Tag Archives: social issues

Statement from the General Director: Charlottesville

By Jim Lyon

Paul Goodloe McIntire was an investment genius, whose savvy management of stock portfolios in both Chicago and New York empowered him to be one of his hometown’s preeminent philanthropists. Inspired by the City Beautiful movement dramatically brought to life at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, he dedicated himself to funding monumental public spaces, city parks and squares, most often featuring heroic sculpture. He was born in 1860 and polished his fortune in New York City before retiring in 1918; he then returned to the beloved city of his birth: Charlottesville, Virginia. Continue reading

Freedom Fight Takes Aim at Root Causes of Trafficking

By Carl Stagner

In 2014, the Church of God reintroduced its longstanding commitment to freedom with the launch of CHOG Trafficklight. Since then, the Movement has galvanized around the cause of advancing freedom for the enslaved, the overlooked, and the oppressed through awareness and through support of established organizations. On the heels of Church of God Convention 2017, the first-ever Church of God Freedom Summit not only celebrated the success of CHOG Trafficklight, but also turned our attention to the root causes of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Trafficklight 2.0: Freedom Fight will help us fight a global scourge at an international, domestic, and local church level, even down to our own homes. Continue reading

Freedom Sunday. Freedom Summit. Freedom Fight!

By Carl Stagner

We’re engaged in a battle of historic proportions. The Church of God has once again gone to the front lines of a war against sexual exploitation and human trafficking initially waged more than a hundred years ago. With the launch of Trafficklight in 2014 came a renewed fervor for seeing what Jesus sees, living out Jesus’ example in our neighborhoods, and allowing our hearts to be broken for what breaks his. Together we’ve raised awareness, funded life-changing projects, and touched the lives of trafficking victims through several ministries already in the trenches. Freedom Sunday 2017 offered a preview of what’s to come as we turn our attention to the supply side of human trafficking. Continue reading

CHOG TraffickLight: Oklahoma Adult Group Unites for the Cause

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By Carl Stagner

The millennials aren’t the only ones championing social causes these days. In Oklahoma, one senior adult ministries group came together around the cause for freedom. Of course, they’re not addressing the human trafficking epidemic to feel good about themselves; they’re genuinely concerned about the human condition and the well-being of those made in the image of God. Faith produces action, and the seniors of the Church of God in Oklahoma have followed up their prayers for CHOG TraffickLight with a generous donation. Continue reading

Taboo No More: Oregon Church Boldly Addresses AIDS

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Photo: Participants of AIDS Walk Portland 2014.

By Carl Stagner

More than 2,500 miles from Hawaii, a suburban community of fifty thousand inhabitants welcomes visitors with a sign that reads “Aloha.” Though often overshadowed by its well-known neighbor (Portland), Aloha is a city not forgotten by God. Like many metropolitan centers pinched by economic collapse and divided by culture and ideology, Aloha and the Portland metro area are ripe for spiritual harvest. Fueled by mercy and a drive to live out the love of God, Aloha Church of God has dared to walk where many churches simply do not go. Continue reading