Support Artisans and the Council

10k Villages

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


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 North Carolina Council of Churches Executive Director…

Giving Tuesday is Here


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


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…

Happy Thanksgiving

Autumn light

For each new morning with its Light, For rest, & shelter of the night, For health & food, for love & friends For Everything Thy goodness sends. -Ralph Waldo Emerson Blessings of the Thanksgiving Season from the NC Council of Churches Staff and Interns George, Rose, Aleta, Susannah, Joy, Shannon, Jennie, Ashley, Collins, David, Sandy, Steve, Marcus, Kyle, Reuben, and Nicole

Council’s Fall Appeal is Underway

Marc Mullinax from HKonJ

In his final fall appeal letter, Executive Director George Reed offers his thanks for those who have supported the Council over the years and helped it grown into the organization it has become. He writes in part: The Council is an amazing organization, one I am honored to have been associated with for these years. Your gifts – from the $5 sent in regularly by a retiree to multiple thousands of dollars sent by a few friends of justice with the wherewithal to give that generously – have kept us going…

Council Staff Hit the Road to Visit Charlotte, Asheville


Members of the NCCC staff are looking forward to visiting Charlotte and Asheville in November and hope our friends there and in neighboring communities will join us for fellowship and conversation. Please come and feel free to bring someone new to the Council! Monday, November 17, Noon-2 p.m. Park Road Baptist Church 3900 Park Road, Charlotte Bring a bag lunch and join us at 11:30 a.m. for fellowship. We will supply drinks and dessert. Tuesday, November 18, 9-11 a.m. First Baptist Church 5 Oak Street, Asheville Join us for light…

Council Post-Election Road Shows to Charlotte and Asheville


What do Tuesday’s elections mean for North Carolina? How can people of faith in the state continue to affect positive change? Join the staff of the North Carolina Council of Churches as we visit Charlotte and Asheville to discuss ways our programs are providing a progressive, faithful voice for issues facing NC residents and how you can be involved. We hope you’ll join us: Monday, November 17, Noon-2 p.m. Park Road Baptist Church 3900 Park Road, Charlotte Bring a bag lunch and join us at 11:30 a.m. for fellowship. We…

Job Posting — PHW Program Director


North Carolina Council of Churches Program Director for Partners in Health and Wholeness Position Description   Hours: Full-time, program-level position, based in Raleigh and requiring some in-state travel Reports to: Executive Director Salary: $52,000 – $58,000, depending on experience and qualifications Benefits: Excellent vacation/leave time. Health insurance (50% paid by employer), short-term disability (100% paid by employer), and reimbursement of approved travel expenses JOB RESPONSIBILITIES                      The Program Director will have principal responsibility for the North Carolina Council of Churches’ Partners in Health and Wholeness (PHW) initiative, which is designed to…

PHW Faith and Health Summit: Appreciation, Connection, and Moving Forward

2014 Faith & Health Summit

Months of planning and networking for the Partners in Health and Wholeness Faith and Health Summit culminated in a day that birthed a community choir and an anthem that was specially written for PHW. Jill Crainshaw, Blackburn Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology at Wake Forest University School of Divinity; Brad Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; and Gary Gunderson, Professor of Faith and Health of the Public at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and Vice President of Faith and…

Wishing Willona Stallings Well

Willona and Lee

It is my unhappy task to announce that Willona Stallings is leaving her position as program director for Partners in Health and Wholeness. She is going to work for the Care Share Health Alliance in Cary as an Affordable Care Act Project Specialist. She will be working with a team of public health professionals to ensure that every person who is eligible for health insurance coverage in NC is able to access it. As she said in her letter of resignation, “This job, like my work here at the Council,…

NCCC Eating Well Curriculum is a National Resource


If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at the Council’s curriculum, “Eating Well: For Ourselves, For Our Neighbors, For Our Planet,”  I urge you to do so. You will find food justice interwoven with all of the Council’s areas of work. You will see how eating well affects your body, environment, farmworkers, and even peaceful relations. And you will join the many folks across our nation who are on this journey. If you have participated in “Eating Well” and are looking for other such resources, the organizers of National Food Day have put…

2014 Faith & Health Summit: Calling All Volunteers

Joyful Noise

The NC Council of Churches’ 2014 Faith and Health Summit is now less than a month away, and we are delighted to have people of faith, public health professionals, faith and health experts, and other community members from all across the state joining us. The event will be held on Friday, October 10 at Ardmore Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. If you have not yet registered to attend, please do so today!  Click here to complete your registration by the September 29 deadline. We are also in need of volunteers to…

George Reed to Retire

George at HKonJ

North Carolina Council of Churches Executive Director George Reed has announced that he will retire at the end of June, 2015. George informed the Governing Board of his decision at their regular meeting on September 9. At the time of his retirement, George will have been Executive Director for 15 years and have been employed by the Council for 18 years. Speaking to the Board on Tuesday, George said, “While I look forward to retirement – to spending more time in my garden/orchard/berry patch; reading entire books, not just thousands…

Peace In Music

Sojourner's Jim Wallis and NCCC's David LaMotte

As a teenage girl, pop culture, especially music, is seemingly everything. As a teenage girl growing up in the Presbyterian Church, David LaMotte was the epitome of cool. I was introduced to his music while attending Montreat Youth Conference in the mountains of North Carolina and I was lucky enough to see him perform three times before he left his music career to study peace and conflict resolution. I remember him taking the time to talk with the audience at his concerts about the ups and downs in life and the treatment…