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Rural Faith Program Fall Engagement Recap

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The Faith and Community Program, which leads the RFCAI initiative, encourages and facilitates civic engagement and collaboration among faith communities across North Carolina.

This fall, the RFCAI team co-led and participated in network and regional engagements around resilient leadership; community assessments; support for educational attainment; loneliness and anxiety in ministry; digital literacy, equity and inclusion; and coalition building for community support, cultural healing and reconciliation. During these meetings, participants discussed working across social divides to encourage diverse partnerships, community leadership development, sustainable approaches to community initiatives, and much more.

In-person community and partnership engagements occurred in Asheville, Bladen County, Carteret County, Chatham County, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Hatteras Island, Morehead City, Morganton, Raleigh, Robeson County, Salisbury, Sylva, Tarboro, Warrenton, Waynesville and Wilmington.

If you are interested in having the RFCAI team attend or facilitate a gathering or issue engagement in your area, please contact John Parker.

Rural Faith and IEI

As part of the Institute for Emerging Issues, the RFCAI team has contributed to other IEI programs, including BAND-NC, Project Resilience, Advancing Together (educational attainment) and Talent First Economics. Additionally, the team is looking at the emerging focus area around strengthening North Carolina’s food economy.

For further engagement around: 

  • digital inclusion, contact Kylie Foley.
  • educational attainment, intergenerational collaboration, youth development, and health-related ministries, contact Ellen Beasley.
  • economic and ecological resilience, cross-cultural and multi-faith partnerships, workforce and economic development, ministries related to healthy and conscious aging or eldering, and community food systems, contact John Parker.

Meet-ups: Peer networks and interest groups

North Carolina communities are not all the same, yet many faith and community leaders have similar questions about opportunities and challenges. RFCAI’s peer network meet-ups are issue-based informal resource groups centered around topics faith leaders care about.

Join us on our upcoming network meetings on the following topics: 

Regional Resilience: RISE!

RFCAI staff is participating in the Regions Innovating for Strong Economies and Environment (RISE) program with NCORR and the NC Rural Center. Through their Regional Resilience Portfolio Program, RISE is identifying multiple resilience projects that reduce risk and increase resilience for nine regions in the state. RISE is seeking feedback on the projects and input on potential partners to help drive project implementation. Select your region to see more details and submit feedback by December 5.

Save the Date!

Save the date for our next statewide Faith and Community RFCAI conference in Greensboro on Tuesday, February 28. More details will be available soon.