The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) joins in the broadening appeal to the leaders of the Philippine government to make a timely, just, and compassionate action to free the elderly, sick and most vulnerable prisoners amidst the continuing threat of covid-19. We express utmost concern that the COVID-19 pandemic poses a serious threat to the thousands of prisoners held in various detention facilities in the Philippines which are mostly overcrowded and congested. We strongly support the families, lawyers and rights advocates in working towards sending the prisoners home from their high-risk prison cells. We also make an urgent plea to the Philippine government for the release of political prisoners, especially those suffering from enervating ailments and the elderly. Failure of the government to address these urgent appeals would result in further disastrous public health emergency and will add to the shattering loss of countless lives to this pandemic. The rights and welfare of detainees must be upheld and sustained especially as we now face this terrifying medical disaster.
Category: Pastoral Statements
The Eucharist or Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper is one of our sacraments as Protestants. Except those who come from the Disciples tradition, the Communion is observed on a monthly basis, and normally on the first Sunday of the month. The Disciples do it every Sunday, although in some areas, especially in mixed traditions, some have followed the once a month frequency.
The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) joins the wider ecumenical movement, through the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP), in hailing the separate declarations of unilateral ceasefire of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, as the nation faces a common enemy in the COVID-19.