Faith in Democracy

Does it seem impossible to know what to do in the current political landscape? Has the angst reached a recent boiling point that moves you to action? Faith communities have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in restoring and protecting our democracy in lasting ways. How faith communities partner with non-profits and engage with non-faith activists holds a key to transforming our communities and building lasting change.

Please join us in rebuilding and defending “Faith in Democracy.” Session will include:

  1. Legally what can faith communities and faith leaders discuss about the social/political issues? Morally, what are leaders compelled to do? What are the real risks, especially to minority faith and non-faith groups? How is this work rooted in standing up for racial justice?
  2. Why is almost all current state and federal legislation so extreme? How does it threaten our own religious freedom?
  3. How can leaders enable their communities, both inside and outside of the church, to see “political” issues through the lens of faith and become advocates for the good of all, especially for “the least of these”? What does meaningful, ecumenical coalition look like?

Please save the date for one of the following workshops this fall across North Carolina. Official registration is now open. Space is expected to fill quickly so please register here, mark your calendar now, and watch for more information. Workshops will run from 10 am–2 pm:

Monday, September 18- UU Congregation of Wilmington (4314 Lake Avenue, Wilmington 28403)

Tuesday, September 19- Hood Memorial AME (2801 Rose Hill Road, Fayetteville 28302)

Wednesday, September 20- NAACP Office (4130 Oak Ridge Drive, Winston-Salem 27105)

Thursday, September 21- Union Presbyterian Seminary (5141 Sharon Road, Charlotte 28210)

Friday, September 22- Church of the Master UCC (2230 29th Avenue NE, Hickory 28601)

 

Please join your ecumenical and interfaith colleagues for this important event that will build local coalitions at this critical time for our state and our country. Registration: http://bit.ly/2pPotht

 

Sincerely,

 

Jennifer Copeland,

Executive Director

NC Council of Churches

Marcus Bass,

Faith Coordinator

Democracy North Carolina

Bill Mefford

Faith Outreach Director

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

 

 

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