Women in Banda Aceh, on Indonesia's Sumatra Island, who lost their houses and belongings in the 2004 tsunami. The government provided them with a new house. Church World Service, a member of the ACT Alliance, helped the women form a cooperative and loaned them the money they needed to purchase new equipment and ingredients to restart their businesses, including baking pastries like they display here. The women repaid their loans to a revolving fund that they jointly manage. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Women in Banda Aceh, on Indonesia's Sumatra Island, who lost their houses and belongings in the 2004 tsunami. The government provided them with a new house. Church World Service, a member of the ACT Alliance, helped the women form a cooperative and loaned them the money they needed to purchase new equipment and ingredients to restart their businesses, including baking pastries like they display here. The women repaid their loans to a revolving fund that they jointly manage. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

What does it mean for the Church to responsibly participate in realizing the realm of God? Through Week of Compassion, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is seeking the way. Week of Compassion develops global relationships with partners around the world to serve people in need. To strengthen these relationships, Week of Compassion invites seminarians and new clergy (in their first five years of ministry) to Indonesia to experience the justice work of our partners.

From August 1-14, 2017 (subject to change) participants will meet persons engaged in God’s work of compassion. In the country with the highest population of Muslims in the world, Indonesia, they will discuss interreligious relations; and in accordance with the Disciples’ commitment to be an anti-racist and pro-reconciling church, they will reflect on the history of Christian imperialism.

Are you a new clergy member or seminarian interested in joining the conversation? If so, look below for an application. Applications are due by December 30, 2016, to caroline@weekofcompassion.org.

Made possible by generous support from the Oreon E. Scott Foundation—clergy are asked to contribute $1250, and seminarians $1000. Scholarships are available. Consider applying today.