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January 3, 2007, New York The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) and 20 faith organizations are part of 100 national civil rights, education, and disability advocacy groups calling for major changes in the "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) law.
January 9, 2007, New York The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) joined with an array of faith groups including Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Protestants, Jews, and Muslims in calling for more access to broadcast media outlets.
January 11, 2007, Philadelphia The presidents proposal to send more troops to Iraq and the new Congress in Washington have combined to resurrect memories for NCC General Secretary, the Rev. Bob Edgar.
January 17, 2007, New York It is time, not to send more troops, but to start bringing our troops home, says the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) following President George W. Bushs plan for the Iraq war.
January 19, 2007, New York The murder this morning of Hrant Dink in Istanbul, Turkey "is a devastating development," said Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, diocesan legate and ecumenical officer, Diocese of the Armenian Orthodox Church of America.
January 19, 2007, Washington Churches across the country are being encouraged to discuss the links between race and environment.
January 22, 2007, Washington The Committee on Public Education and Literacy of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) is calling for major changes and full funding in the "No Child Left Behind" [NCLB] law that members of the 110th Congress will consider for reauthorization.
January 23, 2007, Nairobi (WFN) The war on terror will "never" be won "as long as there are conditions in the world that make people desperate," like dehumanizing poverty, disease and ignorance, Nobel laureate and former Archbishop Desmond Tutu told ecumenical participants at the start of the 2007 World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi.
January 24, 2007, Washington Nearly 40 leaders of a broad coalition of Christian denominations have sent a letter to President George Bush asking that he "make Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking" an "urgent priority" for his administration.
January 25, 2007, New York The president of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) expressed dismay that President Bush made no mention of the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
January 26, 2007, Boston This winter, as a new film tells the story of Amazing Grace, the hymn written by a reformed slave trader, a new abolitionist movement is being mounted to end slavery forever. Tens of thousands are planning to launch this effort February 18 on Amazing Grace Sunday.
January 29, 2007, New York Father Robert Drinan, 86, died Sunday following bouts with pneumonia and congestive heart failure. He had been living in the Jesuit community at Georgetown University in Washington.
January 29, 2007, New York Persons of faith and those devoted to the unity of the church knew Eleanor McGovern better than most Americans did, the Rev. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, said today.
January 29, 2007, Washington The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) today announced a call for submissions to its first ever eco-justice sermon writing award as part of its eco-justice work.
January 29, 2007, Washington Nearly 1,300 religious advocates are expected for this year's Ecumenical Advocacy Days (Mar. 9-12) in suburban Washington, D.C., under the theme, " and How are the Children?"
January 30, 2007, Washington An interfaith delegation visits Rep. Virgil Goode to complain about his anti-Muslim remarks.
February 1, 2007, Washington The Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign, a national coalition of 91 religious, labor, and community organizations, thanks the Senate for voting to raise the minimum wage.
February 1, 2007, New York The bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Munib A. Younan, says there is still hope to avert a civil war in Palestine but it will take work.
February 5, 2007, Washington Bishop Vicken Aykazian, legate and ecumenical officer of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and NCC President Elect, addressed a crowd of 700 people at the National Cathedral at the opening service of the National Workshop on Christian Unity.
February 13, 2007.
Jesus knew the value of retreating to Gods pristine wilderness to
commune with the Creator.
February 14, 2007 A delegation of 13 U.S. religious leaders will visit Iran next week (Feb. 17-25) in the hope of defusing tensions between the U.S. and Iran through dialogue between religious and political leaders.
February 20, 2007, New York The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) today joined with dozens of international business, civic, educational and religious organizations speaking out to stop global warming.
February 20, 2007,Tehran, Iran Religious leaders from the U.S. and Iran met here today to discuss the importance of faith groups finding common ground in peacemaking, particularly in light of the growing political tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
February 21, 2007, New York The NCC's Special Commission for the Just Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast has given barely passing grades to government agencies responsible for rebuilding the hurricane-devastated Gulf Coast.
February 22, 2007. New York The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA welcomed a new U.S. government initiative on religious discrimination but expressed concern at its narrow, single denominational introduction.
February 26, 2007, Washington The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told a delegation of American religious leaders visiting Tehran last Saturday that he is willing to engage in talks with the United States government.
February 27, 200, New York The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and HarperSanFrancisco, an imprint of HARPERCOLLINS Publishers, today announced the launch of the "Go-Anywhere Bible."
