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Rev. Donald Gillett: Elimination of vision, dental benefits runs contrary to the teachings of Jesus

Scripture tells us that God is the Great Physician. The Gospels provide story after story of Jesus’ healing ministry on earth. The apostles continued this ministry in the world, bringing not just spiritual good news, but physical wellbeing to the poor and oppressed. These are the examples that we in the Christian faith are called to follow, and other faith traditions have similar requirements to...

Commentary: Coalition of Kentucky organizations oppose food assistance cuts in Farm Bill

One in seven Kentuckians has food on their table in part thanks to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program lifts 164,000 Kentuckians, including 73,000 children, out of poverty. It sends nearly $1 billion a year to grocery stores and our state economy, and injects even more into our local communities during hard times when they most need it. For decades, SNAP has been a program...

Kentucky Council of Churches to gather for weekly Prayer in Action Days during General Assemby

The Kentucky Council of Churches is hosting Prayer in Action Days at the State Capitol each Tuesday during the General Assembly to pray for government officials and act on behalf of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens. A kick-off event was held Tuesday, January 9th in the Capitol Rotunda. Subsequent gatherings, listed below, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol Annex. Jan. 16 ...

Church leaders to gather at Frankfort Capitol for Prayer in Action Days each Tuesday during session

The Kentucky Council of Churches is hosting Prayer in Action Days at the State Capitol each Tuesday during next year’s General Assembly to pray for government officials and act on behalf of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens. The kick-off event will be Tuesday, Jan. 3, 11 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, the first day of the 2017 session. Dr. Peggy Hinds Subsequent gatherings will begin at 9:30...

Commentary: The American Church’s new mission? Maybe it’s about healing and reconciliation

By Peggy Hinds Special to KyForward With the election only one day away, my thoughts have turned towards what is next. For more than a year we have been bombarded with campaign ads, vitriol and divisive rhetoric. This election has brought out the worst in us, leading to protests, defamation, even violence. The Church has not been immune. We have been called on to support one political agenda or the...

Commentary: Mary's song, social justice need lead Council of Churches to make reform list

By Marian Taylor Special to KyForward   This time of year we often hear Mary’s song, so full of prophetic vision for God’s work for social justice. Her words draw my mind toward the next session of Kentucky’s legislature.   On behalf of the Kentucky Council of Churches I have written to leaders in Frankfort to list the issues on which we expect to speak out. These concerns...

Commentary: Kentucky Council of Churches speaks out on proposed Bluegrass pipeline

Psalm 24 says “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.” As God’s people, we are to care for creation in every area of life. The Kentucky Council of Churches “calls upon local, state, and federal governments, in their function of providing for the general welfare to …protect the earth and all living things therein as vital resources for life...

Three Kentucky Council of Churches state events focus on 'blueprint' for child advocacy

Three Kentucky events sponsored by the Kentucky Council of Churches will focus on creating a “blueprint” for child advocacy.   The 2013 Step Up for Kids events are:   1) Oct. 28 at Western Kentucky University’s Owensboro campus, 2) Nov. 7 at Eastern Kentucky University’s Manchester campus, and 3) Nov. 20 at Thomas More College in Edgewood.   The event is intended...