In November of 2016, the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) joined people all over the world in celebrating the signing of the Colombian Peace Accords between the Colombian government and the ex-guerrilla of the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia--People's Army). These Accords were achieved through decades of peace-building efforts and documentation of human rights abuses (including efforts by our Global Ministries partners), ending over fifty years of civil war that displaced millions and cost the lives of over 200,000. Today, the hope generated through these Accords is all but gone as promises made by the government remain unfulfilled and several aspects of the Accords have not been implemented.Read more
Two partners of Global Ministries, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico and the United Evangelical Church in Puerto Rico, are working together with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the Bahamas. Both churches in Puerto Rico are collecting funds and gathering professional and pastoral resource persons to travel to the Bahamas as allowed by the condition at the airports there.Read more
Thousands of fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil - the most intense blazes for almost a decade. The northern states of Roraima, Acre, Rondônia, and Amazonas have been particularly badly affected. Brazil has seen a record number of fires in 2019, Brazilian space agency data suggests. The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) says its satellite data shows an 85% increase on the same period in 2018. The official figures show more than 75,000 forest fires were recorded in Brazil in the first eight months of the year - the highest number since 2013. That compares with 40,000 in the same period in 2018. Forest fires are common in the Amazon during the dry season, which runs from July to October. They can be caused by naturally occurring events, such as by lightning strikes, but also by farmers and loggers clearing land for crops or grazing. More information here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49433767Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 13:10-17
Prayers for El Salvador:
We thank God for this woman hunched over from the Gospel of Luke, who impresses us with her strength to remain visible in spite of the bend in her back in religious and social spaces and at the same time invisible because of the reality of exclusion in her society and religion for 18 years.
We thank God for the Salvadoran women who have written a great part of the history of this country, many of them being invisible for the marks that violence has left and that still leaves on their bodies, and visible for their persistence in their faith, participation, and construction of peace.Read more
Stateless people are individuals who are not recognized as citizens by any country in the world, and consequently are denied basic human rights – rights that individuals often take for granted: right to health care, to education, to own property, to travel, to get a birth or death certificate, etc. Without protection from any state due to their lack of legal identity, stateless people are vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation, violence. Women and children are particularly vulnerable to exploitation.
WCC Statement on the Human Rights of Stateless People, November 8, 2013
The Disciples Women submitted the Resolution Number GA-1927 to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)'s General Assembly July 23, 2019, concerning the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, ending the U.S. Embargo against the island, and promoting a constructive relationship between both countries. The Resolution came from the experience of deep and honest dialogue between Christian women in Cuba and Disciples women from the U.S. during the 2018 Woman-to-Woman Worldwide pilgrimage to Cuba where women shared their faith in the God of Peace and embraced a Spirit of mutual accompaniment and solidarity. As women of faith, they jointly raise their voices, prophetic and pastoral, in pain and hope, with the expectation that their shared voices may become one single voice advocating for justice, reconciliation, and peace as well as for fruitful relations between the U.S. and Cuba.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 12:32-40
Prayers for Guatemala:
Pray with the pleas of your Latin American brothers and sisters:
Ana Paula: May people who are faith committed raise their prophetic voice with the organized communities that are caring for Creation.
Franklin David: May our Disciples of Christ and United Churches of Christ churches of the United States add their commitment of faith in the intercontinental campaign against environment killing companies. Earth, water, forest, and life call us to be prophets of a new day. That day will come, if your hands, your voice, and your spirit become flesh and blood in us.
Victor: May the Creator be peace, hope, strength, and wisdom for the caretakers and defenders of water and Creation so that we can face the threats of death with great energy, strategy, and life, mainly with hope.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation on July 24, 2019, days after demonstrators at the island's largest protest in recent history called for his removal over a scandal involving leaked private chats as well as corruption investigations and arrests. His resignation, effective Aug. 2nd, came late Wednesday night on a recorded video published on Facebook. In the message, he touted what he considered accomplishments of his tenure, saying he fought corruption and made strides for different communities. "My only North Star has been the well-being of my island," he said.Read more
September 20-23, 2019
Colombia’s faith communities stand firmly for peace amidst grueling violence. Now they ask faith communities across the U.S. to join them in this year's Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia. Hundreds of faith communities will dedicate part of their worship service that weekend to praying and working for peace in Colombia.Read more