The following resolutions were approved by the Board of Directors,
Trustees and/or Annual Conference.
 

The International Council of Community Churches gathered in Annual Conference July, 2017

            The 21st century is a time when individuals’ rights to practice freedom of religion are more and more consciously and intentionally honored.  It also is a time when the rights of individuals who desire to visit the United States too attend conventions, conferences, and meetings because of their genuine belief in Jesus Christ should be honored.  Yet, the United States Government firmly denies these individuals the right to travel to the United States; therefore, denying them the opportunity to participate in authentic Christian worship hosted by Christian communions to which they belong.

            Such has been the practice of the United States Government, particularly in the case of the International Council of Community Churches (ICCC), by denying 16 representatives from the Ivory Coast, West Africa who are members of ICCC to attend its 67th Annual conference held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, July 17-20, 2017.  All 16 requests for visas were well-documented and supported; yet, not one was approved.

            As a fellowship of Christian churches and ministry centers, the International Council of Community Churches stands for justice, reconciliation, and Christian unity.  We, therefore, call upon the United States Government and those entrusted by the Government with the responsibility of administering laws related to the issuance of visas to:

  • Have well-documented requests by Christians outside the United States to attend annual Christian conferences and similar gatherings within the United States examined

closely and take corrective measures to grant visas.

  • Curtail the drawn-out process before rendering a denial to grant visas when applicants appropriately satisfy all requirements. At present, there is no time in the process to redress a denial.
  • Recognize that Christian venues within the United States are houses of prayer for all people (Isaiah 56:7). Therefore, individuals with well-documented requests should not be denied visas.
  • Recognize that when the Body of Christ is separated, all parts grieve because of the division. For it is Christ’s desire that we may all be one (John 17:21).

We pray for God’s guidance and wisdom in seeking a speedy resolution to this issue.

Adopted by the 67th Annual Conference of the International Council of Community Churches July 20, 2017
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The International Council of Community Churches gathered in Annual Conference July, 2016

We weep with the families of those slain by armed violence, most recently in San Bernardino, California; Orlando, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Falcon Heights, Minnesota; Dallas, Texas; in communities in France, Nigeria; Pakistan; and in so many other locations around the globe. 

We give witness to the proclamation of scripture that all human being are children of God, regardless of their background or present circumstance; and that all God’s children are loved by God. 

As an interracial communion of reconciliation, we call upon everyone to cease responding to evil with evil.  Enough is enough and too much, for every human life is sacred. 

The escalation of violence that results from easy access to military style armaments must cease. 

As Christ reconciles the world to God, we must reconcile ourselves across the artificial barriers of race, religion, ethnicity, and gender identities (Lev. 19:18; Lev. 19:34; Matt 5:21-24). 

We further encourage ICCC churches and centers to adopt and implement theFinal Report of the President Task Force on 21st Century Policing, May 2015, and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Implementation Guide, 2015.

Let peace prevail. 

Adopted by the 66th Annual Conference of the International Council of Community Churches, July 2016.

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The International Council of Community Churches gathered in Annual Conference July, 2015


One hundred fifty years after the American Civil War ended and slavery was abolished by the thirteenth amendment to the United States Constitution, the stain of racism still infects the nation. During the last year we have seen repeated incidents of violence against persons of color, accompanied by expressions of hatred that encourage cruelty and bloodshed.

To view the entire resolution, set July, 16, 2015, click here.

The churches and ministry centers of the International Council of Community Churches decry the inter-religious, inter-ethnic and inter-tribal violence that afflicts so many nations of the world.
To view the entire resolution, set July, 16, 2015, click here.