Register for 2015 Legislative Seminar — Updated with Workshops and Presenters

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Join us on April 14 at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary for the Council’s 2015 Legislative Seminar. Held every two years, the Seminar equips people of faith with the information they need to be advocates on issues before the NC General Assembly. Registration is below, and workshop sign-ups will be available soon. Register now, and we’ll contact you for your workshop choices. The cost is $15 for students, $25 for all others, and that includes arrival snacks and a boxed lunch by the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s Catering with a Cause.  Check-in begins…

A Note from PHW’s New Director

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Growing up in a household where one of my parents is a community activist and the other is a teacher, my brother and I were strongly encouraged to use our talents and skills to be a catalyst for change — not just a recipient of change. Further, as a quadruple minority originally from a rural community and a humble-income family, I have a personal understanding of the ongoing challenges folks face every day — just to be healthy. Therefore, this work is near and dear to my heart. Faith communities…

Elon Come to the Table – Inclement Weather Update

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RAFI has posted information on its website about pending weather decisions for the Come to the Table Ecumenical Service on Wednesday evening and all-day conference on Thursday, both in Elon. Please also keep an eye on our website for updates about the conference and service. Whether to proceed with the worship service will be decided by noon on Wednesday in accordance with the host church, and the conference will be decided by Wednesday at 10 p.m. We hope that these events will be able to proceed but we also recognize the…

Join us for HKonJ 2015

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In these challenging days in North Carolina, there is nothing more important for people of faith who support progressive and prophetic public policies to do than to take part in the annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) march and People’s Assembly. It happens this coming Saturday, Valentine’s Day, in Raleigh.  Please do everything you can do to attend and bring others with you. People will gather near Memorial Auditorium (2 East South Street, for you GPS people) and Shaw University in downtown Raleigh at 9:00, with the march to…

Remembering Sydnor Thompson

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We received word last week of the passing of Sydnor Thompson Jr. less than a month shy of his 91st birthday. There are few people who have a longer history or greater involvement with the NC Council of Churches. When Sydnor received the Council’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013, he noted that he had been around long enough to remember when Collins Kilburn came to work here and to have known Sam Wiley before him. Sydnor was an attorney of great influence, a local and appellate judge, and a leader…

Welcome Monica Motley as PHW Director

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I am delighted to announce that we have hired Monica Motley as program director for Partners in Health and Wholeness. She started with us in January. Monica holds master’s degrees in education and public health from Virginia Tech and is finishing her dissertation for her PhD from Tech. In conjunction with her excellent academic work, she has done research on capacity and readiness factors in the ability of faith-based organizations to operate lifestyle-related chronic disease programs and has developed a toolkit to help faith-based organizations evaluate their needs and capacity…

Register Now for 2015 Faith and Immigration Summit

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This year’s summit will focus on issues affecting children and youth coming to our state from Central America. Rev. Julio Ramirez-Eve will preach. This event promises to accomplish four main goals: • Offer a unique statewide, ecumenical gathering for faith leaders who work primarily with immigrant congregations; • Help equip these faith leaders to deal with the daily challenges faced by their congregations, especially related to their immigration status; • Provide a space for networking and sharing of best practices; • Train immigrant rights allies, especially in faith communities, to…

What Frightens Civitas?

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Apparently I scare Civitas. Maybe it’s my upbringing. I was raised by a single mom (my parents divorced when I was a toddler) who was fortunate to have a solid job with the federal government and a supportive family who were the safety net between us and poverty. We were lucky. Maybe it was my education. I came up through the Virginia public schools, Kindergarten through college (Wahoowa, y’all!). I attended U.Va. on a partial scholarship from a corporation that thought supporting young people of color through higher education was…

With Gratitude

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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

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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

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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…

Support Artisans and the Council

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The Council is excited to hold a shopping event at the Raleigh Ten Thousand Villages. Come visit with Council friends and finish some of your holiday shopping at a store committed to supporting artisans from 38 developing countries. These artisans depend on Ten Thousand Villages to sell their products and share their stories. A portion of the sales from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 14 will be donated to the Council. Help two great causes at once! The Cameron Village store is located at 435 Woodburn Road.

Job Posting: Executive Director

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The NC Council of Churches has begun the search for its next Executive Director. The Council is a statewide organization, based in Raleigh, and working on issues of justice, peace, and Christian unity. A Search Committee made up of Governing Board members and active Council volunteers has begun accepting application packets with a deadline for submission of January 15, 2015. A complete description of the position and the application process is below. Please direct any questions to the committee via e-mail at EDSearch@outlook.com. North Carolina Council of Churches Executive Director…

Giving Tuesday is Here

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Today is Giving Tuesday worldwide. Along with encouraging donors to support nonprofits, it’s also a chance for organizations like the Council to show our appreciation. Please know that we are sincerely grateful to all those who have already given to the Council’s fall appeal or to other organizations. You are part of a powerful force sustaining work that often otherwise would not get done. For the Council, that means you help us help farmworkers and immigrants; advocate in the legislature for voting rights, strong public schools, an equitable budget, Medicaid expansion,…

Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness

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It’s not every day that the organization that you work with finds itself in the Acknowledgements of a newly published book. But that is the case in “WorldChanging 101″ by David LaMotte, a co-worker at the North Carolina Council of Churches. David continues to work with the Council as our Peace Consultant and has recently published this book, subtitled “Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness.” David is a man of music and of stories…great stories. In this book he weaves all of the stories of his journey together to illustrate that all…