Defenders of Rights; Defenders of Privilege
At many levels, Americans are confronting issues of race relations and racial justice with an intensity… Continue Reading
Rep. David Price (Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill)Religious ideas are crucial, both to understanding this history and to dealing with its current manifestations. Realism as to people’s sinfulness and will‐to‐power figured directly in the Constitution’s checking of political power—Madison in The Federalist sounds like a good Calvinist—but taking such beliefs to the extreme can erode all trust and hobble democracy. As for current politics, as Jim Wallis asks in his new book, why should Christians believe in sinless markets any more than they believe in sinless governments?
The Spring 2012 Church Council Bulletin includes photographs from the Council’s recent Critical Issues Seminar, an update on items of interest in the General Assembly’s short session, a statement on the passage of Amendment One, the Council’s spring appeal, and more.
Durham Herald-SunThe ballot referendum that could cement the definition of marriage as “the only domestic legal union” into the state Constitution has turned a political debate into a religious one — and is mustering people of faith across North Carolina to the polls.
Durham Herald-SunPilgrim United Church of Christ will host a community series this month on “Faith and the Marriage Amendment,” about the proposed North Carolina Amendment 1. If the ballot measure passes May 8, the only valid domestic union recognized by the state will be marriage of a man and a woman.
Read more: The Herald-Sun – Pilgrim UCC hosting series on Amendment 1
The Washington PostWILMINGTON, N.C. — As the only Southern state without a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, North Carolina is the next battleground, with religious groups on both sides bracing for a high-stakes fight on May 8.
Against a recent string of gay-marriage victories in California, Washington state and Maryland, North Carolinians will be asked to vote on a constitutional amendment on May 8, the same day as the state Republican primary.
Same-sex marriage has been illegal in the Tar Heel State since 1996; Minnesota also has a marriage amendment planned for a vote in November.
Raleigh News & ObserverWe would not have chosen to be a part of an issue like this, but we are. The world is watching North Carolina to see what we will do. There is compelling evidence that conspiracy to commit kidnapping and torture were committed by Johnston County’s Aero Contractors. The state should investigate these claims and determine their validity.
Torture conference logoOn March 25 and 26, 2011, the Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina will be hosting a conference on torture. This two-day event aims to equip participants to understand the arguments against torture and to prepare them for anti-torture advocacy within their own communities, trusting that the greatest protection against the U.S. government’s use of torture is a shared understanding that torture is always wrong.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, mark a watershed in American history. Never before had such terrible events struck so many people within our national borders. Within weeks, the President had proposed and the Congress had overwhelmingly adopted the USA PATRIOT Act as a means of preventing future such terrorist attacks. At the time, some faith groups (including several with denominational ties to the member bodies of the North Carolina Council of Churches) voiced strong concern about the scope of the PATRIOT Act. The impact of subsequent Executive Orders has only increased this concern
Join Faith in Public Life and fellow faith communities for a weekend dedicated to 2020 Census outreach! Starting today, faith leaders will encourage their community to participate in the 2020 Census. Be a part of this weekend of action! faithinpubliclife.or…
"On the 5th Sunday in Lent, 2020, we are living out a time when many of us are crying out from the depths." Read more from PHW Director Chris Pernell's lenten reflection as she encourages us, especially now, to be kind and compassionate. ncchurches.org/2020/…
RT @RaiseUpfor15 BREAKING: Frontline workers in Durham & Raleigh are ON STRIKE today! Workers are fed up with unsafe working conditions, no paid sick days, lack of healthcare and cuts to hours during the #coronavirus pandemic. #Fightfor15 #ProtectAllWorkers pic.twitter.com/VSZK…
This morning, Sean Allen, Director of Finance and Administration, led us on the 9th day of our daily live series. Tune in and listen to the words he has to offer to center and ground us as we prepare to enter into the weekend. facebook.com/NorthCa…
Sean Allen, Director of Finance & Administration at @ncchurches made us all laugh this morning with his lighthearted meditation for Words of Strength and Faith day 9. We will see you all at 9 AM on Monday! #COVID19 #faith #NC #strength facebook.com/NorthCa… pic.twitter.com/kI8M…
On the 5th Sunday of Lent, PHW Director Chris Pernell, challenges us to be kind, show compassion, and even celebrate during this time of discomfort. You can read her reflection and download the full @ncchurches 2020 Lenten Guide at the link. #COVID19 bit.ly/3aoDp9l
In the middle of a pandemic that disproportionately harms our most sick and vulnerable, @EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is walking off the field, leaving every American to fend for themselves as big polluters are allowed to pollute at will. thehill.com/policy/e… @ncchurches
BREAKING: @EPA issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws Thursday, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the #COVID19 outbreak. #ClimateFriday thehill.com/policy/e…
RT @DalaiLama A deep awareness of the goodness of human beings, that they are essentially kind, helpful, and gentle, can give us courage and hope. On a personal level too, such a vision of our basic nature can help promote a greater sense of well-being and connectedness with others.