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April 28th Leaders Gathering Follow-up

PNCC hosted our Monthly Leaders Gathering

This past Wednesday, April 28th from 9-10am Pastors for NC Children hosted our monthly Ministry Leaders and Advocates Gathering online. We are so grateful for everyone who joined us in this initiative.

As you will hear us often say, we cannot talk about education and not talk about race. The history of education and systemic lack of equity problems in education in the US are so intertwined with race that they cannot be separated. We must address both racism and educational equity in order to ensure NC's most vulnerable children receive the education they are guaranteed by the NC Constitution. 

We opened with this video as our prayer and a challenge to our work for racial and educational equity for all students, especially NC's Black, Brown, and Indigenous students.  
“A Prayer’s Chance of a Change” by Spoken Word artist Chris Webb https://www.wkyc.com/video/features/a-prayers-chance-of-a-change-a-poetic-reaction-to-the-death-of-george-floyd-and-the-trial-of-derek-chauvin/95-9f995472-3ff3-4905-895b-4b9e3537dd24
 

NEXT MEETING--SAVE THE DATE

We are meeting the 4th Wednesday of the month at 9am to connect clergy, faith leaders, advocates, and public education supporters across NC to build a network fo statewide leaders supporting Public Schools and NC's children. These are open meetings, so please feel free to invite friends and colleagues to join us as well! Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 26th at 9am. Register for the meeting and the agenda will be sent the week before. Be sure to subscribe to our Ministry Leaders Email List. Share our event on social media: https://fb.me/e/1bux87U46 
 

WHY OUR EFFORTS ARE NEEDED

Take 2 minutes to watch this video from our Every Child NC Partners about the needs of students in NC and share it with your networks. This is one of 8 new videos that were just released. Yacob's story is echoed across our state as schools lack the mental health supports in the form of adequate numbers of counselors, social workers, psychologists, and nurses, to ensure schools are a safe and healthy place for all children. Dismantling the school to prison pipeline is necessary to make schools safe places to learn and grow. Our neighbors need NC to invest in all our children's future, and we are here to help connect the faith community to the systemic changes needed. PNCC is a founding partner in the the #LeadWithLeandro work that Every Child NC is working on. This Coalition is encouraging NC to enact the Leandro v. NC Court Case's West Ed Report recommendations. Not familiar with "Leandro"? Learn more here: EveryChildNC.org.
 

 

TAKE ACTION

Connect Us With Your Network

Help us meet your colleagues and neighbors. Here's a possible script for you to use:
"Dear ___,
I want to introduce you to Pastors for NC Children. PNCC is a new ministry working to support public education in NC from a faith perspective. PNCC is mobilizing faith leaders and congregations to advocate for justice in our public schools. Director Rev. Suzanne Miller would like to set up a call with you to tell you more about our work.  She would like to share about opportunities to connect with their work and invite more faith leaders into it. Learn more at PastorsForNCchildren.org or @pastors4nckids on social media. Please contact Director Rev. Suzanne Parker Miller at PastorsForNCchildren@gmail.com with connections or opportunities. Thank you!"

We Oppose House Bill 32 / Senate Bill 671!

We continue to strongly opposed to HB32 and it's companion Senate Bill 671 that would give MORE public tax dollars for private and religious schools that are not publicly accountable for the education they provide. North Carolina cannot afford the expansion of the Opportunity Scholarship Program and ESA accounts. We support public schools, not privatized alternatives.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 

People Power and Policy: Racial Equity and the Future of NC Schools

Our friends from Every Child NC, CREED NC, ISLA, Education Justice Alliance, and Village of Wisdom sponsored this event on Wednesday, April 28th at 6pm. Watch the replay on Facebook

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, May 4th, 3-5pm:   This is the third installment of the Dudley Flood Center Student Voices Series, Ensuring Access to Rigorous Coursework for All Students! Register here and join in on May 4th from 3:00- 5:00pm est, where we will gain an understanding of the challenges and barriers students still face in gaining access to rigorous coursework from the student perspective, as well as promising practices and programs from across the state. You will hear directly from students about the challenges and barriers to accessing rigorous coursework. You'll also learn from practitioners about promising policies and practices that are being implemented to address this problem across the state. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ac6KHP8fRXateJFjhc8eBA 

Tuesday, May 4th  12-1pm Faith in the City, Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem hosts a Monthly Lunch Discussion. This is the final session for this school year, and we are excited to have as our speaker, Tricia McManus, superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Ms. McManus will speak on "Equity in Action - Moving from Theory to Practice," highlighting the school system's plans to address many of the topics that have shaped our discussions this year. To get on their email list for the monthly invites and topic info: email coordinator Sylvia Oberle at <faithinthecitykbc at gmail.com>.
 

Christian Advocacy As Mission: Upcoming Webinar Series from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC 


The biblical call to care for the poor and the marginalized is indisputable. We see this lived out in the commitment our congregations have made to our mission work. We feed the hungry, we shelter and clothe the stranger, we act as the hands and feet of Christ in our communities. Is there more we could be doing? Join us for this third of a three-week series as we explore the idea of advocacy as a natural extension of your church’s mission work and hear stories from CBFNC partner congregations doing this work.
Thursday, May 6  |  2:00 p.m. (Eastern) Christian Advocacy Stories: Racial Equity Advocacy
Led by Scott Hovey, St. John’s Baptist, Raleigh and Mark Reece, First Baptist, Elkin

 

Race, Religion, and the Church's Reckoning: A Two-Part Online Workshop with Jemar Tisby 

Offered by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC

Jemar Tisby has become a leading voice at the intersection of race, history and religion in American life. As he says,"The church needs a carpenter from Nazareth to deconstruct the house that racism built and remake it into a house for all nations.” 

Join us for this special opportunity to participate in a two-part, online workshop with Tisby that will explore the role of white Christianity in North America in the perpetuation of racism and racial injustice. The goal of the workshop is to bring new awareness to our history in an effort to engage as individuals and congregations in a more equitable and just future. While leading the workshop, Jemar will draw on his work in The Color of Compromise and his newest book, How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Justice.

Registration fee $10 and those who register before May 14 will receive a copy of his book, The Color of Compromise. Registration ends May 14.


SAVE THE DATE! 

October 9 Public Schools First NC Conference: Impact of Privatizing Public Schools 2021 Details: https://www.publicschoolsfirstnc.org/event/save-the-date-impact-of-privatizing-public-schools-2021-conference/

 

Know of an event we are missing from our list? Send them to us at PastorsForNCchildren@gmail.com!

Resource Alert

Diane Ravitch is a professor of the history of education and research professor at New York University and worked in the US Department of Education in the 1990s. Her most recent book, Slaying Goliath, has recently come out in paperback. Our partners, Pastors for Texas Children, are among the many groups Ravitch mentions doing the work of resistance to privatization. 

For a chance to hear from Ravitch directly, she was interviewed on this podcast. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/slaying-goliath-diane-ravitchs-fight-to-save-our-public/id1433854266?i=1000464236153

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PNCC is a grateful recipient of a Z. Smith Reynold Foundation's Systemic Change Grant to support Public Education. 

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