Thus says the Lord; Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. Isaiah 56:1
As leaders of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) we join in expressing outrage and sorrow over the assassination of the Rev. Edison Lapuz, conference minister of the Northeastern Leyte Conference of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, along with Mr. Alfredo Malinao. These deaths continue a pattern of harassment and intimidation of progressive church and social leaders whose prophetic voices have been committed to justice for the poor and marginalized. In response to this killing, weRead more
Chengliu primary school is located in the town of Gangwang in the northeast corner of Zhecheng County, China. It is one of the biggest schools in Gangwang and is part of the Chengliu school district. This district is made up of four villages: Chengliu, Huaqiao, Liutun and Chenglou. The total population of this area is 4121. The average farmland per person is less than one acre and the income of the working people barely satisfies clothing and food. 600 children in this district are of primary school age. The school has 9 classes with a total of 425 students and 19 full time teachers. The school occupies 6700 square meters and has 40 classrooms. The building itself is 800 square meters. Read more
I love challenges. As a Christian, I feel I'm constantly being challenged to think and act in visionary ways that enhance the in-breaking of the Kingdom on earth. However, in the real world, birthing visions into being is a daunting prospect. I'm involved in a new vision in my calling to be a 'critical presence' here in Aotearoa New Zealand, and here's part of its unfolding story:Read more
I sat in church last Sunday, barely home from Beijing and Shanghai. In his sermon, the minister was prodding us to consider “where are (you)(we) going?”…for me, China is woven thoroughly into that question.Read more
Look at us, and see our disgrace.
…Our fathers have been killed by the enemy,
and now our mothers are widows.” (Lamentations 5: 1, 3 TEV)
Dear Family and Friends,
King Gyanendra's decision to dismiss the government and suspend people's rights on Feb. 1 has transformed Nepal overnight from a constitutional to an absolute monarchy and has turned the country's 1990 constitution into a meaningless document, negating years of struggle by the Nepalese people to form a multiparty democracy. While Gyanendra deserves all of the condemnation he has received since his Feb. 1 coup by human rights activists, lawyers, journalists and others in the country as well as the international community, Nepal's political parties must also share the blame for their own demise and that of democracy and human rights in the country; for during the 15 years in which various political parties held the reins of government, they failed to meaningfully respond to the needs of the people as Nepal remains one of the poorest nations in Asia. Instead, Nepal's politicians over this 15-year period sought to use their political position to enrich themselves.
MORO PEOPLE DECRY OVERKILL IN CAMP BAGONG DIWA
Say HRVs against detainees evident in independent probe held.