Holy Week/Easter Reflections

This meditation is taken from the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom (4th/5th century Archbishop of Constantinople), one of the most famous such homilies in the history of the church.

If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.

If anyone is a wise servant, let him, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord.

If anyone has wearied himself in fasting, let him now receive his recompense.

If anyone has labored from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let him keep the feast. If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; for he shall suffer no loss. If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near without hesitation. If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let him not fear on account of his delay. For the Master is gracious and receives the last, even as the first; he gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first. He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one he gives, and to the other he is gracious. He both honors the work and praises the intention.

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National Muslim-Christian Initiative
March 24-25, 2015

A meeting of the National Muslim-Christian Initiative, a major dialogue between Muslim and Christian leaders, took place in late March, gathering together nearly 40 Christian and Muslim senior representatives from around the country to engage issues of concern to both communities, including deliberate discussion of Islamphobia in the US and religious extremist ideology abroad. The meeting included a public evening program with more than 100 people present, on the intersection of religious freedom and respect for what others hold sacred.

The initiative, begun in 2008 and having last met in 2011, is an integral part of the 30+ years of relationship between Christian communions connected through the National Council of Churches and Muslim organizations. The pause in meetings was due to organizational and programmatic factors in both communities.

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NCC Responds to Department of Justice Investigation of Ferguson Policing

“An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” ~ The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches thanks Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department for its report after a thorough investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. The report revealed that the police department and the City of Ferguson perpetuated the practice of discriminatory and racial bias against African-Americans. This shocking report states that the city had “a pattern or practice of unlawful conduct within the Ferguson Police Department that violated the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and federal statutory law.”

In a city where 67 percent of the population are African-Americans, 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of all citations issued, and 93 percent of arrests were made from among the city's Black citizens from 2012 to 2014.

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NCC Stands With Assyrian Christians, Condemns ISIS Attack

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches condemns the ISIS attack against Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria. This time, in addition to killing many and forcing others to flee, the terrorist group kidnapped some 150 people, women, children and the elderly. Some reports indicate as many as 400 were kidnapped. Among the captives are reported to be Christian priests. The fate of the captives is currently unknown.

Assyrian Christians trace their ethnic roots in the region back 6,000 years, and their religious roots to the early centuries of the Christian era. The language of their communal worship is Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. Despite experiencing difficulties within the wider society throughout the centuries, the Assyrian community has maintained a vital presence in the region for all this time; like other Christians in the region, they have emigrated in large numbers in recent years due to the ongoing violence there. With the rise of ISIS, their very existence, as demonstrated by this latest attack, is now threatened.

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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.

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Rev. Toby Sanders of Beloved Community in Trenton, NJ will share how churches can work to end Mass Incarceration. 2pm in the Commonwealth Room. #ead2015 #nccead