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Witnessing to Christian unity through relationships and actions


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Witnessing to Christian unity through relationships and actions


 

Shared life & Ministry

We are an ecumenical organization working toward a common ministry for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation under the leading of the Holy Spirit. Join our household of faith to share in our common life.

 
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What Is the Kentucky Council of Churches Mission?


Founded in 1947, the Kentucky Council of Churches is one of the most representative and diverse councils of its kind in the United States. Representatives from 16 different conferences, dioceses, and districts from 11 different denominations and several independent and observer traditions form the council which meets throughout the year to consider matters of faith and common work. Over the more than seven decades of its work, the KCC has considered and crafted more than 35 policy statements to help guide Kentuckians in matters of faith in action. To be adopted, all policies must be unanimously approved by representatives from every member body.

What Is the Kentucky Council of Churches Mission?


Founded in 1947, the Kentucky Council of Churches is one of the most representative and diverse councils of its kind in the United States. Representatives from 16 different conferences, dioceses, and districts from 11 different denominations and several independent and observer traditions form the council which meets throughout the year to consider matters of faith and common work. Over the more than seven decades of its work, the KCC has considered and crafted more than 35 policy statements to help guide Kentuckians in matters of faith in action. To be adopted, all policies must be unanimously approved by representatives from every member body.

What is the vision for Kentucky Council of Churches?

 
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Help Abolish The Death Penalty!

There are countless arguments for and against the death penalty. In an imperfect world where we can never be sure we have ever got the “worst of the worst” is it ever justified to take a life?

We must challenge the notion of “an eye for an eye” and here are some reasons why.

• Social scientists have been unable to prove any deterrent value in the death penalty.

• Further, studies have shown consistently that it is more costly for a state to condemn a criminal to death, due to the constitutional safeguards that must be observed, than it is to imprison that criminal for the entirety of his or her life, without parole until their natural death.

Additionally, some police science professors have begun to argue that the implementation of a capital sentence may, in fact, result in a corresponding rise in the murder rate. The example of the state taking a life, no matter how carefully, apparently desensitizes people to the value of life, and implies that killing another human being is an appropriate solution to a problem. Murder rates tend to rise in the immediate aftermath of an execution.

Even families and friends of victims are of different views on the value of the death penalty and whether it contributes to healing their hurt and loss, and its consequences for the social order and peace.

In summary, the following points have been made by social scientists, legal experts, and social ethicists regarding capital punishment:

• that capital punishment has been proven to be unfairly administered to the poor, the uneducated, those who cannot afford private legal counsel, and on the basis of the race of both the criminal and the victim;

• that the American Bar Association has called for a moratorium on the administration of capital punishment until such inequities can be removed, • that there is no proven deterrent value to the death penalty;

• that the death penalty is more costly, financially, to the state than incarcerating the prisoner for life; that capital punishment is an irremediable punishment;

• and that there may be a concomitant rise in the murder rates of a state in which the death penalty is administered.

Therefore, by these measures alone, capital punishment, as it is currently applied, is not just and equitable, and therefore does not enhance the upbuilding of a just and caring society.

(Excerpt taken from KCC's Death Penalty Policy Statement)

 
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The Videos Are Here, The Videos Are Here.....!!!!

If you weren't able to make it to our 2017 Annual Assembly (or you enjoyed it so much you want to relive it), sit back, relax, and enjoy these videos taken of our keynote speakers, preacher and Friday's group simulation activity.

Thursday keynote

Worship preacher 

Friday keynote

Friday group simulation activity




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You can make a difference through participation in the ministry of the Kentucky Council of Churches.

Get Involved


You can make a difference through participation in the ministry of the Kentucky Council of Churches.

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KCC uses a grassroots advocacy system to keep individuals and judicatories abreast of the most recent legislative actions as well as our annual assembly and fundraising events, news and other information we feel is important to those involved with the council.

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KCC depends on donations from its judicatory members as well as individuals. We have signed up with the Kroger and Amazon Smile programs to help benefit the individual as well as KCC.

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Get Involved

KCC has several committees that meet regularly to help with one of its main principles - promoting unity among the world's Christian churches. (Justice Commission, Creation Care, Assemblies Planning). Other committees help with fundraising, budget and finance, planning the annual assembly and personnel and nominations of board members. If you are interested in getting involved in any of these committees, please send Karen Owsley an email expressing your interest. kao@kycouncilofchurches.org

Kentucky Roman Catholic Bishops meet with the Governor to discuss issues.

  Prayer written by JR Zerkowski, Executive Director of Fortunate Families

Prayer written by JR Zerkowski, Executive Director of Fortunate Families