The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) has sent a holiday message to members of the U.S. Congress urging them to honor the spirit of this holiday season by “acting for justice and righteousness on behalf of all of God’s people.”
The holiday card names NCC advocacy priorities and encourages members of Congress to support legislation that would bring peace on earth, peace in our communities and peace of mind to the most vulnerable. In particular, the message to Congress calls for support for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, a ban on assault rifles, and, a permanent expansion of the child tax credit, among other issues.
“This holiday season, we’re working and praying for peace and we’re asking you, as members of Congress, to do your part to support legislation that will make it a reality,” says the card. “For Christians, celebrating the birth of Jesus is about more than consumerism and sharing empty words of peace, joy, and love. It is about putting our faith into action for the most vulnerable.”
The holiday message is a part of a “Let There Be Peace” campaign NCC has launched for the Advent season. Daily prayers focused on peace by Christian leaders have been posted to NCC’s social media accounts. A litany about peace has been available for local congregations to use and individuals are invited to take a “I’m A Peacemaker” Pledge.
While the “Let There Be Peace” campaign has been focused on the Advent season, NCC plans to continue to elevate its focus on peace in the new year as well. Click here to view the card sent to Congress. For more information, visit http://126.96.36.199.