This fall, the Council is continuing its successful annual Clergy Breakfast series on immigration with events as far east as Wrightsville Beach and as far west as Weaverville. As we continue to plan these six events, I want to invite everyone in these areas to attend. Here are the answers to some questions that people may have.
1. What do you do at a Clergy Breakfast?
This series revolves around sharing a meal together and hearing from knowledgeable people who are directly affected by immigration issues in their ministries. We typically have two presenters, one who speaks to why it is important to welcome immigrants theologically and one who can speak to local immigrant realities. There is also a time for questions and answers, and the discussion is always thought-provoking.
2. I am not ordained clergy. Can I come?
Absolutely. While these events are geared toward busy religious professionals and faith leaders, we welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about immigrants from a faith-based perspective.
3. What will I gain from attending one of these events?
You will learn about immigrants in your community, receive tangible resources that you can put to use in your congregation, and network with other faith leaders in your community who have the same interests in social justice. And, of course, there is free breakfast.
4. I am not very knowledgeable about immigration. Will I be welcome?
Of course. This is a forum for honest questions and positive conversation among local colleagues. All are welcome regardless of knowledge and experience.
5. My church already has a Latino ministry. What can I gain from this event?
It is great when congregations already have thriving ministries with immigrants and refugees. This is all the more reason to attend these events to share your wisdom and experience with others and network with other colleagues in ministry. Creating networks of support are one of the best ways to institute change at the local level.
6. There is not a clergy breakfast scheduled in my area but I want to participate. What can I do?
We try to reach different areas of the state each year, however, North Carolina is a very large area to cover. If there is not an event in your area, email email@example.com to host an event, and we will work with you to plan an one in your area.
7. I want to attend one of these events. What do I do next?
Go the events page on the NC Council of Churches website and find the event that you would like to attend. Once you click on it, there is an RSVP link so that we know that you are coming.
8. Can I bring a parishioner/friend/colleague?
Yes, it is helpful that you RSVP to bring a guest, but it is not required. RSVPs help us to know how much food to provide, but all are welcome and we encourage you to invite others who are interested in engaging around the issue of immigration.
If you have any questions that have not been answered here, do not hesitate to contact Jennie Belle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-828-6501. We hope to see you at one of the six Clergy Breakfasts across the state this fall.