What's Happening in the UCC
Human Rights DayDecember 10, 2013
Human Rights Day is December 10th. Our faith traditions hold that we were made in God’s image, yet as a nation we have not codified ending torture and today hold over 80,000 people in long-term solitary confinement. Learn more and download the toolkit from our partners at the National Religious Campaign Against Torture on how we can recover our commitment to human rights.
Vigil for All Victims of Gun ViolenceDecember 12, 2013
On the cusp of the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, the Newtown Foundation and Washington National Cathedral will host a vigil service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America. The vigil will be live-streamed so people of faith around the country can participate. We invite you to join people and leaders from across the country in honoring the more than 30,000 Americans who have died from a gunshot since the Newtown shooting.
Week of Prayer for Christian UnityJanuary 18, 2014 - January 25, 2014
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally celebrated January 18-25. It is a time when many Christians become aware of the great diversity of our Christian tradition and ways of expressing our love for God. Congregations and parishes all over the world will participate. Pulpits will be exchanged, and special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services will take place. The World Council of Churches has assembled resources that can be downloaded in English, Spanish, German and French to help your observe the Week of Pray for Christian Unity.
Gun Violence Prevention SabbathMarch 13, 2014 - March 16, 2014
Congregations across the nation are joining the Washington National Cathedral and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence to remember those who have lost their lives to gunfire, pray for those whose lives have been forever changed because of the loss of a loved one, and to continue the discussion on how communities of faith can work together to help reduce gun violence. Learn more about how your congregation can get involved in the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath.
2014 Ecumenical Advocacy DaysMarch 21, 2014 - March 24, 2014
Come to the 12th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days and join UCC advocates and hundreds of other Christians in “Resisting Violence, Building Peace.” Guided by the image of Jesus weeping over a capital city that turned from the true way of peace (Luke 19:41-42), we will expose the violence that pervades our culture and world:
Faith Forward 2014 ConferenceMay 19, 2014 - March 22, 2014
Thinking of attending a children's and youth ministry conference? If so, consider attending Faith Forward's annual conference in May, 2014. It won't be your average children and youth ministry conference because, as many of you know, a new kind of Christianity is taking shape across the globe, and Faith Forward wants to engage it in ways that are innovative, forward-thinking, honest and yet faithful to our traditions as well as our contemporary contexts.
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