January 18, 2017
For almost 40 years, the United Church of Christ has supported Puerto Rican men and women who were incarcerated for acts and beliefs in favor of the independence of Puerto Rico. Yesterday the sentence of Oscar López Rivera was commuted by President Barack Obama.
The people of Cuba are very interested in how the incoming administration will deal with the thawing diplomatic relationship between the United States and their country, a topic bright up frequently when a UCC executive visited there recently.
Peter Manseau discusses the intersection and importance of religion in American history
By Maya Boddie, Baptist Joint Committee intern
America’s story cannot be told without mentioning religion, and Peter Manseau has been tasked with telling that story at the Smithsonian. The Lilly Endowment Curator of...
[Episcopal Public Policy Network Policy Alert] Last week, Congress voted to craft a law that would repeal crucial portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA has expanded health care to over 16 million Americans, ensured that people with preexisting medical conditions receive coverage, and subsidized health care costs for low-income communities.
Repealing the ACA without a viable replacement law could leave...
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] N. Kurt Barnes, treasurer and chief financial officer, announced that the Episcopal Church’ s Economic Justice Loan Committee (EJLC) recently approved five investments in community development financial intermediaries, totaling $1.4 million.
“We are happy to approve new loans with groups like Main...
- His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America has been invited and will attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Friday January 20th, 2017, in the Nation’s Capital.
[Anglican Communion News Service] The bishop of Madhya Kerala, Thomas Oommen, has been chosen to be the new moderator of the Church of South India. He was elected by an overwhelming majority at the CSI Synod meeting at Kottayam in the state of Kerala. Thomas had been the deputy moderator. He succeeds Bishop Govada Dyvasiryvadam who is stepping down...
VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/18/17)—Peter and Sarah McCurdy of Ridgeway, New Jersey, began their missionary service in Costa Rica in December 2016. The couple’s four children, ages 7 to 16, are serving with them.
The McCurdys serve at the invitation of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) partner the Federation of Baptists of Costa Rica.
Peter McCurdy’s ministry priorities are spiritual renewal and formation. He serves local pastors, seminary students...
- Lis Van Harten and Cecil Van Niejenhuis have been named as co-directors of Pastor Church Resources, the Christian Reformed Church office that works to provide resources to pastors, church staff, councils, classes, and congregations.
- Not long after getting out of prison, Kurt Flier decided to attend the Sunday service at the church across the street from the halfway house where he was living.