DURHAM, N.C. – A North Carolina group of progressive church pastors formed in the 1930s to speak out against segregation is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
The North Carolina Council of Churches celebrates Tuesday with an evening of events at the Duke University Divinity School. The council has been a voice for social justice in North Carolina since it was formed in 1935.
The council’s recent activism has been on behalf of immigrants, environmental protection, opposition to war and health care.
The group plans to celebrate its roots with remembrances by Richard Smith, son of founder Shelton Smith. That’s followed by a service of worship and music in Duke’s Goodson Chapel led by Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the United Methodist Church in Mississippi.