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  • Newtown Congregational Church minister the Rev. Matt Crebbin sees the approaching debate on gun violence as a moral issue. The United Church of Christ senior minister has witnessed the devastating consequences of a gun in the wrong hands. That’s why he and other faith leaders from the small Connecticut town — marked by the murders of 26 innocent people in a school shooting in mid-December — wrote an open letter to U.S. Senators, which was hand-delivered to the 100 lawmakers on Tuesday. The letter, which was also posted in Politco, contains the signatures of more than 4,000 religious leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths who signed the letter in less than 72 hours in a show of solidarity.

    "We as a nation will be judged by how we respond to these events," Crebbin said. "There is a moral imperative to affect change now."

    Since the Senate Judiciary Committee could vote this week on potential gun violence measures, faith leaders are asking senators to pass legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, enforce stricter background checks and end gun trafficking. Crebbin drafted the letter with Rabbi Shaul Praver from Congregation Adath Israel.

    "Our interfaith clergy group [in Newtown] has been meeting together, much more regularly because of the events of Dec. 14," Crebbin said. "That conversation has led us as interfaith leaders to say the status quo isn’t acceptable around issues of gun safety. We felt it was important to express that as best we could."

    The letter, spearheaded by clergy members from Newtown, was shared with religious leaders from across the country through the PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign and Sojourners. The PICO Network is a national network of faith-based community organizations that seeks to solve social issues.

    The letter reads in part, "As the clergy leaders of Newtown, joined by colleagues from across the nation, we have witnessed the scourge of gun violence in our neighborhoods, and we call on Congress to pass comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation that will help stop the slaughter."

    Though the letter began with Crebbin, Praver and other faith leaders in Newtown, they reminded the Senate that gun violence is a much broader issue that affects the whole nation.

    "As faith leaders, we know the impact of this event in our community, not only for the families who’ve lost a loved one, but for a whole community of 27,000 people," Crebbin said. "We know the ripples of gun violence that are affecting us, and will be affecting us for years to come. We felt it was important in the midst of this to communicate our concern and the recognition that it isn’t just one isolated event. Gun violence affects communities across the nation. It affects the lives lost and the community."

    "I am proud to stand with my brothers and sisters from Newtown in calling on our senators to take long overdue action to prevent gun violence," said Pastor Michael McBride, executive director of PICO’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign. "More than 80 people are killed each day by gun violence in the United States. Half of them are our young people. As clergy, we can no longer stand on the sidelines; we have a moral imperative to work for peace in the city, and we must act."

    The faith leaders reminded senators in their letter that after the news crews and cameras leave, it is the afflicted community’s clergy who are asked to lead the healing effort. They wrote, "It is we who are asked to answer why this happened; to bind up the brokenhearted; and to explain why nothing in Newtown or our many communities will ever be the same again."

    The letter continues, "As faith leaders, we commit ourselves to fostering a culture of peace to complement and serve as a foundation for any proposed gun legislation. The slaughter of innocence in Newtown awakened our nation to the tragedy of gun violence throughout our land and we shall neither slumber nor sleep. Rather, by tireless commitment, loving hearts and the sustaining promise of our many faiths, we believe that Newtown shall be remembered as the bridge to a new and kinder world."

    The letter in its entirety can be found on the PICO website.


  • Surrounded by more than 3,300 grave makers on the National Mall in Washington D.C., the Rev. Matt Crebbin of Newtown Congregational United Church of Christ and fellow Newtown clergy are standing for the thousands who have fallen victim to gun violence in the United States. The clergy members, joined by leaders of faith organizations from the PICO National Network and Sojourners in their 24-hour Thursday vigil, are calling on Congress to vote on gun-violence prevention legislation.

    "We have been ministering to families and a community affected by the plague of gun violence [and] a tragedy that has united not only our community, but communities across the nation, to say that the status quo is no longer acceptable," Crebbin said.

    The April 11 vigil, sponsored by the PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing campaign and Sojourners, precedes the impending Senate debate on the assault weapons ban, universal background checks, prosecution of unlawful gun trafficking and school safety legislation.

    "We come here united in a moral conviction to say that now is the time for change," Crebbin said. "Today we weep as one people. We weep for all our dear ones lost to us, we weep for our sons and daughters, wives and sister, fathers and brothers, our friends and neighbors near and far, each of them beloved. It does not matter where this violence has struck."

    The 3,300 grave markers in the mock cemetery represent the number of victims shot and killed since the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in mid-December, that claimed 26 students, teachers and administrators. Crebbin, who officiated the interfaith memorial service days after the massacre, was joined by Rabbi Shaul Praver of Newtown’s Congregation Adath Israel. The pair wrote a letter to Congress in mid-March on behalf of Newtown Clergy calling for tougher gun laws.

    "There is a great need to deal with this whole issue with a holistic approach," said the Rev. Sala W. Nolan-Gonzalez, the UCC’s minister for criminal justice and human rights. "My personal prayer is that we can stop violence in cities and municipalities throughout the country, whether it involves a city or rural setting, or children or elders."

    The UCC also urged members to take action on Faith Call-In Day April 9, and there were a total of 10,000 calls from 75 different denominations to Congress. Sandy Sorensen, the director of the denomination's Washington D.C. office, maintains that the voices from people of faith are critical in the debate, often amplifying those impacted by gun violence and voices that are unheard in public.

