Member Church News: Visits, Caring, Commemoration

The Protestant Church of Switzerland and HEKS delegation trip shows solidarity with Syria and Lebanon. The delegation experienced first-hand how church partners help thousands of people both in Lebanon and in Syria on a daily basis and why ongoing solidarity with the countries of the Middle East is vital.

You Shall Be My Witnesses: A Service for Pentecost from Reformed Worship. This service celebrates Pentecost both verbally and symbolically. Who is involved in the liturgy is symbolic of the new community which the Spirit gathers. What is done during worship is also symbolic of the new community pictured in Acts 2:44-45.

From mid-February to early April, Pastor Carola Tron (former WCRC Executive Committee member) and Pastor Dario Barolin (former APIRAL executive secretary) from the Iglesia Waldense del Río de la Plata visited the Italian Baptist, Methodist, and Waldensian sister communities of the Waldensian valleys in Italy.

J. Herbert Nelson, II, a WCRC Executive Committee member, has informed the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly that he will not seek a third term as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Hope and Heartbreak at the US-Mexico Border: I won’t sugarcoat it; this is a humanitarian crisis, says Diane Dykgraaf of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

“Caring for the Earth, Transforming Lives” event will explore links between faith and natural regeneration: A day-long seminar on 12 May, offered in a hybrid format, will help churches and faith-based communities respond more effectively to the challenges of environmental degradation and climate change.

Unpacking peace: A webinar organised by the Conference of European Churches and Inclusive Peace on 24 April explored “The role of faith-based actors in political processes – comparative experiences and implications regarding Ukraine and Russia.”

Council for World Mission’s Pacific Members’ Mission Forum themed “Radical Discipleship and Transformative Spirituality” was held 12-14 April in Nadi, Fiji, with inaugural worship led by Rev Dr Amelia Koh-Butler, CWM Mission Secretary for Education, Formation and Empowerment.

The Middle East Council of Churches announced that the 22 April each year—the day of the kidnapping of the two Archbishops of Aleppo, Metropolitan Boulos Yaziji and Metropolitan Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim—will be named “The Ecumenical Day for the Abducted and the Forcibly Absented.”

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