Ecumenical Child Advocacy and the Children's Sabbath Celebration

Ecumenical Child Advocacy and the Children's Sabbath Celebration

 

The Committee for Justice for Children and their Families of the National Council of Churches is one place where the United Church of Christ works for justice for children. With guidance from this ecumenical committee, the 2004 National Council of Churches General Assembly passed a comprehensive policy statement, The Church and Children: Vision and Goals for the 21st Century, that calls churches in the member communions of the NCC to encourage faith communities to

  • include children in their full worship life;
  • support loving and safe families;
  • advocate for access to excellent public education, health care, economic security;
  • work for a violence-free society that is emotionally and physically safe; and
  • nurture healthy child development by ensuring that all children have access to the arts, culture and recreation. 

The NCC's Committee for Justice for Children and their Families has created a Study Guide to help members of congregations explore the implications of the 2004 policy statement.

The National Observance of Children's Sabbath each year in October is an important way many congregations celebrate children and lift up their needs. Materials may be ordered from the Children's Defense Fund.

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Contact Info

Ann Hanson
Minister for Sexuality Education and Justice
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3718
hansona@ucc.org