NCC says free access to the internet is a justice issue and an evangelical issue
Washington, September 15, 2014 – The National Council of Churches, one of 14 religious groups that called on the Federal Communication Commission Monday to assure free and open access to the internet, said “net neutrality” is essential for NCC member communions and partners to “freely convey their faith messages to their parishioners and the public.”
“For us, this is as much an evangelical issue as a justice issue,” said Jim Winkler, NCC president and general secretary.
“The internet must be equally available to all religious groups and advocates of justice to proclaim their faith, promote their programs, and teach their messages,” Winkler said.
NCC Statement on Religious Minorities in Iraq, ISIS, and Killing of James Foley
Washington, August 22, 2014 – The National Council of Churches USA grieves for the plight of Christians and other religious minorities, including Yazidis, Turkmen, and Shabaks, in Iraq. In the early part of the last decade, there were some 1.5 million Christians living in that country. Today, it is estimated that less than 400,000 remain, with the numbers dwindling in the midst of ongoing unrest. The evolving disappearance of the Christian community from that ancient landscape, as well as the displacement of neighbors of other faiths and traditions, is a cause for great alarm.
The suffering of the Iraqi people is not limited to religious minorities. Already long-oppressed by the harsh rule of Saddam Hussein, and still impacted by sectarian conflict after the misguided US-led invasion and war there, all people of Iraq are now suffering horrific violence caused by extremist elements, especially the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (ISIS). There is absolutely no justification for this kind of extremist violence, and the NCC denounces it in the strongest possible terms.
NCC Statement Regarding the Death of Michael Brown
Washington, August 18, 2014 – The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA deplores the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, MO on August 9 and supports a complete investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Brown.
Further, the Council expresses grave concern over the recent killings by police of several other African American men including on July 17, 43 year old Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY; on August 5, 22 year old John Crawford in Beavercreek, OH; and on August 11, 25 year old Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, CA.
“These killings, as well as those of hundreds of other Americans each year at the hands of increasingly militarized police forces is of great and growing concern. A peaceful, healthy society requires trust and positive relationships between citizens and law enforcement. That can best occur in circumstances in which deep-seated social problems such as racism and inequality are being addressed,” said Jim Winkler, NCC president and general secretary.
Mission Statement of the NCC
The NCC is a community of communions called by Christ to visible unity and sent forth in the Spirit to promote God’s justice, peace, and the healing of the world.
September 30, 2014 14:17
Ecumenical Advocacy Days is April 17-20. Plan on joining NCC and others from a wide range of Christian communities to advocate for justice!
September 25, 2014 16:20
Don't forget! September 30th is the deadline to apply for the NCC's two open positions! We're hiring an Associate General Secretary for Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace (posting at: http://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/docs/NCC_AGS_Job_Announcement.pdf) and a Director of Communications and Development (posting at: http://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/docs/NCC_DCD_Job_Announcement.pdf).
September 24, 2014 13:12
New resources for congregations looking for ways to help disabled persons find work and get out of poverty