Member Church News: Peace, Papers, Peoples

Both the United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church in Canada have signed an ecumenical statement to end the violence in Israel/Palestine and uphold the rights of all civilians to life and freedom from violence and discrimination while the Disciples of Christ, Reformed Church in America, Presbyterian Church (USA), and United Church of Christ have joined the US ecumenical community in a letter to Congress on crisis in Israel/Palestine.

Commentary: Pastor experienced “radical hospitality” fleeing West Bank when violence broke out.

The International Reformed Theological Institute (IRTI) has called for papers for the 15th international IRTI Conference to be held in June 2024 under the theme “Peace among the Nations: Reformed Theology and Geopolitical Conflicts.”

Presbyterians join many faith organizations to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Members of three ecumenical congregations came together last month to celebrate the National Synod of Scotland and wider United Reformed Church’s commitment to the ministry and mission of EcoCongregation Scotland.

Reformed Worship has shared a hymn-festival service celebrating the worldwide church.

The September issue of INSiGHT is full of stories that put a human face and spiritual lens on the Mission Programme and Partnership arm of the Council for World Mission.

The Middle East Council of Churches has issued a statement about the war of extermination against the Palestinian people in Gaza.

World conference to gather in 2025 to reaffirm goal of visible unity for churches: The World Council of Churches is planning a World Conference on Faith and Order in 2025 to mark the 1700th anniversary of the first Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in 325, a key moment in the history of Christian faith and for the ecumenical journey today.

Asian Indigenous theologians emphasize renewal and restoration as imperative to affirming God’s will.

The Conference of European Churches published a new book Alternatives to Populism from a Human Rights Perspective which explores the phenomenon of populism from various perspectives, exploring links between religion and religious actors in a compilation of essays authored by academics in the field.

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