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Thursdays in Black: Toward a World Without Rape and Violence

Globally, 1 in 3 women experiences physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to data from the World Health Organization. Such violence can increase during public health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic. We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that everyone is safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies.

Join us as we learn about the Thursdays in Black campaign and ways in which we, as faith communities, can help to end gender-based violence in local and global settings.

RESOURCES:

UCC Thursdays in Black

UCC Resolutions on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Break the Silence Sunday

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

World Council of Churches Thursdays in Black

UCC Action Alert on Re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act

US Helplines: National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-SAFE

LGBT National Help Center – 1-888-843-4564

Trans Lifeline – 1-877-565-8860

September 1, 2021



Together in Hope: A Journey through Southern Asia

Join Brande Crosby, Global Ministries Communications Associate, at the premiere of a 37-minute travel documentary, “A Story from Southern Asia”, on her encounters with people and their initiatives for change. To make connections between continents for Global Ministries’ Southern Asia Initiative, Brande traveled to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Indonesia in 2019, and captured stories and images of people engaged with the challenges of human trafficking and forced migration, caste discrimination, religious and ethnic conflicts, and climate change.

Nearly two years since then, these partners now find themselves in circumstances more complex and challenging on account of Covid 19. Deenabandhu Manchala, Southern Asia Executive, will reflect on what these challenges mean to the churches there and here, and to our journey of hope together.

RESOURCES:

Southern Asia Initiative

Southern Asia Initiative Giving Opportunities



Testing Justice: The Divide of COVID-19 Vaccine Access Globally

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every country around the world. Yet, we’ve seen developing countries shut out from vaccine access, while developed countries have hoarded supplies to make vaccines along with manufactured doses. This divide has impacted our global partners and will continue to impact them for years to come. The Rev. Michael Kalito, Training and Capacity Development Manager at the Theological Education by Extension, Zambia, will give a theological reflection on COVID-19 and the uneven and inequitable rollout of the vaccine. Each Area Executive will then speak to specific challenges facing our partners in their region.

RESOURCES:

Global Ministries COVID-19 updates and resources

Global Ministries projects addressing COVID-19

Statement: Racism and Institutionalised Discrimination in the Israeli COVID-19 Vaccine

Episcopal Archbishop of Jerusalem Statement on the Eruption of Violence throughout the Holy Land

World Health Organization (WHO) Vaccine Equity declaratio



The Middle East in Transition, and the Future and Role of its Christians

The countries of the Middle East region continue to experience major social, political, and economic shifts with uncertain outcomes. What is sure is that the people of the region have been impacted in significant–and even tragic–ways. The Christians and churches of the region have not been exempt from these shifts. What is their future? What has been their role in responding to needs, and what will their role be in what is to come?

Join us to hear from the General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches, Dr. Michel Abs, as he offers his insight into the context and his vision for the place of Christians in the future.

This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Middle East mission offices of the following ecumenical partners: the Anglican Church of Canada, Church World Service, The Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Reformed Church in America, the United Methodist Church, and the United Church of Canada.

RESOURCES:

Global Ministries News- MECC renews its call to lift the occupation of the Palestinian people

UCC and Disciples statement on the current situation in Israel/Palestine

Global Ministries action alert on U.S. military funding to Israel

MECC pamphlet on Christian Zionism

Global Ministries Middle East and Europe Resources, including on Christian Zionism

Dr. Abs’s Presentation



State of Global Racial Justice

Racism, xenophobia, and all forms of discrimination are on the rise globally. Afrophobia refers to a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards black people or people of African descent around the world. It is a perceived fear and hatred of the cultures and peoples of Africa and the African diaspora. Casteism is prejudice or antagonism directed against someone of a different caste. These are global problems diminishing the human rights of the world’s population. Join us for a conversation on the state of racism and discrimination globally.

RESOURCES

World Communion of Reformed Churches

August 31, 2021



Spiritualities and Powers

The spiritualities of colonized peoples survived and are being recovered by new generations. The project of decolonizing Christianity and dismantling Empire is one that must confront the realities of spiritualities that give life and flourish in spite of past and present oppression. How are these surviving and contributing to resilience and justice?



Towards a Sustainable Future

The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.

The work of justice and ministry in the church are critically tied to sustainable development.

Join this conversation about how these global goals are paving the way to a sustainable future.

RESOURCES:

UN Sustainable Development Goals

World Council of Churches HIV/AIDS Program

World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network

World Council of Churches Thursdays in Black Campaign

UCC Thursdays in Black Campaign



Commission on the Status of Women

Global movements are necessary to affect change. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. CSW65 just closed out. What were the outcomes of the event? How can women impact global advocacy and be more involved in the fight for women’s justice? What is the role of the church in advocating for justice for women and girls? Join us for this important conversation.

RESOURCES:

UN Secretary-General Report to the Commission on the Status of Women

Commission on the Status of Women Webpage

Commission on the Status of Women 65 Agreed Conclusions

World Council of Churches Just Community of Women and Men

Thursdays in Black Campaign

UN Women’s Gender Data on COVID-19

World Health Organization Report on Violence Against Women



Journey to the Waters: A Service of Remembrance and Healing

The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is one of few days that honors the memory of the millions whose lives were interrupted and disrupted by the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This service will create space for the honoring of many whose names are unknown, individuals who were not funeralized or ritualized. The service is designed as a time for lament as we remember the resilience, courage, resistance, ingenuity, and rebellion of Africans who were brought forcefully into the Americas. Through song, dance, poetry, and prayers – we will remember.

In recalling the memories of those who have passed on, there is the acknowledgment that the atrocities of 400 years of movement of Africans into the Americas abroad ships designed to move people as chattel. These memories compel us to ensure that we eradicate the legacies of the enslavement of Africans that continues to manifest as racism, Afrophobia, and other forms of discrimination.

The service gathers the international and interfaith communities to honor the dead, to pray for healing, to celebrate the joy of African descendant people, and to affirm the commitment to eliminate the legacy of injustices that linger. The waters are healing. The waters are an essential part of human life. The waters hold the bodies and memory of the dead. We journey to the waters to remember and to heal.

RESOURCES:

Worship music arranged and sung by Rev. Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Unitarian Universalist Association

“barely breathing” by Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson and Keon Heywood and Poem “rivers of Babylon” by Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson

Dance of the Water (bomba) performed by Rev. Everdith Landrau Give to these ministries



Spiritualities and Powers

The spiritualities of colonized peoples survived and are being recovered by new generations. The project of decolonizing Christianity and dismantling Empire is one that must confront the realities of spiritualities that give life and flourish in spite of past and present oppression. How are these surviving and contributing to resilience and justice?

April 21, 2021



Towards a Sustainable Future

The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.

April 7, 2021



Commission the Status of Women

Global movements are necessary to affect change. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. CSW65 just closed out.

March 31, 2021




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