Here are excerpts from the May 2015 Update from the National Association of Evangelicals.
Last week, U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case that will determine whether states have the right to define marriage and to decide whether to recognize same-sex marriages performed in another state. The NAE filed an amici brief in the case, called for prayer and joined a recent letter defending marriage and the right of religious freedom.
Christian Persecution in Kenya and Libya
The NAE grieves the recent loss of lives in Kenya, where gunmen targeted Christians killing nearly 150 students at Garissa University, and in Libya, where the Islamic State killed several Ethiopian Christians. NAE President Leith Anderson said, “Christians have become the most persecuted people of faith in today’s world. From almost every nation in the world we hear reports of those who are threatened and injured because they are followers of Jesus.” (read the NAE press releases on Kenya and Libya)
NAE Leaders Support Action on Clean Air, Water
On the 45th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), the NAE released results from its survey that focused on the government’s role in cleaning up the environment. (read more)
Protecting the Unborn From Toxic Chemicals
Galen Carey, NAE vice president, and Mitch Hescox, president of the Evangelical Environmental Network, sent a letter to ranking members of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works regarding the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. They ask the senators to include protections for unborn children in the legislation. (read the letter)
Webinar for Pastors on Immigration
On May 19 at 2 p.m. EDT, the Evangelical Immigration Table will host a free webinar for pastors and Christian leaders with Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research and NAE board member. The webinar will focus on new survey findings about evangelicals and immigration, as well as resources for pastors and church leaders. (register now)