As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19
One warm and windy Friday afternoon, my Jordanian and American friends drove from Amman into the countryside for a picnic. The winter rains were finished, and it was time to settle into the sun.
The following photo essay was created by the Orthodox Initiative, highlighting the recent delegation of representatives from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the United Church of Christ, the United Church of Canada and the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa that participated in their ministries along the Jordan/Syria border.Read more
I am in the midst of itineration; making may way around parts of the United States visiting communities to share my experience from Jordan and Palestine. I have been back in the country for a little over a month, and between Christmas celebrations, reunions, and reacquainting myself with the West, I have started to find time to understand what my time in the Middle East meant, and how to move on and forward to what comes next.Read more
In October 2015, a group of Disciples women participated in a Woman-to-Woman Worldwide pilgrimage, coordinated by Global Ministries, to Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel/Palestine. The women were especially moved by the ministries of two partner organizations, the Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees and the Orthodox Initiative. These ministries are being promoted while the delegates visit Disciples women around the United States and Canada interpreting their experiences during the coming period of study, prayer, reflection, and advocacy.Read more
During a visit to the Middle East this January, I had the chance to witness the work of our partners that Week of Compassion is supporting to respond to the humanitarian needs of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan. Due to the 5-year-old Syrian war and the increased instability in northern Iraq, with no end in sight, Syrians and Iraqis have fled to Jordan and elsewhere to find some semblance of peace.Read more
Written by Anthony Moujaes, UCC News
A 21-person delegation made up of leaders from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is set to travel to four Middle East countries at the end of this month, part of an ongoing expression of solidarity with Middle East Christians.Read more
Before closing the year, and after successfully implemented our We Are Present pilot, the OI carried out three relief projects, assisting the urgent needs of refugee families in three different locations of Jordan.Read more
Churches in Europe have a crucial role to play in responding to the arrival of refugees in Europe, Germany's interior minister has told a gathering in Geneva of governments, United Nations agencies, church and faith groups and civil society organizations.Read more
The Orthodox Initiative (OI) and Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) has been working with the Guests in Jordan ( refugee communities ) for years now. But for the last three months, they have started a pilot project, designed to support new long term actions. On its continued efforts to improve the life within the refugee communities, the OI has launched from October 2015 its new pilot project, We Are Present, designed to initiate new long term actions.Read more
Greeting for the lighting of the 2015 Christmas Tree at the Lutheran Church at Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan
Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace to those whom he favors.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.Read more