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The General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. John C. Dorhauer, is issuing a call to the denomination's local congregations to stand with Muslim people in response to planned anti-Muslim rallies across the country this weekend.
During his recent visit to the United States, Pope Francis pronounced the 18th century Spanish friar, Junípero Serra a “saint.” Serra built the first nine of a twenty-one missions system across California that served as religious and military outpost for assimilating Indigenous populations to European culture and Christianity.
“What would we do if we were brave and faithful?” In Southern New England, three United Church of Christ Conferences are answering that question by joining together to examine a future of shared ministry.
Why is the Black population in Oregon so small? That's a question that an Oregon congregation of the United Church of Christ will attempt to explore this weekend, when it hosts a community-wide discussion on the history of African Americans in Oregon.
The United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have shared full communion since 1989. Soon the two denominations will continue their partnership in a brand new way: philanthropy and stewardship.
An Irish-born member of a United Church of Christ congregation in New Jersey was awarded the Nobel Prize of Medicine.
The United Church of Christ and the Boy Scouts of America re-established a formal relationship today (Oct. 5) with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding regarding local UCC congregations chartering Scout troops.
The United Church of Christ and the United Church of Canada will live into that commandment, when the two denominations gather together in Niagara Falls on Oct. 17 to celebrate a Full Communion Agreement.
As the political campaign season ramps up, United Church of Christ national leaders want to hear more inspiring ideas that address the country’s issues, and less of the divisive language that negatively typecasts Muslims. The UCC, along with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and almost 50 interfaith, civil rights, community and advocacy groups are expressing concern to the chairpersons of both the Republic and Democratic parties regarding recent campaign rhetoric stereotyping Muslims.
A United Church of Christ minister and chaplain at Pacific University held a prayer vigil on the Oregon campus Thursday night to remember the nine people murdered on the campus of Umpqua Community College, just 182 miles away.
Each week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories publishes he Protection of Civilians report. The current report covers the period between 29 September - 5 October 2015. To view the complete version of the report, including a series of charts with the main indicators, please click here.
Four Palestinians, ages 13-19, have been executed in less than 32 hours. Over 500 have been injured just since Saturday, October 3rd. More than 40 have been shot with live ammunition while another 150 or more shot with rubber bullets. Fourteen ambulances have been attacked. It is for all these reasons that the Red Crescent has declared a “state of emergency.” We call it the Endless State of Emergency.
Each month, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs publishes a humanitarian reports on conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories. Click here for the September 2015 report.
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 action alert was issued on Oct. 5 by the UCC's Justice and Peace Action Network (JPANet)]
Over the past four years, the brutal civil war in Syria has resulted in over 4 million refugees and one of the worst humanitarian crises in history. Earlier this month, the photograph of a drowned 3-year-old asylum seeking boy pricked the consciousness of the world, highlighting the collective failure of the global community in addressing the crisis.
Walls, Borders and Repatriations
By Marta Bernardini and Francesco Piobbichi. Lampedusa, Agrigento (NEV), 16 September 2015 – The situation in Lampedusa seems calm now. There have been no arrivals for more than a week and this morning the reception centre was empty. On Monday, people have been rescued in the Strait of Sicily, but their numbers are small compared to the recent past. This apparent calm, perhaps due to sea condition, could stop overnight with a sudden boost of arrivals, as it happened in the past. Read more
The YMCA-YWCA Joint Advocacy Initiative issues this bi-weekly newsletter to keep you updated on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories related to the Israeli occupation.
The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo campus is a lively hub of activity. Our M.Div, M.A.T., Th.M and CREW students returned for their classes this week in Cairo and our two extensions will be buzzing on Friday. Two members of a team from the European Evangelical Accrediting Association have been with us for two days for our orientation to their upcoming review process. The children of our faculty members began their school year and come and go in their bright uniform shirts and heavy backpacks. Our Guest House is ready to host more visitors in newly upgraded air conditioned rooms.
During his speech to the United Nations General Assembly Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared to the international community “that as long as Israel refuses to commit to the agreements signed with us, which render us an authority without real powers, and as long as Israel refuses to cease settlement activities and to release of the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners in accordance with our agreements, they leave us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to the implementation of these agreements, while Israel continuously violates them.
Global Ministries is among 12 churches and Christian organizations which sent a letter to President Obama in which several aspects of the Syria crisis are addressed. Reminding the US Administration that the root of the refugee crisis in Europe is the war in Syria, the letter reaffirms a negotiated solution to the Syrian tragedy, the importance of humanitarian assistance, and the need for the US to receive many more refugees than it does currently.