December 6, 2013
- The Department of Justice has announced a consultation with a view to changing the law on abortion, inevitably leading to more terminations.
- The World Methodist Council called him a “symbol of freedom, justice and peace.” Learn about the late leader’s church ties.
- Nelson Mandela: Alliance pays tribute to a man of unity Nelson Mandela was an example to the world – and the Church – of the equality, dignity and unity of all people.
- On Dec. 5, the Rev. Linda Jaramillo flew to Washington, D.C., to join the Fast for Families, where she fasted for 24 hours in solidarity with the core fasters, who had gone 22 days with no food, just water, spending their days in a tent in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol.
- Donations came in rapidly and in large numbers to assist people in the Philippines put their lives back together after Typhoon Haiyan. Those generous gifts from a multitude of contributors enabled the United Church of Christ and the Disaster Ministries team to raise more than a quarter million dollars in just weeks. With gratitude, the UCC announced it surpassed its $250,000 goal on Friday, Dec. 6, with $250,641 to date.
- During the season of giving, one United Church of Christ congregation is providing a family a place to live after their home was damaged in November's tornados. St. Paul’s UCC in Nashville, Ill. has an unused parsonage, and decided to put it use to help put a roof over their heads.
- A man who shed bitterness and anger to instill reconciliation for an entire country. An icon for change and equality. A leader who persevered in a decades-long quest for justice. Those are just a few ways justice leaders, past and present, from the United Church of Christ are evoking the lasting legacy Nelson Mandela.
December 5, 2013
- CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is joining members of this church and "all people of good will throughout the world" in morning the passing of former South Africa President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Eaton said that Mandela "was one of the greatest leaders of our generation, a valiant campaigner for justice for all but especially against racial discrimination of any kind. His long struggle...
- CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is encouraging members to join with people of faith to pray for the end of hunger in response to a call from Pope Francis for a world day of prayer Dec. 10 -- Human Rights Day. "I invite you to pause wherever you find yourself at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and join a worldwide wave of prayer," said Eaton in a Dec. 5 video message. "Prayer for the hungry, prayer...
We all knew of Nelson Mandela’s state and his age. Yet, his death is still a tremendous loss to all of us who learned to struggle against all odds from the man who put his trust in the humanity of his oppressors, the leaders of South Africa’s apartheid system. He wrote a new chapter on the power of dialogue which he, a helpless prisoner, initiated with his powerful captors. And he did all of this without losing his dignity, without compromising his principles, and...