Council Calls for More Support for Public Education
The North Carolina Council of Churches has unveiled our latest billboard. This time we set our… Continue Reading
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.
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 General Assembly has adjourned its 2013 session after a final cascade of disappointing and disturbing bills that now await review by Gov. Pat McCrory. Among the bills approved are ones that will make it less convenient for many citizens to vote and that weaken regulatory oversight of the environment.
There was at least one bright spot, as the House rejected a last-minute push by the Senate to speed up the environmentally risky natural gas extraction process known as fracking. But on the whole, legislators succeeded in putting the crowning touches on a session devoted to a conservative agenda the likes of which modern North Carolina has never before seen.
It could be said that the elephant – symbol of the Republicans who control North Carolina’s General Assembly and governor’s office — has labored and brought forth a mouse. But this is a mouse with sharp teeth.
After weeks of effort, the legislature’s Republican majorities and Gov. Pat McCrory have agreed on a spate of changes to the state’s tax laws centered on cuts in personal and corporate income taxes. The cuts aren’t as deep as some conservatives wanted. Still, they will sap revenues that finance the entire portfolio of state programs and services.
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.
As rabbis at this week’s event told reporters, the civil disobedience was not an option of first resort – Republican legislators repeatedly blew off meeting requests from clergy who are eager to discuss the impact the North Carolina GOP’s policies have on the common good. As the movement has gained steam, some politicians have resorted to insulting Moral Mondays participants. The governor dismissed it all as an effort led by “outsiders,” and one state legislator dubbed it “Moron Mondays.” It brings to mind Gandhi’s saying, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
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…
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…