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Thursday, December 4, 2014

NAE UPDATE - December 2014

December 2014

Stories of Hope in Ferguson
Many churches are letting their light shine in Ferguson, Missouri. Please continue praying for the situation in Ferguson and for churches in the area. Here is a sampling of articles from some NAE member denominations about their churches in the area:  Assemblies of God, Christian & Missionary Alliance, Christian Reformed Church in North AmericaEvangelical Free Church of America Presbyterian Church in America and The Salvation Army.

Less Divided Over Doctrine
Doctrinal distinctives don’t divide evangelical churches and Christians like they used to. Instead, evangelicals are focusing on the majors as non-essential beliefs fade to the background, said evangelical leaders in a recent survey. (read more)

Young v. UPS: Supreme Court Should Uphold Rights of Pregnant Workers
By Galen Carey, NAE Vice President, and Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Fox News — One of us is pro-choice and the other is pro-life, but we both believe that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (PDA) properly requires that pregnant employees like Peggy Young, a former UPS worker whose case is being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, be treated the same as other workers who are similarly limited in their ability to perform certain tasks at work.  (read more)

Immigrants are Key to a Thriving America
By Galen Carey, NAE Vice President 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Pundits and partisans will debate the merits and political impact of President Obama’s executive order reprioritizing immigration enforcement resources. But while there are legitimate differences about what should be done by administrative action and what requires legislation, no one should question the value of modernizing our broken immigration system and allowing immigrants to fully contribute to our national prosperity. (read more)

Webinar on Executive Order on Immigration 
World Relief will offer a webinar on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 2 pm ET to explain the President’s recent executive order on immigration. During the webinar, World Relief’s attorneys will discuss the new provisions and what possible applicants can do to prepare. The webinar is geared toward service providers and church leaders.  (register now)

Bible Reading Guides
The NAE’s Thru the Bible Guides offer a checklist of daily Scripture readings in general chronological order with Psalms on Sunday. The 2015 guides are available in packages of 50, 250 or 500. Order some for your church, stocking stuffers or Christmas cards.  (order now)

Catalog of Hope 
Giving from World Relief’s Catalog of Hope empowers local churches and communities around the world, and in your own back yard, to serve the world’s most vulnerable. As you consider giving gifts to those you love this Christmas season, we hope you will also give to the least of these. (give a gift)

Member Spotlight: Christian Community Development Association
The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities wholistically restored. The CCDA believes that God wants to restore us not only to right relationship with himself but also with our own true selves, our families and our communities. (learn more)

Article Spotlight: Faith Leaders Join Consumer Advocates to Push for Lower Payday Loan Rates
The Washington Post – Dozens of faith leaders and consumer advocates are pressing Congress to create a national interest rate cap for payday lenders instead of the exorbitant three-digit rates currently charged to people in several states. Eighty activists from 22 states came to Washington in hopes of shaping new regulations that are expected from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  (read more)

Event Spotlight: National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery & Trafficking
Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal activity in the world. The National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery & Trafficking is Jan. 9-11, 2015. Organize a prayer time for your small group, church or community. (read more)

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