March 2, 2007, Washington Update on Ecumenical Advocacy Days.
New York, March 5, 2007 The National Council of Churches' Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches issued its 75th edition this month.
March 6, 2007, Washington At a time when pressure is building to respond to the problem of uninsured children, religious leaders from across the country came together today to emphasize the moral imperative of covering all kids.
March 13, 2007, Washington With their own lives very probably on the line, nine human rights activists from the Philippines this week told stories of government-sponsored terror at a series of public hearings here, several of them sponsored by church organizations.
March 14, 2007 The General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) today called on Congress to account for linking federal minimum wage legislation with the bill to fund the Iraq war.
March 16, 2007, Washington The message from public education advocates to Washington lawmakers is clear: Fix No Child Left Behind.
March 16, 2007, New York The leader of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) reiterated the Iraq war is "immoral" in peace actions this weekend in Washington, D.C., marking the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
March 20, 2007 Washington Thousands of members of FaithfulAmerica.org, the online community of the National Council of Churches USA, are urging their Members of Congress to take the moral step to end the war in Iraq.
March 21, 2007, New York The PBS news magazine, 'NOW,' this weekend will feature a report on last month's delegation of religious leaders to Iran. The Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, associate general secretary for interfaith relations at the National Council of Churches USA (NCC), was a member of that delegation.
March 21, 2007, Cleveland "Joy Dawned Again," an Easter TV special, will air on many ABC-TV stations on or near Easter Sunday, April 8.
March 22, 2007, Washington NCC General Secretary Bob Edgar took part in the first gathering in recent memory of Christian peace activists from nearly every state in the Union and dozens of Christian denominations last week for the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq.
March 26, 2007, Philadelphia The delegation of U.S. religious leaders who visited Iran last month says the "Iranian seizure of British naval personnel underscores in dramatic fashion our call for diplomatic relations" between the U.S. and Iran.
April 5, 2007, Washington The
National Council of Churches USA's Eco-Justice Program is offering a new
creation-friendly building guide entitled, "Building A Firm Foundation: A
Creation Friendly Guide for Churches."
April 6, 2007, Washington
Following today's unveiling of
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change s (IPCC) second working
group report, the National Council of Churches USA (NCC)
immediate action by the U.S. government to address global warming in order
to avert further impact on the worlds poor, the elderly, and children.
April 11, 2007, New York "This is indeed good news. Not great. But it is a start," said the Rev. Bob Edgar upon hearing of the agreement between McDonalds USA and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).
April 12, 2007, New York 'The Arts Within Religion,' a CBS interfaith religion special, will be released Sunday, April 22 to television affiliates across the nation as part of the network's quarterly Religion and Culture series.
April 16, 2007, New York The General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC), grieving the shooting deaths at Virginia Tech University, renewed the NCC's call for meaningful legislation to prevent such gun violence.
April 19, 2007 The NCC's Eco-Justice Program is asking all people of faith to call their Senators and Representatives on May 2 and 3 to support strong conservation measures in the farm bill and help farmers to be good stewards of God's good creation.
April 23, 2007, Washington As Congress begins the work of reauthorizing the U.S. farm bill, more than a dozen Churches and faith-based organizations have come together as the Religious Working Group on the Farm Bill to urge major changes in U.S. agricultural policy.
April 25, 2007, Cincinnati, Ohio Katy Heins, the associate national coordinator of the Let Justice Roll (LJR) living wage campaign, was honored for her work on behalf of Ohio's and the nation's working men and women.
April 25, 2007, Washington The NCC's FaithfulAmerica.org will use its formidable online network and a new website (www.giveanet.org ) to raise $100,000 to provide 10,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets, education, treatment, and spraying programs to fight malaria-bearing mosquitoes.
May 2, 2007, Washington The National Council of Churches USA Eco-Justice Program invites submissions for a book of essays to be published by Paulist Press that responds to the Council's Ecumenical Statement on the Environment.
May 3, 2007, Omaha, Neb. When the stockholders of Berkshire Hathaway meet here Saturday, they will hear from Bob Edgar and others urging a socially responsible investment policy toward corporations doing business in Sudan.
May 7, 2007, New York
The plight of women and children suffering through hostilities in the
May 15, 2007, New York A powerful TV documentary presented by the National Council of Churches USA (NCC), "Hunger No More: Faces Behind the Facts," takes an unflinching look at the persistent problem of hunger in the 21st century and offers solutions.
