New York, September 8, 2009 -- A month after violence erupted against Christians in Pakistan, the Episcopal Bishop of Lahore has told church leaders in the United States that tensions between Christians and Muslims are not likely to subside any time soon.
"In this whole war on terror, Pakistan is a frontline partner with the United States," said the Rev.
By Fredrick Nzwili ()
(World Council of Churches Feature)
- There is much hope in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that the
guns will soon fall silent. But the trail of human rights abuses the combatants
leave behind compels the churches to intervene.
For the civilians it may not matter on
which frontline they find themselves, says Dismas Kyanza, the Church of
Christ in Congo (ECC) emergency officer for North Kivu, since all armed
groups are committing atrocities.
"There are the local armed groups,
international armies, national armed groups and foreign armies.
(World Council of Churches Feature) - There is much hope in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that the guns will soon fall silent. But the trail of human rights abuses the combatants leave behind compels the churches to intervene.
For the civilians it may not matter on which frontline they find themselves, says Dismas Kyanza, the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) emergency officer for North Kivu, since all armed groups are committing atrocities.
"There are the local armed groups, international armies, national armed groups and foreign armies.
New York, February 16, 2009 -- As the government of Sri Lanka presses its advantage against the insurgent Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), U.S.
New York, October 20, 2008 -- National Council of Churches General Secretary Michael Kinnamon has welcomed a call by World Council of Churches General Secretary Samuel Kobia "to quell the violence" against the Christian minority in Iraq.
Kobia issued the plea to officials of the United Nations and the Iraqi government, seeking "swift action to quell the violence in Iraq and to thwart activities aimed at the expulsion of Christians and other minority populations."
"Americans have a special responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for Christians …
NCC Gulf Commission gives governments low marks
New York, February 21, 2007 - On Ash Wednesday, when many Christians around the world begin the season of Lent, a time of self-examination, a special commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) issued a report on how local, state and federal government in the Gulf Coast region have contributed to hardships for millions of victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
After more than a half a dozen post-Katrina trips to the Gulf Coast region and extensive on-the-ground analysis, the NCC's Special Commission on …
Facing the horrifying events in Lebanon, leading to loss of life and destruction of infrastructure, in addition to recurrent threats of an Israeli invasion, the Middle East Council of Churches reiterates its call upon the international community, especially the Security Council for an active and speedy interference for a cease-fire, and urges all parties concerned to resort to political negotiations. The Council also urges all regional powers to exercise pressure on all parties to stop escalation and return to dialogue.
From NCCA Christian World Service (the aid and development agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia)
Washington, D.C., March 16, 2006 -- The National Council of Churches' Special Commission for the Just Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast said it was "deeply troubled" by the Federal Emergency Management Administration's decision to end temporary housing for hurricane victims.
In a statement released today, the Special Commission said:
We are deeply troubled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to end funding for temporary housing for Hurricane Katrina evacuees as of yesterday.
NCC chief says there is 'no greater imperative' than ending the genocide in Darfur
Lott Aide Says: Rebuilding Efforts are a 'mess'; New chair of Democratic Caucus Meets With Commission
Washington, D.C., January 31, 2006 -- As President Bush prepares to address the nation this evening with his administration's plans for restoring the Gulf Coast region, the National Council of Churches' Special Commission for the Just Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast is calling for radical changes in U.S.
The 300 delegates of the National Council of Churches USA's General Assembly today passed a motion to endorse the Special Commission for the Just Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast, which was established by urgent action of the NCC Governing Board in September.
In India and Pakistan following the devastating earthquake on 9 October, massive rescue and relief operations are under way but there are immense difficulties because of broken and blocked roads and bridges, heavy rainfall, hail storms, low temperatures and mud and land slides.
Victor Azariah, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Pakistan, has appealed for prayers for the injured, the victims, and needy and homeless people -- that they be helped to save their lives, with food, tents and medical assistance which is immediately required.
"May the Lord bestow us …
Washington, D.C., September 30, 2005 -- The General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA has urged caution on the issue of whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency should reimburse faith-based groups for their efforts to aid victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that FEMA has decided to reimburse religious organizations that have provided shelter, food and supplies for hurricane victims.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2005 -- Leading non-governmental organizations in the United States, France and Great Britain are urging their countries to immediately sponsor a United Nations Security Council resolution that will mandate peace enforcement operations in Darfur, Sudan.
"This joint declaration is important because it recognizes the influence that the US, the UK and France can have in urging the international community to get involved in stopping the genocide in Darfur," said Dr.
July 16, 2004, New York City -- The National Council of Churches USA joined with other non-governmental organizations today in a letter to the United Nations Security Council, urging that the Council take specific actions to thwart genocide in the Darfur Region of Sudan and not to allow diplomatic processes to slow down their response. The sign-on was coordinated by the World Federalist Movement. Documentation follows.
Full Text of the Resolution Follows
May 5, 2004, New York City -- The National Council of Churches USA is watching with growing sadness and indignation the devolution of the crisis in Iraq into increasing chaos.
Medicine and medical supplies, school and health kits, clean water, nutritious food and a spirit-healing theater project are among ways that the multi-agency "All Our Children" (AOC) campaign is meeting Iraqi children's health needs -- body, mind and spirit.
Korean Peninsula, November 17 -- A seven-member ecumenical delegation from the United States -- led by Dr. Robert W. Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC), and the Rev. John L. McCullough, Executive Director of Church World Service (CWS) -- reported significant results from their meetings in North Korea, which took place there Nov. 12-14. The visit marks the culmination of a year-long initiative by NCC and CWS.
September 10, 2003, NEW YORK CITY - Will the Iraq of the future be prosperous, stable and tolerant -- or will it be suffering, violent and polarized? Keys to Iraq's success include how well its humanitarian needs are met, said Steve Weaver, coordinator for the multi-agency All Our Children campaign for Iraqi children's health.