This past week the world witnessed a heinous terrorist attack against young people attending a pop concert in Manchester, England. Along with all people of goodwill, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA condemns this horrific act of violence, and we mourn for the victims alongside their families and friends.Read more
WCC NEWS: WCC sees signing of baptism agreement between Pope Francis and Coptic Pope Tawadros II as 'sign of hope'
Pope Francis and Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt have taken a significant ecumenical step by signing a common declaration that Roman Catholics and Copts recognize each other’s baptisms. The agreement is, in the eyes of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a “sign of hope”.Read more
Church leaders, led by Pope Tawadros II and Pope Francis, were gathered to pray for the people of Egypt, for unity, for peace and justice in St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, the chapel next to Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral that was bombed in December 2016, now restored.Read more
Jim Winkler, General Secretary and President of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, spoke today at a conference organized by the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Cairo. This conference comes less than three weeks after Christian churches in Cairo were victims of extremist violence on Palm Sunday.Read more
In the interview below, Coptic Bishop Thomas explains why the concept of martyrdom has a lot of answers for the life in the 21st centuryRead more
Resurrection Joy in a Fearful World
Easter Message 2017
From Bishop Dr. Munib Younan,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
“…the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.”--Matthew 28:5-8Read more
I struggle with the “M” word. I have been uncomfortable with the words “mission” and “missionary” for quite some time now. I’m not certain whether my hesitations stem from my Catholic friends’ confusion about the concept of a “mission trip,” studying African history as a student of religion, or reading The Poisonwood Bible a few too many times. However, I’m certain that, in accepting a position with the word “mission” in the title, I have tied myself to a concept that is often associated with, and criticized for, a history of colonialism, cultural appropriation, racism, and my personal struggle with the “M” word. Of course, mission is much more complicated than that, but the term is laden.Read more
Written by Anthony Moujaes
A pair of deadly attacks in Northern Egypt, just hours apart, have shaken Egypt's Christian community as it marked the beginning of Holy Week. The United Church of Christ is strongly condemning the violent acts of terrorism on April 16. Two bombs set off in coordinated attacks on Coptic Orthodox churches and their worshippers on Palm Sunday killed at least 43 people and injured more than 100 others.
“As Jesus was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen…. As he came near and saw the city [of Jerusalem], he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!’” —Luke 19: 37 & 41-42.
In the beginning of Holy Week, marking the entry of Jesus to Jerusalem, his suffering and his death, we watch with sadness and grief the tragic violence of the past several days throughout the Middle East. Our prayers, our solidarity, and our support are with the people of the region, as it remains a place of conflict in which innocent people become victims of senseless and horrible violence, and restrictions.Read more
The World Council of Churches (WCC) condemns the vicious attacks on innocent worshippers in St George (Mar Girgis) Coptic church in Tanta and in front of St Mark´s church in Alexandria, Egypt.Read more