NCC joins yearlong event to raise Darfur awareness
York City, Oct. 3, 2007 – The international affairs and
peace program of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC)
has endorsed a nationwide program for congregations to raise
awareness of the genocide in Darfur.
"Tents of Hope" is a project to encourage a community-based
response to the genocide in Darfur, Sudan through education,
advocacy and fundraising for humanitarian aid.
Communities are invited to raise awareness and support
through a local "Tents of Hope" event. It is hoped such
events will create a simulated refugee tent and transform it
into a hopeful work of art. The tents will be painted with a
variety of images and scenes conceived and painted by people
from all walks of life.
is a hands-on opportunity for Americans to do something for
the millions of human beings who are being killed and
displaced in Darfur," said Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, NCC's
associated general secretary for international affairs and
peace, and a member of the board of directors of the Save
"Tents of Hope" is a one-year project that will culminate in
a collective action as local communities bring their tents
and delegations to a national event in Washington, D.C. on
September 5-6, 2008.
Congregations or groups wishing to obtain a tent or learn
more about how to participate in the project will find
complete information at
www.tentsofhope.org. So far groups in about 40
cities have signed on to the project.
Among the religious groups joining the effort are the United
Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),
Church World Service, American Jewish World Service, and
Lutheran World Relief.
The National Council of Churches USA is the ecumenical voice
of 35 of America's Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, historic
African American and traditional peace churches. These NCC
member communions have 45 million faithful members in
100,000 congregations in all 50 states.