Member Church News: Christmas Greetings, Creation Care

On Friday, 6 January, the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East received well-wishers on the occasion of the celebration of Christ’s birth. Religious, civic and political leaders, both Armenian and non-Armenian, as well as churchgoers, came in large numbers to the meeting hall of the First Armenian Evangelical Church in Beirut.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) and United Church of Christ are co-sponsoring the webinar “Older Adults & Climate Change” on Tuesday, 24 January, beginning at 7:30 (EST) which features a discussion by three well-known environmental leaders in the church and includes a question and answer session.

Christian Albecker, president of UEPAL—the Union of Protestant Churches of Alsace and Lorraine—shares his wishes for the new year.

First Presbyterian Church of Port Gibson, Mississippi, received an entry on the website Atlas Obscura for its unusual steeple topper: a golden hand. The hand honors the congregation’s first installed pastor, Zebulun Butler, who served from 1828 until his death in 1860 and punctuated his sermons by pointing up as if to heaven.

Two missionaries from the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan who teach at Trinity Theological College in Singapore and serve as advisors to the Singapore Presbyterian Church share some insights.

Participants in the Roman Catholic-Reformed Ecumenical Dialogue in the United States are encouraged by the most recent gathering of church and ecumenical representatives. The latest meeting was held before the holidays late last year with representatives from the Presbyterian Church (USA), the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the United Church of Christ, and the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Korean churches urge peaceful means to overcome current crisis on the Korean Peninsula: Amid rapidly rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula over the past few weeks, the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) released a statement entitled “Hope for the Korean Peninsula from the heat of war to coexistence with the warm breeze of peace.”

The 2023 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins on 18 January, focuses on the promotion of racial justice.

Book launch: Every Part of Creation Matters: Caring for God’s creation is an integral part of the calling of the churches. How can this be done? The question is explored in depth in the book Every Part of Creation Matters. The book published by the Conference of European Churches in partnership with will be launched in an online event on 18 January 2023 at 14:00 (CET).

Eastern Africa drought is still marching on, church leaders warn: As severe drought and food shortages march on in eastern Africa, church leaders are calling for increased humanitarian aid to avert the possible starvation of millions.

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