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Tuesday
Jun232015

A Letter from KCC to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

Our hearts are heavy with the recent news of the violence that was perpetrated against your church this week. You are in our thoughts and prayers as your grieve your losses and seek justice for the families who lost loved ones in this brutal and senseless crime.

 

As sisters and brothers, we stand with you. We hold you in our hearts, and we will continue to speak out and work against the evil that is all too prevalent in our country today.

 

You are a strong community, with deep historical roots. We give thanks that you will not be brought down by this tragedy. You will continue to spread the good news of God’s amazing grace and mercy, and you will find a way to honor those whose lives are lost in a way that brings glory to God.

 

But for now, know that you are uplifted by the prayers of countless people, including the members of the Kentucky Council of Churches. We pray for comfort, strength, and the blessed assurance of God’s never-ending love.

 

Eternal God, our help in every time of trouble, send your Holy Spirit to comfort and strengthen us, that we may have hope of life eternal and trust in your goodness and mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.[1]

 

With love, hope, and peace, and in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

 

Kentucky Council of Churches

 


[1] Book of Common Worship, Westminster/John Knox Press.

Tuesday
Jun232015

NCC Grieves With Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA expresses its deep sadness at the news of the mass killings last night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. We extend prayers to the families of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, his sister, and all others who died in another senseless mass shooting in our nation.

Every death as a result of gun violence personally affects the churches in this country, but these shootings are felt even more personally by members of the National Council of Churches as the African Methodist Episcopal Church is a founding member denomination and has three representatives on the Governing Board, including Rev. William Miller, pastor of St. John AME, just west of Charleston.

We pray the assailant will be apprehended as soon as possible and brought into custody. We pray the motives behind this horrible act will be discovered, and that we as a society may finally draw lessons from it that bring life to our nation. We pray the families of Rev. Pinckney, his sister, and others who were killed are finding comfort in Jesus at this moment. We pray the members of the congregation will find aid and help in the Lord. 

All of us together through the National Council of Churches provide a network of prayer around Emanuel Church and all in the AME family as they weep and mourn those who have been lost.

And, we pray that this tragedy will finally result in action by state, local, and national officials to address and end the rampant gun violence in our nation.

Thursday
Jun182015

Prayer for Emanuel AME Church

For our brothers and sisters of Emanuel AME Church

Holy One, we gather in this virtual space and time to join in prayer for our brothers and sisters of Emanuel AME Church. We are disheartened at the tragedy of lives lost, and one of your faithful communities distressed and wounded. We cry out for comfort and healing for the grieving, and justice and mercy for the perpetrator. 

Forgive us for any part that we might have in the cruelty and violence of this world. Shake us from our complacency, and set us on the path of righteousness that leads us to the justice and healing places where we need to be present. Help us to be instruments of your compassion and peace. Give us the courage to speak out against violence, hatred, and prejudice. 

By your power, heal all wounds, repair all chasms, bring your kingdom to fruition that all may live in joy, peace, and love. In Christ's name we pray. Amen.
Wednesday
Jun032015

The Rev. Dr. Peggy Hinds to serve as Interim Executive Director

 

June 3, 2015

 

Dear Friends of the Kentucky Council of Churches:

 

At its meeting on April 28, 2015, the Executive Board of the Kentucky Council of Churches elected the Rev. Dr. Peggy Hinds to serve as Interim Executive Director.  An ordained Teaching Elder and Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Peggy most recently served for fifteen years as Associate General Presbyter of Mid-Kentucky Presbytery (PCUSA).  In addition to her ecclesiastical credentials and experience, Peggy holds professional certifications as an individual life coach and congregational coach. Peggy will officially begin her work with the KCC on July 1.  Thinking about the work ahead, Peggy remarked …

 

            I am looking forward to the next 18 – 24 months with the KCC.  I have a deep appreciation for the mission of the Council, and I am eager to explore all the possibilities that we have for the future.  The KCC has wise and dedicated leaders who are passionate about ecumenism and the well-being of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  My goal as the Interim Executive Director is to help the Board strengthen its vision and determination, to promote the KCC’s mission to its membership and other constituencies, and to prepare the Council for its next Executive Director.  God has great plans for us!

 

We hope that you, the Council’s many friends and supporters, will join the Executive Board in welcoming Peggy to the work of Interim Executive Director, offering your prayers, service, and financial support to further the KCC’s vital mission and ministry.

 

You can demonstrate your support today with a financial gift to the Kentucky Council of Churches.  Not only will your gift help support the KCC’s work, but particularly now it will also be a sign to Peggy, to the Executive Board, and to others, of your appreciation for all that the KCC allows us to do together.  Visit http://www.kycouncilofchurches.org/donate/  to make an online donation, or you may send a gift by check to the KCC at P.O. Box 23171, Lexington, KY, 40523. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Council’s work for Christian unity and for God’s mercy and justice throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Sincerely,

Greg Alexander

Executive Board President

Thursday
Mar192015

WE’VE MOVED!!

We are pleased to announce that Kentucky Council of Churches has relocated its offices to Christian Church in Kentucky’s office building located at 1125 Red Mile Road, Lexington, KY, 40504.

KCC would like to extend gratitude to the Rev. Laurie Brock and the congregation of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church for their care these past few years when we faced a need to downsize our offices.

KCC also expresses its sincerest appreciation to Christian Church in Kentucky for their willingness to rent us two large offices for our staff as we find our office needs requires larger space than anticipated.

Our mailing address, P.O. Box 23171, Lexington, KY,  40523-3171 and phone number, (859) 269-7715 remain unchanged.