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.”

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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.

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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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July 29, 2014 12:03
NCC sent a letter to Senators Hatch, Grassley, Sessions, Flake, Graham, and Cornyn on the Judiciary Committee to ask them to support the Second Chance Reauthorization Act. http://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/docs/2ndchanceactncccornyn072814.pdf

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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.