Register Now for 2015 Faith and Immigration Summit

Time Is Now Immigration Rally in DC

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. Workshops and additional details coming soon. 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…

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…

Happy Thanksgiving

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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