    "In February, the Faiths United Against Gun Violence Call-in Day generated an impressive response of over 10,000 calls to members of Congress," Sorensen said. "The impact [of the April 9 Call-In Day] can already be seen at this critical juncture in the Senate debate this week around legislation calling for universal background checks. The voices of sensible gun-violence prevention advocates were successful in countering the threat of a filibuster and have made it possible to bring this legislation to a vote on the Senate floor."

    Senate leaders on Thursday reached a bipartisan agreement to strengthen background checks on gun purchases, avoiding a threatened filibuster by 14 senators who oppose the legislation. Sorensen said the agreement is a significant step forward.

    "People of faith are joining with a broad and diverse coalition of gun violence survivors, victim families, law enforcement officers, public health experts, and domestic violence advocates in urging Congress to stop delaying and pass sensible gun violence prevention legislation," said Sorensen. "We have already lost far too many women, men and children to gun violence. The time for action is now, and victims of gun violence deserve a vote."

    "More than 3,300 people have died as a result of gun violence since the tragedy in Newtown, and it’s past time for our leaders to act," said the Rev. Michael McBride, director of PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing campaign. "We have stepped down from our pulpits and left our houses of worship to remind Congress we’re not going anywhere until they pass meaningful legislation that bans assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, institutes enforceable universal background checks, ends gun trafficking, prosecutes straw purchasers, and invests in proven strategies to reduce the gun violence that plagues our cities every day."


  • On the front lawn of Sayville United Church of Christ on Long Island, N.Y., 20 backpacks and six teachers bags hang, each bearing the names and representing the 26 innocent lives that were lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. The public display isn't an attempt at a tribute, says Rev. J. Gary Brinn, senior pastor at Sayville UCC. Instead, it's a call for tougher gun legislation in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 shooting that may save a future life.

    "I am trying very hard not to call this a tribute. While, to the best of our knowledge, the educators that were victims that day were courageous, this is not about heroism," Brinn said. "This was the slaughter of innocents, and our project is one thing only: a prophetic cry for justice and for life."

    Inspired by a similar project by Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei, Brinn came up with the idea for the Backpack Project last winter. Throughout the spring, the congregation collected new and used backpacks, as well as six bags to represent the teachers and administrators killed at Sandy Hook – including UCC member Victoria Soto. Deacon Hank Maust, Sayville UCC's Deacon for Prophetic Witness, took charge of the project and led a team to create the backpack display, which they hope to keep in place on the lawn through at least the beginning of the school year.

    "For several months we have worked to realize a public witness in the form of an installation on the front of the church," Brinn said. "Deacon Hank Maust has worked tirelessly in recent days, organizing the backpacks [the congregation] donated."

    In addition to the visible call for change, several members of the congregation signed a petition calling for a ban on military assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips in early January. The petition was directed at all the congregation's elected representatives of the state and federal government. The state of New York, which at that time was already considering gun reform laws, passed the first set of firearm legislation after Sandy Hook.

    The text of the petition reads:

    We, the undersigned Covenant Members, Friends of the Church and Guest Worshipers of Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ demand in the name of our God that you support legislation to permanently ban assault-type automatic weapons and the high capacity magazines used in such weapons. We urge immediate congressional action and call on our President, Barack Obama, to sign federal legislation immediately. We call on members of Suffolk County's delegation in Albany to support all possible measures appropriate to the powers of the State of New York to rid our communities of these weapons of mass murder, and call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign such measures into law.

    "It is time that we turn from tragedy as entertainment to real action," Brinn said. "In a diverse congregation, there will always be some who dissent from the majority. That is our tradition and our strength. But this witness is bold and represents the overwhelming majority of our members."

    The congregation will later determine what it will do to continue its witness once the display is taken down. Maust hopes that members will organize with the community around the issue to "do as the banner suggests and ‘Tell Washington to pass sensible gun control,'  by flooding elected representatives with letters, emails and phone calls," he said.

    Read more about the display on the Sayville UCC website.


  • To honor the pastor of a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., killed in a June shooting, the Festival Chorus at Westmoreland United Church of Christ in Bethesda, Md., is hosting an Advent fundraiser in his name.

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  • Andover Newton Theological School, a seminary of the United Church of Christ, is hosting a two-day summit this week that will bring together religious, civic and academic leaders in discussion on increasing gun violence it says is raging through American cities.

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  • Fourteen people were slain Wednesday, Dec.2, in the deadliest bout of gun violence in the United States since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in 2012. This latest tragedy at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., which once again reignites the gun control debate, leaves 14 dead, at least 21 injured, and leaders of the United Church of Christ calling on the nation's elected officials to act. 

     

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  • After the announcement on Tuesday, Jan. 4, by President Barack Obama that his administration would implement several measures intended to curb gun violence, United Church of Christ leaders are applauding his effort to take action when Congress would not.

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  • A picture is worth a thousand words, so goes the adage. What then of a picture of almost 1,000 crosses? That image is taking focus in front of Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ in Long Island, N.Y. where members and friends placed 650 white crosses in front of the church during the recent weekend to remember communities touched by gun violence — and they are still short of their goal by more than 300 crosses.

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  • Starting today, the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries is joining with faith and education organizations to maintain a 24-hour presence near the White House, telling the current administration to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and protect young immigrant children from deportation.

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  • Ministerial changes reported in the Data Hub—the UCC's information system for ministers and churches—for new positions/calls entered into the system in July 2017.

