September 15, 2014
[World Council of Churches] A recent meeting of representatives from ecumenical organizations, Catholic, Evangelical and Pentecostal churches in Strasbourg, France has promised to address more effectively discrimination, persecution and violence faced by Christians around the world. This theme will be explored in depth through an international consultation to be held in 2015.
The meeting in Strasbourg was convened by the Global Christian Forum (GCF) with participation...
September 11, 2014
September 11, 2014
September 10, 2014
Read about an urgent appeal received by Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA).
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We post this urgent appeal from the Evangelical Community of Syria and Lebanon as a reminder of the crisis facing the churches in the Middle East.
ABC has been active on a number of fronts both with advocacy with our government, funding through the World Relief Committee for refugees, consultation with...
- As President Barack Obama prepares to outline his plan for dealing with an extremist group in the Middle East, leaders and area executives of the United Church of Christ renewed their call to government leaders not to pursue military action in Syria and Iraq.
September 8, 2014
[Anglican Journal] ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria; Boko Haram in Nigeria; Kim Jong-un in North Korea; the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt — these are all players in a worsening world pattern of persecution targeting Christians as well as other religious and ethnic groups.
The calamitous plight of the uprooted faithful in the Middle East may currently be the most media-documented example of animosity against Christians, but practically anywhere on the planet,...
[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican-run hospital in Gaza City which provided critical healthcare during the recent fighting is facing a future treating severe injuries and trauma.
In a message to the Anglican Communion, Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani said serving the immediate needs of the community in Gaza “remained a high priority” for Al Ahli Arab Hospital and its staff.
The bishop was writing primarily to thank...
September 2, 2014
September 2, 2014
Even as some prominent Christians are calling on the U.S. to take more forceful military action...
August 20, 2014
The Parliament of the World’s Religions condemns the brutality demonstrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and all other sides of the ongoing armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq. It is disturbing to see that once again civilians and minorities are the primary...
[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development has renewed its support of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches’ (FMEEC) relief efforts in Syria.
FMEEC aims to reach 500 families in towns west of Homs – the epicenter of Syria’s civil war – including Mashta el Helu, Kafroun, Wadi Nasara, and Tartous.
“The project will provide a three-month distribution...
August 19, 2014
We mourn for the persecuted Christians in Iraq and elsewhere.
Christians and Muslims have been neighbors in the Middle East for many centuries. History is filled with incidents that have challenged Christians to fulfill their vocation of “loving thy neighbor,” to live in harmony and respect for the dignity of our fellow human beings as followers of Jesus Christ. Yet the world around us is full of the news of war, hatred and persecution. We wonder at times how this madness comes into...