Virginia Council of Churches
The Virginia Council of Churches is the oldest ecumenical body in the Commonwealth, representing thirty seven governing bodies of eighteen Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant denominations. As we work together as Christian communions, we build Christian Unity; as we work together with persons of other faiths, we build human community.
2013 Faith in Action Awards Luncheon
Jon Barton - Friday, April 05, 2013
We would like to invite you to this year’s annual Faith in Action awards luncheon on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Each year the Virginia Council of Churches recognizes an individual and/or Church/Organization who exemplify personal faith and action on behalf of all God’s children. This year we are presenting awards to The Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Agnew, and Alfred Street Baptist Church. Additionally, it is our great privilege to be presenting posthumously a Lifetime Ecumenist award to The Rev. Cecil E. McFarland. Register Now
68th Annual Meeting of the Virginia Council of Churches
Jon Barton - Sunday, September 30, 2012
The Virginia Council of Churches will hold its 68th Annual Meeting
November 7-8 on the Campus of Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA. This year we will celebrate 50 years of collaboration with Church World Service in the Resettlement of Refugees within the Commonwealth. Join us for a dynamic reflection on our work together and where we may be heading in the future. Register Now Read More...
End Solitary Confinement
Jon Barton - Tuesday, May 29, 2012
As an officer of the Council for the past two years, I have had the opportunity to be exposed to a number of different issues affecting our state. The most recent of them, is the issue surrounding the recent hunger strike protest put on by inmates at Red Onion supermax prison in Wise County, VA. Last Tuesday, about four dozen prisoners began protesting the use of solitary confinement and other egregious conditions in which they’ve endured while imprisoned in our state’s justice system. As of today, a week later, State officials are saying that the hunger strike has ended, but the question yet remains, “when will the torture stop?”
NCCCUSA Working to End Poverty
Jon Barton - Thursday, December 29, 2011
As the year comes to a close with the celebration of Christmas and the hope for a better year in 2012, we pause to thank you for your interest and participation in the National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative. In a year of severe challenges to the middle class and especially those living below the poverty line, we have organized and advocated for fairness and justice in the affairs of our government. We are profoundly disappointed at the failure of Congress to act decisively to alleviate the suffering of the poor among us. We end the year confident that God will continue to work through us all to share the abundance of the earth with the whole family of humanity. We know our work is unfinished and we resolve to continue to pray and advocate with you in the New Year. If we don’t believe we can end poverty now—we never will.
Here is a look back at a year of intensive advocacy in solidarity with those who struggle the most for a fair share of the abundance of God’s creation. In 2011, the NCC Poverty Initiative: Read More...