What's Happening in the UCC
Labor SundayAugust 31, 2014
The Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, August 31, is Labor Sunday, a day to lift up workers, celebrate their contributions, and call attention to their struggles. It is also a day to lament with those who have no job or a low-wage job, and a time to commit ourselves to standing with workers who seek justice and dignity.
One Read: Hot Dogs & HamburgersSeptember 1, 2014 - September 30, 2014
Join us as we kick off our next UCC all-church initiative Reading Changes Lives. During the month of September we will participate in the inaugural church-wide "One Read" to provide us with a common ground for understanding the literacy crisis in the U.S. Our hope is that, through reading and discussion, we will come together, stimulate conversations, and facilitate learning within and beyond our congregations. It is simple to participate. Buy and read the book, download the free discussion guide, and encourage your congregation, friends and family to join in.
National Service of MourningSeptember 3, 2014
The loss and suffering resulting from the latest conflict between the Israeli military and Palestinian groups in Gaza is staggering. More than 1,400 civilians have been killed and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced. Weeks of overwhelming destruction have devastated land, homes, and infrastructure. The siege of Gaza and the military occupation of Palestinian territory cripple normal life. As the people of the region cry, “How long, O Lord”?, we join our prayers with theirs in a service of worship. In the midst of sorrow and grief, please join us in a witness to faith, hope and love.
Just & Holy FoodSeptember 14, 2014
Recognizing that all faith traditions celebrate food as a central part of their sacred stories, the UCC Connecticut Conference is joining in sponsoring this half-day conference to provide the moral and theological background for understanding food policy, security, and justice. After the conference, join us for a local, organic, vegetarian, halal, and kosher reception!
Health Ministries Association Annual Conference September 15, 2014 - September 17, 2014
Faith community nurses, chaplains, pastors, and health ministry leaders - plan to attend the Health Ministries Association Annual Conference - Transforming Lives in Faith Communities and Beyond- Monday, September 15- Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in Hyattsville, MD. The conference opens with a 25th Anniversary Celebration on Monday evening. Barbara Baylor, UCC Policy Advocate for Health and Wholeness Issues, will present a keynote on Tuesday, September 16th entitled, “Strive Now for Health! Faith Communities Working to Attain Health Equity in the 21st Century.” The conference features a wide variety of diverse and unique workshops and poster presentations. There will be opportunity to join other UCC attendees at lunch on Tuesday, September 16. There is also an optional Twilight Bus Tour of DC on Tuesday evening, September 16th. Registration deadline is August 29, 2014.
Our Whole Lives Facillitator Training September 16, 2014 - September 30, 2014
Calling All 7-9th Grade OWL Facilitators! Webinars are available regarding the changes to Our Whole Lives 7-9, to be released this fall. You are highly encouraged to attend on one of the following dates:
World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel September 21, 2014 - September 27, 2014
September 21-27 is the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness. Join people of faith worldwide in calling for a just peace under the 2014 theme "Let My People Go!" Sponsored by the WCC's Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum.
International Day of Prayers for PeaceSeptember 21, 2014
Sunday, September 21 is the International Day of Prayer for Peace. The United Church of Christ is partnering with On Earth Peace to lift up 9/21 as a day of prayer and education for peace. The 2014 theme is "Visions and Dreams of Building Peace," inspired by Acts 2 and Joel 2. Mark your calendars and visit www.peacedaypray.org for more information and to register your involvement. More information to come!
People's Climate MarchSeptember 21, 2014
In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. With our future on the line, we will take a weekend and use it to bend the course of history.
African American Women in Ministry Conference 2014 October 9, 2014 - October 11, 2014
This African American Women in Ministry’s conference is designed for women in all phases of ministry - ordained, commissioned, in discernment, and licensed in varied ministry settings within the UCC and in other denominations. You are all welcome!
Still Speaking Worship Event – Let Them All ComeNovember 8, 2014 - November 9, 2014
Experience and reflect on a vital, inspiring model of intergenerational worship and thoughtful discussion on repurposing building space to be welcoming to all.
Unveiling of Antoinette Brown Blackwell markerNovember 9, 2014
The First Church in Oberlin UCC, in partnership with the United Church of Christ, will host an unveiling of an historical marker honoring the Rev. Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first woman ordained (and by one of our predecessor bodies, the Congregational Church). Antoinette Brown attended Oberlin, and while she did not initially receive a degree from them after completing her coursework, this was eventually rectified. This historical marker will share about her life, ministry, connection to Oberlin and to our denomination, and is paid for in large part through gifts made to the UCC for this purpose.
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