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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National Council of Churches opposes Israeli invasion of Gaza

Washington, July 18, 2014 –The President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA expressed deep disappointment and sadness Friday over the invasion of Gaza by Israeli Defense Forces.

The Israeli government said it is “hitting Hamas hard” following the Palestinian faction’s refusal to accept a peace plan brokered by Egypt.

NCC President and General Secretary Jim Winkler said, “The overwhelming military superiority possessed by Israel, exhibited by days of air strikes against Gaza and the consequent deaths of hundreds of Palestinians and the wounding of thousands more, guarantees the besieged and impoverished people who live there will suffer much more.”

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NCC pays tribute to former NCC President Elenie Huszagh

Washington, July 12, 2014 – Elenie Huszagh, a long-time Chicago attorney and prominent lay member of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, died July 11.

Huszagh was president of the National Council of Churches from 2002 to 2003. She was the first Orthodox layperson and the first Orthodox woman to serve in the office, and only one of six laypersons to serve as president in the Council’s history.

“Elenie stands tall in the gallery of National Council leaders,” said Jim Winkler, president and general secretary of the NCC. “She represented the Council during crucial events in world history, including the war in Iraq that began in March 2003. The Council and many other religious groups worked hard to head off the war, and Elenie’s shrewd legal mind and no-nonsense analysis of the situation served us well.”

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NCC statement on deaths of three Israeli teenagers

Washington, June 30, 2014 – Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches issued the following statement today in response to news of the deaths of three Israeli teenagers:

"It is with a sense of deep sadness and loss that the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCC) receives the tragic news that the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped on June 12 have been found just north of Hebron.

We grieve with their families, with the nation of Israel, and with people around the world upon learning Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel are no longer with us. We pray for their families and all of their loved ones who even now are surely weeping.

The National Council of Churches of Christ remains steadfastly committed to working for a just and peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We pray no one else, not a single Israeli or Palestinian, will die in this struggle.”

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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. 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.

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National Council of Churches opposes Israeli invasion of Gaza