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Perkins names Dr Evelyn Parker as 2021 Distinguished Alumna

The Perkins School of Theology Alumni/ae Council selected Dr Evelyn L. Parker as the 2021 recipient of the Perkins Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. The award recognizes Perkins graduates who have demonstrated effectiveness and integrity in service to the church, continuing support for the goals of Perkins and Southern Methodist University, outstanding service to the community, and exemplary character.

US House panel advances historic effort to pay reparations to descendants of slaves

A House panel in the United States Congress advanced a decades-long effort to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves by approving legislation, commonly referred to as H.R. 40, on 15 April that would create a commission to study the issue. The “40” refers to the failed government effort to provide 40 acres (16 hectares) of land to newly freed slaves as the Civil War drew to a close.

It's the first time the House Judiciary Committee has acted on the legislation.

U.S. veterans work for peace on divided Korean peninsula

Throughout 2020, the World Council of Churches (WCC), together with the National Council of Churches in Korea, has been observing a Global Prayer Campaign,“We Pray, Peace Now, End the War.” As part of the campaign, the WCC is sharing personal stories and interviews that inspire others to work for peace. The story below features the perspective of U.S. war veterans, all of whom are also featured in video interviews.

Des vétérans américains œuvrent en faveur de la paix dans la péninsule coréenne

Tout au long de l'année 2020, le Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE) et le Conseil national des Églises de Corée observent une campagne mondiale de prière baptisée «Nous prions, la paix maintenant, arrêtez la guerre». Dans le cadre de cette campagne, le COE publie divers récits personnels et interviews dont l'objectif est d'encourager les individus à œuvrer pour la paix. C'est le cas des témoignages suivants, recueillis auprès d'anciens combattants américains et disponibles en vidéo.

Joint message calls for healing wounds and a shared future for the Korean Peninsula

A Joint Ecumenical Peace Message for the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War was publicly delivered on 22 June during a live-streamed event. Co-sponsored by churches and councils of churches around the world, especially from countries that participated in the Korean War, the message describes the Korean War as an “appallingly destructive conflict” after which no peace treaty was ever concluded.

Message commun pour la guérison des blessures et un avenir partagé dans la péninsule coréenne

Un message de paix œcuménique commun a été rendu public à l’occasion du 70e anniversaire de l’éclatement de la guerre de Corée lors d’un événement diffusé en direct le 22 juin. Le message, coparrainé par les Églises et conseils des Églises du monde entier, et plus particulièrement des pays ayant participé à la guerre de Corée, décrit cette dernière comme un «conflit effroyablement destructeur» des suites duquel aucun traité de paix n’a abouti.

Churches should use their voice on climate change

Pacific islands experience lasting impacts of the 50 years of nuclear testing and the region has become a global hotspot of climate change, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission of Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) learned in its meeting this week in Brisbane, Australia.

Les Églises doivent user de leur voix sur la question des changements climatiques

Alors qu’elle se réunit cette semaine à Brisbane, en Australie, la Commission des Églises pour les affaires internationales du Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE) a été informée des conséquences durables pour les îles du Pacifique des cinquante années d’essais nucléaires dans la région, devenue l’une des zones du monde les plus sensibles aux changements climatiques.

WCC condemns attack at Hanukkah celebration in New York City

The World Council of Churches (WCC) condemned an attack on a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi´s home north of New York City, on 28 December, stabbing and wounding five people. Several state and local officials have described the location of stabbing as a synagogue.

Leaders of five Christian World Communions attend ecumenical prayer service

(LWF Communication) – An ecumenical prayer service in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, United States, marked the opening of a four-day consultation of five Christian World Communions discussing the historic importance of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) and its impact on the search for full, visible unity of the church.