Please Thank Sen. Burr

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Please join us in thanking Sen. Burr for his vote to release portions of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on torture. Many of you have joined us over the last several months in calling for Sen. Burr to vote for transparency and the ability of each of us to see the findings for ourselves. On Thursday he did that.  You can send an e-mail through the Senator’s website or call his office directly at (202) 224-3154 to offer your thanks. The work for full release of the report…

Please Call Senator Burr

A vote is imminent on releasing the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on torture, and we need you to contact Sen. Richard Burr and urge him to support the release. North Carolina people of faith signed a letter last summer urging the Senator to do just that. Progress has been slow, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Committee, has announced that she plans to hold a vote this week (March 24-29). And so there is urgency in reaching out to Sen. Burr, who is one of 15…

Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral injury after War — What Faith Communities Can Do

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The North Carolina Soul Repair conference took place March 6 and 7. It was sponsored by many faith communities, including the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina, Quaker House, and the North Carolina Council of Churches. Speakers included VA clinicians, chaplains and staff, and Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, co-director of the Soul Repair Center, as well as Col. Kimberly Olson (founder of Grace after Fire). A suggestion to churches was to embrace a more welcoming atmosphere for veterans suffering after returning from war. But the number one gift churches…

Becoming a More Peaceful Nation

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Bipartisanship between North Carolina’s Senators Burr and Hagan does occasionally show through — but why and for what?  The willingness of our NC Senators and others in Washington to come together in support of war with Iran, and maintaining a budget with more than 50% of discretionary funds spent on the Pentagon is not what we would hope for. Meanwhile the protracted disagreement over funding much-needed domestic programs, such as extending unemployment benefits, shows how we fall short as a peaceful nation. As John Heuer, Director of NC Peace Action, notes…

Outer Banks Half Marathon, Part 2

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In the opening scene of the holiday movie Love Actually, Hugh Grant’s character has a beautiful monologue that begins, “Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I go to the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport.” He continues to talk about the greetings, farewells, and love that is shared at the airport — welcoming and sending off loved ones: family, friends, and significant others. He says this is a reminder of the love in the world, and its power to outshine the hate. Standing at the finish line of the Outer…

Advent Worship Resources on Peace

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Date: Advent 1 – Dec. 1, 2013
Topic: Peace
Focus Text: Isaiah 2:1-5
To take Isaiah’s words to heart is to envision a world without hunger, poverty, war, violence, or fear. The prophet’s oracle challenges our endless pursuit for bigger and better weapons, the perpetuation of hatred and violence, the ever-widening gap between the rich and poor, and our insatiable appetite for more resources and power.

NC Faith Leaders Call on Sen. Burr for Report’s Release

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More than 190 faith leaders from across North Carolina have sent a letter to Senator Richard Burr, asking his support for release of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) report on the use of torture after 9/11. Among the signatories are 18 bishops and other denominational executives, including Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Bishop William DeVeaux of the Second…

NCCC Board Statement on Syria

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The following statement was adopted by the Council’s Governing Board at its September 10 meeting in Chapel Hill: We are called by our faith to turn swords into plowshares. The NC Council of Churches, while made up of denominations and individuals who are pacifist and others who believe war can occasionally be justified, has always supported the peaceful resolution of conflicts, rather than violence. Those within the Council who would allow the use of violence do so only as a last resort. Recognizing the moral anguish involved in such decisions,…

Peace – Advent 1

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Sign up below to receive free worship resources in your inbox (1-2 per month): Focus Text: Isaiah 2:1-5 The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he…

Interreligious Prayer Service Saturday

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh is inviting people of faith to an Interreligious Prayer Service for Peace in the Middle East.  It takes place Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m. at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh. For additional information, e-mail Brother William J. Martyn, SA, Diocesan Ecumenical Officer. Clergy are requested to wear their appropriate robes and to send an e-mail if they are attending. –George Reed, Executive Director

Disturbing the Peace

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Rev. Cody Sanders, Ph.D. candidate in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling at Brite Divinity School

There is something in these furious, feverish words that beckons beyond a simple description of what life will be like if you choose to follow a peculiar call from Jesus and your closest friends and family don’t. Beyond description, there is something of a call in this passage trying to work its way inside of us. These words beckon us beyond a recounting of our inevitable losses on the journey, to embrace our sacred calling to disturbers the peace.

Passing of Bishop Gossman

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Bishop Joseph Gossman, who died yesterday, was a great friend of the North Carolina Council of Churches. He led the Diocese of Raleigh into full membership in the Council in 1977, when Catholic membership in ecumenical organizations was very unusual. He supported our work for social justice as he believed strongly in Jesus’ call to minister to the least of these AND in the importance of creating systems which lifted people out of poverty and vulnerability. And he believed in doing it ecumenically, with his brothers and sisters in Christ….

Call Legislative Leaders About Gun Measures

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We will never know if George Zimmerman would ever have gotten out of his car if he hadn’t had a gun. We do know that countless children of God have died in the last year alone because of gun violence. More guns and easier access to them do not inherently make us safer. Gail Neely with North Carolinians Against Gun Violence has put out an urgent call for folks to contact members of the NC House today before noon to ask for support to repeal Stand Your Ground and support…

David LaMotte: Celebrating Dad’s Day By Taking Mine to Jail

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David LaMotte, the Council’s Consultant for Peace, celebrated Father’s Day last Sunday with his four-year-old son and 82-year-old dad. David then traveled to Raleigh with his father so that the Rev. Dr. John LaMotte could become one of those arrested at Moral Monday. Having already been arrested in an act of conscience, David explained in his blog the significance for his father, a third-generation North Carolinian. He wrote, in part: Tomorrow, I will take my father to jail, and I’ve never been prouder of him than I am right now….

Letter to Senator Burr Regarding Torture Report

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While the U.S. does not condone torture, it has become clear that torture has been done by our citizens and in our name. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) has adopted a 6,000-page report on U.S. treatment of detainees in the post-9/11 period and will soon be deciding whether to make this report public. By doing so, the U.S. will display moral integrity to the world and show the respect due to all human life. Join with other people of faith from around our state who are asking NC…

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