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June 14, 1997 | From Religion News Service
The National Council of Churches--which has taken the lead in assisting predominantly black churches burned in a spate of fires since 1995--is moving into the second phase of its Church Rebuilding Project. The transition is being marked by a convocation of pastors of burned churches and denominational leaders from across the country gathered for a three-day meeting in Washington this week.
April 25, 1998 | Associated Press
A U.S. church leader has called for an end to United Nations trade sanctions against Iraq, saying that they hurt civilians and leave government officials untouched. The Rev. Rodney Page of the National Council of Churches called the sanctions on Iraq unjust and inhumane, advocating that they be lifted. Page led a group of U.S. clergymen to Iraq, bringing along $100,000 in medicine and surgical supplies for hospitals.
January 20, 1996 | From Religion News Service
In a rare show of unity on a public policy issue, the liberal National Council of Churches and the conservative Christian Coalition said this week they will work together to try to stop the spread of legal gambling in the United States. "When the Christian Coalition and the National Council of Churches join together on an issue, that's remarkable," said Ralph Reed, executive director of the Christian Coalition.
August 1, 1987 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
With the announcement of Protestant and Orthodox participants in an ecumenical meeting with Pope John Paul II in Columbia, S.C., this September, the National Council of Churches has urged that Christians "seize the moment" for renewed efforts toward Christian unity. A three-page statement welcoming the Pope on his second pastoral visit to the United States on Sept. 10-19 acknowledged that diversity and tensions exist within the American religious community.
December 24, 1988 | United Press International
It's Christmas. And that means creche and that, in turn, means court. On Wednesday, five major religious groups announced that they have asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its 1983 decision that permits government promotion of Christian Nativity scenes under certain conditions. In a friend-of-the-court brief, the five groups said the 1983 decision, Lynch vs. Donnelly, "is fraught with difficulties" and should be set aside.
June 1, 1991 | From Religious News Service
In an unusual show of cooperation, representatives of more than 25 evangelical and mainline Protestant bodies have agreed to form a network to share plans and ideas on evangelism and "church-planting." "We have no burning desire to start a new organization or to go to a lot of meetings. We're interested in being in touch with one another," said the Rev. Billy A. Melvin, executive director of the National Assn.
May 19, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The National Council of Churches, ending a three-day meeting here Friday, voted to condemn Christopher Columbus' "invasion" of the New World in 1492. A celebration is "not an appropriate observation of this anniversary," the council's governing board, representing 32 denominations with 42 million members, said.
October 1, 1988 | From Religious News Service
After 55 years of service dedicated to preserving the health of missionaries, the National Council of Churches' Associated Mission Medical Office is shutting its doors, faced with mounting budgetary problems. The office, which provides medical evaluations of missionaries before and after overseas service, will cease operations Dec. 31, as voted recently by the council's executive committee. The office is located at council headquarters here in the Interchurch Center.
Mainline Protestant leaders talk about "invasion," "oppression" and "genocide" and call for repentance and reconciliation. Roman Catholic groups plunge ahead with plans for "commemoration" and talk of "evangelization." The occasion for the divergent rhetoric is the 500th anniversary next year of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.
January 7, 1989 | From Religious News Service
The Rev. William F. Fore has left the National Council of Churches after 25 years as head of its Communication Commission but with lingering concerns about the lack of "serious" national television and doubts about a new "mainline" interfaith TV network. Although he officially ended his duties Dec. 31, he was to be in Washington this month for one more round in the battle he has waged to persuade the government to apply regulations to the TV industry once again.
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