God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. —Psalm 46:1 (NRSV) The Pennsylvania Council of Churches grieves with our sisters and brothers who have suffered the loss of life, shelter, possessions and security in the wake of Hurricane Irma. We stand in solidarity with them, and call of people of faith […]
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).
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed… —2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NRSV) The Pennsylvania Council of Churches grieves with our sisters and brothers who have suffered the loss of life, shelter, possessions and security in the wake of Hurricane […]
For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this. — Esther 4:14 (NRSV) The Pennsylvania Council of Churches […]
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Pennsylvania Council of Churches Condemns Violence and Vandalism Against Jewish and Muslim Communities
The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is deeply saddened and condemns the violence and vandalism aimed at our Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters. We grieve the hate and fear that provokes a fear of the “other”—persons who are different—and leads to engaging in this kind of reprehensible behavior. We call on all persons of faith […]
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. […]
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 […]
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