NCCC Eating Well Curriculum is a National Resource

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Here’s Johnny!

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It is my pleasure to introduce you to PHW Intern Johnny Rogers. He is a UNC-Pembroke student, and you can read more about him in the staff section of the Council’s home page. Johnny has completed three weeks of this internship, and he hit the ground running hard. He will be serving mostly Robeson County, however, he will be accompanying me on selected trips in other parts of the eight counties I serve, as well. If you live in Robeson County and would like to meet Johnny, please contact me at joy@ncchurches.org….

Internship with PHW More than Expected

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From this internship with Partners in Health and Wholeness, my main expectations were to strengthen my employment applications after graduation by adding additional experiences. However, after my first day in the field with Joy Williams, my expectations have changed. Seeing her passion and commitment to her calling has made me realize how important this internship truly is and how blessed I am to be a part of Partners in Health and Wholeness. My expectations for this brief internship have changed from just gaining work experience to embracing the needs of…

Full Program Available for Critical Issues Seminar on Public Education

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The full program for the our 2014 Critical Issues Seminar on Public Education is now available on the website. It includes registration information, the schedule for the day, and a complete list of workshops and presenters. We are really excited about all the wonderful speakers and presenters who will be joining us to share their knowledge about public education in North Carolina. It should  be a great day full of interesting information. And after we’re done in Chapel Hill, all are encourage to attend Moral Monday in Raleigh. To register, please…

Sandy Irving to Receive Distinguished Service Award

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  Sandy is on the right. Her friend, Susan Cummings, is pictured on the left.   I am pleased to announce that the Council’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Sandy Irving. This Award is presented each year to someone with an exceptional and extended record of service, through the North Carolina Council of Churches, to the causes of Christian wholeness, justice, and peace. In recent years, recipients have included Sydnor Thompson, Barbara Volk, Joe Vetter, Charles Smith, Cy and Carolyn King, Jimmy Creech, David Forbes, and Vernon…

Easter Greeting from the Council

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Revival, Renewal, Resurrection Blessings of Easter from George, Rose, Willona, Aleta, Donna, Susannah, Collins, Joy, Shannon, Marnie, Trinh, Crystal, Sandy, Steve, Lauren, Amanda, and John

Lex, Rufus and Peter

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I recently took a wonderful walk down Memory Lane for me, though it was also poignant at times. On a Saturday, the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina sponsored a remembrance of Lex Mathews. Lex was the first Christian Social Ministries Director for the Diocese, serving from 1975 until his untimely death in 1985. Just about anybody who was engaged in social justice in North Carolina during that time, whether with the Council or not, knew Lex. The conference was organized by the Diocese’s historian and archivist. They had prepared a two-sided,…

Leading and Following

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One thing that was strongly emphasized at Duke Divinity School by my New Testament professor, Dr. C. Kavin Rowe, was that Christian knowledge ultimately consists in discipleship. Knowing Jesus entails following him. And we need others to show us the way. These words crossed my mind today, as my supervisor at the North Carolina Council of Churches, Farmworker Advocacy Network veteran Chris-Liu Beers, celebrated his last day at the Council. An advocate for immigrant justice, farmworker rights, and the dignity of the most vulnerable members of our society, Chris will be dearly…

Job Opening — Development Assistant

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The NC Council of Churches seeks a part-time Development Assistant to help grow our current outreach to donors including individuals, organizations, foundations, congregations, and other faith communities. With nearly eight decades of progressive activism, the Councils remains the leading faith-based ecumenical voice for social justice in North Carolina. As an organization, we are particularly concerned about people who are vulnerable and may be marginalized. Our work includes programs dedicated to legislative advocacy, immigration, farmworkers, care of creation, voting rights, food, peace, and making churches and congregations healthier places for faith leaders and…

Faithful Activism — Part 1

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I had two conversations recently with members of a congregation which was voting on whether or not to join the HKonJ Coalition. Those conversations have reminded me that it’s helpful from time to time to review the concept of the separation of church and state and to discuss the tax status of churches. Those are two separate issues, and I will deal with them in two separate blogs. For any of you not familiar with HKonJ, let me give you some background. First, “HKonJ” is shorthand for “Historic Thousands [K]…

A New Adventure

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Dear Friends,

I will be leaving the NC Council of Churches at the end of March to focus full-time on Tomatillo Design, my new communications shop that works with nonprofits to create amazing, affordable websites.

Since I began working at the Council as an intern in the summer of 2006, I’ve had the incredible privilege of working with the most dedicated, talented and likable group of coworkers imaginable. From its founding more than 75 years ago to today, the Council has worked on a wide range of progressive causes and I’m proud to be a small part of that legacy. Every day at the office I felt encouraged by the witness of recent saints like Sister Evelyn Mattern and Collins Kilburn.

Steve Smith Receives Honor

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Congratulations to Steve Smith for being named as recipient of the 2013 Joseph Branch Professionalism Award, presented by the Wake County Bar Association. Steve is a close personal friend of mine and a friend of the Council of many years’ standing. He and his wife Rachel, a hospital chaplain and pastor, are long-time members and leaders at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, one of our member congregations. In the mid-2000s, Steve served as a volunteer staff member at the Council, focusing on health care access and GLBT issues. His willingness to serve…

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