[The following action alert was issued on Oct. 5 by the UCC's Justice and Peace Action Network (JPANet)]
Over the past four years, the brutal civil war in Syria has resulted in over 4 million refugees and one of the worst humanitarian crises in history. Earlier this month, the photograph of a drowned 3-year-old asylum seeking boy pricked the consciousness of the world, highlighting the collective failure of the global community in addressing the crisis.Read more
A coalition of 47 organizations wrote to Republican and Democratic leadership expressing concern about anti-Muslim rhetoric in the US presidential campaign. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ were among the coalition. The letter is available below.Read more
The following commentary originally appeared as part of the United Church of Christ's Witness for Justice series.
Written by Derek Duncan
Global Ministries Associate for Global Advocacy and Education
When I was growing up, my family moved –– on average –– every two years. From city to city, state to state, one country to another. I attended nine different schools before graduation. Like Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”Read more
The National Council of Churches echoes and endorses the call of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service for the US Government to open its borders to 100,000 Syrian refugees this coming fiscal year, in addition to increasing the total U.S. resettlement commitment to 100,000 refugees from other parts of the world.Read more
Church World Service (CWS), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and other faith communities are urging the U.S. government to resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees this coming fiscal year, in addition to increasing the total U.S. resettlement commitment to 100,000 refugees from other parts of the world.Read more
Religious leaders, including the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, speak out against "Muslim-free zones" in a "Statement of Principles from Faith Leaders of Shoulder to Shoulder." The Disciples and the UCC are both members of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign.Read more
Church World Service issued the following Action Alert today:
As we grapple with increasingly heartbreaking and tragic reports of Syrian refugees dying as they seek safety in the region and in Europe, it is clear that the United States must respond with leadership.
The fact that the U.S. has only resettled 1,517 Syrian refugees since the beginning of the conflict is inexcusable.Read more
The Division of Overseas Ministries is delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Morse as Executive for Mission Education and Interpretation. Tom has worked with DOM/Global Ministries since 2007, serving 5 years in China with the Amity Foundation and Drum Tower Hospital before working as the program associate for Resource Development.Read more
This opinion article originally appeared as part of the United Church of Christ's Witness for Justice series.
Whether by force or by choice, the movement of people is as old as human history. The effort to control and restrict such movement is just as old. The powerful have always sought to determine who may enter, and who may not. We have built walls to protect and defend, including the Great Wall in China against northern invaders; the Berlin Wall, the most visible symbol of the Cold War; the Separation Barrier Israel continues to build to wall off Palestinians; and the wall along the US-Mexico border, to prevent immigration from Latin America. Physical walls create and reinforce psychological barriers, stereotypes and fears.Read more
Shoulder to Shoulder is hosting a webinar tomorrow, May 12 @ noon ET with the Aspen Institute's Justice and Society Program, the Kaufmann Institute, and Religions for Peace USA called "Strategies for Expanding a local Interfaith Movement." It will feature findings and key lessons learned from a multi-year study of interfaith work in West Michigan. Please join us! Here is the live link to join the webinar directly, but we do appreciate registration (linked here) if you can take the time so we know who to expect. Additionally, here is the link to the Aspen Institute's full report on Interfaith Engagement in West Michigan. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ are members of Shoulder to Shoulder.