on Faith and Farmworkers

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There is a wide variety of resources available to aid you and your congregation in exploring how your faith relates to your relationship with farmworkers.

New Pilot Program: Neighbors Together

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Practicing Hospitality, Building Bridges, Making Friends The debate about immigration policy continues to divide people of good will across our nation and our state. Immigration divides us, in part, because of both the breadth and the depth of the issues involved – from powerful global economics to fast-changing local cultures, from the complex world of international politics to family histories intricately woven across borders, from worldwide patterns of migration to the very heart of American identity. What does it mean to be “American”?  Are immigrants generally intruders to be feared…

Connecting Faith Communities and Farmworkers

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Perhaps the greatest challenge is helping a congregation begin to see farmworkers as created in God’s image and thus full members of our community. In theological terms, we might use the language of “strangers no longer” and “brothers and sisters in Christ.” We’ve found that most of the controversial conversations about farmworkers are based on myths or misunderstandings. Many of these myths can fracture communities and pit one group against another. You may want to explore these in your congregational discussions as a way of moving members to a better understanding of our farmworker neighbors.

Faith & Immigration Podcast: Education for All – Immigrant Youth Movements

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Ramón Zepeda of Student Action with Farmworkers offers an in-depth workshop about one of the critical issues facing immigrant youth today: access to education. He covers everything from pending legislation to the struggle for in-state tuition to DACA.

Faith & Immigration Podcast: NC Legislation & Lobbying

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Mauricio Castro of the NC Latino Coalition offers an in-depth workshop about state-level immigration legislation and the ways that we can make a difference on the ground, here in North Carolina.

Faith & Immigration Podcast: Federal Legislation & Lobbying

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Jen Smyers of Church World Service in Washington DC offers an in-depth workshop about the world of federal immigration legislation and the ways that we can make a difference on the ground, here in North Carolina.

Advent Guide Focuses on Social Justice

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Because the season of Advent is a time of awaiting the Christ child and the risen Christ, it is a perfect time to think about social justice issues. Christ’s ministry, which is explored in other seasons of the Christian year, focuses on lifting up those whom society regarded as worthless or weak, including the poor, the ill, the foreigner, women, and children. Social justice was at the core of Jesus’ ministry. Based on the Advent readings for Lectionary Year C, the NC Council of Churches has developed this Advent Guide…

Facts About North Carolina Farmworkers

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Order free hard copies | Download the PDF Farmworkers play a vital role in cultivating the food we eat every day, and North carolina has one of the largest farmworker populations in the nation. even though 85% of our fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested by hand, farmworkers remain largely invisible. Overview of Farm Work Agricultural labor includes planting, cultivating, harvesting, and preparing crops for market or storage. Migrant farmworkers travel from place to place to work in agriculture and move into temporary housing while working; seasonal farmworkers work primarily in agriculture,…

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