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Holy Week 2017: Joint statement on the Middle East

April 10, 2017                                                                                  Download PDF “As Jesus was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen….  As he came near and saw the city [of Jerusalem], he wept […]

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Oldest congregation entering new season

Change welcomed in historic congregation The 206th anniversary – yes, 206th! – of Park Avenue Christian Church (The Park) in New York City will be just a week after their first regularly called woman pastor begins her work there. Rev. Kaji Douša begins her ministry with the jointly affiliated congregation Sunday, Oct. 2.  She is […]

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Posted on September 19, 2016
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, General, People
US faith leaders call for just peace in Columbia

May 23, 2016 Dear President Obama and Members of the U.S. Congress: We write to you as leaders of religious communities and faith-based organizations who share a common hope — a just peace for all Colombian people. We are greatly encouraged by the advances in negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas. Although […]

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Disciples Volunteering partnering across continent

Disciples Volunteering’s disaster response ministries and related host Mission Stations continue to evolve as a core collaborative ministry. In Taylor, TX, DV has partnered with the United Church of Christ’s Disaster Ministries and local leadership to support the recovery from flooding that occurred in May 2015; that response is expected to end in June. Meanwhile, […]

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Posted on May 6, 2016
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, General, General Ministries, Regions
U.S. denominations send letter about arms to Congress

May 5, 2016 Dear Honorable Members of Congress, As people of faith, we are deeply grieved by the violence, displacement, and abrogation of human rights playing out in the Middle East today. We believe the role of U.S. military assistance and arms trade is a major factor in fueling a downward spiral of militarization, dehumanization, […]

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Reflection on a Middle East Pilgrimage, Part 2

Egypt. One of the stepping off points for the Arab Spring – and for the disappointment that followed. Land of pharaohs and pyramids, of desert and of fertile Nile basin. Home to the most Christians of any Middle Eastern country. Ten percent of Egyptians are Christian. That Jesus spent time in Egypt matters: “Out of […]

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Reflection on a Middle East Pilgrimage, Part 1

In March 2016, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ led a delegation of church leaders to the Middle East to meet ministry partners there. Disciples Mission Fund and Week of Compassion support these partners and many others in the land where Jesus and the apostles first […]

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Religious leaders issue statement re: American Muslims

Keeping Our Communities Open to American Muslims A Statement of Principles from Faith Leaders of Shoulder to Shoulder As leaders of a number of religious groups in this country, we are deeply disturbed by recent reports that a growing number of businesses across America have declared themselves to be “Muslim-free zones,” the latest of which […]

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Posted on September 1, 2015
Filed under: Ecumenical, General, Office of the General Minister and President
Coastal Plains Disciples organize ecumenical response to Charleston shootings

It started with a phone call. Rev. Herschel Moore, retired associate minister of Bethany Christian Church in Houston called Rev. Marilyn Fiddmont and her husband, Norman, on June 18, heartbroken over the news of the shootings at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC.  Moore wanted to reach out share in our pain, anger or whatever we […]

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Posted on June 30, 2015
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, General, People, Regions
Resources for congregations: Ferguson grand jury decision

Emotions are raw in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury decision involving the death of Michael Brown. People feel unheard, threatened and confused. As we seek to be a movement for wholeness in a broken and fragmented world, our call is to open our churches as places of dialogue and action. Our challenge is […]

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