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Collegium Statement of Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
Future construction of a controversial crude oil pipeline in North Dakota is being challenged in court this week by Native American nations and environmental organizations, with the public support of the national officers and conference leaders of the United Church of Christ.
With each post and tweet, Marchae Grair is spreading the word, amplifying the bold, public voice of the United Church of Christ, and her work is attracting attention. Grair, the social media manager for the UCC national office, is being recognized by an area business publication as one of the top young professionals making a mark in their fields in Northeast Ohio.
United Church of Christ general minister and president John Dorhauer issues an invitation to wider church to use the soon-to-be-released 'White Privilege: Let's Talk' curriculum to facilitate open, sacred conversations on race.
National leadership of the United Church of Christ, in response to "offensive and disturbing" laws, is defending the right of religious organizations to use economic pressure as a means for peace in Israel-Palestine.
A group of nearly two dozen Missouri religious leaders, including a trio of United Church of Christ pastors, will appeal their verdict for trespassing when they staged a public protest for the lack of health care for poor people.
To help local churches and conferences of the United Church of Christ live into the General Synod call to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, the UCC Palestine-Israel Network has introduced a new resource guide that will help UCC church leaders and ecumenical partners implement the 2015 resolution.
The turmoil of the summer of 2016 continued to march across the headlines this weekend, with news of a community in crisis following another fatal shooting of an African American man in Milwaukee.
As devastating floodwaters continue to rise in Southeastern Louisiana, and rescues continue after torrential rain, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is calling for prayer for the people affected, and monetary donations to help the survivors facing long-term recovery assistance.
The Great Summer Serve brought together 100 youth and youth leaders from the Eastern Ohio and Western Reserve Associations of the United Church of Christ at Trinity UCC in Canton, Ohio, for a day of prayer, fellowship and community service before the start of the upcoming school year.
“But now this is what the Lord says: he who created you Jacob, he who formed you Israel, do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On behalf of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) and the worldwide ecumenical family, we bring you greetings of peace and blessings.
First Christian Church, Emporia, KS
Sunday, 10 July 2016
Sermon by Dr. Paxton Jones, Regional Minister
Texts: Luke 10:25-37
The gospel reading for today is the lectionary text from Luke 10:25-37, which in the NIV reads this way:
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.
Seventeen students completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies in August at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey. The six-week course, credited by the University of Geneva, is evenly split between distance learning and a residential experience.
The U.S. Congress and 22 states across the U.S. are considering, or have passed, laws that penalize or criminalize the use of economic measures to oppose Israeli policies towards Palestinians that many find unjust and discriminatory. The targets of these proposed laws are organizations and agencies that endorse, in full or in part, the Palestinian call for the use of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). Such actions are anti-democratic, suppress legitimate criticism, and restrict our freedom to determine our own investment and selective purchasing practices. We affirm and defend the right of churches and organizations to witness using economic measures in the specific case of Israel-Palestine.
US Cautiously Watches Israeli-Palestinian Peace Initiatives [The Arab Weekly]As Obama nears the end of his presidency, he is widely assumed to be considering a last move on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which he has invested so much time with so little success. Among those options could be supporting a UN Security Council resolution on settlements, a resolution laying out Obama’s parameters for a final agreement or perhaps even US recognition of the state of Palestine.
Interviews with Dr. Rev. Andrea Zaki
In a full-page interview of “Al Masry Al Youm” newspaper, and an interview on CBC Channel, Dr. Rev. Andrea Zaki, President of the protestant Churches of Egypt and CEOSS General Director, opened up and addressed many topics that are close and sensitive to all Christians in Egypt. The interview covered topics of Christian worship houses, sectarian violence, personal status, economic crisis, government and Parliament performance, religious discourse, and civil society. Al Masry Al Youm is a renowned newspaper in Egypt and one of the top selling papers especially after Jan 25 revolution. Dr. Zaki was the main feature of the 14 August issue. CBC Channel is also one of the largest and most important satellite TV networks in Egypt and the Arab world. Dr. Andrea was interviewed on August 17th.
Forty young people from 14 countries will meet this week in Cairo for a seminar entitled “Youth Engagement, Religion and Violence.”
By Marianne Ejdersten*
Manuel Quintero is retiring after eight years of service as the international programme coordinator for the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).
He took time to reflect on the mission of EAPPI, particularly within its current context, as well as aspects of the programme that have been dear to his heart.
Each week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs publishes the Protection of Civilians report. The current report covers the period between 9 - 15 August 2016. To view the complete version of the report, including a series of charts with the main indicators, please click here.