December 2, 2016

Letter to Congress: Protect the Arctic Refuge

The Disciples Center for Public Witness joined its ecumenical partners in calling on members of Congress to protect the Arctic Refuge by designating its Coastal Plain as Wilderness:

November 25th, 2016

Dear member of Congress,

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a special place in God’s creation that stands alone in its unique wildness, ecological integrity, beauty, spiritual significance, and recreational opportunities. As religious organizations representing millions of people in the United States, we supported President Obama’s Wilderness recommendation for the Arctic Refuge in January 2015, and urge you to act on this important recommendation by co-sponsoring legislation that would permanently protect the Arctic Refuge’s Coastal Plain for future generations.

November 4, 2016

Disciples Standing in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux

Disciples Justice Action Network (DJAN) fully endorses the following statement and call to action prepared by David B Bell, Minister for Indigenous Peoples Concerns, Yakama Christian Mission, and William Blue Eagle McCutchen, Co-moderator of Landscape Mending and Minister for Blue Eagle Wellbriety Ministries:

Disciples Standing in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux

For months, the Standing Rock Sioux have prayerfully challenged Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction across Sioux sacred sites and the Missouri River. During these months, the Standing Rock has learned DAPL is willing to bring a militarized response to their nonviolent challenge.

October 22, 2016

Disciples Joining UCC in Generation Green Effort

A new collaborative endeavor of youth from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been launched. As part of this endeavor, youth groups from across the country will adopt a specific month during which they will create social media posts that raise awareness about climate change and encourage action. As a result of a recent name contest, the name of this joint denominational project is Generation Green. For the full article, click here.

Disciples Join Interfaith Partners in Signing a Statement in Support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Green Chalice and many other faith traditions and organizations joined together to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's defense of their natural resources, lifeways, and culture in front of the path of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. 180 tribes joined together at Standing Rock to protect their water and sacred sites with an outpouring of support by peoples across the nation that have included demonstrations, funding, and direct witness at the site. For the statement of support, click here.

Climate Change and Voting

This election is critical in determining how our country will respond to the climate crisis and the commitments we made to the rest of the world in Paris. For the full Interfaith Power and Light 2016 voter guide, click here.

UCC Offers Free Curriculum on White Privilege

White Privilege: Let's Talk—A Resource for Transformational Dialogue is an adult curriculum from the United Church of Christ that's designed to invite church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race. For the free, downloadable resource in PDF format, click here.

Harmful Policy Riders Threaten to Derail Final Federal Spending Deal

NLIHC has joined the Clean Budget Coalition—a group of more than 100 organizations—to urge Congress and the White House to reject harmful poison pill policy riders that could prevent lawmakers from enacting a final full-year spending package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, putting vital investments in affordable housing at risk. Sign onto the Clean Budget Coalition letter urging Congress and President Obama to pass full-year spending bills without harmful policy riders or visit here.

Philadelphia Council of Churches: Support Workers in Coal Communities

There’s a crisis happening right now in coal communities across the nation. Working people are being laid off from their jobs at a catastrophic scale, losing critical health and retirement benefits while coal executives cash out multi-million dollar bonuses even as their companies declare bankruptcy. To read more information and to sign the petition, click here.