The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) held its 11th General Assembly this week, bringing leaders from regional churches together to pursue a unified ecclesiastical voice in the midst of human suffering that is permeating the region.Read more
Mere days after terror attacks in Beirut and Paris, the theme of an interfaith meeting of Christians and Muslims at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on “Religion, Peace and Violence” was entirely appropriate, said participants.Read more
Faith in Action for the Iran Deal
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Join faith leaders for a national conference call on the Iran nuclear deal.
Featured Speaker Marie Harf, Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications to Secretary of State John Kerry. Ms. Harf led U.S. communications strategy on the Iran negotiations in Vienna.Read more
53 Christian leaders representing dozens denominations and Christian organizations sent a letter to Congress today, urging lawmakers to vote in favor of the Vienna agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program. The letter, signed by leaders from all the major streams of Christianity in the United States— Roman Catholic, evangelical, mainline Protestant, Orthodox and Pentecostal--warns lawmakers that "rejection of this deal would be a rejection of the historic progress our diplomats have made to make this world a safer place."Read more
Written by Jim Winkler, General Secretary and President
National Council of Churches in the USA
The first time I was arrested was through an act of civil disobedience on June 14, 1982 at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Two days earlier, I had participated in the great march for a Nuclear Freeze in Central Park attended by more than one million people.
That civil disobedience action took place simultaneously outside the UN missions of the five permanent members of the Security Council—the U.S., the USSR, the United Kingdom, France, and the People’s Republic of China. We called for a freeze on the production of nuclear weapons.Read more
The Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East was formed in 1924 as a consolidation of the Armenian Evangelical movement which began in the 1820's. It is comprised of 17 congregations rooted in the longer history of Armenian Christianity. Located in seven countries (Egypt, Greece, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Australia), the congregations and institutions of the Union have persisted in mission and in presence through the Middle East's political and social strife.Read more
Written by Dr. Tony Kireopoulos*
The most pressing, and debated, matter in foreign policy today is the proposed agreement between Iran and its negotiating partners regarding its nuclear program and what most understand as the future of security in the Middle East. The Obama Administration, on behalf of the United States, along with Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, has agreed to a deal with Iran that would rein in Iran’s nuclear capabilities while financially phasing that country back into the mainstream of the international community.Read more
[The following action alert was issued this week by the United Church of Christ's Justice and Peace Action Network.]
After years of sabre rattling and months spent at the negotiating table, an important deal has been struck between the U.S., our allies, and Iran. This is an historic, comprehensive agreement which would verifiably cut off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon. It represents not only an important moment for U.S. foreign policy, but a victory for all those who supported a more peaceful way forward with Iran- including many like you who wrote letters or called in support of a diplomatic solution rather than war with Iran.Read more
Global Ministries joined almost 40 organizations in a letter to Congress supporting continued negotiations toward a deal on Iran's nuclear program. The letter, sent last week, states, "The United States and its partners in the P5+1 expect to secure a final deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program in the coming weeks. Congress may vote on a deal as soon as next month. Your vote will determine whether the U.S. secures peace and cuts off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon, or rejects diplomacy in favor of an unconstrained Iranian nuclear program and a new push for war."
"As Christian leaders in the United States, we welcome and support the Framework Agreement, announced by seven nations on April 2, to dramatically restrain the capacity of Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. We believe this diplomatic path and process should be ardently pursued and given a chance to succeed."Read more