Christian leaders from around the world discussed the issue of migration, its effect on the church, and how the church should respond to migrants this week during a conference held in Lebanon.
"Migration is a fact of life. It is as much an instinct to survive as it is an inevitable consequence of globalization, declared participants of the Public Hearing on Migration and the Changing Ecclesial Landscape, April 15-16, in Beirut, Lebanon.
We can neither turn our backs on it, nor control it," the statement read. "Migrants are not commodities, illegal aliens or mere victims, they are human beings." more >>
The participation of emergent church leaders in an interfaith dialogue raised flags for some conservative Christians who have been concerned over a growing cooperation of emergent church leaders with New Spirituality/New Age leaders.
Prior to Tuesday's InterSpirituality Day panel discussions, hosted by Seeds of Compassion, Christian talk show host Ingrid Schlueter of Crosstalk Radio warned the public that emergent leaders Rob Bell of Mars Hill Bible Church and Doug Pagitt of Solomon's Porch would promote universalism.
The panel included various Christian leaders, a Muslim scholar, a Sikh, and the Dalai Lama, among others, who spoke on compassion and spirituality. more >>
The president of Southern Sudan recently reaffirmed with an international ecumenical delegation that his government remains willing to work closely with churches.
Salva Kiir Mayardit, who was receiving representatives from the World Council of Churches, said his government remain[s] committed to work side by side with the churches last Thursday during a meeting in Juba, Southern Sudan, according to WCC.
"As the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SLPM) has always stood for the people, we have no problems with the churches," said Kiir. more >>
An ecumenical team of church representatives began their solidarity visit to churches and ecumenical organizations in war-ravaged Sudan on Wednesday.
The international team, organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), will visit Darfur, Khartoum, Rumbek and Yambio before joining a conference in Juba with Sudanese church leaders, women and youth during their weeklong visit to Sudan, which ends on April 2.
WCC General Secretary Dr. Samuel Kobia, the first African head of the WCC, will lead the team, and the ACT-Caritas Darfur Emergency Response Operation will facilitate the visit in Darfur. more >>
Hundreds of Christian leaders marched to Capitol Hill to meet with their representatives and convey their message of social justice and peace to cap off a large annual ecumenical gathering Monday.
The President of the National Council of Churches USA, Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, in preparation for Mondays advocacy told participants of the Ecumenical Advocacy Days that Christians have a biblical responsibility to help the poor and ease suffering around the world, according to NCCUSA.
Aykazian gave the Sunday message standing on a platform surrounded with portraits of Iraqi refugees and the boots of American soldiers killed in Iraq symbols of people who need Christian support. more >>
More than 1,000 Christian leaders are expected to gather beginning Friday for the 2008 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference to discuss and advocate for a wide range of U.S. policy issues outside of Washington, D.C.
The sixth annual conference, Mar. 7-10, brings together leaders from the ecumenical Christian community to learn, discuss and then mobilize the Christian voice to be a witness for justice and peace in regards to U.S. domestic and international policies. Attendees will hail from around the world including from Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Participants will explore new ideas on how U.S. policies can be transformed to embrace more just, peaceful and effective actions at home and abroad to improve security for the United States, its neighbors and around the world. more >>