Today (Sept. 21), at one of the events celebrating the 28th Independence Day of Armenia, the announcer posed this question to the audience in Gyumri, the second-largest city: “Each of us must ask this: ‘What am I doing today to ensure that Armenia has a future?’” That’s a good question to ask about any endeavor in which you are involved. But it should be on the lips of Christians everywhere regarding the church and its calling in this world.Read more
Armenia is currently witnessing an unprecedented expression of the public’s will, as tens of thousands of people (in a country of less than 3 million) have poured out into the streets of the capital, Yerevan, something not seen since the vote for independence 1980s.
What is the reason that youth and the elderly, young families, soldiers, clergy, workers in the public sector, school children and more have paralyzed this country with their peaceful demonstrations? They are standing against the quarter-century rule of the current political majority in parliament, a party whose corruption and abuses of power have overshadowed any benefit it may have brought to this small, blockaded and beleaguered country. Its stagnant economy is controlled by a few rich oligarchs, its natural environment is being exploited with few controls, its people are emigrating from the country at the rate of thousands per year, and its youth and adults are disgusted by the lack of concern for this decline by those who in power who are enriching themselves while so many struggle in poverty.Read more
Again I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun.
Look, the tears of the oppressed—with no one to comfort them!
On the side of their oppressors there was power—with no one to comfort them.
And I thought the dead, who have already died,
more fortunate than the living, who are still alive;
but better than both is the one who has not yet been,
and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.
Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from one person’s envy of another.
This also is vanity and a chasing after wind. (Eccl. 4.1-4)
On 20 March the unique program aiming to empower Syrian-Armenian youth who escaped the ongoing conflict in Syria and settled in Armenia was launched in Yerevan. Through training, capacity building and joint activities, the project aims to deepen the relations between Syrian and local Armenian youth.Read more
As a fellow mission partner and believer, I am writing to you in the important work that generations of missionaries have, and continue to contribute, to assist those living in poverty, battling illness and facing persecution. The UCC's work in Armenia is an extension of the missionaries' credo of going to serve where God has called you.Read more
On April 24, 2016, St. Paul United Church of Christ (UCC), Old Blue Rock Road, Cincinnati held their fifth annual Armenian Martyr’s Day Remembrance Service. The service is to commemorate the onset of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 1915.Read more
Armenian Martyrs’ Day Article
by Rev. L. Nishan Bakalian*
"Isn’t a hundred years long enough to hold on to this? Can’t you Armenians just put this behind you?" People may wonder why the Armenian Genocide has to be a topic for discussion 101 years after the fact. Each year on April 24th, Armenians throughout the world continue to hold commemorations. Even the UCC includes this date in its calendar. But why is it so important?Read more
In 2015 the General Synod of the United Church of Christ and the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) adopted resolutions (UCC resolution; Disciples resolution) Commemorating 100 Years since the Armenian Genocide. The catastrophe resulted in the death of one and a half million Armenians, Syrian Orthodox, and others. Another million people were forcibly expelled from Anatolia over the next few years, many of whom resettled in Aleppo, Syria.Read more
Prayers for peace in Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas of Armenia and Azerbaijan were offered on 4 April in the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. Joining in the Geneva service of common prayer were staff from ecumenical and other international organizations including the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).Read more