May 21, 2007, Jerusalem While violence raged in Lebanon and Gaza this past weekend, 15 women leaders from several denominations of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) traveled through Israel/Palestine and Jordan.
May 21, 2007, Washington The Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) is preparing for its fiftieth anniversary this summer with a clear eye on the next generation of theological leaders in the ecumenical movement.
May 22, 2007, New York
The Rev. Bob Edgar, general
secretary of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC), is among
leaders of many faith traditions who are calling upon the U.S.
government to take immediate
May 31, 2007, Washington The NCC has called on FEMA administrator R. David Paulison to "to launch a full investigation into the health risks associated with the trailers supplied by FEMA to the victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma."
June 1, 2007, New York Last month's passage of a raise in the federal minimum wage the first in ten years was praised by community and faith leaders across the country. Some see it only as a first step.
June 7, 2007, Washington Testifying before the Environment and Public Works Senate Committee today, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori called on the U.S. Congress to alleviate the burden on people in poverty by reducing U.S. carbon emissions through mandatory climate policy.
June 12, 2007, Washington The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) is among more than 20 faith groups pressing for health insurance coverage for many of the nine million uninsured children in America.
July 16, 2007, New York As Pastor John Hagee prepares for his annual
Christians United for Israel (CUFI) gathering this week in Washington,
two leaders of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) are
reminding observers that most Christians do not share CUFI's stated goals.
July 16, 2007 (Yale Divinity School News) Letty Mandeville Russell, one of the world's foremost feminist theologians and longtime member of the Yale Divinity School faculty, died Thursday, July 12 at her home in Guilford, Conn.
July 17, 2007, Washington The sermon selection from the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) Eco-Justice Program's sermon contest earlier this year is now nationally published and will be broadcast next month.
July 17, 2007, Washington A newly released video from the National Council of Churches Program Committee on Education and Mission, "Touch the World, Touch Sudan," contains prayers, stories and factual updates on the situation in the east African country of Sudan.
July 20, 2007, Oberlin, Ohio The things you are talking about these days are extremely important." So said noted church historian and Lutheran pastor Dr. Martin Marty in his lecture that opened the 50th anniversary of the modern ecumenical movement in the U.S.
July 22, 2007, Oberlin, Ohio Eight films were chosen for screening at this week's (July 19-23) National Council of Churches (NCC) USA's Faith and Order Commission conference, "On Being Christian Together."
July 23, 2007, Oberlin, Ohio "You of the Faith and Order movement are the salt of the earth," said the Rev. James Forbes, preaching at the final prayer service of the 50 anniversary conference of the first Oberlin ecumenical gathering.
August 3, 2007, Washington During the hot and dry months of August and September, the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program is asking churches to use water wisely as part of their Adamah Congregations quarterly action program.
August 7, 2007, New York The National Council of Churches USA has named the Rev. Ann Tiemeyer, an experienced community organizer and Lutheran pastor, to the post of Program Director for Women's Ministry.
August 13, 2007, New York "Immigrants have become the contemporary scapegoat," writes the Rev. Bob Edgar. "It's time we call it for what it is racism."
August 23, 2007, New York The sermon selection from the National Council of Churches' Eco-Justice Program's sermon contest earlier this year will be broadcast Sunday (Aug. 26) on Day1, a nationally syndicated radio program.
August 27, 2007, New York The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) is joining legal action (amicus brief) challenging the U.S. government's detention policy for prisoners at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo, Cuba.
August 29, 2007, New Orleans Fifty volunteers turned out last week in New Orleans and Biloxi for an NCC-sponsored Ecumenical Work week to continue the task of rebuilding the hurricane-stricken Gulf Coast.
August 29, 2007, New York The Rev. Bob Edgar, outgoing NCC general secretary, is this Sunday's (Sept. 2) guest preacher on Day1, the nationally-syndicated radio program of the Alliance for Christian Media.
Sept. 4, 2007, New York The Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, associate general secretary for Interfaith Relations at the National Council of Churches USA (NCC), is the recipient of the Interfaith Unity Award presented by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Sept. 12, 2007. New York NCC leaders received word of Claire Randalls death in Sun City, Ariz., on Sept. 9 with sadness and gratitude for a woman of enormous courage and great faith whose daily testimony was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Sept. 13, 2007, Chicago Two leading faith-based publishers one Muslim, one Christian urged that faith communities "shine the light" on a disturbing pattern of discrimination across America in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Sept. 18, 2007, New York A groundbreaking survey of more than 6,000 American congregations reveals that churches spend a significant amount of time, energy and money in the ministries of health care.
