The year was 2009, the place was Yei in what is now South Sudan, the newest country in the world. I was a mission co-worker serving as the first principal of RECONCILE Peace Institute, and our first class of students had arrived. The student body included about 45 church and community leaders from a dozen or more ethnic groups on opposing sides of a two- decades-long civil war. They had come to Yei to take courses in community-based trauma healing, peace studies and conflict transformation.
In a virtual international solidarity forum on Tuesday, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) asked its ecumenical partners around the world to enjoin, pray and call for an independent international commission to investigate human rights violations in the Philippines.
The Presbyterian Border Region Outreach conference drew to a close last weekend as most church conferences do — with closing worship and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, which in this case occurred on both sides of the wall in South Texas separating the United States and Mexico.
Presbyterians and many other people of faith are accompanying asylum seekers from Central America and as far away as African nations through the U.S. immigration court process. Just how successful that coming alongside process will be remains to be seen as President-elect Joe Biden and the 117th Congress reshape U.S. immigration policy and laws beginning in January 2021.
Pastor Jesus “Chuy” Gallegos Blanco passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Nov. 1. He was, according to his obituary published in the Longmont (Colorado) Leader, loved by many who are grieving the loss of his life. He was 63.
Church leaders, mission co-workers, global partners and supporters around the world will connect online during the 2020 Madagascar Mission Network virtual gathering Nov. 12–14. The gathering will cover highlights of mission and ministry alongside the nearly 6- million-member Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM).
“Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory.” — Mark 13:26