Originally posted here on April 16, 2020
For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt,
I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.
Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of my poor people
not been restored?
-Jeremiah 8:21-22 NRSV
In the midst of a global pandemic with a massive impact on the health and well-being of people throughout the world, President Trump proposes to suspend U.S. funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). This is dangerous, immoral and wrong. Even though international institutions such as the WHO are not perfect, suspension of funding, proposed for 60-90 days while a review takes place, is irresponsible and ill-timed.Read more
“Protect the life God loves so much”
Call for the immediate and full lifting of those U.S. sanctions that increase the difficulty for nations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and other countries.
Church World Service (CWS), a global humanitarian agency with programs in development, humanitarian aid, and refugee assistance, adds its voice to the increasing number of U.S. humanitarian and religious organizations calling an immediate lifting of those U.S. sanctions that increase the difficulty for countries to protect their populations from the COVID-19 pandemic and prevent further global transmissions.Read more
The United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are founding members of the Shoulder to Shoulder campaign and coalition, which developed a 2019 Ramadan Road Trip. The Shoulder to Shoulder team visited 5 Iftars in the American Southeast in order to show the diversity of the American Muslim community and uplift stories of people coming together across difference.
As a result, we are excited to share their 15-minute Ramadan Road Trip 2019 Mini-Doc and accompanying discussion guide that highlights the experience of how communities are creating spaces where individuals and communities can move out of their bubbles to encounter their neighbors and find common ground.Read more
January is recognized in the US as Human Trafficking Awareness Month and the 2009 UCC Synod Resolution and 2011 Disciples General Assembly Resolution against human trafficking urges congregations to recognize January 11 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, affected some 24.9 million people in 2016 and is one of the most profitable forms of transnational crime. Traffickers prey on those who are in vulnerable communities and force them into labor, exploit them in commercial sexual enterprises, and move them across national or state borders against their will.Read more
In a narrow 5-4 decision on Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s Muslim Ban, a policy which, from its inception, was based on blatant discrimination on the basis of nationality and religion.Read more
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is proud to announce its next Advocacy Summit: Choose Hope 2017, co-sponsored by Millennial Voices for Peace (MVP), to be held from November 12th - 14th. The Choose Hope 2017 Advocacy Summit provides a holistic space for millennials – including, college, seminary, and graduate students as well as young professionals- who wish to engage in a national campaign for peace and justice in the Holy Land.Read more
Written by Kay Woike
The New York Conference Annual Meeting, held jointly with the Northeast Region of the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ was blessed to have as its special guest Global Ministries long term volunteer Magyolene (Mayim) Rodriguez. She is the New York Conference UCC's missionary partner working in Nicaragua. One of the unusual things about Mayim is that she is not from the U.S. She is a native of Chile and a member of the Iglesia Pentecostal in Chile which jointly sponsors her work with Global Ministries.Read more
As a fellow mission partner and believer, I am writing to you in the important work that generations of missionaries have, and continue to contribute, to assist those living in poverty, battling illness and facing persecution. The UCC's work in Armenia is an extension of the missionaries' credo of going to serve where God has called you.Read more
The below was written by partners of Shoulder-to-Shoulder, an interfaith organization dedicated to ending anti-Muslim sentiment. Both the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are members of Shoulder-to-Shoulder.