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  • NCC General Secretary stepping down for health reasons

    NCC General Secretary stepping down for health reasons

    Washington, November 11, 2011 — The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon will remain at his post as National Council of Churches general secretary for an indefinite period, but he and the NCC Governing Board have begun a “process for a stable and grace-filled transition” as Kinnamon brings his tenure to a close. Kinnamon told the Governing […]

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  • Homework center has big dreams

    Homework center has big dreams

    For volunteers at Rhawnhurst Turning Point in Philadelphia, ministry doesn’t happen in the pews, it happens by the book — school books, that is. Rhawnhurst is a homework center aimed at giving middle and high school students from Philadelphia’s Rhawnhurst neighborhood a place to study with a helping hand. But those who volunteer and lead […]

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  • NCC hosts Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee

    NCC hosts Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee

    New York, October 7, 2011 – Liberian peacemaker Leymah Gbowee was hosted by the National Council of Churches Women’s Ministries program here just hours after she learned she is a recipient of the Nobel peace Prize. More than 200 supporters gave her a sustained standing ovation when she entered the chapel of The Interchurch Center […]

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  • Resources to celebrate United Nations Day October 24

    Resources to celebrate United Nations Day October 24

    The vision of a peaceful world – a world where lambs and wolves lie down together – led to the founding of the United Nations. Churches were present as the United Nations was created. The Commission to Study the Bases of a Just and Durable Peace of the Federal Council of Churches contributed language to […]

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  • A rich harvest for city kids

    A rich harvest for city kids

    How do you fight poor health and nutrition, unemployment and disillusionment in the nation’s fourth poorest city? All Peoples Church, an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation in Milwaukee, “feeds tummies and souls,” according to Jeanne Labana, the church’s garden educator. In a neighborhood often described as “blighted,” the congregation sees rich soil and opportunity. They […]

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  • ABC, IBC documentary ‘Waging Peace’ features Muslim-Christian interactions

    ABC, IBC documentary ‘Waging Peace’ features Muslim-Christian interactions

    The recent 10-year commemorations of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks examined how the world has changed as a result, with many commentators noting profound distrust and animosity among some Christians and Muslims. However, a new one-hour documentary, Waging Peace: Muslim and Christian Alternatives, airing this fall on ABC-TV stations, examines courageous threads of peace […]

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  • Pets and waves, gadgets and resumes: Blessings abound for all of life

    Pets and waves, gadgets and resumes: Blessings abound for all of life

    Pet-lovers, make room for waves. Over a weekend traditionally known for blessing humans’ furry, finned and feathered friends in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, an ocean-minded interfaith group of more than 1,000 on Oct. 2 blessed waves in Huntington Beach, California. “Some bring their surfboards, and paddle out to […]

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  • Thousands of Food Day events encourage Americans to ‘eat real’

    Thousands of Food Day events encourage Americans to ‘eat real’

    Marie Rietmann has returned to her first love. As sustainable agriculture and food security liaison for the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries, Rietmann is heading up a short-term assignment as outreach director for national Food Day – which actually runs for nine days. It begins with World Food Day on Oct. 16 and continues through […]

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  • Kids not for sale

    Kids not for sale

    Her name is Kim, and she is eight years old. Tonight she will be bought for sex — perhaps 10 times before the sun comes up. The people who “own” Kim tell her that the money she makes — less than $2 a night — goes to her parents, and she is a good little […]

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  • Worship resources for 10th anniversary remembrance of 9/11

    Worship resources for 10th anniversary remembrance of 9/11

    The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 – starkly and universally abbreviated as 9/11 – set in motion a worldwide chain reaction that has not ebbed in the decade that has passed. The tenth anniversary of 9/11 was a time of deep spiritual reflection for all who were touched by these events, the National Council […]

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