We are partners in Christ's ministry of reconciliation.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. - 1 Corinthians 5:16-18
"Faith is taking the next step, even when you can't see the whole staircase." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
But what is the next step?
How do we advocate - like the Good Samaritan - for our neighbor(s) in need? How do we minister effectively and faithfully to 'the least of these'? How do we seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and respecting the dignity of every human being?
Below are some resources to help you engage with current issues and to equip you for advocacy from a faith perspective.
Episcopal Relief & Development Tornado Disaster Relief
A line of severe weather spread across the central US. Please pray for the people impacted by the deadly tornadoes. Donations to the US Disaster Fund will support Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners as they respond.
Mecklenburg County’s FY2023 Resident Budget Priority Survey Now Available
The Resident Budget Priority Survey for Fiscal Year 2023 is now available! The survey, now in its fourth year, is one of several ways for Mecklenburg County residents to get involved in the budget process before the budget is adopted in June. The survey, which is available until Dec. 20, allows residents to rank eight categories funded by the County in the order they feel is most important. Residents can also provide feedback on categories they feel are overfunded or underfunded. The survey results will be shared with the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners during their annual retreat in January. County Manager Dena R. Diorio will use the results to assist with funding decisions for services such as Affordable Housing and Homeless Services, Public Health, Park and Recreation, MECK Pre-K, Workforce Development, Court Buildings and jails, environmental services and more.
Last year, 4,303 surveys were completed for fiscal year 2022. The $2 billion adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2022 invested more than $51.4 million in new funding for the Board’s priorities and $668.9 million total in County services. The Resident Budget Priority Survey may be found on MeckNC.gov. Paper copies are also available in English and Spanish at libraries across Mecklenburg County, the Community Resource Center located at 3205 Freedom Dr. Suite 1000, and recreation centers across the County.
For more information on the FY2023 Resident Budget Priority Survey or other Budget Public Engagement tools or activities, contact Office of Management and Budget Director Adrian Cox or visit MeckNC.gov.
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Episcopal Migration Ministries (subscribe to newsletter)
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Pentecost 2020 Sermon at Washington National Cathedral