    STANDING CODES
    CC: Congregational Christian
    CM: Commissioned Minister
    DS: Dual Standing
    LM: Licensed Minister
    MID: Member in Discernment
    MS: Ordained Ministerial Partner Standing
    OM: Ordained Minister 
    POC: Privilege of Call
    U: Unknown/No UCC Standing
    POSITION CODES
    P: Pastor
    SP: Senior Pastor
    DT: Designated-Term Pastor
    CP: Co-pastor
    AP: Associate or Assistant Pastor
    IN: Interim Pastor
    SU: Supply Pastor
    Y: Youth Ministry
    OL: Other local church position
    MM: Minister of Music
    CE: Director of Christian Education 

    OM, Cristina Airaghi, Y, First Congregational UCC, Bellevue, WA
    MS, Craig Avents, P, Union United Church of Christ, Norfolk, VA
    OM, Selena Blackwell, SP, St John's UCC, Waukegan, IL
    OM, Teresa Blythe, AP, First Congregational UCC, Phoenix, AZ
    OM, David Bowles, P, Congregational UCC, Conrath, WI
    OM, David Bowles, P, Congregational UCC, Ladysmith, WI
    LM, Jonathan Bradner, P, Nexus Church UCC, Hamilton, OH
    U, Vanessa Brown, SP, Rivers of Living Water UCC, New York City, NY
    MS, Kathy Bryant, IN, Pilgrim Congregational UCC, Wichita, KS
    U, Gerald Clark, IN, Heidelberg UCC, Schwenksville, PA
    LM, Nathaniel Craddock, IN, Pilgrim UCC, Cincinnati, OH
    LM, Brandon Dansizen, AP, Avon Lake United Church of Christ, Avon Lake, OH
    OM, Stephen Dexter, P, First Congregational UCC, Springfield, IL
    OM, Melissa Eicholtz, AP, Grace United Church of Christ, Hanover, PA
    OM, Joshua Fitterling, P, First Congregational Church UCC, Wiscasset, ME
    OM, Tracy Glaser-Bacon, DT, Grace United Church of Christ, Canton, OH
    OM, Matthew Gorkos, DT, Pennsburg United Church of Christ, Pennsburg, PA
    OM, D. Hall, IN, Saint Paul's UCC, Alexandria, KY
    OM, Stephen Hastings, IN, Congregational UCC, Dover-Foxcroft, ME
    OM, Carl Howard, AP, Dunbar United Church of Christ, Hamden, CT
    U, Joel Jackle-Hugh, SP, United in Faith Church UCC, Pana, IL
    OM, James Janecek, P, Fairfield Glade Community Church, Fairfield Glade, TN
    MID, Jeff Kardisco, AP, Mount Zion UCC, York, PA
    OM, James Kosko, P, Squaw Valley Chapel UCC, Olympic Valley, CA
    LM, David Krueger, P, Zion United Church of Christ, Metropolis, IL
    OM, Kathryn Kuhn, AP, First Congregational UCC, Appleton, WI
    OM, Edward Livingston, IN, Armenian Martyrs' Congl Church of Philadelphia, Havertown, PA
    MID, Nancy Lueschen, DT, Saint John's UCC, Glenmont, OH
    OM, James Meadows, IN, Shepherd of the Hills Congregational UCC, Phoenix, AZ
    MID, Lava Mueller, DT, United Church of Thetford, North Thetford, VT
    LM, Cheryl Petrini, P, Saint Paul-Seanors UCC, New Stanton, PA
    OM, Talia Raymond, AP, United Church of Gainesville, Gainesville, FL
    OM, Brigitta Remole, IN, Wayside UCC, Federal Way, WA
    MID, Amy Rovell-Rixx, AP, Plainfield Congregational Church UCC, Plainfield, IL
    OM, Wanda Schwandt, IN, Trinity Christian UCC, Harleysville, PA
    OM, Pamela Shepherd, P, Taos UCC,
    OM, Robert Stewart, IN, Saint John's (Hain's) UCC, Wernersville, PA
    OM, Debra Timmins, DT, First United Church of Christ, Royersford, PA
    U, Jan Tjaden, P, First Congregational UCC, Orchard, IA
    OM, Ryan Travis, P, First Congregational UCC, Decatur, IL
    CM, Cynthia Tyson, CE, Advent United Church of Christ, Columbus, OH
    LM, Lynn Wickberg, P, Westmoreland United Church, Westmoreland, NH
    OM, Scott Williamson, P, Pilgrim Congregational UCC, Chattanooga, TN
    U, Lyn Winter, P, Bath Congregational Church UCC, Bath, NH

    The Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) provides oversight of the UCC Data Hub through which ministerial changes are made. However, Conferences and Associations are responsible for reporting changes and maintaining ministerial records in this system. If you have questions about this information, please contact the appropriate Conference or Association.


  • Ministerial changes reported in the Data Hub—the UCC's information system for ministers and churches—for new positions/calls entered into the system in June 2017.

