If you are like me, for the past few months you’ve received a deluge of fund raising letters with the general theme: Never has our work been more important and your dollars more needed than in this moment. Or something like that…
True enough, but for us at the North Carolina Council of Churches, the work is not more important than it was before January 20, 2017. The work has always been critically important, even if recent events have shined a light more directly on the work that was always being done. To that end, we are not soliciting your money from a place of panic. We ask for your financial support to continue doing the sure and certain work that has defined the Council for more than 80 years. The kind of work we do doesn’t seek glory and only occasionally is recognized, but we do want to share with you that we have just received the North Carolina Justice Center’s Defenders of Justice Award for Grassroots Organizing. We’re humbled—and yes a little proud—to garner this recognition from such a valuable partner in the work for a more just and equitable society.
Your financial support will continue to be put to good use, but in addition to your dollars, this year we are asking for one more thing. The one thing can be a thing of your choosing, but we want you to join the legions of people across the country who are making their voices heard. You could call, write, or email your representatives (city, state, and federal) and tell them what you believe. State your desire as a person of faith claiming the resources of our faith to name specific injustices when we see them emerging through damaging legislation. If possible, go see those who represent you and politely explain that God has a special place in God’s heart for the most vulnerable ones of society. Help them understand that those of us who don’t share God’s preferential option are not living into God’s Reign. And if that’s not enough and you’ve still got a burning desire to raise your voice on high, find the others around you who are raising their voices and join them in the crescendo that will be heard across this land.
Stay connected with the NC Council of Churches to learn about the resources and opportunities available to be people of justice through loving kindness. We have provided a brief overview of our work so far in 2017. In addition, we would be happy to send you a bookmark or two, one to remind yourself every day of the work we all do together. and the second to give to a kindred spirit in your life who can be encouraged to take up the challenge of making our voices heard as people of faith. Please contact our office (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your mailing address if you are interested.
Peace of Christ,
Jennifer E. Copeland
Please click here if you’d like to donate online. Or your gifts are always welcome to: NCCC, 27 HORNE St., Raleigh, 27607. The NC Council of Churches is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
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