Easter is the season when Christians, in our common faith and life, reflect upon and celebrate the full and dynamic meaning of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Christ's resurrection happened once
for all. Many Christians are
celebrating that glorious event
on April 8, and Orthodox Christians
celebrated Easter April 15.
Despite this and other differences
among our many traditions, we remain
united in covenant community as the
National Council of Churches by our
common confession of Jesus Christ as
Lord and Savior.
Read the full greeting here
Kinnamon heads for familiar turf: a
Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, former
National Council of Churches general
secretary, has accepted a three-year
academic post at Seattle University.
Kinnamon, who left the NCC last year
for health reasons, will be the
Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor
in Ecumenical Collaboration and
Interreligious Dialogue at the
university's School of Theology and
How would you 're-envision' the NCC?
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National Council of Churches has
undertaken a significant process
toward transformational change. God
is calling us anew to be signs of
the visible unity in diversity we
have received in Christ. The Task
Force on Re-envisioning and
Restructuring the NCC seeks your
views and ideas for moving toward
this future. Please take a few
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Easter meditation: Why Christians
put their hope in Christ
NCC’s Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos
reflects that in our secular
society, the Easter message seems
over-the-top. In some societies,
marked by inter-communal violence,
it seems unnecessarily dangerous.
In other societies, burdened with
extreme poverty, it seems quite
inconsequential. And yet, our Faith
is based on this one event, on this
man’s resurrection from the dead.
Resurrection Service and Divine
Pascha Liturgy on NBC
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of
America, and the Interfaith
Broadcasting Commission invite
Easter worshippers to witness the
Orthodox Christian Resurrection
Service and Divine Liturgy of Pascha.
The service will be broadcast on
many NBC stations on April 8 and on April
15, when Pascha is celebrated in
most Orthodox Christian churches.
Churches disappointed in FDA ruling
on toxicity of BPA
NCC expressed disappointment in the
FDA’s conclusion that there is
insufficient evidence to ban
bisphenol-a (BPA), a chemical found
in many aluminum cans and some
infant formula containers. The
chemical is linked to health
concerns in numerous studies that
identify such problems as early
puberty in girls, prostate and
breast cancer, obesity and type II
diabetes, heart disease, infertility
and neurological issues.
NCC 'profoundly disturbed' by the
death of Trayvon Martin
The President and staff leader of
said they are "profoundly
disturbed" by the killing of Trayvon
Martin, an African American youth.
President Kathryn M. Lohre and
Interim General Secretary Clare J.
Chapman also expressed concern about
the racial stereotyping and endemic
racism that sparks confrontations of
the kind that led to Martin's death.
Read the full statement here.
celebrates 140 years of service
Each Sunday, thousands of church
schools open their bibles to the
same passage to study the word of
That's more than a coincidence: it's
called the "uniform principle."
Common bible lessons have been
prepared by the National Council of
Churches' Committee on the Uniform
Series for 140 years next month.
"It's the ultimate form of
ecumenical cooperation," said the
Rev. Dr. Roderick Lewis of the CME
NCC moves to eliminate racial
disparities in maternal health
NCC is moving forward in the
development of a project to
eliminate racial disparities in
maternal health. The project, "Due
Season: A Faith-Filled Roadmap
Toward Eliminating Racial
Disparities in Maternal Health,"
will develop congregational
materials exploring the intersection
of maternal health and race within
the U.S. and moving people to
advocate for change.
Yearbook: churches struggling with
continue to feel the effects of "the
Great Recession" as contributions
dropped $1.2 billion, according to
2012 Yearbook of American and
Membership trends in denominations
remain stable, with growing churches
still growing and declining churches
still declining, reports Editor