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A 21-person delegation made up of leaders from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is set to travel to four Middle East countries at the end of this month, part of an ongoing expression of solidarity with Middle East Christians.
Each year, as Ash Wednesday approaches, the many years I spent in close contact with Henri Nouwen exert a pull, reminding me of how attuned Henri was to the liturgical seasons.
The Rev. Anna Kreisle Humble, interim conference minister of the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ (Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi) has resigned her position, effective March 5.
A United Church of Christ minister, called to serve after the World Trade Center collapse, was in the right place at the right time when a construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan Friday morning, Feb. 5.
Justice leaders from across the United Church of Christ are speaking on behalf of the voiceless in society this week at a corporate shareholder meeting to call attention to what they see as negative working conditions that Tyson Food employees must endure almost daily.
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. 2 in support of a proposed bill that would ban anti-gay "conversion" therapy. The Rev. Emily Heath testified on Tuesday 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.
Global Ministries partner, the Church of the American Ceylon Mission (CACM) shares about their Children and Youth Empowerment project in Uda Pusselawa, Sri Lanka. They received an Otto per Mille grant for this project.
Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is coming to the end of his second, and constitutionally mandated final term. Though elections are scheduled to take place in November, Kabila has made it clear, through delays and obstructions to the electoral process, that he will ignore his constitutional obligation to step down from the presidency. Refusing to peacefully transfer power puts Congo, and Congolese citizens, at high risk of debilitating regional instability and violence.
Active international pressure to promote free and fair elections in the DRC is now vital – and US policy towards Congo is failing. Despite President Kabila’s attempt to stay in power at all costs, and continued looting and violence against the population, the U.S. has not created any consequences for the government’s repression. On February 16th, youth and democracy activists plan to peacefully demonstrate so that elections can be held on time this year. The Congolese government is gearing up to respond violently to these protests. Last year, the reaction of the Congolese government to similar protests led to at least 43 deaths.
Written by Elmarie Parker*[This article was originally published Dec. 23, 2015 in Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice.]
“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” – Matthew 13:33
“In spite of the overwhelming situation and the decline of hope, the church can’t but be a light, comforter, and a catalyst for hope to the people she reaches.”-The Rev. Salam Hanna, Director of Relief & Rehabilitation at NESSL
The annual meeting took place 3-4 February 2016, between the officials of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) and the staff of the Office for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation (IRDC) of the World Council of Churches (WCC), in Geneva, Switzerland. Appropriately this was during Interfaith Harmony Week.
Richard Lewis LammersNovember 5, 1926 – February 2, 2016
Written by Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary,National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
I was honored to attend a conference recently in Marrakech, Morocco on the rights of religious minorities in Muslim lands. My flight out of Washington was the last one to depart in the midst of a blizzard so when we took off after sitting on the tarmac for four hours, I knew God intended for me to be present!
The random violence between Palestinians and Israelis has continued at a steady level since October, with over 150 Palestinians and 25 Israelis killed over 120 days or so. Most would agree the violence is fed by Palestinian despair and lack of hope in an any process that will lead to an end of the occupation in any foreseeable future, paralleled by Israeli fear and distrust of Palestinians.
Falak al Hourani, a 7-year-old Syrian girl who has a rare form of eye cancer, her 6-year-old brother Hussein, and their parents arrived in Italy on Thursday, February 4, through the project "Humanitarian Corridors." Falak and her family come from Homs, Syria, now a pile of bombed-out ruins that was once a prosperous city of 800,000 people.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) is inviting its member churches and supporters to reflect on water during Lent. For many in the world, water is either taken for granted or in desperately short supply.
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?