Sept. 18, 2007, Washington
The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) today
joined several groups calling for Congress to quickly reauthorize SCHIP the state children's health insurance program.
Sept. 20, 2007, Washington Discussions about gun control and small arms trafficking, violence in the streets and against ethnic groups, and peacemaking activities by churches, consumed the first days of a 10-day visit to the U.S. by an international ecumenical team representing the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Sept. 26, 2007, Washington Several religious leaders representing tens of millions of faithful Americans stood today in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol calling religious communities of various traditions to a day of fasting and prayer to end the Iraq war.
Sept. 27, 2007, New York The NCC Governing Board announced a staff reorganization designed to exercise better stewardship of the funds given by its 35 member communions and associated denominations.
Sept. 28, 2007, Chicago A recent chapel service at North Park Seminary planned and led by members of the National Council of Churches Committee on Disabilities was deemed unique by planners and participants.
October 2, 2007, Washington In a time of toxic toys and environmental contamination, the National Council of Churches USA's (NCC) Eco-Justice Program is giving congregations a means of hope through a recently released education and worship resource, "Mindful Living: Human Health, Pollution, and Toxics."
October 3, 2007, New York The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) clergyman and a long-time educator and ecumenical leader, is the nominee for General Secretary of the National Council of Churches (USA).
October 3, 2007, New York The international affairs and peace program of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) has endorsed 'Tents of Hope,' a nationwide program for congregations to raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur.
Oct. 16, 2007, Washington To commemorate Thanksgiving, the National Council of Churches' Eco-Justice Program, will be accepting prayers for our nation's farmers through a "Thanksgiving Prayer Offering" lasting through December 15.
Oct.17, 2007, New York The newly formed NCC Health Task Force has joined with AARP and others in promoting a campaign to urge Americans to seek policies that will better address the unmet needs of the poor and those who lack adequate health care coverage.
Oct. 18, 2007 "We have failed our children today." So said the Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell upon learning of the failure of Congress to override President Bush's veto of the state children's health care insurance program (SCHIP).
Oct. 25, 2007, Washington The religious community's moral imperative to combat climate change and protect those living in poverty was discussed yesterday at a U.S. House of Representatives briefing.
November 1, 2007, Washington NCC President Michael Livingston and eight leaders of the NCC's 35 member communions are among three dozen Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders urging the U.S. to be 'more assertive' in preparing for the upcoming Arab-Israeli-Palestinian summit in Annapolis, Md.
November 5, 2007, Washington In anticipation of the Senate vote on the 2007 farm bill, the NCC's Eco-Justice Program delivered hundreds of messages to Senate offices from church members across the country calling for access to locally grown food, guarantees farmers' access to conservation programs, and justice for God's creation.
November 6, 2007, Iselin, N.J. For the first time since the inception of the program, the National Council of Churches USA's (NCC) Young Stewards Program welcomed two stewards from two of its Orthodox member communions.
November 7, 2007, Iselin, N.J. Acting NCC General Secretary Chapman announced a memorial fund in the late Claire Randall's name at a celebratory luncheon for the NCC's Women's Caucus at the 2007 General Assembly of the NCC and Church World Service.
November 8, 2007, New York The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) clergyman and a long-time educator and ecumenical leader, was installed Thursday (Nov. 8) as the ninth General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.
November 8, 2007, New York Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, a Turkish-born priest who represents the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) in Washington, was installed Thursday (November 9) as the President of the National Council of Churches in the USA.
November 8, 2007, New York The Rev. Peg Chemberlin, a Moravian clergywoman and executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches, was elected President Elect of the National Council of Churches in annual meetings this week.
November 14, 2007, New York
General Assembly of the National Council of Churches and Church World
Service concluded its business last week with the installation of new
officers and a new NCC general secretary.
November 26, 2007, New York Leaders of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) are expressing encouragement and prayers for this week's Middle East peace talks in Annapolis, Maryland.
December 14, 2007, New York The second encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope), addresses important truths that will be affirmed by Christians in and outside the Roman Catholic Church, a National Council of Churches spokesperson said today.
December 27, 2007, New York NCC leaders expressed dismay Thursday at the brutal assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
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