The World Council of Churches Central Committee, during its meeting on 15-21 June, issued a statement reiterating its grave concern regarding the alarming and rapidly deteriorating situation of Christians in the Middle East.
The Central Committee called for the release of two Syrian archbishops who were kidnapped near Aleppo, Syria.Read more
Rome, April 20, 2018 (NEVCS20) – “Peace, peace, they say, when there is no peace” (Jeremiah, 6:14). As in the time of the prophet Jeremiah, in the face of the new Syrian scenario, governments and international organizations invoke peace, while actually they act with war.Read more
The Conference of European Churches has expressed solidarity with the Syrian churches affected by the kidnapping of the two bishops of Aleppo – who went missing five years ago.
According to media reports, Metropolitan Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Church and Metropolitan Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church were kidnapped on 22 April 2013.
The General Secretary of the National Evangelical [Presbyterian] Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL), the Rev. Joseph Kassab, issued a statement on behalf of the denomination, condemning the air campaign, appealing to church partners in the West to advocate on their behalf, and praying for the future of Syria. The statement can be read here.
In a 16 April statement, the World Council of Churches (WCC) urged the international community to find a way to break the cycle of violence in Syria. The statement comes two days after the USA, France and the UK carried out missile strikes following a suspected Syrian government chemical weapons attack.Read more
Leadership of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ stated their opposition to the US-led air campaign against Syria, and instead called for "an end to the violence and suffering, so that the Syrian people can begin to rebuild their lives." The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens and the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, respective General Ministers and Presidents of the two churches, the Rev. Julia Brown Karimu, President of the Disciples' Division of Overseas Ministries and Co-Executive of Global Ministries, and the Rev. Dr. James Moos, Executive Minister of the UCC's Global Engagement and Operations, and Co-Executive of Global Ministries, issued the following statement this weekend following President Trump's announcement of the US-led airstrikes in Syria:Read more
The Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy starts a programme to support and cooperate with search and rescue Agenzia NEV
The Council of the FCEI (Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy) has today resolved to initiate a new strand of activity within the framework of “Mediterranean Hope (MH) – the FCEI’s Refugee and Migrant Programme”, by supporting organisations undertaking this humanitarian work and by participating in search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea. Read more...
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
Global Ministries, Disciples, and UCC leaders among signatories on letter to Congress about military aid
Leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the United Church of Christ, and Global Ministries were among 15 ecumenical Christian leaders signing a letter to members of Congress expressing concern about US military sales and military aid to countries in the Middle East. The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens and the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Ministers and Presidents of the Disciples and UCC (respectively), and the Rev. Julia Brown Karimu and the Rev. Dr. James Moos, Co-Executives of Global Ministries, signed the letter, dated March 14, which stated, "We firmly believe that stability and long-term security in the Middle East will only come about when the United States and other countries move away from a militarized approach and the profits that come from perpetual conflict."Read more