Keeping Sacred Spaces Sacred
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The theme of this free conference is “Growing Roots: A Youth Training Focused on Gardening, Faith, and Collecting Stories From Our Elders.” The conference is for ages 12-24. There will be healthy locally and organically grown food provided by church gardens, home gardens, and other healthy local food donations.
Join fellow women of faith at “Ruth’s Journey” as we discuss how relationships transcend barriers and the need for immigration reform.
When: 3:00pm on April, 26 2013
Where: Duke Memorial United Methodist Church 504 W. Chapel Hill Street, Durham NC
RSVP & for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and The Rensselaerville Institute are looking for individuals with project ideas for creating a healthier Wilson County. Projects will be implemented over the next 6 months and must focus on increasing physical activity and/or access to and consumption of fresh produce.
Selected Community Sparkplugs and their teams will receive the following: a $3,000 grant (simple application process), individualized help to create an action plan and set project results, support and coaching over the next 6 months, and an opportunity to become part of a growing network of Community Sparkplugs across North Carolina.
The Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute has prepared material for the celebration of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which runs from January 18-25, 2013. You will find prayer services, prayers of the faithful and musical suggestions at their website. The theme for 2013 is “What Does God Require of Us?” (cf. Micah 6:6-8). In North Carolina, there will be several observances of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Thursday, Jan. 31 | 9:00am | Free registration requiredThis free 45-minute webinar will take a look at innovative ways to communicate about immigration issues with your congregation or community group, helping to transform the conversation from a political context to a religious and values-based context. In particular, we’ll highlight the new “Stranger to Neighbor” program by FaithAction International House, which is engaging a diverse group of congregations in Greensboro.
Monday February 4th, 2013
8:30am – 4:30pm
Kinston Community Council for the Arts
The conference includes plenaries, topical breakout sessions, lunch, and networking opportunities. Registration Fee: $0-15 (sliding scale fee structure).
Wednesday, Jan. 9 | 11:00am | Free registration requiredImmigration continues to be a hot topic on the news and in the pews. As North Carolina continues to experience demographic changes, one of the main questions facing our ministries is how to respond to our new neighbors.This free 45-minute webinar will take a look at innovative ways to communicate about immigration issues with your congregation or community group, helping to transform the conversation from a political context to a religious and values-based context.
Partners in Health and Wholeness will host a dinner to connect Latino pastors with free resources and grants for churches. It takes place Thursday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Goodwin Heights Baptist Church, 704 Godwin Avenue in Lumberton. Please note this is a change in date from a prior announcement.
The meeting will be conducted in Spanish and is free. Please e-mail Joy Williams, for more information.
On April 6, state religious leaders and activists will remember Jesus Christ’s suffering and death and the suffering and death of immigrants coming to this country in an “Economic Justice Way of the Cross.” The North Carolina Council of Churches is a co-sponsor of the event which takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at the N.C. State Capitol.The Good Friday commemoration of Jesus’ suffering and death will be linked with the need for justice, immigration reform, a change in US trade policies, and an end to US support for the war in Afghanistan and Colombia. Money needs to be spent on food and economic development instead of war, according to Gail Phares, director of Witness for Peace Southeast, the event’s primary organizer.
Join us for the 2012 Conference on the Common Good sponsored by the Council’s Christian Unity Committee. The title of this year’s gathering is Catholic Social Teaching: A Vision for the Common Good. It takes place Monday, February 20 at Raleigh’s Highland United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.The standard and guide for Roman Catholic approaches to social justice for the last hundred years was set by a Papal Encyclical near the turn of the 20th Century. Centesimus Annus celebrates the 100th anniversary of that document and restates its teachings for our generation. It is a comprehensive summary of social and economic justice perspectives that resonate with Christians of every denomination. Rev. Dr. Brian Johnstone, Professor of Moral Theology at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, will be our guest speaker and leader.
Partners in Health and Wholeness, in partnership with Youth Empowered Solutions, will provide FREE TRAININGS to clergy and other adults who work with youth to create positive community change through strong health advocacy, particularly as it relates to increasing access to healthy foods, physical activity and tobacco use prevention. The date, time and location of the first training
This year, the NC Council of Churches is continuing its successful statewide series of “Clergy Lunches” on immigration. These events are geared towards busy religious professionals and faith leaders, and they provide an overview of immigration issues in the context of a great networking event (and free lunch!). To date, over 450 NC clergy and faith leaders have participated in this series.
Conference 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 allies, especially in faith communities, to organize and mobilize around immigration issues.
Torture conference logoOn March 25 and 26, 2011, the Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina will be hosting a conference on torture. This two-day event aims to equip participants to understand the arguments against torture and to prepare them for anti-torture advocacy within their own communities, trusting that the greatest protection against the U.S. government’s use of torture is a shared understanding that torture is always wrong.
The Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HK on J) rally and march will take place on February 12 in Raleigh. A coalition of nearly a hundred social justice and community development organizations, including the North Carolina Council of Churches, have banded together to promote this event for the last several years.
On February 21, 2011, a conference on “Christian Conviction and Cultural Accommodation” will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Greensboro. The conference will begin with Dr. Robert T. Osborn, former professor at Duke University, speaking on The Barmen Declaration, a theological protest against German National Socialism. Then there will be conversation on Christian witness, in the public arena, without accommodating to the prevailing culture.
