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Sumatanga Conference Center, Gallant AL
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Personal honor was a fundamental value in my upbringing. However, honor was not about arrogance or conceit; it was about humility, honesty, and respect for oneself and others. We were to avoid boasting, yet there was no question that we were to be proud of our family heritage and ancestry. We were taught that we are a people of distinction.
Now that a series of theatre presentations aimed at bridging the gap between the community and the police department has successfully concluded in Cleveland, the real work begins—establishing a long-term, in-depth dialogue between law enforcement personnel and the public.
The 25-year partnership and communion between the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was celebrated at the end of June during the 2015 General Synod in Cleveland and this week (July 18-22) during General Assembly in Columbus.
The United Church of Christ’s vote to divest from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is done in the spirit of, but differs from, the BDS movement. Read why the church is one of many faith communities that considered this non-violent approach to peace in the region.
United Church of Christ minister the Rev. Kim Morrow is one of 12 faith leaders being recognized by the White House for their efforts in protecting their communities and the environment from the effects of climate change.
UCC Local Church Ministries will present a webinar this fall to discuss how churches can create sacred spaces through their buildings.
For every light-bringing, truth-sharing moment that happens on the Internet, there is a counterpoint of hate, or defensiveness, or unwillingness to hear a story that doesn’t match our own needs, wants, or experience. Jessie Palatucci wrestles with this.
The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the outgoing general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, offered his reflections from 40 years of ministry during his final sermon as the leader of the denomination. The sermon, "Reflections on a Life in Ministry—So Far," was a time of storytelling and music at Amistad Chapel UCC.
Social media scholar, researcher and professor danah boyd, named by Fortune magazine in 2010 as "the reigning expert on how young people use the Internet," will deliver the 33rd annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Communication Lecture at the 2015 Parker Lecture and Breakfast in October.
The Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult Scout leaders and volunteers is about to go away, and United Church of Christ advocates say it's about time.
With bulldozers poised to carry out demolition orders (see last week’s CMEP Bulletin) on the village of Susiya, American and European diplomats visited the village last week. The European Union (EU) has been particularly concerned about Susiya. Of the 37 building scheduled for demolition 22 are EU funded. In addition EU countries have funded a clinic, solar panels, water purifying systems and the development of a Master Plan for Susiya.
A new initiative titled Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East is “promising and inspiring” in its attempt to train young Christians in ecumenical thought and history, according to Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
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.
Global Ministries celebrates the signing of the partnership agreement between the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) and Disciples4Water (a ministry of the First Christian Church (DOC), Edmond, OK), at the General Assembly. Rev. Eliki Bonanga, head of the CDCC was in attendance at the Assembly and signed this partnership on behalf of the Disciples Community in Congo.
Written by Dr. Tony Kireopoulos*
The most pressing, and debated, matter in foreign policy today is the proposed agreement between Iran and its negotiating partners regarding its nuclear program and what most understand as the future of security in the Middle East. The Obama Administration, on behalf of the United States, along with Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, has agreed to a deal with Iran that would rein in Iran’s nuclear capabilities while financially phasing that country back into the mainstream of the international community.
We have come from Jerusalem to stand in solidarity with the brother monks of this monastery after the arson and burning of this historic Church. The atrocity is not only against you and this particular church vicinity, but against every Christian and believer in the One True God, and must be denounced vehemently. This Church was built on the real story of the blessing of the loaves and fish, and despite the atrocity against it, it will survive the hatred and will remain a spiritual haven and blessing to all who enter its doors.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs issues the Protection of Civilians report on a weekly basis. To view the complete current version of the report, including a series of charts with the main indicators, please click here.
[The following action alert was issued this week by the United Church of Christ's Justice and Peace Action Network.]
After years of sabre rattling and months spent at the negotiating table, an important deal has been struck between the U.S., our allies, and Iran. This is an historic, comprehensive agreement which would verifiably cut off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon. It represents not only an important moment for U.S. foreign policy, but a victory for all those who supported a more peaceful way forward with Iran- including many like you who wrote letters or called in support of a diplomatic solution rather than war with Iran.
Bill Nottingham, president emeritus of the DOM, is co-author with Rev. Charles Harper of a new book Escape from Portugal – the Church in Action: The secret flight of 60 African students to France.It is the story of a dramatic clandestine operation sponsored by the World Council of Churches in June 1961, which is being made into a documentary this year in Portugal.
COMMUNIQUE BY FAITH COMMUNITIES ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING FOR AFRICA
We the Faith Leaders meeting here in Nairobi under the hospice of All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) after two days consultation on the menace of Human Trafficking in Africa and the world at large and having been informed by the challenges of Human Trafficking hereby resolve and pass the communiqué as follows;