Workshops scheduled September 20-23, 2016
The North Carolina Council of Churches (NCCC) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) are jointly sponsoring a series of workshops for clergy and lay people focused on “Keeping Sacred Spaces Sacred.” The workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:
- Tuesday, September 20; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 East 4th Street, Greenville
- Wednesday, September 21; First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main Street, Durham
- Thursday, September 22; Selwyn Presbyterian Church, 2929 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte
- Friday, September 23; First United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, Asheville
While political polarization has grown consistently for many years, the NCCC has found “troubling” the “sometimes bizarre ways politics and religion are entangled.” The organization writes that “when churches are used for political purposes and when politics is used to advance contentious religious dogma the integrity of both is undermined.”
The workshop series 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 U.S. 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, which is limited to the first 50 people at each site, is $15 including coffee, lunch, and snacks. To register, visit http://goo.gl/forms/XHtkxlxcq6x2LA2u1, which includes payment options.