Member Church News: Confronting injustices

On Saturday, 26 June, AIPRAL’s next MIRADAS virtual meeting will focus on the challenge of gender violence in Latin America.

United Church of Christ leaders are reaching out to colleagues at The United Church of Canada in prayer and support after the remains of hundreds of Indigenous children were found buried on the grounds of Canada’s largest residential school.

A new resource out of the Synod of South Australia explores connections between two crises that have and continue to pose drastic change and threat to life on earth: the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. The series of short videos is designed to help congregations and small groups apply insights from the COVID-19 pandemic to the climate crisis and consider a response in their context.

The Journal of Presbyterian History, the scholarly publication of the Presbyterian Historical Society, is devoting its next two issues to “The Dynamics of Indigenization” in global Christian communities.

The United Church of Canada strongly condemns the horrific hate-filled attack that killed three generations of a Muslim family in London, Ontario on Sunday, 6 June.

Two Pastors on Christian Worship in Politically Divided Times: Many preachers and congregations claim that politics have no place in their worship. But pastors Meg Jenista Kuykendall and Katie Ritsema-Roelofs say that addressing public issues in worship is essential for congregations to become to Christlike communities.

A refugee agency rebuilds its pipeline after Trump:
Hollowed out by four years of drastic cuts to the number of refugees allowed into the country, the faith-based agencies that resettle families in the U.S. are gearing back up.

Vaccine inequity that is making containment measures more difficult for people and communities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and increasing trends of gender-based violence, injustices against Indigenous peoples, and insecurities among the youths were identified as major issues in Asia during a regional consultation jointly organised by the World Council of Churches and the Christian Conference of Asia.

The World Council of Churches is accepting applications for workshops to be part of the “Brunnen” space of the WCC 11th Assembly in 2022. The application window is from 10 June through 31 October 2021.

The World Council of Churches Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace Reference Group and Theological Study Group are convening online this week to share reflections and harvest theological learnings.

Image: Some of the members of the WCC PJP Reference Group.

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