Member Church News: Aid, Ethics, Leaders

To mark the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine, United Church of Canada Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance has shared an update on their work in region, providing aid and assisting those fleeing the war.

During the general meeting of the General Assembly of the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community, which was held at its headquarters in Rabieh, Lebanon, Joseph Kassab was re-elected as president of the Supreme Synod, in addition to the election of the administrative office and the Executive Committee of the Synod.

“Faced with yet more deaths of adults and children who were seeking safety and respect in Europe, we denounce the policies that caused it,” says Daniele Garrone, president of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy, in reference to the recent shipwreck of refugees in Crontone.

After a year-long search, the United Church of Christ Board’s Search Committee for General Minister and President has made a historic choice. The committee will be recommending Karen Georgia Thompson as nominee for general minister and president. If elected, she would be the first woman, and the first woman of African descent, to lead the denomination.

A German radio journalist interviews members of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan about transformational justice in Taiwanese society and the church’s stance on the country’s independence.

Some congregations worry that singing songs outside their own tradition might be inauthentic or offensive. Ethnomusicologist Katie J. Graber gives reasons for using worship songs from other cultures and eras—and how to do so with proper appreciation and attribution.

Ethical values abound in this year’s Oscar-nominated films: Presbyterian film critic Edward McNulty lets us know which films are worth seeing before Oscar Night on 12 March.

United Christian Forum, a human rights group based in New Delhi, has appealed to the president of India for protection of the constitutional rights of the Christian community, which has suffered escalating violence since 2022.

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