The Zulu ethic Ubuntu says "I can not be fully me unless you are fully you." Sharing in community with others around the world means Global Ministries speaks out on issues of peace and justice, poverty and human rights. Global Advocacy and Education raises awareness, encourages action in local congregations, and works ecumenically in Washington, DC and at the United Nations to bring faithful public witness to critical policy questions. Advocacy priorities are shaped by the positions of the Common Global Ministries Board and by United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) resolutions, and are informed by the first-hand experience of our Global partners and their communities around the world.
The Global Ministries Middle East Initiative invites the whole church to focus on the region of the Middle East for an extended period of time. Through highlighting aspects of mission and partnership, the Initiative offers an opportunity for the church to become familiar with the range of denominational partners in the region and the issues they face and the context in which they face them
"If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it." I Corinthian 12:26
Breaking the Silence: Congo Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about the devastating legacy of conflict in the Congo and mobilize support on behalf of the people of the Congo.
"The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it." Psalm 24:1
Around the world people face increasing food shortages, natural disasters and rising sea waters due to climate change. Climate change has created conflict over scarce land and resources, and contributed to the problem of climate migration. As communities of faith we can take steps to be good stewards of the earth, but significant industry and international efforts are also needed to curb carbon pollution and reduce the impact on the environment and vulnerable communities. Addressing climate concerns with our partners is a priority of Global Ministries.
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me...to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Luke 4:18-19
Global Ministries is committed to restoring the environment and economics to the service of God. Communities of faith are called to consider what the church can do to ensure that international trade policies better serve the interests of human rights and security, justice and peace, and the dignity and integrity of creation.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9
"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." Matthew 25:40
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