Just this week, the president signed an executive order ending the separation of families, but this order does not change the fact that thousands of children were stripped away from their parents and placed in detention centers without knowing what was happening to them. Children so young they cannot yet speak, and so cannot tell […]
The North Carolina Council of Churches and its allies across North Carolina invite others to join the NC Sanctuary Coalition. We first announced plans for the coalition at a press conference in March 2018. That day Rosa Ortez Cruz entered into sanctuary with the support of Presbyterian Church of Reconciliation and Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship. […]
Sermon delivered by Council Governing Board member Isaac S. Villegas on May 28, 2018. Coming and going, leaving and arriving, exit and entrance. That’s the theme permeating these verse from Exodus 19. Departures and arrivals, the movement of people as they leave one land for another—wandering and camping their way to new life. On the […]
Earlier this week, Mijente, a new political home for Latinx and Chicanx organizing, launched their “Abolish I.C.E.” tour in Seattle, Washington. The purpose of the tour is to rally support across the nation to defend against unjust deportations, support immigrant communities who have been directly affected by I.C.E., and share ways to oppose anti-immigrant policies. […]
The draft of a new rule from the Department of Homeland Security was recently leaked to the press. On top of all the new restrictions and regulations related to immigration over the past sixteen months, this rule will examine the “public charge” potential of would be permanent residents. In other words, will this person now […]
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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2). As people of faith, we are called to change the way our minds work. Renewing ourselves to the […]
Remarks delivered by Executive Director Jennifer Copeland at a March 17 press conference in Chapel Hill on the Sanctuary Movement. At the North Carolina Council of Churches, we don’t pretend to be objective; we don’t pretend to represent a variety of opinions. We refract the issues of the day through the lens of faith, the faith as heard through the prophetic voice of the Old Testament and the gospel proclamation of the New Testament. As one baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith, my allegiance is first and foremost to…
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The North Carolina Council of Churches must replace our veteran Immigration Program Director, Jennie Belle, who will become the Faith Community Organizer for the national organization, Church World Service. Over the past year and a half, Belle has become a leading voice for the burgeoning Sanctuary Movement, offering webinars, workshops, and guidance to local congregations… [Continue Reading]
Statement Affirming the Ministry of Sanctuary by Congregations Approved March 6, 2018 by the Governing Board of the North Carolina Council of Churches The North Carolina Council of Churches: Reaffirms the NC Council of Churches Statement on Immigration, “Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform” (Dec 5, 2006), a portion of which states: As people of faith and conscience, we recognize that while the issue of immigration is complex, our calling is to welcome the stranger and offer hospitality and justice to the migrant and refugee, regardless of legal status. We remember…
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A reflection on Jesus of Nazareth (out of which nothing good comes)¹, the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr., and the detention of Gilles Bikindou. Jesus. Martin. Gilles. These men have been with me in recent days – days in which immigration reform has been at the forefront of our national conversation; days in which folks spew all sorts of misunderstandings about refugees, immigrants, detention, and who has the right to be and thrive in this country; days in which our nation (ostensibly) turned our attention to honoring…