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OCC Issues Statement on Death Penalty Moratorium

 

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OCC Issues Statement on Immigrants and Refugees 1/30/17

OCC calls on everyone to stand against all acts of hatred, violence, and discrimination and to stand with those who are discriminated against.  To see the official statement, click on the link below.

OCC Statement on Immigrants & Refugees 1.30.17

OCC Issues Statement on Orlando Tragedy

The Oklahoma Conference of Churches has issued the following statement, signed by the President of the Board and the Executive Director, in response to the Orlando shootings of this past weekend.

 

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OCC Endowment Launch

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Oklahoma Conference of Churches Launches Endowment Campaign

The Oklahoma Conference of Churches has announced a three-year campaign to build a $5 million endowment that will provide enduring support for its programs in disaster spiritual care, social justice, and interfaith understanding.

The announcement was made Thursday, November 12 at the organization’s annual dinner, which drew more than 300 guests from throughout the state. OCC’s 16 Christian member organizations represent 1,200 congregations and more than 500,000 individual members across Oklahoma. The organization also has strong partnerships with Interfaith and social service communities.

The Very Reverend Justin Lindstrom, president of the organization’s Board of Directors, told the audience that OCC’s nationally outstanding programs unite Oklahoma’s faith communities in working together on behalf of the poor, the persecuted, and those in special need of spiritual care.

“We know we are stronger together and we seek to build an endowment that will sustain OCC’s programs for generations to come,” said Lindstrom, who is dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City.

With an endowment, the original gift is set aside and conservatively invested, with only a percentage of the endowment earnings spent each year.

OCC Executive Director Dr. William Tabbernee said the campaign goals include endowments ranging in size from $5,000 to $1 million in each of the program areas.

“This campaign gives donors at all levels the opportunity to support the future of programs like our spiritual care deployment during disasters, our Evenings of Listening, and our advocacy on behalf of the underrepresented at the state legislature,” said Tabbernee.

For more information about the campaign, contact

The Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee
Executive Director
Oklahoma Conference of Churches
301 N.W. 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(405) 525-2928

People of Faith Respond to Syrian Refugee Crisis

Asyrian_refugee_crisis--resizeds the story of the Syrian refugee crisis continues to unfold, people of faith are preparing to help. The Oklahoma Conference of Churches has convened an interfaith group of interested stakeholders to discuss initial plans for our statewide response.  To see a list of suggestions for proper response to this crisis, as well as links and contact information, click here

Additional Information and Resources on Refugee Resettlement:

National Council of Churches Statement:  http://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/news/2015-9_Syria_Refugees.php

United Methodist Book of Resolutions: Global Migration and the Quest for Justice:  http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/global-migration-and-the-quest-for-justice.

World Council of Churches Press Release:  http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/helping-refugees-by-thinking-beyond-the-current-crisis.