National Council of Churches issues statement on the upcoming grand jury action in Ferguson, MO

The National Council of Churches is a fellowship of Christian communions that seeks justice for all and stands with all those who are oppressed.  We are in partnership with pastors and congregations who are preaching, seeking justice, and providing pastoral care in Ferguson's churches in the midst of the current tensions.  We celebrate the long-standing presence of members and leaders of this community that care for, and have cared for, the welfare of their congregations and the community at large. We are led by their love and by their stories and counsel.  We are also inspired by the young people who, in their quest for justice, are embodying a faith and courage that we find to be an example to our churches.

We join the community of Ferguson, and all of those who seek justice and fairness for all people. We applaud those who practice the very best in Christian tradition by responding through prayer and non-violent, peaceful action, and we join with other faith traditions who urge the same.  It is our hope that the city and its citizens, churches, law enforcement officials, justice-seekers, and media, will all be shepherded by the teaching of Jesus to love God and to “love your neighbor as yourself."

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National Council of Churches welcomes two new staff members

Washington, November 7, 2014: The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) announces the hiring of two new staff members. Rev. Aundreia Alexander, Esq., comes to the NCC from the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches, USA, and will begin her new position as an Associate General Secretary for Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace in early January. Rev. Steven D. Martin, the NCC’s Director of Communications and Development, begins immediately.

Alexander brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the NCC. Rev. Alexander comes to the NCC from the American Baptist Churches, USA’s Office of Immigration and Refugee Services. She leads the denominational efforts to advocate for a comprehensive humane immigration law in the United States. For the past several years she has also advocated for human rights and religious liberty issues related to the diaspora of the ethnic peoples of Burma. She has recently worked closely with the World Council of Churches and the United Nations on addressing the plight of stateless persons. She also brings her background in law and conflict resolution to the NCC as an advocate for peace and justice.

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NCC says free access to the internet is a justice issue and an evangelical issue

Washington, September 15, 2014 – The National Council of Churches, one of 14 religious groups that called on the Federal Communication Commission Monday to assure free and open access to the internet, said “net neutrality” is essential for NCC member communions and partners to “freely convey their faith messages to their parishioners and the public.”

“For us, this is as much an evangelical issue as a justice issue,” said Jim Winkler, NCC president and general secretary.

“The internet must be equally available to all religious groups and advocates of justice to proclaim their faith, promote their programs, and teach their messages,” Winkler said.

Smaller internet service providers (ISPs), have become concerned that web giants including Comcast and Verizon have the means of curtailing access to the internet for smaller providers.

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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.

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2015

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November 20, 2014 16:41
From the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s news:

November 20, 2014 16:40
Here's what the United Church of Christ had to say about our time in St. Louis:

November 20, 2014 15:47
DC area friends: tomorrow (Nov 21) will be a full day of events surrounding the release of "Food Chains," an important film about a subject many of us care deeply about. See the film at West End Cinemas this weekend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqZLrXVAde4