Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Protestant, Orthodox and Historic Black Churches Together
Seeking Unity by Making Things Right
by Rev. Carlos L. Malavé
Two months ago seventy Christian leaders representing 34 communions and organizations met in Wichita for the 2018 Annual Convocation of Christian Churches Together. Churches representing all the major traditions in the USA have been meeting for the last thirteen years with the purpose of listening to each other, to build bridges of understanding and give a credible witness to the gospel. We have not met merely to talk, but we have analyzed together, prayerfully, issues that diminish the human dignity of millions of our brothers and sisters. 

The outcome of all these years of engagement has produced six documents in which all the communions and organizations state their agreement and commitment to address the following issues:

Statement on Poverty ( read here )
Implementing the Call to Cut Poverty in Half ( read here )
A Response to Dr. Martin Luther King Letter from a Birmingham Jail ( read here )
CCT Statement on Immigration Reform ( read here )
CCT Principles on Mass Incarceration ( read here )
A Pastoral Letter to the Persecuted Church ( read here )

Most of these documents have found their way, not only to our churches but also to the halls of Congress. The churches have voiced their positions, but also their commitment to be the instrument of social transformation. The churches are doing this in response to the claims of the gospel. 

Today, our country finds itself in a historical crossroads. Racism and xenophobia are threatening our social and political stability. The churches must take a stand on what their response, if any, will be to the current socio-political assault on the dignity of millions of poor, excluded, and persecuted sisters and brothers.

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Advancing Racial Equity With State Tax Policy

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
NOVEMBER 15, 2018

States and localities could do more to help undo the harmful legacies of past racism and the damage caused by continuing racial bias and discrimination. If state budget and tax policies were better designed to address these harms and create more opportunities for people of color, state economies would be more equitable and likely also would be stronger, which in turn could benefit many state residents of all backgrounds.

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Open Wide Our Hearts

the enduring call to love
a pastoral letter against racism

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 

The document Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism was developed by the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was approved by the full body of bishops as a formal statement of the same at its November 2018 General Meeting and has been authorized for publication by the undersigned. 

“The entire body of bishops felt the need to address the topic of racism, once again, after witnessing the deterioration of the public discourse, and episodes of violence and animosity with racial and xenophobic overtones, that have re-emerged in American society in the last few years. Pastoral letters from the full body of bishops are rare, few and far between. But at key moments in history the bishops have come together for important pronouncements, paying attention to a particular issue and with the intention of offering a Christian response, full of hope, to the problems of our time. This is such a time.” (Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, of Houma-Thibodaux, Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism)

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By Rev. Angelique Walker-Smith

Recently, I had the honor and opportunity to serve on an official delegation convened by Christian Churches Together (CCT) to visit Hidalgo, Texas to witness firsthand the plight of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
When I landed at the airport in Brownsville, Texas, the U.S. Border Patrol was visibly present. I was suddenly reminded of my ancestors who were also greeted by “border patrol” while fleeing from the brutal chattel slavery in the southern states and making their way north – even all the way to Canada.
This treacherous journey to freedom was enabled by the Underground Railroad – a network of secret routes and safe houses. It operated from roughly the early to mid-19th century until Civil War.

On their trek, my ancestors were met by both hostility and hospitality. They were confronted with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 that was later solidified and strictly enforced by the Compromise of 1850. These congressional policies guaranteed the rights of slaveholders to recover escaped slaves.

Still, Christian leaders like Harriet Tubman, a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, led the Underground Railroad. There were abolitionists who aided these northern bound caravans seeking new life and advocating for policies of justice. Many were Christians who risked hiding, feeding, and prayerfully encouraging those seeking a new life.

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