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- Index to Ecumenical Resources for Welfare Reform
- Working Group on Human Needs and Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Report
- "Ending Poverty" Curriculum and Related Resources
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- 'Living Into Asia's Pain', a Good Friday-Easter Sunday Reflection on Tsunami Relief
- 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' - The African American Anthem
- Sankofa - West African Symbol, Spiritual Connections
- 'Let Justice Roll' Against Poverty -- Responsive Reading
- Litany for Education, Schools
- Questions for Candidates About Children and Education
- Christian Principles in an Election Year, Study Guide
- Christian Principles Hymn
- Churches and the U.N.
- Permanent War Economy: Real Security or False Promise?
From Jobs for All
- 'Martin's Dream,' a Hymn for MLK Jr. Day Commemorations
- EcuLink online edition
- Equal Access Guide for Meetings, Conferences, Large Assemblies and Worship
- 'For the Good of All Families'
- Friendship Press Catalog
- 'God is One: The Way of Islam'
- NRSV Bible Translation
- Search the NRSV Bible
- Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches
- Yearbook CD for 1916-2000
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Disciples call Sharon Watkins as General Minister; First woman to head a mainline Protestant group The Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, senior minister of Disciples Christian Church in Bartlesville, Okla., has been elected General Minister and President of the 750,000 member Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She becomes the seventh general minister and president to head the Disciples and the first woman to head a mainline Protestant communion/ denomination. She succeeds Wm. Chris Hobgood and will serve in the Disciples’ general offices in Indianapolis, Ind. "We are a church whose time has come," Watkins told the 3,000 delegates of the Disciples' 2005 General Assembly in Portland, Ore. "We have so much to share, and we must be bold and courageous in sharing our story." Read more.August 6: Living with the bomb for sixty years
On August 6, 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, 80,000 people died instantly in the blast of the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Another 35,000 were injured and more than 60,000 would die by the end of the year from the effects of radioactive fallout. On August 9, 1945, between 60,000 and 80,000 died at 11:02 a.m. in the blast of the second atomic bomb over Nagasaki. The nuclear age was born -- and continues in the uncertainty of missing plutonium caches and terrorist threats. This August, people of faith around the world will be commemorating the anniversary with worship, prayers and peace programs to prevent the horror from happening again. Click the links for a sampling of the resources that are offered by churches and church organizations for this historic observation: Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America; Church of the Brethren; Lutheran Peace Fellowship; Orthodox Peace Fellowship; Presbyterian Church (USA); United Church of Christ.
NCC general secretary told
Truman he was 'deeply disturbed' by the use of the
Project 2010 - providing after school programs for all children by 2010
The time between school and supper is crucial for children, and children who attend quality after school programs do better at home and in class. Not every child has access to this advantage, and Project 2010 of the After School Alliance is a national coalition to make it possible for all children to attend after school programs by 2010. Partners of Project 2010 -- which include the NCC, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and nearly 1,600 others -- believe that after school programs will help develop stronger families, foster leadership qualities among our children and promote the availability of high quality public education. Click the box to join Project 2010. For more information about the After School Alliance, click here.
NCC accepts World Council of
Churches challenge 'to reflect global perspective'
People of faith are
praying for Darfur -- and calling upon the U.S. to act
Preserving and protecting Social
Security -- a new NCC curriculum for
Current and Coming Events of Note . . .
August 6, 2005 -- Keep the Vote Alive, march and rally, Atlanta, Ga. The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and call attention to the threats facing minorities and the poor as keep provisions of the act come up for renewal in 2007. The march begins at 10 a.m. at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building and will proceed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and to Herndon Stadium for an all-day rally beginning at 11 a.m. Speakers and performers include Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Rep. John Lewis, former NCC President Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Joseph Lowery, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
October 13, 2005 -- Christian, Jewish and Muslim nationwide fast. An unusual confluence of sacred seasons for the three Abrahamic faiths this October has led to a call for a day of fasting for reflection, repentance, reconciliation and renewal. Initiated by The Tent of Abraham, Hagar and Sarah and supported by the NCC and the Shalom Center, persons of faith are called upon to "eat together, walk together, learn together, pray alongside each other, listen to each other, and work together for peace, justice, human rights and the healing of our earth. The sacred Muslim lunar month of Ramadan and the sacred Jewish lunar month of Tishrei begin October 3-4. October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, and October 2 is Worldwide Communion Sunday.
