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
The recent attention to the plight of Syrian (and other) refugees in Europe has brought to the forefront the need to address the issue, including its root cause, the war in Syria. These recent articles and essays may be helpful in gaining a clearer understanding of some of the issues at stake.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 10:17-31
Prayers for Jordan:
For those wandering the desert, let us open our doors and offer a glass of water. Let us make a bed and share a meal. Let us reach deep into our pockets and honor our guests.
For those lost at sea, let us wade in the water meet them on the beaches. Let us comfort the children as they find their way far from home. Let us comfort the parents when they put their children into boats as the water becomes safer than land.
For those lost in the city, let us prepare spaces of light and warmth, so that those who have had their dignity turn to shreds have an opportunity to stitch it back together.
Oh God we pray this day for those who live with hunger, and for those that will not share their bread. We pray for those who are misunderstood, and those who misunderstand. We pray for those with lots to give and for those with little. We pray for those with heavy burdens and for those who help to carry it.
We pray for the hopeless, and for those for whom hope is all there is.
Written by Anthony Moujaes, UCC News
The United Church of Christ and Global Ministries, in solidarity with several religious groups in the United States, are urging the White House to act in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, which has escalated in the last few weeks with hundreds of thousands of people risking their lives to reach Europe.
So far, the American government has allowed just 1,500 Syrians to resettle here — a fraction of the millions that have fled the country — but this week the White House is considering new options for refugee resettlement. The UCC/Global Ministries is asking members to voice their support to allow more refugees into the U.S. by signing a petition calling on the government to make space for Syrians in the next year.Read more
Reduction in statelessness, prevention of statelessness and the protection of stateless people in the Middle East provided the focus of a workshop organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) from 6 to 10 September at Saydet el Jabal Monastery in Beirut, Lebanon.Read more
We are coming to the end of another summer. For a second time this year, the weather in Jordan has been unusual. This past week, a heat wave struck Jordan sending the temperatures into the 40s--‐Celsius (100s--‐Fahrenheit) in Amman, and even higher in other parts of the county. Along with the heat came large sand storms, unusual in northern Jordan.
Through the summer, Jordan has still been the home for millions of displaced people in the Middle East. Day by day, the number of Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing their homes for safer places continues to grow. The Orthodox Initiative of the Middle East Council of Churches has been continuing its work through the summer to bring essential items to those in our community who need them most.Read more