Download in pdf format REPORT ON THE COUNCIL’S WORK IN 2016 The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is the state-wide ecumenical presence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Formed by 42 church bodies and agencies representing 20 Anabaptist, Anglican, Orthodox, Pentecostal, and Protestant communions (denominations), the Council works for Christian unity for the sake of the world. […]
About Sandy Strauss
The Rev. Sandra Strauss (Sandy) is Director of Advocacy & Ecumenical Outreach for the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. She is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary and is ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament with the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. –Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV) For the LORD your God… executes justice for the orphan and widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in […]
A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more. –Matthew 2:18 (NRSV) The Pennsylvania Council of Churches grieves the overwhelming anger, hatred, and violence that has become a near constant scourge in our communities, our country, and the world—exemplified […]
The Council’s latest edition of Ecumenical News Summer 2016 is now available in pdf form. Learn more about our Shalom Conference, Healing Communities, our intern/volunteer John-Michael Cotignola-Pickens, and planning for the future.
Statement on Attack in Nice, France Once again we are awakened to news of a devastating attack against innocent lives, this time in the city of Nice, France. We are deeply saddened by this news and stand in solidarity with the people of France at this time. Our prayers are with the families who have […]
Peacemaking and advocacy work can be lonely work. The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is hosting its first ever “Shalom Conference” on September 24-25 at the Hartman Center (a UCC camp, conference, and retreat facility) in Milroy, PA. The Council’s goal is to launch a statewide network of peacemakers that will promote communication and sharing to […]