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Matthew 6 offering meditation

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Introduction to the Congo Initiative

An introduction to Global Ministries' Congo Initiative and our involvement in the Congo working with partners.

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Celebrating the Partnership Index Page

Learn more about our partner, the Community of Disciples of Christ in the Congo, through their website.

Check back soon for stories and videos from People to People pilgrimiages

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 Videos 

Introduction to the Congo Initiative

Song of the Congo (Global Ministries in the Congo)

A Joyful Noise (music video)

Empowering Women in the Congo

Healthcare in the Congo

Education in the Congo

The Effects of War on the Congo

Community of Disciples of Christ of the Congo

Matthew 6 Offering Meditation

Micro credit project

Psalm 100 Mission Moment

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 Bible Studies

One of the goals of the Congo Initiative is to provide congregations with a way of connecting Biblical principles with advocacy issues identified by our partners in the Congo. We are pleased to present you with the following Bible studies that provide a deeper understanding of the challenges and concerns of our brothers and sisters. These Bible Studies have also been translated into French so that they may be used in churches throughout the Congo.

By Partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

 Health  Video Commentary  Original French
 Natural Resources  Video Commentary  Original French
 Presence and Partnership  Video Commentary  Original French
 Rape as a Weapon of War  Video Commentary  Original French
 Water  Video Commentary  Original French
 Women's and Children's Rights  Video Commentary  Original French

By Dr. Rick Lowery:

Critical Presence

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French translation

Healing

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French translation

Natural Resources

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French translation

Natural Resources and Reckless Greed

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French translation

Plowshares and Pruning Knives

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French translation

Presence and Partnership

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French translation

Rape as an Instrument of War

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French translation

Water

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French translation

Water and Justice

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French translation

What it Means to be a Neighbor

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French translation

Women's and Children's Rights

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French translation

Women's and Children's Rights 2

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French translation

 The Music of Mama Beyeke Bofii

Where can one find the best music? You may be surprised to learn that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is well-known for its innovation in music throughout the world. It is out of this rich cultural context that Marie Beyeke-Bofii, known to the Disciples of Christ Community and the ecumenical church in the Congo as, “Mama Beyeke” arose to transform the worship experience in the life and witness of congregations throughout the Congo with her melodic voice and artistic leadership (full profile of Mama Beyeke).

In the late 80's Mama Beyeke's choral group traveled to the United States and performed at General Assembly as well as recording this album. We encourage you to use this sacred music both in worship settings and in your daily life as a way to connect more closely to our brothers and sisters in the Congo. This music is not for commercial use.

Complete Album

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Track 3

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Track 9

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 Vacation Bible School / Sunday School Material

 Njoku & Bombambo is a short story from the Congo that makes a great Sunday School activity or a children's moment. Simply download the pdf and staple the two pages together to form the booklet. Then after you have read the story, invite the children to create their own illustrations to go with Enkumo Lot's short story (example).

The Kids to Kids material Journey to Congo provides many different Bible story lessons, crafts, games, and worship ideas appropriate for children.

 Deepened Understanding

Another important goal of the Congo Initiative is to foster a deep understanding of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The following books and films have been suggested by Global Ministries staff and our partners in the Congo. We encourage you to initiate a book club or organize a film night in your congregation to engage in these materials

Suggested Books
Recommended Films

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Sharing the Stories Index Page

Mama Beyeke Bofii - Mother of the modern chorale music in the CDCC

Check back soon for more stories that highlight the many ups and downs of our nearly 120 year partnership with the people of the Congo.

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Taking Action

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 Make a difference

There are a variety of ways that you can support peace and justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This includes participating in Cell Out Week, sharing information with other members of your congregation, and writing letters to key policy makers. We hope that when you take action, you take the additional step of sharing your efforts on Facebook and/or Twitter to promote broader engagement in these pressing issues.

 Latest News about the Congo
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Palestinian Christian Kairos

Palestinian Christian Kairos

The Palestinian Christian Kairos document, "A Moment of Truth," is a Christian Palestinians' word to the world about what is happening in Palestine. It is written at this time when Palestinian Christians wanted to see the Glory of the grace of God in this land and in the sufferings of its people. In this spirit the document requests the international community to stand by the Palestinian people who have faced oppression, displacement, suffering and clear apartheid for more than six decades. The suffering continues while the international community silently looks on at the occupying State, Israel. The message is a cry of hope, with love, prayer and faith in God. Palestinian Christians address it first of all to themsleves and then to all the churches and Christians in the world, asking them to stand against injustice and apartheid, urging them to work for a just peace in our region, calling on them to revisit theologies that justify crimes perpetrated against our people and the dispossession of the land.

In this historic document, Palestinian Christians declare that the military occupation of their land is a sin against God and humanity, and that any theology that legitimizes the occupation is far from Christian teachings because true Christian theology is a theology of love and solidarity with the oppressed, a call to justice and equality among peoples.

The Palestinian Christian Kairos document is available at:  http://kairospalestine.ps/

A UCC and Disciples pastoral response to the Palestine Kairos document

Leadership of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ have issued a letter to the two churches, responding to the message of "A Moment of Truth."  In their letter, General Ministers and Presidents Sharon Watkins and Geoffrey Black, and Global Ministries' co-Executives Cally Rogers-Witte and David Vargas commend "A Moment of Truth" to the churches for study and consideration.

Their full letter can be read here: UCC and Disciples pastoral response to the Palestinian Kairos document, April 2010

They ask for our churches to commit to four areas of action:

  • Commit to read, study, and reflect on the "Message of Hope" with your fellow church members;
    • You can read the letter here
    • A study guide is soon available. Check back for details.
  • Commit to visit the region to learn more about the situation on the ground, and non-violent responses to it; a trip can be organized with the advice and counsel of our Global Ministries offices;
    • If you are planning a trip, or would like to, please be in touch with the Middle East and Europe office at 216-736-3230.
  • Commit to advocate with the US government, the most influential outside party in the negotiations, beginning with participation in the Churches for Middle East Peace Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC, June 13-15, 2010;
  • Commit to support denominational partners in Palestine, which supports the Palestinian economy; and to avoid products that are produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Kairos news:

To read the response of the Rev. Dr. Samuel Pagan, who participated in a panel at the Kairos document's release, click here A Moment of Truth: The Kairos-Palestine Document - A Latin American Theological Response

UPDATE (Feb. 22, 2010): Kairos Palestine statement: Injustice in Beit Sahour

UPDATE (Feb. 26, 2010): Kairos Palestine issues position statement on "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" 

UPDATE (March 26, 2010): "Come and See": A message of hope and resistance expressed in the Palestinian Kairos document

UPDATE (June 2, 2010): National Council of Churches' Summary and Guide for Further Study of Kairos Palestine: "A Moment of Truth"

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