Election Changes’ Telltale Timing
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Date: Advent 2 – Dec. 8, 2013
Topic: Responsible Leadership
Focus Text: Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
If we are willing to read Psalm 72 with the early church as pointing to Christ and his kingship, we may see in the ministry of Jesus concrete steps which the church can take in serving the poor and needy among us in our local communities. In Jesus’ ministry and teaching, we come to glimpse a picture of the Kingdom of God with its eternal justice for the poor.
Because the season of Advent is a time of awaiting the Christ child and the risen Christ, it is a perfect time to think about social justice issues. Christ’s ministry, which is explored in other seasons of the Christian year, focuses on lifting up those whom society regarded as worthless or weak, including the poor, the ill, the foreigner, women, and children. Social justice was at the core of Jesus’ ministry. Based on the Advent readings for Lectionary Year A, this guide will assist you in slowing down this season by taking 20-30 minutes one night a week to focus on social justice.
SalonEvery week prayers and gospel songs infuse the air and participants offer blessings to the latest batch of 100 or so activists entering the Raleigh General Assembly building to commit civil disobedience. If you’re not from here, it may all seem a little counter-intuitive: A movement for inclusive and just secular governance that is deeply inflected with Christian ethics and arguments.
The News & ObserverThese are difficult times. We pray that our lawmakers and governor will demonstrate compassion for our fellow North Carolinians who need food, clothing, health care and shelter and for the many charitable nonprofit organizations that provide this support.
I finally had the chance to go my first Moral Monday earlier this week. Walking around Halifax Mall with our Executive Director, George Reed, I was struck by how many people we both knew. I’m deeply proud of the involvement by clergy and faith communities in particular. So many of our members are represented not only in the crowd but also in the faces of those participating in civil disobedience and getting arrested. As we celebrate Independence Day this week, we give thanks not only for the many freedoms our country offers, but in particular for the countless faithful voices speaking up and speaking out for those who are being pushed to the margins by this General Assembly.
Tune in as George Reed, our Executive Director here at the NC Council of Churches, explains the legislative process in North Carolina. How can “ordinary citizens” get involved? What strategies can we use to be as effective as possible? Listen as George crams 25 years of experience into one jam-packed hour.
A leader against economic injustice and two longtime advocates on the Council’s board have received the North Carolina Council of Churches’ highest honors.
Gene Nichol received the Faith Active in Public Life Award. Barbara Volk and Sydnor Thompson II were recognized with Distinguished Service awards. All three were presented at the Council’s 2013 Legislative Seminar which took place April 11 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Raleigh.
The Council’s 2013 Legislative Seminar on April 11 featured a workshop about voting rights. It was provided by Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, a group that advocates for voting rights and for proper safeguards against the influence of self-serving special interests in the political system.
The debate over whether voters should have to show a photo ID has raged from state to state, with backers saying such IDs are needed to combat voter fraud.
Nobody wants to see even one vote cast illegally, and it’s true that most voters already have photo IDs. However, those who don’t have them tend to be among society’s vulnerable.
"We have a poverty pandemic, we certainly have a racism pandemic, and on top of that are dealing with a health-care pandemic we've never seen before. Certainly it's exacerbated food insecurity." @PNS_NC @PNS_News publicnewsservice.or…
"Thousands of medical professionals in all 50 states recently signed a letter calling on the American people to demand leaders act to solve climate change in order to protect everyone's health and safety now and in the future." @PNS_NC @PNS_News @NCIPL publicnewsservice.or…
"We can elect lawmakers who will protect all workers by crafting legislation that requires paid leave and living wages." pulse.ncpolicywatch.… @NCPolicyWatch #PaidLeaveForAll #Vote2020 #Election2020 #VoteYourValues
Many health professionals only accept abstinence as a treatment for addiction, but there are many other effective options. Hear from our neighbor in Greensboro, @HollemanChase, about his experiences related to #harmreduction and substance abuse. @TEDx youtube.com/watch?v=…
Did you know #HarmReduction is on the ballot this year? Check out this voter guide from @HarmReduction for voting tips ahead of Election Day as you prepare to #makeyourvoiceheard. issuu.com/harmreduct… #VoteYourValues #Vote2020 #VoteWithKindness #VoteWithLove
"As people of faith, we can promote #resilience while addressing the very structures that cause trauma, including white supremacy. We have a responsibility to do ministry that is anti-racist and trauma-informed." bit.ly/3mE6Xp1 #BlackLivesMatter #BlackMentalHealthMatters
Poll via @ClimateNexus ++ @SenThomTillis @SenatorBurr YES the faithful #FollowTheScience and will vote for people who #ActOnClimate as a #MoralResponsibility ++ @interfaithpower @YECAction @EnvDefenseFund @uscan @NPR @nytimes @washingtonpost @CNNbelief publicnewsservice.or…
RT @ncchurches Take a moment to hear from Daniel Perrin, high school sophomore & member of the @NCIPL Youth Leaders Initiative, regarding why your vote for climate justice matters. Same-day registration runs until Oct 31st during the early voting period. Make sure you're registered to vote! pic.twitter.com/efHu…
RT @ncchurches Are you ready to vote for the care of Earth & our communities? @NCIPL Youth Leaders Initiative member, Vishnu Ranabothu, is here to remind you that YOUR VOTE MATTERS! Make sure you're prepared to vote for leaders who care for people & the planet. Early voting ends Oct 31. pic.twitter.com/zIXM…
RT @interfaithpower Is your congregation working for environmental justice by helping your community transition to clean energy future? Enter @interfaithpower #CoolCongregationsChallenge Community Inspiration category by Dec 15 to win $1000. coolcongregations.or… @VAIPL @NCIPL @alinterfaithpl pic.twitter.com/1CLn…
RT @WaterPotential The #Lumbee Tribe is a geographic name. We are named after the Lumbee River, a blackwater stream. The color is dissolved organic matter from organic soils in the river's headwaters & floodplains. If you open your eyes underwater, you see this. #WaterStory #IndigenousPeoplesDay pic.twitter.com/MSmc…