The Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare – is partnering with Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ to organize conferences on the use of armed drones at several UCC affiliated seminaries. Visit their website for more information on these events or to download documentaries to raise the issue within congregations. Upcoming events include:
“The Potency of Hope”
The theme for this event is “The Potency of Hope” and will take place May 1-3, 2018 at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center in Carefree, AZ (same location as 2016). The registration for this event is $250, with discounts for members of the Antoinette Brown Society. Members who join/renew at the Leader level receive a 10% discount, members who join/renew at the Trendsetter level receive a 30% discount, and members who join/renew at the Pioneer level receive a 100% discount. If people want to join the Antoinette Brown Society, they can contact Keri Sugerik at 800-846-6822.
Rev. Loey Powell & Rev. DaVita McCallister
May 01, 2018 at 12pm - May 03, 2018
Carefree Resort and Conference Center
37220 N Mule Train Rd
Carefree, AZ 85377
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Rev. Elizabeth Dilley · firstname.lastname@example.org · 216.736.3841
Tuesday, May 1
Noon – lunch together
1:00pm – Opening Worship
2:30pm – Break
3:00 – 4:30pm Breakout Sessions
6:00 – 7:30pm Supper Together
7:30 Fun Evening
Wednesday, May 2
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 10:30am Morning Worship: Women on a Pilgrimage
10:30am – 11:45am Keynote
12:00 noon – Lunch on your Own
1:30 - 3:00pm – Breakout Sessions
3:30 - 5:00pm – Affinity Time
5:00pm – Rest of Afternoon and Evening on your own; supper on your own
Thursday, May 3
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 9:30am Hotel Checkout
10:00 – 11:45am Final Plenary and Closing Worship
Noon – depart, lunch on your own
Save the Date * Make Your Plans
Do not fear; for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine." Isa. 43:1
On behalf of the UCC Mental Health Network, I warmly invite you to attend our third WISE Conference on Mental Health being held at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Downers Grove, IL on Friday, May 4, 2018. Being impacted myself by mental health conditions in my own family, I know this Conference does make a difference. It reduces the stigma about mental illness and increases our understanding of mental health conditions and how our congregations can respond. You will experience personal stories; receive practical steps to engage in a mental health ministry in your congregation; and be introduced to the WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, Engaged) Covenant for congregations for mental health. Please join us.
- Alan Johnson
This one–day conference offers:
- Ways congregations can address mental health concerns
- Stories from persons affected by mental health issues
- Practical steps to engage in a mental health ministry
- Introduction to the WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, Engaged) Covenant
- Network with those who are on the journey to address mental health challenges
- On–going support
The first Sunday in May has been designated Immigrant Rights Sunday within the United Church of Christ. Justice and Witness Ministries and Wider Church Ministries are urging congregations to lift up immigrants on this day: to learn about their concerns, honor their contributions to our country and communities, hear their pain, pray for their well-being, and listen to hear where God is leading us regarding issues of immigration.
Welcoming the stranger among us as native born is part of our faith tradition, for we too were once strangers (Exodus 22:21, Leviticus 19:33, Deuteronomy 10:17-19). However, too often the immigrants among us are rejected, treated as outcasts and placed on the margins of society.
May 1st is international Labor Day and has become a day in which we recognize the value and labor of immigrants in the U.S. On the first Sunday in May, congregations are encouraged to include stories about immigrants in their worship service and explore avenues to advocate for immigrant justice. Below are the most current issues this year on immigration with potential ways to get involved to limit deportations and unnecessary detention of immigrants.
Building Sanctuary For All... All of Us
"Shouldn’t our sanctuaries offer this same kind of Sanctuary...to anyone? Wouldn’t we want this grace, and do we not call upon this kind of love every Sunday?" Read more of Rev. Julian DeShazier's reflection on Immigrants Rights Sunday and intersectionality.
- Explore our worship worship and prayer resources and start planning your congregations Immigrant Rights Sunday observances.
*If your congregation would like to get more involved on immigrants' rights advocacy and organizing efforts please contact Rev. Noel Andersen - mailto:email@example.com.
The Rev. Noel Andersen serves as UCC & CWS Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants' Rights in Washington, D.C.
On May 8th UCAN, the UCC HIV & AIDS Network, launches the first in a series of national conversations on HIV with a focus on HIV testing.
A popular HIV testing slogan is, “Everyone has a status, do you know yours?” In preparation for National Testing Day, Wednesday, June 27, Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer will moderate this conversation about the importance of everyone knowing their HIV status and the status of the church in promoting and facilitating HIV testing.
Special Guest, Rev. John Ryan Mendoza, will join the call to discuss the global clergy testing campaign which Rev. Mendoza spearheaded at the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. Register.
The United Church of Christ Mental Health Network invites you to highlight mental health on the third Sunday in May or any Sunday that suits your schedule.
We see Mental Health Sunday as a way for your congregation to begin or to continue to provide education and support to your members around mental health challenges.
We encourage you to:
- Plan a Sunday with the theme: "Widen the Welcome: UCC for Mental Health"
- Use the collection of worship resources in the Resource Guide for Mental Health Sunday. You will find some newly created resources in the resource section below. Worship resources include sermon ideas as well as complete sermons, a litany, unison prayers and more.
- Explore the Congregational Toolkits for teaching your congregation about mental illnesses
More Worship Resources for Mental Health Sunday
Download and print these files or edit/format them to meet your needs.
- Checklist for Churches: Becoming a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged (WISE) Congregation for Mental Health
- Sermon on The Stigma of Mental Illness
- More Resources for Your Mental Health Sunday Services
- Call to worship and prayer
- Litany for Mental Health Sunday, 5.5" x 8.5"
- Bulletin insert (front), 5.5" x 8.5"
- Bulletin insert (back), 5.5" x 8.5"
- Widen the Welcome logo (CMYK, 300 dpi) for use on printed material
- Sample bookmark created by Broadmoor UCC Church in Colorado Springs
- Exegesis: Lamentations 5:19 – 22
Every June, human rights and faith organizations join together to mark Torture Awareness Month because on June 26, 1987, the nations of the world took a major step against the immoral and abhorrent practice of torture. On that day, the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT for short) entered into force and the United Nations later declared June 26th the “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.”
Our partners at the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) invite you and your local church to join people of faith throughout the world in commemorating Torture Awareness Month. Check out NRCAT's resources and activity ideas.
If you would like to discuss additional ways for how your local congregation or faith community could mark Torture Awareness Month please call or email T.C. Morrow at 202-547-1920 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They are delighted to assist you with plans and suggestions.
The United Church of Christ is a co-sponsor of the Reimagining Interfaith event July 29-August 1st in Washington, D.C. This event is an opportunity to engage in skill-building, networking, and organizing with grassroots activists and interfaith peacebuilders from around the world. Learn more and register.