United Church of Christ Adopts Resolution ‘Commemorating 100 Years Since the Armenian Genocide’
Every two years, the United Church of Christ (UCC) brings together thousands of faithful members for the General Synod.
The UCC has more than 5,100 churches and 1.1 million members across the United States. Many Armenian Evangelical churches within the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America (AEUNA) are members of the UCC.
This year, from June 26-30, General Synod 30 was held in Cleveland, Ohio, the birthplace of the United Church of Christ. Dr. Peter Makari, area executive for Middle East/Europe of the UCC, announced that on June 29, the Synod had adopted the resolution of witness submitted by Wider Church Ministries “Commemorating 100 Years Since the Armenian Genocide.”
During the General Synod, Rev. Dr. James Moos, executive minister of Wider Church Ministries, UCC, read the statements of Rev. L. Nishan Bakalian, pastor of Armenian Martyrs’ Congregational Church, Havertown, Pa., and Rev. Michelle Torigian, pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ (UCC) in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) has thanked Wider Church Ministries for their continued support of the Armenians from 1890’s to present, as well as of human rights causes, including the presentation of the passage of this resolution to the General Synod of UCC for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and for calling on the U.S. and Turkish governments to recognize it as well.