What we do

Disaster Emotional and Spiritual Care

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Oklahoma has experienced 30 presidentially-declared disasters in the past ten years, a pattern which many believe will continue into the foreseeable future. Continuing the long and excellent tradition of response to needs within our state, the Oklahoma Conferences of Churches, through a grant from the United Way of Central Oklahoma, has enhanced its ministry with the hiring of a new director of Emotional and Spiritual Care.  The Rev. Mary Hughes Gaudreau began her post on January 1, 2014 and has “hit the ground running.” For details on the many tasks that Rev. Gaudreau has undertaken, see the Emotional and Spiritual Care page.

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The Rev. Dr. Stan Basler, Chair
Richard Klinge, Catholic Charities

Legislative Action

—Tracking bills before the Oklahoma Legislature and keeping people  informed so they can IMPACT the issues: Poverty, the Environment, Immigration, Education, and Criminal Justice.  Click below to download the PDF file for each statement.

Also, see below to read recent letters from IMPACT to Oklahoma legislators regarding selected House and Senate Bills.

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OCC’s annual Day at the Legislature is held in late February or early March at the State Capitol for the morning session, with lunch and afternoon workshops held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

Religions United

Religions United (RU) – was initiated by the Oklahoma Conference of Churches and is administered by a voluntary interfaith steering committee. RU strives to build interfaith relationships, to build respect, understanding, friendship and tolerance in the greater faith community
Mission:

… To build respect, understanding, friendship and tolerance in the greater faith community.

Project Portfolio:

Prayers from the Heart—April 2003… Provided an opportunity for members of various religions to come together at a central location and offer prayers for the war ensuing in the Middle East The site was hosted by members of different religions and literature from various world religions was made available.

Annual Interfaith Youth Tour—Since 2004    Each year, these tours have provided a positive experience for junior high and high school youth from various religious communities to learn about and experience different faiths living together in an atmosphere of fellowship, peace, respect and acceptance. The students, along with their faith leaders, sponsors and/or parents, are bused to various houses of worship such as a Muslim mosque, a Jewish synagogue or an Episcopalian cathedral. The youth participants have been from Baha’i, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian denominations. Students are encouraged to ask questions about the worship they have witnessed and to freely discuss their own faith.

Interfaith Dinner Forums —Since 2008 Allowed representatives of a variety of religious traditions to share insight into their Faith and how it promotes interfaith understanding and cooperation

Concert of Sacred Music—Since 2005 Featured sacred music and prayers of the world’s religions

Social Justice Ministry Network

The Oklahoma Conference of Church is currently establishing a Social Justice Ministry Network throughout Oklahoma.  This network will be comprised of a representative from each congregation belonging to the 16 Communions of the OCC (see links listed below).

Churches and society are confronted by huge issues such as poverty, the environment, immigration, education, and criminal justice. It is impossible to tackle these issues by ourselves, so we need to join hands and work together.  The OCC Social Justice Ministry Network gives us a vitally important tool to enable us to do this.

How does it work?  Each representative will be kept informed by OCC of important issues including the work of the our IMPACT Committee as it tracks Oklahoma legislation.  Where appropriate, we will produce relevant statements and recommend responsible action.  Network representatives will then determine how best to pass on this information to members of their own congregation and other interested persons.

To learn more, arrange a meeting in your area,  or sign up as a Representative, contact the OCC office at (405) 525-2928 or email us okchurches@okchurches.org.

Love with actions and truth……Read 1 John 3:18

JOIN THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY NETWORK!  Complete this form:  SJMN Rep Sign Up Sheet.

Yearly Highlights

To see the events and accomplishments of OCC during specific years, click here:

Highlights of 2014

Highlights of 2015