Subject: On the front lines

In these trying times, we must work.  Together.
In August, white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, VA, in one of most provocative gatherings in recent times.  NCC Communications Director Steven D. Martin took this iconic photo of the clergy protest, a photo that has been published worldwide.
When the storm gathered...

...a group of clergy in Charlottesville organized to stand against the "Unite the Right" protest. They came to the offices of the National Council of Churches to ask for help. We publicized their national call to clergy through action alerts, our newsletter, and our podcast. We reached out to our 38 member communions to send clergy to this important opportunity to stand on the side of love in the face of the evil of white supremacy.

The National Council of Churches was there.


The leaders who came showed courage and resolve. They locked arms, prayed, and sang. They provided loving care to those injured in the attack that killed Heather Heyer. And the images of this profound stand against the evils of racism have been seen around the world.


It is this kind of love-in-action, the kind that energized the clergy in Charlottesville, that empowers the ecumenical movement.  

About the National Council of Churches

Since 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) has served as a leading voice of witness to the living Christ. NCC is a diverse covenant community of 38 member communions and over 35 million individuals –100,000 congregations from Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African-American, and Living Peace traditions – in a common commitment to advocate and represent God’s love and promise of unity in our public square. NCC works with secular and interfaith partners to advance a shared agenda of peace, progress, and positive change.

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