NCC Statement on Religious Minorities in Iraq, ISIS, and Killing of James Foley
Washington, August 22, 2014 – The National Council of Churches USA grieves for the plight of Christians and other religious minorities, including Yazidis, Turkmen, and Shabaks, in Iraq. In the early part of the last decade, there were some 1.5 million Christians living in that country. Today, it is estimated that less than 400,000 remain, with the numbers dwindling in the midst of ongoing unrest. The evolving disappearance of the Christian community from that ancient landscape, as well as the displacement of neighbors of other faiths and traditions, is a cause for great alarm.
The suffering of the Iraqi people is not limited to religious minorities. Already long-oppressed by the harsh rule of Saddam Hussein, and still impacted by sectarian conflict after the misguided US-led invasion and war there, all people of Iraq are now suffering horrific violence caused by extremist elements, especially the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (ISIS). There is absolutely no justification for this kind of extremist violence, and the NCC denounces it in the strongest possible terms.
NCC Statement Regarding the Death of Michael Brown
Washington, August 18, 2014 – The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA deplores the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, MO on August 9 and supports a complete investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Brown.
Further, the Council expresses grave concern over the recent killings by police of several other African American men including on July 17, 43 year old Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY; on August 5, 22 year old John Crawford in Beavercreek, OH; and on August 11, 25 year old Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, CA.
“These killings, as well as those of hundreds of other Americans each year at the hands of increasingly militarized police forces is of great and growing concern. A peaceful, healthy society requires trust and positive relationships between citizens and law enforcement. That can best occur in circumstances in which deep-seated social problems such as racism and inequality are being addressed,” said Jim Winkler, NCC president and general secretary.
National Council of Churches welcomes appointment of Rabbi David Saperstein as religious freedom ambassador
Washington, July 26, 2014 – Officers and staff of the National Council of Churches praised President Obama’s appointment of Rabbi David N. Saperstein as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
“David is a longtime friend and colleague as well as one of the nation’s leading voices for justice and religious freedom,” said NCC President and General Secretary Jim Winkler. “We applaud the selection of this skilled, sensitive, and eloquent leader for this important post.”
“David has stood with us and other religious organizations in countless efforts to defend first amendment rights and religious freedom in the U.S.,” said Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, NCC associate general secretary, Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations.
Mission Statement of the NCC
The NCC is a community of communions called by Christ to visible unity and sent forth in the Spirit to promote God’s justice, peace, and the healing of the world.
Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference
The NCC is a co-sponsor of this exciting 3-day conference focused on increasing the health knowledge and skills of people who work in health ministries or other aspects of health education and wellness promotion within their congregations and communities. Click here to learn more and register.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2015
Come to Washington, DC, April 17-20, 2015, for the 13th Annual National Gathering of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice titled, “Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation. Click here to learn more and register for EAD 2015.
October 31, 2014 12:39
Clergy!! You are invited to sign on to a letter to Congress supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. This measure repairs the damage done by the Supreme Court earlier in 2014. NCC signed the faith group letter in May. Act now! Deadline is Nov. 14.
October 16, 2014 10:45
Newtown Action Alliance and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence (which NCC is a part of) are co-sponsoring the 2nd Vigil for Gun Violence Victims at Washington National Cathedral Dec.11. NAA and FUPG also are providing resources for local communities to host a vigil. You can find resources for your vigil including prayers and readings and register your vigil at the Gun Violence Sabbath website.
October 7, 2014 13:42