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New Hampshire is in headlines this week with the upcoming presidential primary, and a United Church of Christ pastor was among the headliners who addressed state lawmakers Feb. 3 in support of a proposed bill that would ban anti-gay "conversion" therapy. The Rev. Emily Heath testified on Wednesday in favor of a New Hampshire bill that would prohibit such therapies on minors.
It's the only museum dedicated to literacy in the world, and it's 51 years old. The National Museum of the Campaign for Literacy, located on the site of a former Cuban military fortress and now one of Havana's biggest school centers, remembers a time when Fidel Castro waged war against illiteracy and won: In 1961, more than 700,000 Cubans learned to read.
And the majority of teachers were children. A little child will lead them.
I’m a Mayflower descendant.
The Rev. Patrick Rogers is overcome with energy – and a little bit of emotion — as he describes the transformation that has unfolded at the congregation he pastors, United Church of Christ in Fort Lauderdale. The Florida church has become an ecumenical center in town in the last year, offering its space to other congregations for worship and shared ministry. Rogers believes that outreach is "a vital part of UCC polity regarding mission and call."
To create space for thoughtful dialogue around a difficult issue, Local Church Ministries, as part of the UCC’s multimedia campaign tied to the denomination’s core mission, develops a discussion guide tied to the popular film ‘Spotlight,” which brings into focus the serious problem of sexual abuse of children, teens and adults by church leaders.
Death is often a grim discussion for many people. But a Massachusetts congregation wants to help people in its community have those difficult conversations so they and their loved ones have the type of end-of-life care they want and deserve.
Sparking a discussion, inspiring a dialogue, and creating awareness about racial disparities. This is the intended goal of a newly-released video, "White Privilege Glasses," from UCC-related Chicago Theological Seminary.
Two UCC pastors -- one who ministers a sister church and the other who is assuming the lead in a longtime relationship with the founding minister -- paid an emotional visit to the B.G. Lavastida Christian Center in Santiago, Cuba, on Friday, Jan. 29.
The President of the United States is turning to a United Church of Christ leader and national officer to fill a post in his administration to advise him on serving persons living on the margins of society.
Six years ago, Trinity United Church of Christ faced a challenging decision. Its music program for children was in decline, and as former music minister Dave Carnell explained, "It came to a point to either quit the program, or kick it up and offer more to children."
Written by the World Council of Churches
How do we approach a conflict that has been causing pain for decades, where hatred and terror surface far too often, and where the international community seems inept at addressing the core issues at hand? Where are the signs of hope, and how do we find ways to move forward?
The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO)* organized the 1st International Conference of Muslim Councils in the West - a major initiative for Muslims in Western nations - in Washington, D.C., February 1-3 in Arlington, Va.
This conference was the first of its kind to bring Muslim leaders around the world together to exchange experiences and to discuss common issues of concern to our communities.
Take Urgent Action to prevent the imminent demolition and forced displacement at Ein ar Rashash Bedouin community.
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel has sent this urgent action appeal and a template letter with a request for you to contact Israeli government officials calling on them to halt its plans for the demolition of Ein ar Rashash, a Bedouin village in the central West Bank. The demolitions could take place at any moment so we urge you to take action today to prevent the mass demolition of this village and the forced displacement of its 112 residents.
The Protection of Civilians report is published weekly by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories. The current report cover the period between 26 January - 2 February 2016. To view the complete version of the report, including a series of charts with the main indicators, please click here.
Inspired by an ecumenical spirit and concerned about the reality of violence in our continent, leaders from 10 countries and from different religious traditions, ethnicities and generations, met at the retreat home center at La Milagrosa, located on the outskirts of the City of Guatemala on January 21-25, 2016. The Continental Christian Network for Peace (CCNP) reflected and analyzed the different situations of violence and the task of developing a work plan to coordinate efforts and initiatives for building peace, justice and non-violence.
It has been 15 years since the start of “Plan Colombia.” This joint U.S.-Colombian military campaign was designed to end the drug trade by fighting drug cartels and eradicating coca being grown for cocaine, and to stop groups opposed to the conservative government. Many have been critical of the strategy over the years because U.S. military aid was used to arm and train Colombian security forces and right-wing militias accused of human rights abuses and violence, not just against guerrilla fighters but also leftist sympathizers and millions of farmers and civilians caught up in the 50 year old Colombian civil war-- the longest in the Western Hemisphere. After years of difficult peace negotiations, The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) rebel group and the Colombian government reached a peace agreement in September 2015 to end the decades-long conflict, with hopes to have final details worked out and the deal signed by March 2016.
Global Ministries’ Partner Churches and ecumenical organizations have been accompanying the peace process through personnel appointments, project planning and advocacy initiatives. Their objective has been the construction of an inter-church agenda to strengthen participation and advocacy around the national peace talks process, which is taking place in Havana, Cuba, and, thereby, to contribute to a peace which is the fruit of justice. They are promoting a participative methodology among congregations and communities, emphasizing a facilitated horizontal form of dialogue and enabling to lift up lessons learned through experiences with peace and reconciliation at local, national and international levels, through the free exchange of knowledge and opinions. From the reflection process, they are building an agenda to assist churches and church organizations to promote action and political and public advocacy, both in processes and initiatives within the churches and also in the national and international arenas.
In January, 2016, a nine-day medical humanitarian trip to Gaza took place with the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR), with support from Global Ministries.
Wave of Prayer: This prayer ministry enables local and international friends of Sabeel to pray over regional concerns on a weekly basis. Sent to Sabeel’s network of supporters, the prayer is used in services around the world and during Sabeel’s Thursday Communion service; as each community in its respective time zone lifts these concerns in prayer at noon every Thursday, this “wave of prayer” washes over the world.
The 2015 Olof Palme Prize was awarded to the Palestinian Pastor Dr. Mitri Raheb, and the Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, for their courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all. The following is the text of Rev. Raheb's acceptance speech, delivered at the Swedish parliament, on Jan. 29, 2016.
Before closing the year, and after successfully implemented our We Are Present pilot, the OI carried out three relief projects, assisting the urgent needs of refugee families in three different locations of Jordan.