Member Church News: Examples, Welcomes, Reformations

Latin American youth and women affirm that churches should be examples of struggle for justice and peace.

In an affirmation of inclusiveness and ecumenism, the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ has welcomed eight newly-affiliated congregations to the life of the denomination this week, a witness to the final prayer of Jesus that “they may all be one.”

Czech Protestants celebrate 500 years of the European Reformation.

An Iranian refugee’s paintings have been displayed in a church in British Columbia, Canada.

Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan reflects on his week with Pacific church leaders.

The Presbyterian Church of Taiwan recently held a seminar on Gender Equality and Faith Reflections.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s publishing arm has released a new study, titled The Protestant Reformations, written by best-selling author Donald K. McKim.

The Lutheran World Federation is currently holding their assembly in Namibia. LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan encouraged members of the worldwide communion of churches to capture Luther’s drive to reform, rebuild and remake the church in a spirit of repentance and faithfulness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Evangelical Church of the River Plate (PPAR) expressed its rejection and condemnation of the ruling of the Supreme Court of Argentina that enabled that a convicted for crimes against humanity will apply a differential computation so that his sentence was reduced by half.

Persecution of Coptic Christians demands our attention: The situation of increasing persecution faced by our brothers and sisters in the Orthodox Coptic Church in Egypt is one that deserves to be better known and to be met with more prayerful and practical solidarity on the part of Christians everywhere.

The regional presidents of the World Council of Churches have released their annual Pentecost message. Their message reflects on the meaning of being a people on a pilgrimage for justice and peace, especially as found in Acts 2:1-47. There message is available in the following languages: English, French, German and Spanish.

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