Reaffirmation of Support for the LGBTQ+ Community
Approved unanimously on June 4, 2019 by the Governing Board of the North Carolina Council of Churches. In response to… Continue Reading
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.
The General Assembly met for three days last week in its second mini-session following adjournment of the regular long session. This session was supposed to be the “Constitutional Amendments Session,” but when the dust cleared, only one constitutional amendment had been approved – the one which defines marriage so as to exclude people who are gay or lesbian not only from marriage but also from civil unions or other similar committed relationships and which could also prevent local governments and even private companies from granting partner benefits to anyone not in a two-gender marriage
The North Carolina General Assembly has met for its third time this year. This was to be the “Constitutional Amendments Session,” but when adjournment was reached yesterday, the only constitutional amendment which had been passed was the one excluding people who are gay or lesbian from marriage, something that is already statutory law in our state.
Jimmy Creech spent his career as an ordained United Methodist pastor until the church took his credentials away as punishment for conducting same sex commitment ceremonies in Omaha and Chapel Hill.
He was not convicted at a trial in Nebraska in 1998, but he lost his church assignment and the stage was set for a second trial in 1999 after he officiated a ceremony at United Church of Chapel Hill. Since then he has been a leader of LGBT justice issues, retired to Raleigh and travels the country speaking. He also has written an account of the upheaval, “Adam’s Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s Calling to Defy the Church’s Persecution of Lesbians and Gays.” He’ll speak about it Saturday at the Durham County Library Main Branch downtown.
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.
I was struck, as I listened to remembrances from the past, that we really are seeing progress on issues of social justice. But it happens over a period of years or even decades. The issues we heard about at the Anniversary are difficult ones. They have produced years of frustration and sometimes what looked like complete failure. And yet . . .
The North Carolina Council of Churches opposes a Marriage Amendment to the federal or state constitution because it would enshrine at the constitutional level discrimination based on sexual orientation. In addition, we find it to be a highly charged, politically motivated, divisive measure.
Violence cannot be ignored by those who stand in the prophetic tradition of justice and peace and in the gospel tradition of Jesus Christ, who came “to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Violence is evil. Intolerance cannot be tolerated. Silence and passivity by the churches allow hostility, and are unfaithful responses to the Christian gospel. Justice, respect, and freedom must be claimed and pursued for all persons in the service of the justice and peace of God’s sovereignty in history.
The immigrant community is being targeted in many ways from #ICEraids to unreasonable fines. Read more below to learn what's happening and why we must recognize together that #ImmigrantsAreWelcomeHere. twitter.com/ncchurch…
"ICE will seemingly stop at nothing to terrorize the immigrant community, even singling out the Sanctuary Movement." Read more about the fines ICE is imposing on the immigrant community & maybe even sanctuary churches. bit.ly/2XIbkHV pic.twitter.com/8TJh…
RT @nchealthaccess What do North Carolina's rural communities have to gain when we #CloseTheGapNC? #NCGA #NCpol #HealthCareCantWait Find a detailed report of your county: NCMedicaidExpansion.… pic.twitter.com/kcUT…
Our awesome regional coordinator Jessica Stokes is at @WildGooseFest! She's leading a great workshop on the faith community's role in mental health work. Check out her workshop or just find her at the @ncchurches campsite with the rest of our folks and say hello! twitter.com/WakeDiv/…
Working Landscapes in Warren County works to build #sustainable agricultural systems that help rural economies & communities thrive. Check out their awesome work and how to get involved on our resource page! #health #NC #nchealth #agriculture #ruralhealth bit.ly/2XpripZ pic.twitter.com/7Ulm…
Natural disasters are both physically & mentally taxing. Our piece about disaster preparedness prior to Hurricane Irma's impacts several years ago contains a guideline with action items that are still useful today & will help you feel less overwhelmed. bit.ly/2XMRASs pic.twitter.com/DlJf…
RT @NCAGO Do you know someone who is in treatment for or recovery from substance use disorder? Learn how you can support them on their path to recovery: morepowerfulnc.org/g… #MorePowerfulNC pic.twitter.com/UGMf…
RT @dianabutlerbass Home from @WildGooseFest and feeling grateful that there is a place down by the river where people gather and know that God loves them completely, and God calls us all to co-create world of justice and beauty. Thanks for the joy of 2019. #wildgoose19 #WildGooseFestival
RT @RevJacquiLewis This energy can & WILL change the world. So much love for @RevDrBarber and I CO-SIGN hard on all the things he said today at @WildGooseFest. We have work to do. And we KNOW how to do it. ❤️✊🏾@UniteThePoor @middlechurch #LovePeriod #WildGoose19 Stay tuned for more. pic.twitter.com/WwLe…