Armenian Genocide: 100 Years of Denial

April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide, which took place in Turkey from 1915 to 1923. Denied as genocide by the Turkish Government and characterized by it as merely part of the general violence of World War I, remarkably the United States has not yet officially recognized this horrific episode in history as genocide. As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of this tragedy, the National Council of Churches expresses its profound disappointment that President Obama, while calling for a “full, frank and just acknowledgement of the facts,” has refrained from identifying it as genocide.

NCC president and general secretary Jim Winkler said that such an acknowledgement includes the use of the word genocide: “At this moment, I am in Armenia for events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the genocide. Church leaders from around the world have gathered here in solidarity with the church and people of Armenia. I am more aware than ever before of how important it is for people of good will everywhere to stand up and name genocide for what it is.”

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National Muslim-Christian Initiative
March 24-25, 2015

A meeting of the National Muslim-Christian Initiative, a major dialogue between Muslim and Christian leaders, took place in late March, gathering together nearly 40 Christian and Muslim senior representatives from around the country to engage issues of concern to both communities, including deliberate discussion of Islamphobia in the US and religious extremist ideology abroad. The meeting included a public evening program with more than 100 people present, on the intersection of religious freedom and respect for what others hold sacred.

The initiative, begun in 2008 and having last met in 2011, is an integral part of the 30+ years of relationship between Christian communions connected through the National Council of Churches and Muslim organizations. The pause in meetings was due to organizational and programmatic factors in both communities.

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NCC Responds to Department of Justice Investigation of Ferguson Policing

“An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” ~ The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches thanks Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department for its report after a thorough investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. The report revealed that the police department and the City of Ferguson perpetuated the practice of discriminatory and racial bias against African-Americans. This shocking report states that the city had “a pattern or practice of unlawful conduct within the Ferguson Police Department that violated the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and federal statutory law.”

In a city where 67 percent of the population are African-Americans, 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of all citations issued, and 93 percent of arrests were made from among the city's Black citizens from 2012 to 2014.

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NCC Stands With Assyrian Christians, Condemns ISIS Attack

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches condemns the ISIS attack against Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria. This time, in addition to killing many and forcing others to flee, the terrorist group kidnapped some 150 people, women, children and the elderly. Some reports indicate as many as 400 were kidnapped. Among the captives are reported to be Christian priests. The fate of the captives is currently unknown.

Assyrian Christians trace their ethnic roots in the region back 6,000 years, and their religious roots to the early centuries of the Christian era. The language of their communal worship is Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. Despite experiencing difficulties within the wider society throughout the centuries, the Assyrian community has maintained a vital presence in the region for all this time; like other Christians in the region, they have emigrated in large numbers in recent years due to the ongoing violence there. With the rise of ISIS, their very existence, as demonstrated by this latest attack, is now threatened.

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April 24, 2015 13:19
Armenian Genocide: 100 Years of Denial

April 23, 2015 10:26
This falls in the "News of the Weird" area: NewsMax has posted a list of the top 100 Christian leaders in the US. Franklin Graham and Joel Osteen are at the top. But some NCC leaders are there too. And check out #28! Ahead of Chuck Norris by a long shot.

April 20, 2015 15:23
Opening night of worship at Ecumenical Advocacy Days with preacher Rev. Traci Blackmon, worship leader Rev. Yvonne Ford, Rev. Dionne Boissiere and me. A spirit filled powerful beginning to a transformative weekend on social justice advocacy to end mass incarceration. #EAD2015