    STANDING CODES
    CC: Congregational Christian
    CM: Commissioned Minister
    DS: Dual Standing
    LM: Licensed Minister
    MID: Member in Discernment
    MS: Ordained Ministerial Partner Standing
    OM: Ordained Minister 
    POC: Privilege of Call
    U: Unknown/No UCC Standing
    POSITION CODES
    P: Pastor
    SP: Senior Pastor
    DT: Designated-Term Pastor
    CP: Co-pastor
    AP: Associate or Assistant Pastor
    IN: Interim Pastor
    SU: Supply Pastor
    Y: Youth Ministry
    OL: Other local church position
    MM: Minister of Music
    CE: Director of Christian Education 

    OM, Jennifer Aull, P, Greenpoint Reformed Church, Brooklyn, NY
    MID, Esther Baruja, OL, Archwood United Church of Christ, Cleveland, OH
    DS, Michael Bos, SP, West End Collegiate, New York, NY
    OM, Craig Breismeister, IN, Community UCC, Fitzwilliam, NH
    U, Michael Brown, SP, Marble Collegiate Church, New York, NY
    OM, David Butz, DT, Bethel UCC, Nebraska City, NE
    OM, Austin Chinault, P, Zion's United Church of Christ, Pottstown, PA
    OM, Russell Clark, P, Emmanuel UCC, Hanover, PA
    MID, Laura Crow, IN, Memorial United Church of Christ, Fitchburg, WI
    POC, Stuart Davis, P, Congregational UCC, Avoca, NE
    DS, Kirsty DePree, OL, Marble Collegiate Church, New York, NY
    DS, James Dowse, P, Congregational Church of Bristol UCC, Bristol, ME
    U, Tammy Ebensberger, SU, First Congregational UCC, Clinton, IA
    OM, Elaine Ely, AP, Zwingli UCC, Souderton, PA
    DS, Linda Forray, IN, Peace United Church of Christ, Marinette, WI
    OM, Gale Grayson, IN, Park Congregational UCC, Norwich, CT
    OM, Charlene Hill, P, United Church of Hyde Park, Chicago, IL
    OM, Daniel Hollis, AP, First Parish Church, York, Maine, York, ME
    OM, Anne Holmes, DT, Bethel UCC, Arlington, VA
    OM, Eric Jackson, P, Brookside Congregational Church UCC, Manchester, NH
    LM, Donte Jones, OL, Saint Peter's UCC dba Wisdom's Table at St. Peters, Lancaster, PA
    OM, Richard Jones, P, Memorial Congregational UCC, Baldwinville, MA
    OM, Ann Kansfield, P, Greenpoint Reformed Church, Brooklyn, NY
    DS, Jessica Kast, AP, West End Collegiate, New York, NY
    OM, Thomas Kinder, P, The United Church of Strafford, Strafford, VT
    OM, James Klein, IN, Bethel United Church of Christ, Elkhart Lake, WI
    OM, Jennifer Knighton, P, Saint John's UCC, Catonsville, MD
    U, Steve Lamb, P, Wheeler Grove UCC, Carson, IA
    LM, Karen Landry, P, Pilgrim United Church of Christ Brentwood/Kingston, Brentwood, NH
    MID, Terri Legge, DT, United Church of Christ, Pleasant Hill, OH
    OM, Lauren Lorincz, P, Colchester Federated Church, Colchester, CT
    LM, Gerald Madasz, P, Brooklyn Trinity United Church of Christ, Brooklyn, OH
    CM, Betsy Majewski, CE, Immanuel UCC, Shillington, PA
    DS, Howard Major, AP, West End Collegiate, New York, NY
    LM, Katrina Manzi, OL, North Stonington Congregational Church, North Stonington, CT
    OM, Sally May, P, Malletts Bay Congregational UCC, Colchester, VT
    OM, Anthony Minear, SP, Church of Beatitudes UCC, Phoenix, AZ
    OM, Sara Ofner-Seals, CP, First Congregational Church in New London, UCC, New London, CT
    OM, Clare Overlander, IN, Congregational Church in Belchertown UCC, Belchertown, MA
    MID, John Pawloski, P, Saint Peter UCC, Centralia, IL
    OM, Peter Preble, SP, Bethany Congregational UCC, Quincy, MA
    U, Bruce Ray, P, Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL
    MS, Gail Robins, MM, Saint Paul's UCC, Saint Louis, MO
    OM, Micah Schlobohm, IN, United Church of Christ (Congregational), Delavan, WI
    OM, Marlayna Schmidt, IN, First Parish Church Congregational UCC, Manchester, MA
    OM, Matthew Schneider-Adams, P, Saint John's UCC, Clarence, IA
    OM, Michele Scott, SU, Golden Congregational UCC, Ryan, IA
    U, Eugene Shelton, SU, Congregational UCC, Farragut, IA
    OM, Kim Shelton, IN, Good News Community UCC, Chicago, IL
    LM, Rose Shepley, P, Saint John's UCC, Shamokin, PA
    U, Linda Snyder, IN, Hampstead Congregational Church UCC, Hampstead, NH
    OM, Jamie Lee Sprague-Ballou, P, Mary Magdalene Friends UCC, Las Vegas, NV
    DS, Julie Staples, OL, West End Collegiate, New York, NY
    OM, Charles Stark, IN, St. John's UCC of Burton, Burton, TX
    DS, James Steward, P, South Bushwick Reformed Church, Brooklyn, NY
    DS, Conrad Strauch, P, St. Paul's Reformed Church, North Babylon, NY
    DS, Jennifer Strickland, CP, Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont, CA
    OM, Nancy Strickland, IN, North Falmouth Congregational UCC, North Falmouth, MA
    OM, Troy Underwood, AP, Covenant United Church of Christ, South Holland, IL
    OM, Arthur Urie, IN, Congregational UCC, Northwood, NH
    OM, Clarence Walther, P, Lynnhurst UCC, Louisville, KY
    DS, Paul Whitlock, SP, Church of the Palms UCC, Sun City, AZ
    POC, Pam Williams, P, Friedens UCC, Goehner, NE
    OM, Catherine Zall, CP, First Congregational Church in New London UCC, New London, CT

    The Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) provides oversight of the UCC Data Hub through which ministerial changes are made. However, Conferences and Associations are responsible for reporting changes and maintaining ministerial records in this system. If you have questions about this information, please contact the appropriate Conference or Association.


