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Two families are mourning the loss of black men at the hands of police after a pair of deadly shootings within the last week in North Carolina and Oklahoma. United Church of Christ leaders in those states say the church and the nation must refuse to continue living in a climate where injustice is the norm.
I believe it is important to realize that we are all bystanders in this moment in history regarding sexuality issues in our society and our world.
Ahead of General Synod 2017 in Baltimore — and in preparation for the next groundbreaking resolution from the church — the General Synod administration team has put together a brief, explanatory video guide that outlines how to submit a resolution for consideration by Synod delegates.
Any opportunity to bring people of all ages together is an opportunity to enrich the life of a church. That strong belief by United Church of Christ minister the Rev. Julie Yarborough is part of what fuels the intergenerational relationships that are formed at Christ Church's annual retreat. This month, the UCC Faith Formation Ministry team is looking to the New Jersey congregation’s annual All Church gathering as a model for other congregations seeking to forge important faith-forming, cross-generational relationships.
At a National and World Council of Churches consultation, participants assessed the role that churches have played in the struggle for peace the Middle East, and repeated their call to the Israeli government to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories, calling for the United States to adopt a neutral position in hopes that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace as equals.
Sick and tired of the mudslinging ads in this election, and the hate speech that has taken over the 2016 political campaigns? Join the 'We Stand With Love' messaging movement.
In the gospel of Mark, we read the story of Jesus' encounter with a man who had lost his ability to see.
"Our water protectors are not leaving this land until they know that black snake is dead."
The Native people of more than 100 sovereign nations, and their spiritual and environmental allies, are standing firm in their resolve to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
An interfaith service day in Northeast Ohio reaches out to first responders to honor the memory of the Americans lost on 9/11.
On the 15th anniversary of the worst terror attack on American soil, Jews, Muslims and Christians from the United Church of Christ assembled in Nebraska to commemorate the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001 and to build bridges of hope for the world through a "Circle of Peace."
Written by Jim Winkler,President and General SecretaryNational Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
On September 21, I traveled to New York City to participate in a global day of prayer and action for Syria on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. Part of me, I confess, selfishly wonders whether an event like this accomplishes anything and whether I was wise to use my time to be in attendance.
(Washington, D.C., 9/19/2016)- The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the largest coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, applauds law enforcement for their quick apprehension of the perpetrator responsible for terror attacks in New York and New Jersey over the weekend. USCMO condemns all such acts of violence in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota as intolerable and anti-Islamic.
Recipe sent by Linda James, Long-term Volunteer with the Protestant University in Congo
Chicken in a peanut/tomato sauce. Generally served with rice.
US Aid to Senators Want to Change Massive New Israel Aid Package [Reuters]Republican U.S. lawmakers launched an effort on Tuesday to modify a $38 billion military aid agreement with Israel by providing more money and easing controls on how it is spent, setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama over the package days after it was signed.
Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Christian and Buddhist religious leaders met this week in Assisi to discuss peace, while across the ocean in New York City global political leaders assembled at the United Nations also focussed on a troubled world.
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations around the world to join together in 2016 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel.
This briefing, “Lost in World Events: The Situation of Palestinian Christians in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring and Upcoming U.S. Presidential Elections,” will feature a panel of four international peace makers, including Palestinian Christian Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb.
Written by Anthony Moujaes, UC News
In anticipation of the 50th year of the state of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, more than 60 representatives of a dozen churches and human rights organizations from around the world — including the United Church of Christ — gathered in Washington, D.C., this week. At a National and World Council of Churches consultation, participants assessed the role that churches have played in the struggle for peace the Middle East, and repeated their call to the Israeli government to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories, calling for the United States to adopt a neutral position in hopes that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace as equals.
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 following is a joint press release from the Conference of European Churches and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe.
Churches stand with refugees as world leaders meet at UN summit
Today, 19 September, the UN General Assembly is hosting a historic high-level summit addressing the large movement of refugees and migrants at its headquarters in New York (USA). Here heads of states and governments from all regions of the world, as well as international observers, will work toward a more coordinated approach to growing worldwide refugee crises.
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