I Invite You to Celebrate a Meaningful Thanksgiving!

A reflection by Rev. Jose Luis Casal, General Missioner
The Presbytery of Tres Rios Presbyterian Church (USA)

Thursday, November 26, we in the United States will celebrate the Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday where we give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. The celebration has its historical roots in the history of the pilgrims having a meal of gratitude for the first harvest they were able to collect in the “new world.” Since its inception as a National Holiday established by President Abraham Lincoln, Thanksgiving has been connected not only with our culture but also with the political situation of the country.

Just last Monday we heard the disturbing announcement that “the U.S. State Department issued a rare worldwide travel alert, warning American travelers about the widespread threats posed by members of the Islamic State or copycat bombers. The alert said that there were increased terror threats from al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and ISIL, the term used by the federal government for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which has claimed responsibility for the Paris terrorist attacks. The alert also said people unaffiliated with the groups may be inspired by recent terrorist attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey and Mali.” (USA TODAY – Nov. 23, 2015)

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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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November 26, 2015 09:32
Happy Thanksgiving! A reflection by Rev. Jose Luis Casal, General Missioner, The Presbytery of Tres Rios Presbyterian Church (USA)

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.