  • Ebersole, Jay E., 5/31/2017
    Hoefer, Elver H., 5/9/2017
    Chang, Wendell, 5/11/2017
    Varga, Paul V., 5/15/2017
    Bach, George R., 5/29/2017
    Ramstad, Philip J., 5/12/2017
    Cassidy, Don R., 1/18/2017
    Brueggemann, Edward D., 5/26/2017
    Weaver Sr., Stephen V., 6/13/2017
    Merriman, Willis J., 3/23/2017
    Graham, Franklikn D., 2/19/2017
    Ryan, Greogory S., 5/31/2017
    Neideigh, Roy M., 6/26/2017
    Ports, M. S. Jan, 6/15/2017
    Evans, Thomas H., 6/23/2017
    Thoma, Robert L., 5/27/2017
    Miller, Anthony B., 6/22/2017
    Hazen, James H., 6/26/2017

    Clergy death information is provided by The Pension Boards.


  • Munger, Clifford, 4/30/2017
    Hibshman, C. Robert, 4/29/2017
    Bright, James W., 4/28/2017
    Bockting, Darryl L., 4/22/2017
    Moore, Michael P., 4/27/2017
    Konz, John, 4/7/2017
    Orander, Donald B., 5/5/2017
    Rycraft, Lon A., 4/30/2017
    Seydel, Wanda, 5/8/2017
    Siders, Mary J., 5/6/2017
    Ramstad, Philip J., 5/12/2017
    Fisher, Robert T., 5/5/2017
    Feeney-Bastian, Kate, 5/17/2017
    Luckey, James E., 1/4/2017
    Diquattro, Robert E., 11/6/2016
    Simmons, Miles A., 5/17/2017

    Clergy death information is provided by The Pension Boards.


  • A small United Church of Christ congregation in Virginia is showing that its size is determined more by its heart than the number of members. Through a 3 Great Loves mission project making quilts for distribution in the surrounding community, Mt. Calvary UCC is visibly demonstrating its love for children.

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  • Thompson, I. David, 3/31/2017
    Aubin-Fischer, Richard D., 3/31/2017
    Hatch, Mary B., 1/23/2017
    Schroer, Calvin W., 5/19/2016
    Starbuck, Kenneth C., 4/3/2017
    Smith, Harold C., 3/21/2017
    Jones, Lawrence S., 3/26/2017
    Moore, Viola L., 4/5/2017
    Bacon, Jack, 4/11/2017
    Swart, Elizabeth, 1/4/2016
    Lauck, C. Philip, 2/8/2017
    Engelsdorfer, Marvin F., 2/21/2017
    Waugh, Winston, 11/23/2016
    Anderson, Claude W., 3/5/2017
    Miehlke, Carl F., 4/10/2017
    Lang, Allen, 4/1/2017
    Ayre, A. Russell, 4/10/2017
    Siefert, Neil D., 4/10/2017
    Kasper, Robert E., 4/1/2017
    Baechle, Ruth W., 4/16/2017
    Bendit, Paul, 4/25/2017
    Bradford, J.A., 3/29/2017
    Newton, Lyman F., 5/7/2016
    Ely, Donald J., 3/13/2017
    McCracken, David E., 3/25/2017

    Clergy death information is provided by The Pension Boards.


  • Mackenzie, Charles S., 1/26/2017
    Roemer, John J., 3/2/2017
    Hunyady, Laslo L., 3/2/2017
    Cress, James R., 3/4/2017
    Sontag, Lester J., 2/15/2017
    Theiss, William F., 3/1/2017
    Howard, Thomas, 1/8/2017
    Bayer, Lee R., 03/06//2017
    Pia, Juan, 6/13/2016
    Gross, Frank H., 3/4/2017
    McGuire, Allan, 3/8/2017
    Taylor, Leon D., 3/6/2017
    Pic, Paul, 3/6/2017
    Thomas, William E., 2/13/2017
    Wedlock, Paul E., 3/2/2017
    Engelsdorfer, Marvin, 2/21/2017
    Hartmann, Herman A., 3/8/2017
    Anderson, Claude, 3/5/2017
    Guffey, James, 1/4/2017
    Cronenberg, Joseph C., 3/12/2017
    Aydt, Nadine, 3/22/2017
    Bizer, Arnold A., 3/28/2017
    Breuer, Bruce O., 3/25/2017
    Byerly, Chester W., 3/28/2017
    Cronenberg, Joseph C., 3/12/2017

    Clergy death information is provided by The Pension Boards.


  • Ministerial changes reported in the Data Hub—the UCC's information system for ministers and churches—for new positions/calls entered into the system in March 2017.

