The Border as War
Sermon delivered by Council Governing Board member Isaac S. Villegas on May 28, 2018. Coming and… Continue Reading
Date: Proper 26 – Nov. 3, 2013
Topic: Gun Violence
Focus Text: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
What poverty of spirit causes Americans to so glorify their guns – in movies, on television, in video games, on the streets of our neighborhoods and in the halls of Congress? Where are the prophets who will condemn the religion of the second amendment which preaches a sacred right to own any and all kinds of firearms? Why are people of faith and conscience not protecting the sacred trust of children’s lives as vehemently as Congress protects the gun lobby? It is time for pastors, priests, rabbis, and imams to speak out against the blasphemy of gun violence.
After a one-day organizational meeting in early January, the 2013 General Assembly convened in earnest last Wednesday. Bills introduced and advanced during these first two days give a taste of things to come. Note especially the bills affecting the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, weakening the benefits of unemployment insurance, and extending the presence of guns.
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The General Assembly leadership is committed to having this short session truly be short, and there’s talk of adjourning by early July. In fact, an adjournment resolution was introduced yesterday with a target date of June 19. This session, which starts in May of even-numbered years, is primarily to tweak the second year of the budget adopted the year before. In addition, certain bills which were introduced last year (mostly ones which passed in one house) can be considered. For a new bill to be introduced this year, it must fit into one of a few specific categories, with most new bills having to do with budgetary matters or coming from a study commission which met during the interim. Finally, pending veto overrides are also thought by the House and Senate leadership to be eligible for consideration.
Raleigh News & ObserverA gathering on a hillside outside a church in West Raleigh late Sunday marked the one-year anniversary since a shooting in Tucson, Ariz., left a federal judge and five other people dead and 13 injured, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Organizers used the occasion to highlight a shifting focus in what has been a decades-long effort to promote legislation aimed at limiting people’s access to guns.
Instead, there is a growing focus on using churches and other faith-based efforts to promote a change in how the American culture views guns, they said. It’s also an acknowledgement that work in legislatures across the country have been met with resistance to many anti-gun measures.
The General Assembly returned to Raleigh in July for what was, in reality, Round Two of its 2011 Long Session. The primary tasks were to take up overrides on bills Governor Perdue had vetoed and to adopt redistricting plans for U.S. Congressional districts and for the state House and Senate.
The 2011 session of the General Assembly adjourned around midday on Saturday, June 18. Legislative leaders and the media are trumpeting the efficiency of the session and the fact that this is the earliest adjournment since 1973. But that is misleading since they aren’t really finished with their work. The adjournment resolution calls them back into a special session on July 13. At that time, they will take up the thorny issue of redistricting as well as controversial bills from the just-ended session which remain in conference committees and any bills vetoed by the Governor.
The drumbeat of bad bills continues. Suffice it to say that it’s a tough year for those of us who have advocated for public policy decisions promoting social justice, protecting vulnerable people, and caring for God’s creation. We can’t respond to every bad idea or bad bill. On many of these issues, we feel like we are butting our heads against a wall. Our tendency may be to throw up our hands in despair.
Governor Bev Perdue on Saturday vetoed H 2, the misnamed “Protect Health Care Freedom” bill. (It should be called the “Freedom to be Uninsured and Unable to Get Health Care” bill.) The bill was an attack on federal health care reform and purported to remove North Carolinians from the mandated purchase of health insurance, which is the basis of federal reform which will move millions of uninsured Americans into the ranks of the insured.
A growing movement of immigrant and faith communities have committed to doing what Congress and the Administration refuse to do: protect and stand with immigrants facing deportation. Learn more about how you can join the NC Sanctuary Coalition: sanctuarync.org #ncpol
The Council is hiring a half-time (20 hours per week) project coordinator to work with communities of faith to seek confession, repentance, and forgiveness for our state’s role in torture. The full job description is posted at this link: ncchurches.org/2018/…
This year the Council has renewed its long-standing commitment to public education in NC. Join us for a two-hour session to learn how you might engage in both support and advocacy by joining NC Faith Leaders for Public Education. #nced #red4ed #ncpol ncchurches.org/prior… pic.twitter.com/Jygb…
We must not neglect the well-being of our immigrant neighbors during this time of crisis. Join @ncchurches for a webinar next Tuesday to learn how you can provide support: ncchurches.org/event… #faith #unidossomosmasfuertes
Triangle friends -- The Dolly Parton Imagination Library promotes early childhood literacy by providing kids with a book in the mail each month, free of charge. Sign you children up Saturday: facebook.com/events/… #health #literacy #nc
The state of public education in NC is a danger to our children's health. Check out @ncchurches new initiative to engage faith communities in advocacy efforts on behalf of public education: ncchurches.org/prior… #NCFLPE #nced
REPORT RELEASE: Renewables on the Rise: A Decade of Progress Towards a Clean Energy Future environmentnorthcaro… #RenewablesRising @EvironmentNC @EnvAm @ncchurches @CreationCareWNC @NCConservation @uscan @tricleantech @UNCCE3 @UNC_IE @NichInstitute
CALL TO ACTION! - No Pipelines Week of Action - THIS WEEK groups around the country are challenging pipelines ~*~ join them!!! #NoACP #NoMVP @AppVoices @SierraClubNC @NCConservation @ncchurches @interfaithpower #RiseTogether nobayoubridge.global…
RT @DalaiLama Inner transformation is not a matter of faith or prayer. It involves reason and the use of human intelligence. A calm and healthy mind has a very positive effect on our physical health and well-being.
RT @Michael_S_Regan Thx to the talented & diverse @NCDEQ Secretary's #Environmental #Justice & #Equity Advisory Board for a successful inaugural meeting at the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal Gov’t Complex. Our partnership will change the way #NC strategically integrates env. protection & social justice 👍🏾🌎 pic.twitter.com/4LfM…
Let's @SupportFLOC in the upcoming #BoycottVUSE against Reynolds American Inc. and defend our tobacco farmworkers so that they may have a voice to negotiate better working conditions without fear of retaliation! floc.com/wordpress/b…