Please save the date for one of the following workshops this fall across North Carolina. Registration is limited to the first 50 people at each site. Workshops will run from 10 am–2 pm:
Tuesday, September 20; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 East 4th Street, Greenville
Wednesday, September 21; First Presbyterian, 305 East Main Street, Durham
Thursday, September 22; Selwyn Presbyterian, 2929 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte
Friday, September 23; First United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, Asheville
The polarization of our nation and our communities in this election year is perplexing and painful. Adding to the frustration for many of us are the troubling and sometimes bizarre ways politics and religion are entangled. The North Carolina Council of Churches believes that when churches are used for political purposes and when politics is used to advance contentious religious dogma the integrity of both is undermined. We have, therefore, partnered with Americans United for Separation of Church and State to offer faith leaders a workshop on Church and State relations. “Keeping Sacred Spaces Sacred” will engage the following issues:
What can faith communities and faith leaders legally discuss about the social/political issues of this campaign season?
What current legislation is pending in the US Congress and in the NC General Assembly that pertains to the relationship of church and state?
How can those called to be faith leaders enable their communities to see the “political” issues through the lens of faith and become advocates for the good of all, especially for “the least of these”?
Registration is $15 to cover coffee, lunch, and snacks. Please use this link, which includes payment options: http://goo.gl/forms/XHtkxlxcq6x2LA2u1.
Please join your ecumenical and interfaith colleagues for this important discussion at this critical time for our country.
Jennifer E. Copeland Bill Mefford
Executive Director Faith Outreach Specialist
North Carolina Council of Churches Americans United
for Separation of Church and State
TurnOUT! NC is a joint project of Equality NC, The Human Rights Campaign, the ACLU, Campaign for Southern Equality and a coalition of partners that have been working to defeat the discriminatory House Bill/Hate Bill 2 legislation since it was signed by Governor McCrory on March 23. TurnOUT! NC and local community leaders and partners in Raleigh are hosting this emergency town hall THIS THURSDAY as part of a series of town hall meetings across the Tar Heel State to enage and mobilize pro-equality North Carolinians against House Bill 2 (H.B. 2) in the upcoming legislative session. LGBTQ and other fair minded North Carolinians need to TurnOUT! to be heard when the legislative session returns on April 25th, and to register and vote in this election year that is now more critical than ever.
Deadline: Sunday, April 17, 2016!
The Finlator Lecture Series will be delivered by Imam Abdullah Antepli, chief representative of Muslim Affairs at Duke University. He calls himself, “A seeker, student of life and all forms of wisdom,” which has led him all over the world in faith-based humanitarian and justice work, put him at the forefront of interfaith efforts and landed him positions in many prestigious academic and religious learning environments. We will be in Finlator Hall Friday for dinner and program, 6-8:30 PM, Saturday from 9-11 AM and Sunday, he will preach at our 11 AM service.
Tickets for the Friday dinner and keynote are $30. Please call the church office at 919-828-0897 to RSVP or fill out the paypal form below. All other events are free and open to the public.
Are you ready to go “Into the Woods” for the upcoming Pullen Forest Festival (the church-wide retreat)? We are excited to have more than 70 people of all ages registered to attend.
Friday, April 15
4:00 PM – Check-in Opens
5:30 PM – Dinner
6:30 PM – Welcome & Intro
7:00 PM – Campfires
9:00 PM – “Go Now in Peace”
Saturday, April 16
7:00 AM – Optional early morning yoga or hike
8:30 AM – Breakfast
9:30 AM – Gather & Ice Breaker
10:00 AM – Intergenerational Group Fairy Tale Re-Telling
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Free Time
4:00 PM – Vespers (with a drum circle!)
5:30 PM – Dinner
Address: 1369 Tyler Dewar Ln, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
- FLASHLIGHT! (for walking to campfires on Friday night)
- good walking shoes
- musical instrument(s)
- yoga mat (optional)
- folding chairs or blanket
- snacks or special foods
The Department of Correction wants to establish the Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) in NC prisons. To accomplish this, we need to train facilitators in the community. Our first workshop in the Triangle area November 20-22. Please join us.
Creating a Culture of Peace
Basic AVP Workshop
Sponsored by the North Carolina Alternatives to Violence Project
Friday, November 20, 6:30—8:30 PM
Saturday, November 21, 9 AM—6 PM
Sunday, November 22, 1 PM—6 PM
Raleigh (Quaker) Friends Meeting House
625 Tower Street, Raleigh, NC
$25 suggested donation for the weekend includes registration, snacks, beverages and lunch on Saturday. Register by 11/20. Contact: AVPNC1@gmail.com.
Details here: AVP Community Workshop Flyer November 2015
Application form here: Application Form AVP-NC