No one will ever say this hasn’t been a rough year, but with 85 years behind us, the people of the North Carolina Council of Churches have faced other challenges. We were birthed in the middle of the Great Depression, a time not unlike this year for its level of poverty and hunger, though caused by a different demon. In 1935 our founders named as one of the Council’s priorities the need to address “race-relations,” a clear priority as well for these present days.
All of which leads me to say, the people of the Council have never shied away from a challenge. As we move cautiously toward what follows the pandemic, we will face other challenges, but, I dare say, they will be reflections of the challenges we have faced this year and the challenges we faced in 1935 and the challenges faced throughout millenia. The challenge of sharing what we have and getting along with others.
We can legislate some of it–fair tax codes, expanded feeding programs, racial equity mandates–and we should. But we also need a right heart, a clean heart, to quote King David. After a year of experiencing tremendous vulnerability maybe we have learned that sharing and acceptance can overcome greed and fear. Maybe we can start our post-pandemic lives with clean hearts. God’s greatest gift to us is an unwavering invitation to become those with clean hearts who move towards justice.
The Council strives to be those with clean hearts and to enable God’s people to work together to accomplish things we could never do alone. We are grateful for those who have supported this work through the decades with time investments, financial contributions, heartfelt prayers, and encouraging words. We give thanks for all who supported us financially through this pandemic year. We trust that in the year ahead God’s abundance will provide enough as manifested through those who share the dream of clean hearts working toward God’s justice.
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