Gail Phares to receive Faith Active in Public Life Award
Each time the Council holds its bi-annual Legislative Seminar, we honor those whose public lives reflect… Continue Reading
I will be leaving the NC Council of Churches at the end of March to focus full-time on Tomatillo Design, my new communications shop that works with nonprofits to create amazing, affordable websites.
Since I began working at the Council as an intern in the summer of 2006, I’ve had the incredible privilege of working with the most dedicated, talented and likable group of coworkers imaginable. From its founding more than 75 years ago to today, the Council has worked on a wide range of progressive causes and I’m proud to be a small part of that legacy. Every day at the office I felt encouraged by the witness of recent saints like Sister Evelyn Mattern and Collins Kilburn.
Partners in Health and Wholeness will host a dinner to connect Latino pastors with free resources and grants for churches. It takes place Thursday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Goodwin Heights Baptist Church, 704 Godwin Avenue in Lumberton. Please note this is a change in date from a prior announcement.
The meeting will be conducted in Spanish and is free. Please e-mail Joy Williams, for more information.
We are delighted to welcome Justin Hubbard and Scott Schomburg, the Council’s interns from Duke Divinity School for 2012-2013.
Justin received a Bachelor’s of Individualized Studies in Psychology, Sociology, and International Politics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. After working for a few years at the Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Administration, he moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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.
Richmond County Daily JournalThe Pee Dee Baptist Educational Congress, an auxiliary to the Pee Dee Baptist Educational Association, will conduct the Annual Christian Educational Institute from March 19 to 23, 2012, at the Pee Dee Educational Building in Dobbin Heights.
There will be classes for church officers and each department in the church.
Blessings of the Holiday Season from the staff, program volunteers and interns of the North Carolina Council of Churches:
George, Willona, Tyler, Susannah, Sandy, Rose, Rollin, Richard, Megan, Lisa, Leslie, Kathy, Joy, Donna, David, Collins, Chris, Allison, and Aleta.
DURHAM, N.C. — It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s the South.
That must mean it’s time for an old-fashioned camp meeting.
Starting Thursday, the bygone staple of the tent revival will be reincarnated on a bucolic North Carolina farm as The Wild Goose Festival. Nearly 10 years in the making, the festival is an attempt to reimagine Christianity for the 21st century under a bigger, wider more inclusive tent.
Washington Daily News
The Rev. Charles Smith, a longtime member of the North Carolina Council of Churches, received its 2011 Distinguished Service Award earlier this month at Duke University.
George Reed, the council’s executive director, said the honor recognizes Smith’s commitment to the council’s twin goals of social justice and ecumenism. The council represents 18 Christian denominations.
Congregations across the state are now taking part in the North Carolina Council of Churches’ Partners in Health and Wholeness (PHW) Certification Program, demonstrating that their bodies are God’s temple by eating healthier, being more physically active and reducing the impact of smoking on themselves and their neighbors.
The Council is delighted to welcome two Duke Divinity School interns who will be working on a variety of projects over the course of the school year. “It is always exciting for us to have Duke Div interns helping with the work of the Council,” said Executive Director George Reed. “Their energy and enthusiasm enhance all that we do.”
The Eastern Carolina District of the Virginia Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church USA is the newest member of the North Carolina Council of Churches. The addition of the group brings to 17 the number of denominations who have chosen to work with the Council on issues of social justice and Christian unity.
Dr. Katherine Shea, a physician with expertise in the link between climate change and human health, is the new director of North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light, a project of the North Carolina Council of Churches and a state affiliate of the national Interfaith Power & Light campaign.
In seeking to capture the essence of the past 25 years, this history brings the Council’s story up to the present as we celebrate 75 years of ecumenical service in the cause of justice and peace. Nothing has changed in the basic purposes of the Council. However, the manner in which these ministries have taken place shows a keen awareness of the changing times and the need to be current in the most effective ways to address the issues of the day in our witness to the people of this state.
The North Carolina Council of Churches’ Partners in Health and Wholeness program held its 2010 Faith and Health Summit in March, drawing together nearly 250 participants to learn about integrating health practices and strategies within faith communities.
In light of concerns about public school resegregation in counties across the state, the North Carolina Council of Churches has begun work to counter this backward step toward increased racial and economic separation. Issues of resegregation have surfaced in the state’s largest school districts, Wake and Charlotte-Mecklenburg counties, as well Wayne and New Hanover counties and elsewhere.
These congregations have demonstrated that, as people of faith, they strive to live an abundant life of health and wholeness by naming a congregational health promoter, serving healthy food and beverage at church meals, and reducing the impact of smoking on themselves and their neighbors.
The history of the North Carolina Council of Churches is the story of persons, religious leaders struggling to respond in faith to the signs of their times. Sometimes the signs could be clearly read; at other times they had to be discerned through a glass darkly. The records show that the leaders would prefer to be measured in terms of the fullheartedness of their responses rather than the accuracy of their discernment, in terms of their deeds rather than their words. This document outlines the first fifty years of the Council’s work in North Carolina.
"Apocalypse means unveiling or uncovering. This word is well-suited to the realities of 2020. This year, our eyes and hearts have been uncovered." Read more from the 1st reflection of our Advent Guide by Sarah Ogletree, @NCIPL Program Coordinator ncchurches.org/2020/…
Our 2020 Advent Guide is available to you now! We hope these weekly reminders built around the Advent scriptures, grounded in the Council priorities, and spread across the state will enrich your season of expectation. Join us in the Heart of the Work. ncchurches.org/wp-co…
Since 1935, we have been committed to a more equitable and just world as God envisioned. Hear from our long-time allies about the evolution of our work over the past 85 years and how you can join us in our mission. #GivingTuesday youtube.com/watch?v=…
This year marks our 85th birthday, one that we've celebrated by lifting up the heart of the work. We continue celebrating through efforts of advocacy, education, & promotion of legislation that grants justice & equality for all. Donate today #GivingTuesday ncchurches.org/donat… pic.twitter.com/24Y6…
Hear from Michelle Peedin, PHW Program Coordinator, about how the Serenity Prayer is bringing her spiritual centering this holiday: "In times of uncertainty I find peace in the Serenity Prayer." Come back Wednesday for our next reflection! #HealthForTheHolidays #MindfulTogether pic.twitter.com/XJgT…
This Dec., join us in virtually spreading joy in our communities. We will post spiritual reflections from our staff each week that are helping us stay centered. We see you, we hear you, and we continue loving you by keeping our distance. #HealthForTheHolidays #MindfulTogether pic.twitter.com/3xbT…
Join us & Holley A. Dagenhardt, MA, RD, LDN next Fri., Dec. 4, for a webinar on fundamental wellness behaviors – hydration, food choices, physical activity, sleep, and stress – and how these behaviors impact our immune health. Click here for login details: ncchurches.org/event… pic.twitter.com/ImFV…
We recognize that the traditional #Thanksgiving holiday has marginalized many Native American and Indigenous communities since its inception. We recognize & hold this pain deeply. Please take time today to learn about this history: smithsonianmag.com/h… @SmithsonianMag
RT @ncchurches @NCIPL leaders drafted a resolution to @DukeEnergy asking them to set a carbon dioxide emissions reduction goal for the year 2030. Setting this reduction goal is essential to alleviating and preventing the worst impacts of global climate change. Join us - docs.google.com/form… pic.twitter.com/Bxtp…