This article was original written by the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and posted here.
In a historic joint pastoral statement released on March 26, the World Council of Churches, Regional Ecumenical Organizations, and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) affirmed the urgency of standing together to protect life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.Read more
First, a story from Delhi that resonates with the sighs of millions in the region.
Baby Devi has already lost 80% of her monthly earnings to the spread of the coronavirus - and the worst in India may be yet to come.
The 38-year-old mother of four, who cleans homes for a living, lost jobs with two of her three employers. Like many relatively well-off Indians, they've begun social distancing to fight the highly infectious virus.
For Devi, who is now taking home about $0.67 a day, her diminished earnings are as much of a concern as her living conditions. As India races to break the chain of transmission of the illness known as COVID-19, her family - living in a cramped single room and sharing a bathroom and toilet with two other households - is among those most at risk.Read more
The Student Christian Movement of India's (SCMI) Gender and Social Justice Desk facilitated a National Workshop on Creative Arts on the theme of masculinity from 7-9 March 2020 at the SCMI Programme Centre, Bangalore. The workshop was supported by Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), USA.Read more
by Rev. Dr. Mery Kolimon
FORGIVE US, MOTHER EARTH
Beloved Mother Earth,
All other creatures,
The Creator has made all things good
All creatures are our brothers and sisters
Living by the Grace of The Creator of life
Blessed by the Earth that gives food each day.
Yet we have hurt Mother Earth.
We have destroyed our brothers and sisters.
With a desire for more and more wealth, more and more prosperity
We have damaged the earth without mercy.
We dump our waste everywhere
The oceans, mountains, fields, and forests
Broken by our actions.
Even the bowels of the earth have been dredged without mercy
For gold, coal, manganese, marble, and other minerals.
Forgive our pride and greed.
Forgive our arrogance and evil ways.
May this plague be an opportunity for us to learn
That our human economy is not everything.
The economy must move with ecology.
Ecology and economy must be balanced for the sake of the oikoumene,
So the Earth can be a home worthy of inhabitance by all creatures.
May we learn with our minds, all of creation is not our enemy
We must organize our lives more wisely
To distance life from extinction
So that we of this generation
May experience the intention of The Creator of Life that is truly good.
Forgive us, Mother Earth,
Forgive us, fellow members of creation.
Please accept us back in the dance of divine life
Where we hug each other as brothers and sisters
Sharing energy with each other for life that is mutual and whole.
Rev. Dr. Mery Kolimon, a well-known theologian, activist, and church leader from Indonesia, offered this prayer.Read more
Statement of the Consultation of the Religious Leaders
We, a group of fifty (50) religious leaders and workers from Buddhism, Christianity (Catholic and Protestant churches), Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh faiths took part in an inter-religious consultation on “The Role of Religions, towards Migration, Migrant Workers and Human Trafficking." The program was organized by the Ban Sabaay Foundation in conjunction with an inter-religious network in Chiang Mai and ACT Foundation (Thailand) on Friday, February 28, 2020, at the conference hall, in the 75th-anniversary building of the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT) in Chiang Mai, Thailand.Read more