October 27-29, 2005 --
International Conference on Violence and Christian Spirituality
the campus of Hellenic College, Brookline, Mass. Hosted by Holy Cross
Greek Orthodox School of Theology, the World Council of Churches and the
Boston Theological Institute. Speakers include Archbishop Demetrios of
America; Dr. Samuel Kobia, general secretary, World Council of Churches;
and Dr. Marc Gopin, director of the Center for World Religions, Democracy
and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Read
Resources You Can Use . . .
Ecumenical Resources You Can Use . . .
Speaking Faith: The Essential Handbook for Religion Communicators is a completely revised seventh edition of the standard guide to the field,recently released by Religion Communicators Council, an interfaith organization which includes many NCC-related professionals. Practical in focus, Speaking Faith has 16 chapters with such hands-on help for houses of worship as 'Graphic Identity,' and 'Getting Out the News.' The book, published with assistance from the National Council of Churches, is now available from Friendship Press at $19.95 per copy, plus shipping. Call 800-889-5733 toll-free or send e-mail to Rbray@gbgm-umc.org to order yours! For more details about the handbook, click here.
Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Laws that Changed America. By Nick Kotz, $26, Houghton Mifflin. This new book by Pulitzer Prize and National Magazine Award winning journalist Nick Kotz, sheds new light on the partnership between two dissimilar men: the intellectual, elegant and sensitive preacher and the gangling, exhaustingly extroverted Texas politician. Persons who lived through the 1960's may be surprised by anecdotes showing how aggressively LBJ -- unlike his predecessor, John F. Kennedy -- pursued civil rights and championed the legislation to back it up. From the book: "In passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act and pushing for a Voting Rights Act in 1965, Lyndon Johnson was reacting to a demand for change, stimulated by the brilliant civil rights campaigns executed by Dr. Martin Luther King in Birmingham and Selma. It had required strong leadership skills for the president to shepherd legislation successfully through Congress. But Johnson wanted to do more ... He wanted to lead the civil rights movement in furthering the cause of poor African Americans."
"The Church and the Media: An NCC Policy Guide" is the product of five years of study by members of the Communication Commission of the National Council of Churches, who considered the impact of mass media on our culture and sought to apply the teaching of Scripture to the realities of the times. Three policy statements and a message to churches were developed to address what congregations might do to focus attention on the interaction of media, justice, violence and the churches' role in communication advocacy and media education. Click here for the full document, in both Word and Acrobat/PDF formats.
"Valuing Families," a new resource from the NCC's Education and Leadership Ministries Commission, is designed to inspire Christian families to honor and prayerfully support families of all shapes and sizes. It may be used by individual families or by congregations as content for family or intergenerational events. The components may be used together or at separate times to nurture integrity within individual families and a strong sense of community. Click here to read more/download.
What Adults with Disabilities Wish All Parents Knew, Reflections from a Different Journey, edited by Stanley D. Klein and John D. Kemp, is recommended reading for everyone, disabled or non-disabled, says NCC Disabilities Committee Coordinator Linda Jean H. Larson. Click here for her book review and order info.
Aging Health Tips. The National Council on the Aging has useful health tips for aging persons and their caregivers posted here. The tips include basic information on Alzheimer's, arthritis, diabetes, epilepsy, hearing loss, incontinence, long-term care, osteoporosis, prostate cancer, shingles, techniques for surviving strokes, vitamin therapy and other issues.
"Hardball on Holy
Ground," a new book by Steven Swecker, chronicles ongoing
efforts by wealthy and powerful individuals and foundations linked to the
religious right to undermine mainline churches and the National Council of
Churches. One reviewer notes that a hostile takeover of these churches
would represent a massive shift in American culture and the balance of
ideas and values for a relatively small investment, muting the influence
of the more moderate Christian community within our society. Click here for info / to order.
God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It -- This new book by Jim Wallis of Sojourners/Call to Renewal offers a clarion call to make both our religious communities and our government more accountable to key values of the prophetic religious tradition -- the values of love, justice, reconciliation, and community that Jesus taught and that are at the core of what many believe, Christian or not. Click here to order online.
A Matter of Trust: Americans and Their Government 1958-2004, the final report of the Partnership for Trust in Government, an effort of the Council for Excellence in Government and the Ford Foundation. The NCC was among partners in this most comprehensive review of trust in government ever produced. For more information, click here.
Telling it Like it Was: Two new books focus on important pieces of ecumenical history. Journeys that Opened Up the World: Women, Student Christian Movements and Social Justice, 1955-1975, tells riveting personal stories of 16 women whose religious roots fed their social activism. A Tapestry of Justice, Service, and Unity: Local Ecumenism in the United States, 1950-2000, chronicles 50 years of local ecumenical life across America. Read more.
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