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.
Rural Family Development to Administer Caroline County Head Start Program
Jon Barton - Wednesday, July 23, 2014
As of July 1, 2014 Rural Family Development (RFD) of the Virginia Council of Churches (VCC) became the replacement grantee for the Caroline County Head Start (CCHS) program. For the past nine years the program was operated by Community Development Institute (CDI) out of Denver, CO.
RFD has been working in rural communities as the delegate agency of East Coast Migrant Head Start Project for providing Head Start for the children of migrant farmworkers.
Ed Rossmoore, the Executive Director of RFD, announced the approval of Dorothy Billups to continue in her role as the Director of the CCHS program that provides pre-school programing for 95 three, four and five year olds. 80 children attend classes in the three elementary Caroline schools of: Lewis & Clark; Madison; and, the Old Bowling Green Elementary. Fifteen 3/4 year olds are served through the home based option at their homes on a weekly basis.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Jon Barton - Saturday, January 18, 2014
Church Unity Octave, a forerunner of the Week of Prayer for Christian
Unity, was developed by Father Paul Wattson, SA, at Graymoor in
Garrison, New York, and was first observed at Graymoor from January
18-25, 1908. Today, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the
whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with
the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21).
In 1966, the Faith and
Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Vatican
Secretariat (now Council) for Promoting Christian Unity began
collaborating as a common international text for worldwide usage. Since
1968 these international texts, which are based on themes proposed by
ecumenical groups around the world, have been developed, adapted and
published for use in the United States by the Graymoor Ecumenical and
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?”