Mere days after terror attacks in Beirut and Paris, the theme of an interfaith meeting of Christians and Muslims at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on “Religion, Peace and Violence” was entirely appropriate, said participants.Read more
Last week, religious leaders and community members gathered at the Washington National Cathedral for a multi-religious service called, “Beyond Tolerance: A Call to Religious Freedom and Hopeful Action,” followed immediately by a press conference introducing the Religious Freedom Pledge (text below). Washington National Cathedral and Shoulder to Shoulder co-hosted the religious service.Read more
Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries of the Division of Home Missions, in partnership with the Middle East and Europe office of Global Ministries, submitted this statement this week to inform the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee members of some of our key values related to Syrian refugee needs.Read more
[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