Month: January 2017

Blessed not Blocked or Banned

Blessed not Blocked or Banned

Article by: Aleta Payne, Deputy Executive Director This Sunday’s Gospel reading was the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12. Jesus says blessed nine times, but he never says blocked or banned. When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to 

The Threat is not from Immigrants and Refugees

The Threat is not from Immigrants and Refugees

Article by: Aleta Payne, Deputy Executive Director The Council has had a busy weekend. Much of the staff was helping with the Beyond Gun Violence Conference at United Church of Chapel Hill, but we also had folks at the Duke Divinity School event on embodying sanctuary. Both had been in 

Sanctuary, Not Deportation

Sanctuary, Not Deportation

Article by: Jennie Belle, Immigration and Farmworkers Director

First in a series of three blogs. God calls people of faith to remember that they once were strangers in a strange land and they must, must welcome the stranger as an expression of covenant faithfulness. (Leviticus 19:33-34) For the past several weeks I have been working on organizing a webinar, “Loving Our Neighbors in a New Administration.” It was supposed to be focused on helping people of faith to be educated and organized about how they can help to protect immigrants, considering the extreme, potentially harmful promises that President