Member Church News: Assistance, Advocacy, Prayers

After The Earthquake in Croatia: The Reformed Christian Calvinist Church in Croatia opened their out-of-use parishes for the victim families of the earthquake in Petrinja. The Hungarian Reformed Church Aid launched a fundraising campaign to support reconstruction works.

US Senate calls for end to violence in Cameroon: “Our partner church in Cameroon as well as the many Cameroonians in our churches across our country have been praying and urging the United States to stand for its values in support of human rights and take action for the people of Cameroon,” said Catherine Gordon, the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness’s representative for international issues.

The National Council of Churches in Korea has published a Korean translation of The Light of Peace: Churches in Solidarity with the Korean Peninsula, a book the World Council of Churches fellowship is using to recognize 70 years of unresolved conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

HEKS, the aid organization of the Swiss Protestant Church, will be 75 years old in 2021. They plan to use this anniversary year to look back on the long and eventful history of the organization – but also to dare a look into the future that all will celebrate together with “Bread for All”.

Religious leaders speak out against violence at US Capitol: As mob violence took over the US Capitol on 6 January, churches in the USA spoke out against the threat against the integrity of democracy.

The Presbyterian Church in Singapore has raised over $17,000 among its member churches to support Cambodian churches struggling with floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Sunday, 10 January, as pandemic restrictions continue across Scotland, Christians across the country will join together in prayer at 7pm in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Even as nations continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, final preparations are under way for one of the world’s largest annual prayer observances, traditionally celebrated 18-25 January. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity involves Christian communities from many traditions and all parts of the globe. At a time when public health concerns put a limit on physical gatherings, it provides an opportunity for churches to come together by means of a typically Christian practice that long predates modern transport: prayer.

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