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Monday, May 14, 2018 at 02:00 PM through June 22, 2018
Washington, D.C. and State Capitols

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

The Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. May 14 will be the launch of the campaign’s 40 days of action and advocacy in state capitols and in Washington, DC. The 40 Days of Action will involve public witnesses at more than 30 statehouses and the U.S. Capitol calling for voting rights protections, programs to address poverty, attention to ecological devastation and measures to curb militarism and the war economy. Each week of the 40 days of action will have an issue focus. To find out more about actions and trainings in your state, contact your state coordinating committee by emailing YOUR STATE[AT]POORPEOPLESCAMPAIGN.ORG (for example if you live in Alaska contact Alaska@poorpeoplescampaign.org) or email info@poorpeoplescampaign.org.

Check out this map of our events and rallies coming up for actions near you.

40 Days: Themes

Week One: Somebody’s Hurting Our People: Child Poverty, Women, LGBTQ Community and People with Disabilities
- Read a UCC perspective on this theme and take action: Someone is hurting our people: Hands off SNAP!

Week Two: Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights, Ending Mass Incarceration and Justice for Immigrants
- Read a UCC perspective on this theme: Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Rollbacks of Voting Rights
- Take Action: It’s Time to End Predatory Prison Phone Rates

Week Three: Militarism, War Economy, Veterans, Education and Our National Priorities

Poor People's Campaign Boston

Week Four: Ecological Devastation and Health: Clean Air, Clean Water and Health Care for All

Week Five: Everybody’s Got a Right to Live: Jobs, Income, the Right to Organize and Housing

Week Six: A New and Unsettling Force – A Fusion Movement Rising Up

40 Days: Weekly Breakdown

Sundays: Mass Meetings: National Broadcast @TBD

Mondays: Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action @ 2 pm in State Capitols

Tuesdays: Teaching Tuesdays – National Webinar 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm EST

Thursdays: Theomusicology and Movements Arts Culture

Visit their website to sign up for more information – by joining the campaign you can receive updates on trainings and actions in your region. 

Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ is proud to be a national partner of the Poor People's Campaign. RSVP below to let us know if you will be participating in the 40 days of Action in DC or in your home state.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 08:00 AM

Mental Health Sunday

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.

Learn more about the UCC Mental Health Network.

Friday, June 01, 2018 at 08:00 AM through June 30, 2018

Torture Awareness Month

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 tmorrow@nrcat.org. They are delighted to assist you with plans and suggestions.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM

49 Bells to Remember Pulse

On Sunday, June 12, 2016, 49 people lost their lives and 68 people were physically injured following the shooting in Pulse Night Club (Orlando, FL) during Pride on Latin Night. While many of us struggle with what to do other than offer prayers wrapped in good intentions, last year the mothers of many of the victims asked that we (the Christian Community) remember their children by ringing our church bells once for each life lost at noon (local time).

Why ring church bells? Our bells have traditionally been rung at moments of crisis alerting us of a community need. They toll after death and they toll when we celebrate. We, the United Church of Christ, are invited by One Orlando Alliance on behalf of  the many wailing mothers whose children were taken way too soon to ring our church bells. They are asking our support in spreading love. Last year 1/3 of the 323 churches that signed up to respond to the need were members of the United Church of Christ.  These are the churches that formally signed up, we know that there were more that did it without being official!

Please register your church by submitting the form  to toll your bells 49 times in unison across the globe as a tribute to the 49 lives that represent us all. Share your ceremony or photo using hashtag : #49bells and #ActLoveGIve. As churches are submitted, the map will update. Faith communities who worship in a building without a bell or businesses with displays can participate in this project by simply posting the number “49” on their signs. They’ve set a lofty goal of 449 participating entities this year. Help us, help them reach their goal!
Please visit oneorlandoalliance.org/49-bells/ and register your church as a participant.

Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 12:00 PM through August 01, 2018

Reimagining Interfaith

Reimagining Interfaith LogoThe 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.