ENVIRONMENT
WORD TO THE CHURCHES ON GLOBAL WARMING
“The earth is the LORD’S and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1 NRSV)
Adopted by the Southern California Ecumenical Council (SCEC) Faith and Order Commission on October 17, 2008. Members present: Kyle Bennett, Al Cohen, John Huber, Ray Kibler, Denis McGrath, Tom Reed, Alexei Smith, Eve Tibbs, for presentation to the SCEC Board on November 14, 2008.

SUBJECT
God, the creator and sustainer of all life, calls us as partners in the creation and redemption of the world. God is sovereign over all of creation. “The earth is the LORD’S and all that is in it.” Jesus Christ came so that all might have life in its fullness, through the Holy Spirit. We believe that God cares for all creation. All creation is blessed and included in God’s care.
 

Word to the churches on Global Warming
Last Call For a Sustainable Future?
Living green, by design
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech: by Al Gore
What Is Global Warming?
What You Can Do
Great Green Congregations

 
  IMMIGRATION

Interfaith Worker Justice advocates for justice for all workers in the U.S. – native-born citizens, legal residents, and those who are forced to live and work in the shadows, undocumented workers and their families. Here are links to materials for educational activities at the congregational level and resources to take action for comprehensive immigration reform and to support all low-wage workers. www.iwj.org

Kinnamon calls on Obama, Napolitano to signal a new day in immigrations policy
New York, March 5, 2009 -- Forty-five days into the Obama Administration, the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches is asking for signs that the promised new day in immigrations policy is here.

The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon issued the appeal after reports that an immigration enforcement raid on a family-owned engine plant in Bellingham, Wash. resulted in the arrest of 28 employees suspected of being illegal immigrants. document

For You Were Once a Stranger
Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) recently created For You Were Once a Stranger, a
resource book for the faith community on issues of immigration in the United States. The
book runs 112 pages, and includes individual stories and faith-based essays, policy
analysis, liturgical resources, reflection questions to guide study and discussion groups,
and ideas for taking action. For You Were Once a Stranger: Summary and Users Guide

  Centro Romero Building a Community
RESOLUTION ON IMMIGRATION AND A CALL FOR ACTION
 
  WEEK OF PRAYER
 

HISTORY OF WEEK OF PRAYER CELEBRATIONS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ECUMENICAL COUNCIL

The Church Unity Octave, a forerunner of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, was developed by Father Paul Wattson, SA, at Graymoor in Garrison, New York, and was first observed at Graymoor from January 18-25, 1908. Today, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21).

Week of Prayer
Week of Prayer 2010 -National

 
  FAITH & ORDER
A Word to the Churches
from the Faith & Order Commission of the Southern California Ecumenical Council


On Sharing the Wealth and Saving the Earth
Consequently, it was with been with a real sense of a timeliness -a convergence of awareness and opportunity- that Commission members received a document agreed to by the 24th General Council of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, meeting in Accra, Ghana, entitled "Covenanting for Justice in the Economy and the Earth." With this Word to the Churches, we in turn commend it to the members of Southern California Ecumenical Council.
  CWME and F&O Joint Consultation on Mission and Ecclesiology
   
POVERTY & COMPASSION
A Word to the Churches
from the Faith & Order Commission of the Southern California Ecumenical Council


On Sharing the Wealth and Saving the Earth
For several years the Faith & Order Commission has been drawn by the dramatic events in our world to reflect on issues that are "life and work" as well as "faith and order" in character. We have reacted in shock and horror at the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and the bombings in Madrid and London. We have struggled to understand our nation's response -the "war on terror"- including the invasion of Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, and the Patriot Act and the Department of Homeland Security here at home. We have listened to the rhetoric and observed the politics all about us, increasingly aware and appreciative of the complexity of the times in which we live. We believe individual Christians and Christian communities must engage this complex world if we are to witness to the vision and mission that has been entrusted to us.
  FOCUS ON SOCIAL ISSUES
SKID ROW AWARENESS

 

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