October 18-24, 2020
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.
Paul wrote in I Corinthians 12:26, "If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it." Global Ministries, as a member of the Body of Christ, suffers today because of injustice and exploitation of our sisters and brothers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We are committed as members of the Body of Christ to break the silence, stop the pillaging, promote justice, defend women and children, protect the environment and support Congo.
What Can I Do?
Check out our 2020 resources for daily opportunities to worship, learn, watch video updates from partners, and take action to make a real difference in the Congo.
- Join our webinar on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1pm Eastern and learn from experts about the current situation in Congo
- Read Advocacy Contexto: The Mapping Project and the Nobel Laureate
- Read the 2011 UCC Resolution and Disciples Resolution calling for "Reflection and Advocacy on Behalf of the Congo"
- Congo Fact Sheet
- Congo Reading List
- Kids to Kids “Journey to Congo” Curriculum
- Dig deeper with the Congo Week Resource Guide
- Worship materials for Congo Week 2020 can be found here
- Make a gift! In 2020, Global Ministries partners in Congo are responding to and adversely affected by the pandemic in a variety of ways. Support the ways that the Community of Disciples of Christ in the Congo are responding through the Health Priority Project and the Women's Microcredit and Savings Project.
- Order a Congolese bag, set of placemats, or piece of clothing. In addition to receiving a special item made by Congolese artisans, the proceeds received through your order will support many women, children, and families through microcredit initiatives of Global Ministries partners.
- Participate in The Cell Out digital-fast to raise awareness about the violence caused by mineral mining in the Congo. The Cell Out is a cell phone/electronics boycott held from Noon - 1pm on the Wednesday of Congo Week. It is designed to call attention to the use of rare minerals such as coltan in our electronic devices. The international sale of these minerals helps finance the continuing conflict in the region. Learn more about the minerals mined in Congo.
What can I say in my “Cell Out” voicemail/social media message?
"Today from noon - 1:00 pm is the Congo Week “Cell Out.” I am turning off my cell phone/electronic devices and sharing this message to call attention to the violent conflict over the Congo’s valuable natural resources. Rare minerals like coltan are used in electronic devices and the international sale of these minerals can finance the continuing conflict in the region. To learn more and take action visit: https://www.globalministries.org/congo_week."
- What can I say in my “Cell Out” voicemail/social media message?