Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., reminded us that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Change takes time, but it does happen and we must “Keep Awake” to the many opportunities to join in God’s justice work. In the work of the shared journey toward justice and with gratitude, we offer our 2022 Advent Reflection Guide: Keep Awake at the beginning of this Advent season.
Here are a few highlights of how the Council kept awake made possible by your generous and continued support:
- North Carolina Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Advisory Council: The Council has partnered with the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro as they launched a statewide initiative to “reconcile historical differences, promote real justice and forge a more peaceful state and nation.” The work is a grassroots, people-powered process, designed to walk the varied segment of N.C.’s diverse population towards each other so that they may eventually walk together building broad “community truths.”
- Overdose Prevention: The Partners in Health and Wholeness initiative is part of a coalition working with the N.C. Office of the Attorney General to ensure those directly impacted by the opioid crisis are included as partners as the $750,000,000 from the Global Opioid Settlement funds are distributed in N.C.
- Fair, Safe, and Secure Elections: The Council was part of an effort being coordinated by the Carter Center and led in N.C. by retired N.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr and former Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts. The effort included a Trusted Elections Tour which stopped in each of the state’s 14 congressional districts and featured panels of election security experts, local election officials, and attorneys from both major parties.
- N.C. Carbon Plan: Duke Energy, which provides electricity to more than 2 million North Carolina families, filed a proposed carbon plan this spring. The final plan will have far-reaching implications for our state’s economy, climate efforts, and public health — but Duke’s doesn’t meet the moment or put North Carolinians first. Therefore, NC Interfaith Power & Light on behalf of the N.C. Council of Churches became an official intervener in this planning process.
We hope you will continue or even increase your support for the Council as well as sharing with others the opportunity they have to join in this good and necessary work. A donation card is enclosed. In all things, we give thanks to God for your generosity and partnership in the work of justice in the state of North Carolina and beyond. Change is happening through the North Carolina Council of Churches. Without you, the work of the Council would not be possible. Thanks be to God!
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