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Pilgrim UCC, Chattanooga TN
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Commission on Ministry meeting
Pilgrim UCC, Chattanooga TN
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In the spirit of Ohana, a group of young people from the island of Oahu have made a down payment on a trip that will bring them to the mainland and the National Youth Event at Walt Disney World next summer.
A Boston congregation of the United Church of Christ is building the season of Advent around climate care as a reminder of the hope brought each year through the celebration of Christ’s birth on Christmas. Church of the Covenant will explore how faith empowers its members to face fear and work for peace through climate justice.
I recently had a conversation with someone lamenting the powerlessness she felt in the face of recent events.
During the season of Advent, Extravagance United Church of Christ, the non-geographic online congregation launched at General Synod 2013, is proclaiming the message of hope and joy through a series of short videos.
Two dynamic United Church of Christ pastors have been named to Ebony Magazine's Power 100 list, which has been honoring heroes of the Black community for more than 70 years.
Following Jesus Christ's example to take care of one another, Bethany Congregational Church welcomed 70 faithful into its sanctuary on a cold, drizzly Sunday to pray for a world that has been plagued by terrorism in recent weeks.
As the church of extravagant welcome, UCC congregations around the country will be hosting community meals for Thanksgiving. One, in Oakland, Calif. is providing the pies.
Clergy and conference ministers across the wider United Church of Christ are speaking out on behalf of a beleaguered people, responding to the posturing of more than 30 governors who are against resettling Syrian refugees in their states.
The National Youth Event website relaunches Nov. 20 with a new, easy-to-use format, plus agenda and pricing updates.
As United States lawmakers fuel the debate about the Syrian refugee status in this country, with the House of Representatives voting Thursday, Nov. 19, to ban Syrian and Iraqi refugees until stricter screening measures are adopted, United Church of Christ advocates underscore the importance of helping those displaced people where they are.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs publishes the Protection of Civilians report each week. The current report covers the period between 17 - 23 November 2015. To view the complete version of the report, including a series of charts with the main indicators, please click here.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I write this message from the Holy City of Jerusalem to wish you a peaceful Advent, as we journey together towards the Incarnation in a stable in Bethlehem.
Sunday, 29th of November 2015, is the first day of Advent as well as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People initiated by the United Nations. Tragically in Palestine, this time of Advent is beginning at a very dark time. In Bethlehem, clashes erupt almost daily, Israeli forces have closed down Hebron completely and Palestinian Jerusalemites are facing another round of harsh discrimination and house demolitions. In fact, instead of preparing for Christmas, Palestinians are struggling with the consequences of the past weeks.
Horrified by recent developments in Israel and Palestine, the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed again “the WCC’s rejection of violence and injustice” and has reiterated “its frequent call for respect for human rights for all people of the region, regardless of their national, ethnic or religious identity”. The action was taken at the 13-18 November meeting of the Executive Committee in Geneva, Switzerland.
“You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”-Deuteronomy 10:19, NRSV
As Scripture is clear about our responsibility to care for refugees, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA supports the extension of hospitality by the United States to those who are fleeing the turmoil and violence of recent years in Syria.
The Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and the YWCA of Palestine asks you to stand in solidarity with women and men around the world in observing the International Day of solidarity with Palestinian people on November 29th.
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.
Written by Dr. Hrayr Jebejian*
I am a Lebanese-Armenian who has lived with the dual identities and histories that have been examples of struggle and survival: the first one, Lebanese, with its local and regional conflicts, and the second one, Armenian, in its perseverance for a national identity and a solution to a just cause: the recognition of the first ethnic cleansing of the 20th century, the Armenian Genocide. The two identities have one thing in common: the struggle to build a life in the midst of uncertainties, a life that goes much further than the personal dimension and embraces different aspects of the community at large.
The Presidium of the General Convent of the Hungarian Reformed Church (HRC) held its meeting on the 10th-11th November in Balatonfüred. Bishops and Lay Presidents of the Hungarian-speaking Reformed Churches issued a statement on the European migration crisis urging global solution for the root causes and unconditional solidarity with all the people affected including persecuted Christians in the Middle East. (Read also the Reformed Church in Hungary's previous statement here.)
At a time when so many seek separation from others as a 'solution' to conflict, Christians and Muslims in the small city of Pinerolo, Italy, at the gateway to the Waldensian Valleys of Italy will meet for silent prayer, reaffirming our common humanity under a God who cares for all of us. Can we pause for a minute on Monday, November 23rd to join them in their prayer?