Aug. 7, 2020

The chief of the Houston Fire department, Sam Pena has called on all those living in Houston to do their part in helping to stop COVID 19 SARS COV2, from spreading further despite the immigration status of the residents.
The chief continued to emphasize three prevention measures, wearing a face mask that has been mandated statewide by the governor of Texas, respiratory hygiene, and physical distancing.
The chief of fire continues to say that they have noticed that some people are dying at home from COVID19, some likely from fear of going to the emergency rooms with the belief that they will come in contact with the coronavirus there while others because of immigration status, fear to go for the testing and or seek medical and or emergency help. The chief said they do not share personal information with other agencies of the government except with the insurance companies and department of health both of which are not connected to immigration or homeland security. The population of Houston is therefore called upon to go for testing and get help if they have symptoms that could require emergency care like shortness of breath and chest pains.
It should be noted that the fire department continues to have many positive results among the firefighters and have already lost two staff members related to COVID 19 complications.
Dr. Akwo Ntuba Thompson

Aug. 6, 2020


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Aug. 6, 2020

05 August 2020

WCC member churches in Lebanon
The Middle East Council of Churches
Geneva, 5 August 2020

“He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.”
Psalm 147:3

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is with great affliction and sorrow that we followed the devastating news of the explosions in the Beirut port on 4 August. On behalf of World Council of Churches fellowship, I want to express my deepest compassion and solidarity to you, to the people of Beirut and all Lebanon.

I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy and pray for a swift recovery to the thousands who are injured. Be assured that our churches worldwide are praying for the victims among you, the rescue teams, the families affected, and all the Lebanese people traumatized by this tragic incident.

From the pain we felt by witnessing and sharing the suffering of the people and the damage caused to their homes and places of work, we call upon God’s mercy, love and grace that the Lebanese people may be empowered with strength to move forward on the journey of Life and resilience.

We pray and trust that our member churches and church related relief agencies will stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Lebanon. Lebanese people need all possible humanitarian aid to survive this tragedy, heal their injured victims and reconstruct their homes, hospitals, churches and work places in the midst of an already very difficult economic, financial, political and social context.

May the Triune God comfort your nation in these troubled times marked by grief and hurt and may your faith continue to remind you that it is God’s breath of life that encourages all of us “to seize the hope set before us.” (Hebrews 6:18b)

With greetings of solidarity in Christ,

Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca
Interim general secretary
World Council of Churches

Aug. 6, 2020

08/06/2020 11:32 AM EDT

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am pleased to congratulate the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat on the 53rd anniversary of the founding of ASEAN on August 8. For decades, ASEAN has fostered a more stable, prosperous, and peaceful region. ASEAN and ASEAN-led mechanisms are at the heart of the U.S. vision for the Indo-Pacific and that of our allies and partners. The strategic partnership between the United States and ASEAN contributes to our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The United States and the countries of ASEAN have partnered in myriad ways to battle COVID-19. Despite the enormous challenge presented by the pandemic, we are proving the strength of our relationship by leveraging our government, private sector, and charitable partnerships to support our shared health and prosperity. The United States has pledged nearly $85 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to help ASEAN countries battle COVID-19 and we will continue to promote transparent economic growth between our countries during the post-pandemic recovery. The United States looks forward to many more years of partnership with ASEAN.

Aug. 6, 2020

A woman sets a floating candle lantern on the river in Hiroshima on August 6, 2015. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/WCC, 2015.

06 August 2020

On 6 August, a “Joint Interfaith Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” was released, reaffirming the existential threat to humanity that nuclear weapons pose.

The interfaith group normally delivers a statement during review conferences of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. However, the postponement of the 2020 conference due to COVID-19 inspired the group to instead develop a common response to the 75th anniversary of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The statement is signed by 189 organizations, including the World Council of Churches (WCC).

“As a wide coalition of faith-based communities from around the world, we have committed to speaking with one voice that rejects the existential threat to humanity that nuclear weapons pose,” reads the statement. “We reaffirm that the presence of even one nuclear weapon violates the core principles of our different faith traditions and threatens the unimaginable destruction of everything we hold dear.”

The statement emphasizes that the presence of nuclear weapons undermines the ethical and moral foundations of the common good. “We call for your commitment to a world that is more peaceful, safe, and just—a world only possible with the elimination of nuclear weapons,” reads the statement, which also remembers the hibakusha in Japan, and also the continued suffering of those whose lands and seas were used to test nuclear weapons.

WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca expressed deep gratitude to the organizations supporting the statement. “The number of different faiths represented confirms that the presence on our planet of weapons of mass destruction, and the absurd notion that they somehow protect humanity, is being increasingly rejected both by Christians and others from a range of diverse faiths all around the globe,” said Sauca. “The World Council of Churches will continue to honour the memory of the many people who have lost their lives to nuclear attacks or from weapons testing, by calling for a world free of all nuclear weapons.”

Emily Welty, vice–moderator of the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, said the joint statement this year is one of the largest, most diverse interfaith statements on nuclear weapons ever issued.

"We have been joined by groups that range from entire denominations and regional conferences to individual intentional communities; the signatories represent organizations from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Jain, Hindu and Buddhist traditions,” said Welty. “Together we pause to recognize the terror of the past, to honor the lives that were sacrificed to the nuclear ambitions of a few and to say in the clearest voice possible – this was wrong and must never happen again.”

The statement concludes with the reminder that in 2017, the world drew closer to complete abolition of nuclear weapons when the UN adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Forty countries have now ratified it, and it will enter into force once 10 more do so.

The statement urges all governments to use the opportunity of the 75th anniversary of the only occasion that nuclear weapons have been used in conflict, to ensure that they are never used again in any circumstances. It urges all States to join the growing community of States which have rejected nuclear weapons entirely by ratifying the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.