National Council of Churches joins religious and human rights groups to call on Congress to protect fleeing children at the U.S. border

Washington, July 24, 2014 – A wide coalition of Protestant, Catholic, evangelical, Jewish groups, and human rights and development groups called on Congress yesterday to address the humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of children from Central America who have been apprehended and detained at the U.S. border.

“The humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children and families from Central America who have been apprehended and detained at the U.S. border has shined a glaring light on the violence, poverty and extreme desperation that the people living in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras confront daily,” said more than 40 human rights and faith groups, including the National Council of Churches.

“In addressing the humanitarian crisis, we urge Congress to pursue an approach that attends to the immediate emergency needs of the children and families at the border while providing adequate resources to address the underlying conditions which are driving them to flee from Central America,” the message said.

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NCC expresses thanks for statement by prominent Mideast and other religious leaders condemning violence against religious minorities in the region

Washington, July 25, 2014 – Officers and staff of the National Council of Churches USA expressed thanks today for a statement by prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders from the Middle East and outside the region that condemned the use of religious justification for violence, especially violence aimed against religious minorities.

These leaders expressed horror at the mistreatment of minority Christians in Iraq, the desecration of Christian holy sites there, and the forced removal of Christians from ancestral homelands.

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NCC celebrates release of Christian woman once condemned to die in Sudan because of her faith

Washington, July 25, 2014 – The National Council of Churches expressed “gratitude to God” Friday following the release of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman condemned to die earlier this year because she would not renounce her faith.

Ms. Ibrahim, whose death sentence was commuted in late June when the Sudan government came under intense pressure from the international community and religious groups including the NCC, had been released from prison but detained in Sudan.

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Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI) papers posted online by National Council of Churches

Washington, July 25, 2014 – Selected papers by students who immersed themselves in the Tenth Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea, have been posted on line by the National Council of Churches.

The papers can be accessed here.

Some 170 students from around the world participated in the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI), a WCC program to educate future Christian leaders in ecumenism.

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July 25, 2014 17:27
NCC expresses thanks for statement by prominent Mideast and other religious leaders condemning violence against religious minorities in the region.

July 25, 2014 17:26
NCC celebrates release of Christian woman once condemned to die in Sudan because of her faith.

July 24, 2014 13:56
National Council of Churches joins religious and human rights groups to call on Congress to protect fleeing children at the U.S. border. A wide coalition of Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, and human rights and development groups called on Congress yesterday to address the humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of children from Central America who have been apprehended and detained at the U.S. border.