The church in the United States has a moral and ethical imperative to protect human dignity and must address the problem of mass incarceration in our nation.
CCT 2014 Annual Convocation Press Release on Mass Incarceration HERE
2014 the Year for Immigration Reform
“The Christian Churches Together (U.S.A.) gathered in Austin, Texas for its annual meeting to learn about immigration, read Scripture, pray, and discern God’s call on our lives to respond to an unjust immigration system. We now call upon people of faith and elected officials in Congress and President Obama to work together to enact just and humane immigration reform legislation in 2014.
Immigration reform is supported by a majority of the denominations and Christian leaders in the U.S.A.
“God, my request is that your Church, the hope of the world, would rise up, and not only welcome strangers at our gates, but advocate passionately for their well-being,” Bill Hybels
“The challenge for us in welcoming people and most especially serving people who are voiceless and vulnerable, spans right across the board from our work in immigration, our work in serving people who are poor…” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz
“Immigration reform is a proximate, this-worldly, way of moving toward that vision of a just society.” Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
Christian Churches Together Renews Commitment to End Hunger & Poverty
Leaders of the participant churches in CCT renewed their commitment to end extreme poverty and hunger in our country.
Therefore, leaders from all the families of Christianity gathered together as Christian Churches Together in 2014, resolve to:
1. Encourage Christian communions, denominations, and organizations to promote realistic and ambitious goals for ending poverty in our country and worldwide – perhaps joining the world community in working to end extreme poverty and hunger by 2030 and helping to make hunger and poverty a priority for the U.S. government by 2017;
2. Encourage Christian leaders to join together in asking all presidential candidates in 2015-2016 to make video statements about how they propose to provide help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in our country and around the world; and
3. Request the participants and staff of CCT to help promote and share information about these efforts.
Read the resolution “The Gospel and Poverty”: HERE
Learn About CCT’s Participants
The Syriac Orthodox Church is one of the most ancient Christian Churches tracing its roots to the Church of Antioch. The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts of the Apostles 11:26, 14:26). It is the first Church which was established in Jerusalem out of the Apostles, Preachers and other converted Jews, and was grafted in Antioch by those who were converted from among the Arameans and other gentile elements. It can justifiably claim the wealthiest liturgical and musical heritage, besides a proud theological and missionary record. It suffered untold hardships and tragedies including massacres and repeated transfer of the See of the Patriarchate from one area to another due to political and other developments. Historians declare that the survival of this Church was nothing but a miracle.
Even though the Church suffered all kinds of tortures and hardships through its history right from its establishment, but by the grace of God, today the church is spread around the globe spanning universe countries headed by a patriarch residing at Damascus in Syria. It produced a line of succession beginning with Apostle Peter which continues to this day in the Syriac Orthodox Church. The line of 122 Patriarchs spans twenty centuries, from St. Peter the Apostle to Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the present Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, the Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church.
Visit the Syriac Orthodox Church website