NEW YORK — The Micah Summit, an event that reflects on the progress of the Millennium Declaration made by the U.N. in 2000, which vowed to solve issues in the world such as poverty and hunger, hosted its Celebration and Sorrow event at the Church Center in New York City last week.
The event was held to celebrate the achievements of some of the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, in the last 14 years and to reflect on the work that still needs to be done throughout the world.
"Over the last generation, 25 years we have actually reduced extreme poverty by 50 percent, that's to celebrate. The churches, Christian NGOs, Christian movements, individuals are hugely impacting things. We want to celebrate that," said Joel Edwards, chairman of Micah Challenge, the organization that sponsored the event, to The Christian Post last Tuesday. . "But we still want to say it's not good enough — that a billion people still live in extreme poverty, 300,000 women die in child birth every year, kids are still not being schooled, women are still being raped as weapons of war, and that's not good. We want to express lamentation over that." more >>
NEW YORK — Theologian and founder of Evangelicals for Social Action Ron Sider recently spoke at the Micah Summit Event in New York City where he discussed the impact of Catholics and Evangelicals working together for social reform.
The renowned author spoke during the event's Shaping Up for the Public Square segment on Monday afternoon where he highlighted the similar views of both Christian groups when it comes to social political issues and discussed some negative aspects between both parties' relations in the past.
"For most of the time [relations between Catholics and Evangelicals] have been awful," said Sider to the crowd. "If you think back 50 years ago we were calling each other dreadful names. We've made enormous progress on that, especially now in the U.S. because of finding each other on issues of abortion and marriage. I think it's important that we continue the dialogue discovering each other on common ground on social political issues where there's enormous overlap." more >>
NEW YORK — An American pastor of a diverse congregation in Israel known to be targeted by anti-Christian vandals, reminded those in attendance at a recent Mideast prayer service that, according to the Bible, the Jewish people were chosen by God in special service to the world, and never designated as "the teacher's pet." He also called for Christians to be careful in jumping to judgement and picking sides in the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Rev. Charles M. Kopp, pastor of the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation, a 100-member Christian church in West Jerusalem, made the remarks last Thursday evening at a World Evangelical Alliance prayer meeting at the Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission in New York City.
The occasion of the prayer meeting was "A Call to Prayer for the Middle East," with additional remarks made by the Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Dr. Munir Kakish, Chairman of the Council of Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land (representing Evangelicals in Palestinian Territories); and the Rev. Harry Tees, WEA Ambassador to the Holy Land. During the prayer meeting, opened by WEA United Nations Permanent Representative Deborah Fikes, mention was made of conflicts raging in Syria and Iraq, as well as in other countries in the Middle East. more >>
According to World Evangelical Alliance's Permanent Representative Deborah Fikes, American Christians are outliers among the global church in their lack of support for nuclear arm disarmament. But why?
"In the US there is a very large lack of understanding," Fikes said earlier this week. "…We are just not educated. We are ignorant on this issue. I am convinced that if we could educate our constituents in the U.S, particularly those in the younger generation, we will change the equation."
On Wednesday, Fikes joined a panel of experts to discuss nuclear arms including, the Phillipines' UN representative Libran Cabactulan, Virginia Gamba, the Director and Deputy to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and President of Global Security Institute, Jonathan Granoff. Over the course of their hour-and-a-half discussion, the panel laid out eight reasons why they believed American Christians should consider changing their stance. more >>
The World Evangelical Alliance announced on Friday that Secretary General and CEO Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe would not be seeking a third term, and that he would step down from his position when his current term concludes in December 2014.
Tunnicliffe was elected in 2005 and served two five-year terms; he announced his decision to conclude his tenure during the annual meeting of the WEA International Council.
Tunnicliffe told The Christian Post that his decision to not seek re-election both came from his desire to cede the position to a "younger leader," and to travel less. more >>
NEW YORK – The World Evangelical Alliance announced on Tuesday that it is postponing its General Assembly, originally scheduled to take place in Seoul, South Korea, in October 2014, due to internal divisions in the evangelical community there.
"In recent months in particular there were some struggles within the Korean context, some divisions within the church, and because of that it presented them with difficulties in really hosting an assembly that was focused on Christian unity. They needed to focus more on some of the internal issues and resolving them before they could host a world assembly," Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO and secretary general for the WEA, said in an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
He added that the divisions in question are primarily organizational in nature. more >>