    STANDING CODES
    CC: Congregational Christian
    CM: Commissioned Minister
    DS: Dual Standing
    LM: Licensed Minister
    MID: Member in Discernment
    MS: Ordained Ministerial Partner Standing
    OM: Ordained Minister 
    POC: Privilege of Call
    U: Unknown/No UCC Standing
    POSITION CODES
    P: Pastor
    SP: Senior Pastor
    DT: Designated-Term Pastor
    CP: Co-pastor
    AP: Associate or Assistant Pastor
    IN: Interim Pastor
    SU: Supply Pastor
    Y: Youth Ministry
    OL: Other local church position
    MM: Minister of Music
    CE: Director of Christian Education 

    U, Leo Abad, P, Philippine American Ecumenical Church, Ferndale, MI
    U, Ken Adams, P, Emmanuel UCC, Hankinson, ND
    OM, Audrey Alexander, P, Hope United Church of Christ, DeSoto, MO
    OM, Catherine Allard, P, Meridian UCC, Wilsonville, OR
    U, Callie Allen, Y, First Congregational UCC, Geneseo, IL
    OM, Vincent Amlin, CP, Bethany UCC, Chicago, IL
    U, Rebecca Anderson, CP, Bethany UCC, Chicago, IL
    DS, Doyll Andrews, P, Congregational UCC, Armada, MI
    DS, David Asel, SU, Yoked Parish UCC, Hartford, NY
    OM, Dale Azevedo, SP, Barrington Congregational UCC, Barrington, RI
    LM, Ray Banks, AP, Mount Zion Congregational UCC, Cleveland, OH
    MID, Sara Bartlett, P, Alfred Parish Church, Alfred, ME
    U, Valerie Beard, CE, Middlebury Congregational Church UCC, Middlebury, CT
    OM, Howard Bell, IN, Community UCC, Saint Paul Park, MN
    OM, Andrew Bierkan, IN, Saint John's UCC, Newport, KY
    OM, Daniel Bill, P, Congregational UCC, Radnor, OH
    OM, Robert Bistline, IN, Zion United Church of Christ of New Providence, Strasburg, PA
    OM, Jean Boese, P, Saint Paul's UCC, Eyota, MN
    U, Jeanine Bonaventure, OL, Middlebury Congregational Church UCC, Middlebury, CT
    MID, Jacquelyn Brown, P, New Covenant UCC, Buffalo, NY
    LM, James Brown, P, Immanuel UCC, Clarksville, IA
    U, Mary Brown, Y, Middlebury Congregational Church UCC, Middlebury, CT
    CM, Thomas Brownfield, OL, First Congregational Church UCC of Columbus, Columbus, OH
    OM, David Brumbaugh, P, United Church of Christ, Myerstown, PA
    OM, Whitney Bruno, P, Saint Michael's UCC, Baltimore, OH
    OM, Lois Bryant, AP, Smithfield Avenue Congregational UCC, Pawtucket, RI
    OM, David Bucey, P, Fort Myers Congregational UCC, Fort Myers, FL
    OM, Micah Bucey, AP, Judson Memorial Church UCC, New York, NY
    OM, Vicki Burtson, SP, Homer Congregational Church, Homer, NY
    MID, Rosemary Captain, P, Saint John UCC, Fairview Heights, IL
    DS, Peter Carman, P, Emmanuel Baptist Church & Friedens UCC, Schenectady, NY
    U, Courtney Chandler, CE, Immanuel/Ferguson UCC, Ferguson, MO
    OM, Alan Claassen, IN, Community Congregational Church, Tiburon, CA
    LM, Elizabeth Coffey, P, Brownville Community Church UCC, Brownville, ME
    MID, Chris Cornell, P, Congregational UCC, Sullivan, NH
    OM, Scott Cunningham, AP, Saint Paul UCC, Oak Harbor, OH
    OM, Brian Damrow, P, Peace United Church of Christ, Hartsburg, MO
    OM, Andria Davis, AP, Cathedral of Hope UCC of Dallas, Dallas, TX
    POC, Ivan Dean, CP, Nelson Community UCC, Nelson, NE
    CM, Jackie Dean, OL, First Congregational Church UCC of Columbus, Columbus, OH
    POC, Joyce Dean, CP, Nelson Community UCC, Nelson, NE
    OM, Stephanie DeLong, SP, Saint Peter's UCC, Owensville, MO
    OM, Curtiss Demars-Johnson, IN, White Lake Congregational UCC, Whitehall, MI
    U, Phyllis Dexter, OL, First Christian Church UCC, Coventry, RI
    U, Michael Diaz, AP, Cathedral of Hope UCC of Dallas, Dallas, TX
    MID, Chana Dixon, CE, First Congregational UCC, Huntington, WV
    U, Gail Doering, IN, Danville Congregational Church, Danville, CA
    OM, David Donner, P, First Congregational UCC Angola, Angola, NY
    DS, Robert Edwards, III, P, Bayside Christian Church UCC, Virginia Beach, VA
    OM, Scott Elliott, P, First Congregational UCC, Mount Vernon, OH
    OM, Beth Faeth, AP, Plymouth Congregational, Minneapolis, MN
    OM, Jennifer Fair, SP, Union United Church of Christ, Tekonsha, MI
    LM, Jackie Falk, CE, Pilgrim Congregational UCC, Duluth, MN
    MID, Susan Fast, AP, First Congregational UCC Ithaca, Ithaca, NY
    OM, Christina Fidanza, DT, Saint John's UCC, Mc Knightstown, PA
    OM, Christina Fidanza, DT, Trinity UCC, Cashtown, PA