Are you a pastor or parishioner who is concerned about the health of God’s people? Are you troubled when you read the names of congregants who are home-bound or have been hospitalized due to an illness in the weekly church bulletin? Do you believe that our bodies are God’s temple and that we can improve our health and, in the case of secondhand smoke, the health of others by being physically active, eating healthily and not using tobacco products?
Join us for the Western North Carolina Come to the Table Conference: Communities of Faith Relieving Hunger and Supporting Local Farms. The two-day event will include workshops, networking opportunities, and a local lunch on Friday, Mar. 11th, and a breakfast snack and tours of local food ministries and projects on Saturday, Mar. 12th.
Join us for the Eastern North Carolina Come to the Table Conference: Communities of Faith Relieving Hunger and Supporting Local Farms. The two-day event will include workshops, networking opportunities, and a local lunch on Friday, Feb. 25, and a light breakfast, speaker, and tours and service opportunities with local food ministries and projects on Saturday, Feb. 26th.
Join us for the Piedmont North Carolina Come to the Table Conference: Communities of Faith Relieving Hunger and Supporting Local Farms. The two-day event will include workshops, networking opportunities, and a local lunch on Friday, Feb. 18th, and tours and volunteer opportunities at local food ministries and projects on Saturday, Feb. 19th. Friday’s events will be hosted by Wake Forest University at the Benson University Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Dr. Terrence Rynne is the founder of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking. His new book “Gandhi and Jesus, the Saving Power of Nonviolence” examines the intersections between the life of Jesus and the teachings of Gandhi. He has three presentations coming up in North Carolina, in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh.
What: Clergy Breakfast on ImmigrationWhen: July 1, 8:30-10:00am Where: St. Patrick Catholic Church (2844 Village Drive, Fayetteville) Why: Come learn more about how immigration is affecting North Carolina and how you and your congregation can get involved. Rev. John Richardson, Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will be speaking.
Join the NC Council of Churches and local filmmaker Charles Thompson for an extraordinary evening in Charlotte as we premiere the new film Brother Towns / Pueblos Hermanos.Date: Thursday, October 7, 2010
What: Clergy Breakfast on Health
When: Thursday, Aug. 26, 8:30-10am
Where: St. James AME Zion Church, Goldsboro (206 S. George St.)
Why: Discuss opportunities for clergy to improve their health as well as the health of their congregants through PHW and other faith-based health initiatives.
Join the NC Council of Churches and local filmmaker Charles Thompson for an extraordinary day in Wilmington as we premiere the new film Brother Towns / Pueblos Hermanos.Date: November 13, 2010
Join the NC Council of Churches and local filmmaker Charles Thompson for an extraordinary evening in Greenville as we premiere the new film Brother Towns / Pueblos Hermanos.Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010
Join the NC Council of Churches and local filmmaker Charles Thompson for an extraordinary evening in Asheville as we premiere the new film Brother Towns / Pueblos Hermanos.Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
Join the NC Council of Churches and local filmmaker Charles Thompson for an extraordinary evening in Chapel Hill as we premiere the new film Brother Towns / Pueblos Hermanos.Date: Friday, October 15, 2010
Today is National Voter Registration Day! Make a Plan to Vote. There are many ways NC voters can vote safely and easily. Early Voting starts Oct.15th-31st, and #VoteByMail has already begun. youtube.com/watch?v=…
In 2020, young people have had ENOUGH. Enough delays. Enough denial. Today, on National Voter Registration Day, youth are coming together to Reclaim Our Future. Register now! weareenough2020.org/…
Make sure you join us tomorrow at noon for this important conversation on LGBTQ+ rights and Voting Our Values. We will be joined by the Council's very own Michelle Peedin who is also Governing Board President of Latinx LGBTQI Initiative Inc (LILA). @NCIPL us02web.zoom.us/meet… pic.twitter.com/ivSY…
Happening this Friday! Join us & our partners at @rafiusa & Resourceful Communities for a lively discussion on the importance of local food & farmers in our communities. Register at bit.ly/2FIh2B7. #NC #faith #health #nutrition #local #HealthyEating #HealthyLiving pic.twitter.com/pkdt…
Important read from @newsobserver, featuring the Rev. Jessica Stokes, PHW Associate Director for Mental Health Advocacy. Please remember that we are #StrongerTogether. We see you, we hear you, and we are with you. trib.al/YxeZcC2 #mentalhealth #MentalHealthMatters
Stand with us to de-stigmatize #suicide so that we may save lives and provide compassionate ministry to those who are suffering. We remember the souls that were lost, but never forgotten. Please remember you are so loved and we need you here. #love ow.ly/dFQY50Bt11h pic.twitter.com/3fkK…
Voting Our Values: Forum on Global Common Good/Peace -Register Today: bit.ly/2FUIXOK Speakers include @DavidLaMotte @LaticiaGodette Gareth Higgins & @rodney_sadler w/Partners @WildGooseFest @MeckMin @ncchurches @ED_PulpitPledge @interfaithpower #2020Election #VoteEarth pic.twitter.com/QX0D…
RT @ncchurches Make sure you join us tomorrow at noon for this important conversation on LGBTQ+ rights and Voting Our Values. We will be joined by the Council's very own Michelle Peedin who is also Governing Board President of Latinx LGBTQI Initiative Inc (LILA). @NCIPL us02web.zoom.us/meet… pic.twitter.com/ivSY…
RT @EJinAction The Dark history of #racism in #Policy, #PublicHealth, #Eugenics & #STERILIZATION of People of Color and it’s connection to the dehumanization of women in #ICEDetentionCenters. pic.twitter.com/gWgg…