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Monday
Jul272015

Green Guide to the 2015 Kentucky Council of Churches General Assembly

Greening the Journey:

  • Carpool with others from your area.
  • Bring snacks and food from home and avoid eating fast food.
  • Choose local sit-down restaurants when you stop to eat

Greening our General Assembly Experience:

  • Bring your own water bottles and coffee mugs to refill.
  • Recycle a lot and throw away little.
  • Reuse hotel towels and sheets to conserve water.
  • Pick up brochures and goodies in the Exhibit Area that are really useful to us.

Carbon Offsets

Americans use about 50,000 pounds of carbon each year through energy use in our homes, work places, shopping, travel, etc. We can “offset” some of that carbon by planting trees and supporting creation care organizations.

Learn more about our carbon footprints and offsets:

http://www.carbonfund.org/reduce

Brought to you by the KCC Care for Creation Committee of the Justice Group

Saturday
Jul252015

2015 Annual Assembly: Religious Diversity and Interfaith Relations

 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.....You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31)

Preparations for the 2015 Annual Assembly is underway!

This year's assembly will be held Oct. 22 and 23 at the beautiful Nazareth Retreat Center in Bardstown and will feature the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Hunt and Dr. Lucinda Mosher as our keynote speakers.

Our worship service will be led by the Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby. The Rev. Dr. Patricia Tull is our devotional leader.

This year we have changed things up a bit. Thursday's workshop time will be replaced by a panel presentation by Interfaith leaders from around the Commonwealth. They will discuss their faith traditions, as well as how Christians can be better neighbors and dispel the misconceptions that exist about Judaism, Islam, and other faith traditions.The Rev. Dr. Robert Hunt will moderate this session.

On Friday, our workshops will be "Campus Ministry", "Community Interfaith Partnerships" and "Creation Care". Dr. Jonathan Sands-Wise, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown College will share about "Lifestyle Justice", the assembly theme for the 2016 Annual Assembly.

Hotel accomodations are at the Hampton Inn Bardstown, 985 Chambers Blvd., Bardstown, KY. The room rate is $109 per night, plus 4% tax. Reservations can be by calling (502) 349-0100. To receive the group rate, identify yourself as a KCC participant. All reservations must be made by Oct. 1, 2015 and guaranteed with a credit card or cash deposit.

Click the "Assembly" tab for more information, to register, print a copy of our brochure and/or to make your registration fee payment.

Monday
Jul202015

KCC's response to Pope's Encyclical

In his much anticipated Encyclical on ecology titled, “On Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis named addressing climate change a priority for the faith community. Faith leaders and Eco-justice organizations across the nation are coming together to amplify our common message of care for creation.

Pope Francis writes:

In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the word “creation” has a broader meaning than “nature”, for it has to do with God’s loving plan in which every creature has its own value and significance. Nature is usually seen as a system which can be studied, understood and controlled, whereas creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all, and as a reality illuminated by the love which calls us together into universal communion.

The Kentucky Council of Churches stand with people of faith all over the world who are rallying behind the core tenets of their faith, which encourage care for all creation.  The faith and environmental communities have both been strong advocates for action on climate change – the Encyclical marks a united moment across communities and is another example of widespread support to address this crisis. We applaud Pope Francis for his prophetic word on the climate crisis, and for charging Christians to care for the most vulnerable which includes the poor and the earth.  We must all promote the common good by protecting those who disproportionately feel the effects of climate change.

Pope Francis says:

We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.

The ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion….what they all need is an “ecological conversion”, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them.

May it be so!

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.