    OM, Anna Flowers, SP, United Church in Walpole, Walpole, MA
    OM, Allen Fluent, IN, Saint Philips UCC, Saint Louis, MO
    OM, David Fountain, IN, Bethany Congregational Church, Foxboro, MA
    MID, Karen Fournier, P, First Congregational UCC, Oxford, MA
    OM, Cynthia Garis, DT, Faith United Church of Christ, New Cumberland, PA
    LM, Susan Garofalo, IN, First Congregational of Riga UCC, Churchville, NY
    LM, Jeffrey Glandon, P, Evangelical UCC, Boonville, MO
    OM, Beth Gleason, P, Christ Congregational UCC, Fort Morgan, CO
    OM, E. Goodwin, IN, West Dennis Community UCC, West Dennis, MA
    MID, Robert Grabill, AP, Church of Christ At Dartmouth UCC, Hanover, NH
    OM, Sam Greening, IN, The United Church, Huntsville, AL
    U, Lisa Gruttadauria, OL, Trumbull Congregational Church, Trumbull, CT
    U, Ara Guekguezian, IN, First Congregational Church, Fresno, CA
    OM, Theodore Haas, SU, Saint James UCC, Lovettsville, VA
    OM, David Hammett, SP, Riverside Congregational UCC, East Providence, RI
    OM, Glen Herrington-Hall, P, First Congregational UCC, Cannon Falls, MN
    OM, James Hilker, SU, Zion United Church of Christ, Troy, MO
    OM, Elizabeth Hoban, AP, Congregational Church of Birmingham UCC, Bloomfield Hills, MI
    DS, Robert Hollis, SP, First Christian Church UCC, Coventry, RI
    LM, Anne Marie Holloway, Y, Congregational UCC, Norwell, MA
    OM, Jamie Howard, IN, Centre Congregational UCC, Lynnfield, MA
    U, Brenda Hunt, IN, First Congregational UCC, Perris, CA
    U, Ken Hunt, IN, First Congregational UCC, Pierre, SD
    OM, Ernest Huntzinger, IN, Saron United Church of Christ, Sheboygan Falls, WI
    OM, Richard Hyde, P, First Congregational UCC, Gray, ME
    POC, Kathryn Iburg, P, Eternal Hope United Church of Christ, Fort Walton Beach, FL
    OM, Leslie Jackson, AP, Cathedral of Hope Houston - UCC, Houston, TX
    MID, Deborah Jeanblanc, P, Congregational UCC, Belpre, OH
    OM, Adalphie Johnson, AP, The Community Church of Washington DC, Washington, DC
    MS, Judith Johnson, OL, The United Church of Christ of St. Augustine, Inc, Saint Augustine, FL
    LM, Jess Kacalski, SU, Saint John's UCC, Strykersville, NY
    OM, David Kaiser-Cross, OL, Naples United Church of Christ, Naples, FL
    OM, Deborah Kaiser-Cross, OL, Naples United Church of Christ, Naples, FL
    U, Allan Kakowski, MM, First Church of Bethlehem, UCC, Bethlehem, CT
    LM, Agnes Kapuniai, P, Olaa First Hawaiian Church, Kurtistown, HI
    U, Sheldon Keller, IN, United Parish, Carver, MA
    OM, Laura Kent, IN, Medford Congregational UCC, Medford, OR
    OM, Annmarie Kneebone, P, Plymouth United Church of Spring, Spring, TX
    U, Carol Kogut, OL, Riverside Congregational UCC, East Providence, RI
    MID, Mark Koyama, P, United Church of Jaffrey UCC, Jaffrey, NH
    U, Jane Kramer, P, Hayden Congregational UCC, Hayden, CO
    LM, Bruce Kreisher, P, Saint John's UCC, Birdsboro, PA
    U, Julie Kroah, CE, Saint John's UCC, Newark, OH
    U, Susan Kvietkus, OL, First Church of Bethlehem, UCC, Bethlehem, CT
    OM, Robert Michael Lake, IN, Park Congregational UCC, Norwich, CT
    OM, Christopher Lawrence, P, Church of the Living Hope, Manhattan, NY
    OM, Andrew Lovins, P, Friedens UCC, Warrenton, MO
    U, Michelle Madsen Bibeau, SP, Beneficent Congregational Church UCC, Providence, RI
    U, Drew Manlove, OL, Riverside Congregational UCC, East Providence, RI
    OM, David Martin, P, Saint Paul's UCC, Spring Grove, PA
    OM, Michael Matheny, IN, Fleming Road United Church of Christ, Cincinnati, OH
    OM, H. McClain, IN, Dryland UCC, Nazareth, PA
    DS, Kenneth McKenzie, P, Federated Church of West Winfield, West Winfield, NY
    OM, David Mears, P, Trinity UCC, Pittsburgh, PA
    DS, Bradley Mellon, P, Saint Luke's UCC, North Wales, PA
    U, Cheri Metier, OL, University City United Church UCC, San Diego, CA
    OM, Elizabeth Miller, P, Edgewood UCC, East Lansing, MI
    OM, Robin Miller, MM, Sixth Avenue United Church UCC, Denver, CO
    LM, Eric Moeller, AP, Saint Lucas UCC, Saint Louis, MO
    LM, Michael Moorhead, OL, Neighborhood Church UCC, Palos Verdes Estates, CA
    OM, Marvin Morgan, IN, Saint John Evangelical UCC, Collinsville, IL
    OM, Cynthia Mueller, IN, The United Church of Mapleton, Mapleton, MN
    MID, Jeff Mueller, P, Saint Paul's UCC, Marthasville, MO
    OM, Robert Naylor, IN, Congregational Church of South Dartmouth UCC, South Dartmouth, MA
