Welcome to the Ohio Council of Churches
A Jesus Christ Movement For Unity, Justice & Peace!
The Ohio Council of Churches (OCC) is a partnership of 18 Christian denominations in 24 different organizational configurations or judicatories throughout Ohio. While our administrative offices are in Columbus, the Ohio Council of Churches is much larger than any office; it is all of us, together, across Ohio!
Justice & Advocacy Ministries
#GivingTuesday – November 28
Dear Friend of Unity, Justice, and Peace,
On Giving Tuesday, a day of gratitude and generosity, I invite you to invest in the Ohio Council of Churches!
The OCC brings together 18 Christian denominations as a Jesus Christ movement for unity, justice, and peace.
Through the OCC, Christian denominations share faith, grow closer to each other, and enable ministries that radiate God's hope-giving, justice-inspiring love made known through Jesus Christ, who came to give abundant life to all (John 10). Here are some of our areas of impact and influence:
We are working to end executions;
We are advocates for mental health care and treatment;
We support honesty in education;
We call for the end of assault rifle sales;
We advocate peacemaking and nonviolence as life-giving alternatives to all forms of violence, especially those involving guns and
We call for fairness in elections and the protection of voting rights
Throughout all of our work, the operative word is "we". Our member churches know they can do far more with partners than they could ever do alone. Each of our ministry areas benefits from sharing vision and values and working with others.
As the OCC's Executive Director, I ask that you take a moment to express support for our work by making a financial contribution. Your gift of $3, $13, $103, or $1030 will serve as your investment in the OCC and in the essential elements of hope, peace, justice, and human flourishing, as woven together by the strong thread of love. Please use the link below to send us your financial gift.
Thank you for your Giving Tuesday generosity. It is our pleasure to be a unity, justice, and peace partner with you. May God be with you, your family, and all with whom you serve.
Upcoming Event: 2023 Annual Gathering – November 29, 2023
Celebrate the Ohio Council of Churches' 104th Birthday!
Dear Friend of Unity, Justice, and Peace,
I am Rev. Jack Sullivan, Jr., Executive Director of the Ohio Council of Churches. Since October 1919, the OCC has brought Ohio Christians together as a visible sign of the unity of Christ’s church. I write to invite you to celebrate the Ohio Council of Churches’ 104th birthday!
While strengthening the relationships between churches, the OCC has been a consistent source of love-infused social justice leadership. Please consider our ministries:
*Anti-Racism - Anti-Racism helps congregations share God’s vision of a world free of racism;
*Mental Health - We work to erase mental illness stigmas by building bridges at the intersection of faith and mental health care;
*Death Penalty Abolition – Championing human dignity and non-lethal forms of accountability, we speak in support of legislation aimed at ending executions;
*Honesty in Ohio Education - We honor and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in Ohio’s schools and universities;
*Voting Rights - Our pro-democracy and anti-racism vision fuels our demand for fair legislative maps and for the removal of all policies that make it difficult for people to cast their votes; and
*Gun Violence Prevention - We call for common sense gun laws, including universal background checks, the cessation of assault rifle sales, and the safe storage of firearms. A new congregation-based nonviolence initiative will soon be launched!
Through these ministries, the OCC is offering distinctively Christian leadership delivered through ecumenical, interfaith, and civic partnerships.
As I know you value our impactful ministries, I ask that you celebrate the Council’s 104th birthday in two ways:
1. Promote the Council’s ministries in your place of worship and beyond.
2. Make a special gift to the Council of $104.
Your tax-deductible financial gift of $104 will help celebrate our meaningful past while ensuring the continuation of the Council’s authentic Christian voice and witness in Ohio.
If ever there were a time for a Christian voice for unity, justice, and peace, this is it. Please support the ministry of the Ohio Council of Churches through a special birthday gift of $104. (Ohio Council of Churches Donation Form (givebutter.com) Your generosity will be deeply appreciated.
The Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr.
Executive Director, The Ohio Council of Churches