This year has not unfolded quite as we had hoped when vaccines became available and spring was in the air. Nevertheless, we have all found ways to nurture our souls as we continue to move toward the world we know God intends for us to have. At the Council we can say on most days, as we consider the good work you enable us to do, “It is Well with My Soul.” We offer you this book of staff devotions as the Advent Season begins.
Some of the Council’s current projects in pursuit of well souls include:
- From Reparations to Restoration: A Call to Action. This resource being compiled at the Council with the assistance of representatives from our member denominations will help people of faith embrace the tenets of lament, confess, repent, restore, and hope as we move the conversation about reparations for racial injustice into the realm of restoration for human flourishing.
- Confederate Monument Removal Project. In league with others in N.C. we are working to remove confederate monuments from the grounds of our state’s county courthouses believing that monuments erected to commemorate an era of slavery do not engender trust that justice will occur at that site for the descendants of those enslaved.
- Climate Justice: the Eco-Justice Connection. Alongside our NC Interfaith Power & Light’s energy democracy campaigns, we are inspiring congregations to think differently about food and agriculture; investing in the work of resilience on our coast; empowering youth climate organizers; making climate and human health connections; and mobilizing the prophetic voice to advocate for just and equitable climate solutions at the local, state, and national levels.
- Healthcare for all People. We have long supported a healthcare system that includes everyone, instead of the current system that results in the rationing of life-saving medications and basic care. Families USA estimates that nearly three working-age North Carolinians die each day due to lack of affordable, accessible health care.
- Death Penalty Abolition. As one of the founding members of the N.C. Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, with our Coalition partners the Council has renewed energy and reason to hope that N.C. is ready to end this retributive and irreversible punishment.
We give thanks regularly for the God who created you and enables you to support the Council’s work. May it be well with your soul.
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