NCC Urges Hospitality, Care Toward Refugees

“You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
-Deuteronomy 10:19, NRSV

As Scripture is clear about our responsibility to care for refugees, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA supports the extension of hospitality by the United States to those who are fleeing the turmoil and violence of recent years in Syria.

The hysteria developing in our nation regarding the possibility, no matter how remote, that Syrian refugees might represent a potential terrorist threat is misplaced, deeply unfortunate and harmful to our ability to see the humanity of our sisters and brothers from other lands.

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Keep our Elections Free from Hateful Rhetoric
A Statement Adopted by the NCC Governing Board, November 18, 2015

The National Council of Churches calls on all candidates for office to refrain from utilizing speech that reflects hatred of others and results in the division of society as a way to promote their candidacies. We similarly call on media outlets covering the candidates and their campaigns, debates, and addresses to exercise care not to sensationalize such rhetoric at a time when we should be lifting up our best values, living out the democratic process.

Our democracy has many building blocks. It is not perfect, but these blocks together define the national effort to form a “more perfect Union” (preamble, U.S. Constitution). The preeminent witness to this national effort is the democratic election process that provides opportunity to anyone to seek office, including the presidency.

Among the current candidates for president are corporate leaders and government leaders; children of immigrants; men and women; rich and poor; and people of different ethnicities and races. This diversity reflects the heterogeneity of America and the value we place on it.

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Recent Middle East Violence and Acts of Terrorism
A Statement Adopted by the NCC Governing Board, November 18, 2015

Over many years, the National Council of Churches has often expressed our aspirations and sorrows, our confidence and fears, related to an eventual peace in the Middle East.

At this time,

  • Inter-communal violence is consuming Israel and the Palestinian Territories
  • Terrorism and civil conflict are raining fire upon Syria and Iraq
  • Horrific acts of terrorism have recently taken place in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad and many other cities around the world
  • Afghanistan is sliding back into chaos
  • Refugees are fleeing the region and entering Europe in large numbers with no end of suffering on the horizon
  • Religious minorities are being persecuted, and sectarian strife is affecting Christian, Muslim and Jewish populations.

As we approach the celebration of the birth of Christ our hearts are filled with sorrow and fear that peace will remain out of reach in the Middle East for much longer than we could ever have imagined.

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Written Testimony of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
Submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee
Full Committee Hearing on S.2123 The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015
October 19, 2015

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA expresses thanks to Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Leahy as well as Senator Durbin, Senator Cornyn, Senator Whitehouse, Senator Lee, Senator Schumer, Senator Graham, Senator Booker, and Senator Scott and their staffs for their hard work on bringing forward this piece of compromise legislation to begin to address the problems in our criminal justice system and for the opportunity to offer our views on the legislation.

For more than 63 years the NCC has been the foremost expression of Christian unity in the United States. The NCC speaks with the voice of its 37 member denominations from Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historically African American, and Living Peace Church traditions that represent 35 million Christians in over 100,000 congregations. We seek to model unity and work together to promote God’s justice, peace, and healing for the world.

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November 25, 2015 09:25
Act Now! Don't let the U.S. ban Syrian refugees!

November 24, 2015 14:03
Once again, if you feel strongly that we should welcome refugees, please share this graphic.

November 24, 2015 11:59