    MID, Sheri Nelson, P, First Congregational UCC, New York Mills, MN
    LM, Kim Newport, SU, First Congregational UCC, Romeo, MI
    U, Viana Newton, OL, First Christian Church UCC, Coventry, RI
    OM, James Nolan, IN, Trinity UCC, Wadsworth, OH
    OM, Robert Nolan, AP, Woodridge Congregational UCC, Cranston, RI
    MID, Lindsey Nye, AP, Union Congregational UCC, Montclair, NJ
    U, Sarah Pamperin, CE, United Church of Christ, Ankeny, IA
    U, Wayne Parrish, IN, United Church of Assonet, Assonet, MA
    U, Diana Pelletier, AP, Fairmount Community UCC, Syracuse, NY
    MID, Beth Peters-Ferrara, Y, Dryland UCC, Nazareth, PA
    OM, Cynthia Reynolds, IN, Saint Paul's Congregational UCC, Nutley, NJ
    OM, Melodie Rezac, P, Zion Reformed United Church of Christ, Thornville, OH
    U, Lee Ann Rice, OL, Congregational UCC, Armada, MI
    OM, Rosemary Rocha, IN, Faith United Church, Ada, MN
    OM, Elizabeth Rogers, AP, Peace United Church of Christ, Rochester, MN
    MID, John Rogers, AP, First Congregational Church, Montclair, NJ
    OM, Ann Rogers-Brigham, IN, Safe Harbor Family Church United Church of Christ, Flowood, MS
    LM, John Sands, SU, First Congregational UCC of Corning, Corning, NY
    DS, Kenneth Schaub, IN, First United Church of Christ, Belleville, WI
    OM, Marlayna Schmidt, IN, Brookside Congregational Church UCC, Manchester, NH
    OM, Joseph Schulte, P, Union Congregational United Church of Christ, Friona, TX
    OM, Jennifer Shultz, SP, Community UCC, Raleigh, NC
    MID, Wesley Snedecker, OL, Naples United Church of Christ, Naples, FL
    U, David St. Aubin, P, Federated UCC, Centerburg, OH
    OM, Carol Steinbrecher, IN, First Congregational Church UCC, Sharon, MA
    U, Jennifer Strickland, CP, Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont, CA
    OM, Eric Stricklin, Y, Zion United Church of Christ, North Canton, OH
    OM, Winfield Strout, SU, Trinity UCC, Thornville, OH
    OM, Mark Stryjak, P, Brownback's UCC, Spring City, PA
    LM, Jason Stump, SU, Saint Peter's UCC, Pine Grove, PA
    OM, Anne Swallow Gillis, P, Falcon Heights United Church of Christ, Falcon Heights, MN
    U, Ioane Teofilo, P, Ola Fou-New Life, Marina, CA
    OM, George Terry, P, First Congregational UCC, Mountain Home, ID
    U, Vicky Truitt, OL, Newtown Congregational UCC, Newtown, CT
    U, Thomas Tsen, AP, First Chinese Church of Christ, Honolulu, HI
    MS, Rebecca Turner, DT, Christ Church, UCC (Maplewood), Maplewood, MO
    OM, Robert Van Ess, SP, Holy Trinity Community Church UCC, Memphis, TN
    U, Arlen Vernava, IN, Zion's United Church of Christ, Taborton, NY
    OM, Kevin Weaver, IN, Saint John's/Cappeln UCC, Foristell, MO
    U, Signe Webb, CE, Pass-a-Grille Beach Community UCC, Saint Pete Beach, FL
    U, Chad Weddle, SU, Jefferson UCC, Jefferson, MD
    U, Paul Westcott, MM, Immanuel/Ferguson UCC, Ferguson, MO
    U, Kathy Wieland, MM, Congregational UCC, Armada, MI
    U, Dale Williams, MM, Pass-a-Grille Beach Community UCC, Saint Pete Beach, FL
    LM, General Williams, AP, Burchette Chapel United Church of Christ, Manson, NC
    OM, Mary Willis, P, Phelps Congregational UCC, Phelps, WI
    OM, Mary Willis, P, Ely Memorial UCC, Land O Lakes, WI
    U, Katie Wilsdorf, OL, Saint John's UCC, Chesterfield, MO
    LM, Barbara Zastrow, P, Saint John UCC, Chamois, MO

    The Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) provides oversight of the UCC Data Hub through which ministerial changes are made. However, Conferences and Associations are responsible for reporting changes and maintaining ministerial records in this system. If you have questions about this information, please contact the appropriate Conference or Association.


  • Adams, Craig B., 11/13/2016
    Whitener, Sterling H., 1/28/2017
    Neal, Sandra K., 1/20/2017
    Gerhardt, Louis B., 2/13/2017
    Ediger, Marvin L., 2/7/2017
    Van Strien, Karin, 2/10/2017
    Laucks, Charles P., 2/14/2017
    Hegemier, Eugene E., 2/4/2017
    Anderson, J. William, 2/11/2017
    Smith, Charles L., 2/11/2017
    Nagy, Stephen L., 2/16/2017
    Simon, Robert E., 2/15/2017
    Benes, Carl, 2/25/2017
    Irvine, Frank L., 7/27/2016
    Jones, Raymond T., 2/3/2017

    Clergy death information is provided by The Pension Boards.


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