This past week, our country witnessed heroism that often happens unseen. In Portland, Oregon, three men came to the defense of two teenage girls, one of them an African-American and one of them wearing a hijab, who were being verbally assaulted by a white supremacist because of the girl’s Muslim faith. In the altercation, two of the men, Rick Best and Taliesin Namkai-Meche, lost their lives, and a third, Micah Fletcher, was injured. The attacker is now in custody.Read more
Written by Kay Woike
The New York Conference Annual Meeting, held jointly with the Northeast Region of the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ was blessed to have as its special guest Global Ministries long term volunteer Magyolene (Mayim) Rodriguez. She is the New York Conference UCC's missionary partner working in Nicaragua. One of the unusual things about Mayim is that she is not from the U.S. She is a native of Chile and a member of the Iglesia Pentecostal in Chile which jointly sponsors her work with Global Ministries.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
The below was written by partners of Shoulder-to-Shoulder, an interfaith organization dedicated to ending anti-Muslim sentiment. Both the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are members of Shoulder-to-Shoulder.
Action Alert from the National Council of Churches- Tell Congress: Don't Fund Refugee/Muslim Ban 2.0
President Trump has issued a second Executive Order unjustly restricting the inflow of refugees and unfairly targeting our immigrant brothers and sisters. Walling off America, reducing community safety, and turning our back on those in need are affronts to our country’s values of family unity, fairness, and equality. As people of faith, we are called to stand against these discriminatory policies.Read more
This version has the same impact as the initial executive order and must be stopped
Stand with refugees—act now: GreaterAs1.org
After the Trump administration signed a new executive order today against refugees and Muslims, CWS’s President and CEO, Rev. John McCullough, issued the following statement:Read more
WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches denounces recent anti-Semitic incidents and condemns rhetoric that has fueled such acts. We stand firmly with our Jewish brothers and sisters during this difficult time. As a community of 38 Christian communions in the United States, the National Council of Churches continues to pray and work for a nation in which all persons may freely worship as they wish without fear. In this, we are not alone.Read more
The Christian Church in Indiana has been proud to support our local congregations who have resettled refugees from around the world in years past. As this vital ministry is being threatened by government action, we, the Regional Board, feel the need to speak out, to offer our voices against new policies that go against our country’s tradition of providing protection to people seeking safety.Read more
Leadership of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ offered an open letter to Jewish colleagues and friends today to offer solidarity and support in the wake of the many bomb threats of the past couple of weeks at Jewish centers and institutions in the US. The full text of the letter is below.Read more
We're hearing this question a lot, particularly as physical and verbal attacks on racial and ethnic minorities, Muslims, Sikhs, and many others have spiked in the past week. There are many answers to the question of HOW to stand with Muslims, and there will be many more ways to step up in the days ahead, but we have put together a few suggested places to start.
[Go to http://tinyurl.com/StandWithMuslims for live links referenced in the image below]Read more