From the Blog
Immigrant rights is one of the defining civil rights struggles of our time. Our work at the Council focuses on providing faith-based resources for congregations to think and speak theologically about our encounters with our neighbors. At the same time, we are helping to mobilize people of faith, connecting them with grassroots movements and legislative efforts to empower immigrants here in North Carolina.
Since its inception more than 75 years ago, the Council has been actively pursuing a platform of peace and social justice across the state. One of the founding issues for us in 1935 was opposition to segregation and support for racial justice; the Council has long supported the rights of vulnerable and excluded people.
Our commitment to the local immigrant community expands to advocating for the rights of farmworkers, refugees, asylees, and migrants from all over the world. This commitment remains consistent with our founding principles since current immigrants (especially those who are not documented) are a significant population of vulnerable and excluded people. Recently, we helped to organize the Ecumenical Immigration Alliance – a statewide, interfaith coalition of people of faith affirming hospitality over hostility when it comes our immigrant neighbors.