National Council of Churches issues statement on the grand jury action in Ferguson, MO

Washington, DC: The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA expresses its deep disappointment with the decision of the grand jury, sitting in Clayton, Missouri, not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the murder of Michael Brown.  

An indictment would not have been a conviction nor a judgement of Officer Wilson’s guilt; rather, it would have permitted him to be tried before a jury of his peers where his innocence or guilt would have been appropriately decided. Without an indictment it now seems unlikely that justice will be done.

Nevertheless, we reiterate our call in this time of serious tension for the city of Ferguson and its citizens, law enforcement officials, justice-seekers, and others to respond in a nonviolent manner. We join with Michael Brown’s father’s plea that protests not become violent.

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National Council of Churches Welcomes New Rules on Immigration

Washington, DC: The National Council of Churches (NCC) welcomes President Obama’s announcement of new steps on immigration stated in his speech on the night of Thursday, November 20, 2011. The President's proposals will make life better for millions of immigrants who are exploited and live in fear of deportation. Still, less than half of the undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. will benefit from the changes announced by the President.

The NCC has long stood for the rights of immigrants.  In 1952 the NCC stated its concern for displaced peoples in the aftermath of World War II, from Soviet rule, and in Korea. Ten years later the NCC formulated the understanding that has stood ever since:

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National Council of Churches issues statement on the upcoming grand jury action in Ferguson, MO

The National Council of Churches is a fellowship of Christian communions that seeks justice for all and stands with all those who are oppressed.  We are in partnership with pastors and congregations who are preaching, seeking justice, and providing pastoral care in Ferguson's churches in the midst of the current tensions.  We celebrate the long-standing presence of members and leaders of this community that care for, and have cared for, the welfare of their congregations and the community at large. We are led by their love and by their stories and counsel.  We are also inspired by the young people who, in their quest for justice, are embodying a faith and courage that we find to be an example to our churches.

We join the community of Ferguson, and all of those who seek justice and fairness for all people. We applaud those who practice the very best in Christian tradition by responding through prayer and non-violent, peaceful action, and we join with other faith traditions who urge the same.  It is our hope that the city and its citizens, churches, law enforcement officials, justice-seekers, and media, will all be shepherded by the teaching of Jesus to love God and to “love your neighbor as yourself."

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National Council of Churches welcomes two new staff members

Washington, November 7, 2014: The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) announces the hiring of two new staff members. Rev. Aundreia Alexander, Esq., comes to the NCC from the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches, USA, and will begin her new position as an Associate General Secretary for Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace in early January. Rev. Steven D. Martin, the NCC’s Director of Communications and Development, begins immediately.

Alexander brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the NCC. Rev. Alexander comes to the NCC from the American Baptist Churches, USA’s Office of Immigration and Refugee Services. She leads the denominational efforts to advocate for a comprehensive humane immigration law in the United States. For the past several years she has also advocated for human rights and religious liberty issues related to the diaspora of the ethnic peoples of Burma. She has recently worked closely with the World Council of Churches and the United Nations on addressing the plight of stateless persons. She also brings her background in law and conflict resolution to the NCC as an advocate for peace and justice.

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November 24, 2014 21:59
The NCC expresses its disappointment in the grand jury's response to Michael Brown's killing.

November 24, 2014 11:55
The Lancaster (Pa.) County Council of Churches is working with other religious groups to call for an end to Amish reality television series that exploit the community.

November 21, 2014 13:53
NCC Chair Rev. Roy Medley's reflections on our time in St. Louis & Ferguson: