Do not fear; for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isa. 43:1
Isaiah reminds us to live not in fear, but in the personal, restoring and renewing relationship with the loving presence of God. Each one of us. Affirming this faith, we meet to address a part of our experience which is sometimes painful and which also often leads to a deeper appreciation of the gift that we call life.
While we know that 1 out of 4 people are directly affected by mental health challenges, we also know that we can be a resource in responding to these challenges. We will learn about action steps for individuals and congregations to become WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged) about mental health.
At this conference, participants will:
Hear stories by persons who have been affected by mental health issues;
Receive practical steps to engage in a mental health ministry in our congregations;
Be introduced to the WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, Engaged) Covenant for congregations for mental health; and
Worship together, share together, and meet new people.
620 Shamrock Blvd
Venice, FL 34293
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"Reviving Hope" aims to inspire using song, story, art, and study to engage in transformational conversations about race and racial justice. This revival will provide an opportunity for deeper learning about racial equity while also helping to make new connections for justice work.
- Ex Fabula will help us learn to tell our stories.
- Dr. Abe of World House Music will teach us new songs.
- Dr. Velda Love from the Justice Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ will deepen our understanding of race.
- Rhonda Hill of Race and Faith will connect art and justice.
- Workshops for youth and young adults will focus on Hip Hop and Social Change, Know Your Rights, and DACA and the Importance of Immigration Reform.
- The day will begin with an inspiring worship service with interfaith leaders.
2717 E Hampshire St
Milwaukee, WI 53211
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The United Church of Christ is one of the founding partners of Jubilee USA. Join with Jubilee USA and thousands of advocates in offering a prayer or dedicating a service the weekend of October 20-22nd. Our faith invites us to build an economy that protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Please sign up to offer a prayer or devote a religious service to Jubilee by signing up here.
The World Council of Churches invites global communions and people of faith to mark September 17-24 as the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel. Despite 50 years of occupation, we are grounded in hope and are encouraged to witness to and work toward a just peace for all Israelis and Palestinians. Learn more.
As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Speak Out Sabbath is an interfaith advocacy weekend coordinated by the We Will Speak Out Coalition. Clergy are encouraged to engage in speaking out against sexual and gender-based violence in an intentional and faithful way during worship with their congregations. Worship resources, sermon starters, litanies, and children's resources are being updated and added daily. Learn more.
The Everett C. Parker Lecture has been a tradition in media justice for over 30 years. The lecture and awards ceremony is sponsored by the Office of Communication, Inc. (OC, Inc.) of the United Church of Christ.
The Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture was created in 1982 to recognize the Rev. Dr. Everett C. Parker, founder of OC, Inc., and his pioneering work as an advocate for the public's rights in broadcasting. The event is the only lecture in the country to examine telecommunications in the digital age from an ethical perspective. Past speakers have included network presidents, Congressional leaders, and FCC chairs and commissioners, as well as academics, cable and telephone executives and journalists. Learn more.
The 2017 Honorees are:
Rinku Sen, outgoing president and executive director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, will deliver the 35th Annual Parker
- Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, will receive the Everett C. Parker Award
- Ravi Kapur, founder and CEO of Diya TV, will receive the Donald H. McGannon Award
945 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.
Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the Neighbors in Need offering.
Most UCC congregations will receive the NIN offering on October 1, 2017 as part of their World Communion Sunday observance.
The natural beauty of our camp provides a perfect backdrop for a three-day workshop exploring the faithful environmental justice movement. Gain resources, develop connections and create a plan for doing environmental justice in your local church and community. Do all of that “work” while exploring nature, reflecting on poetry, reading engaging articles and having small- and large-group discussions. You will be inspired, equipped, and ready to take action!
The Rev. Meighan Pritchard is the environmental justice curriculum trainer for the United Church of Christ. She has been involved in these workshops around the country since 2012. She lives in Seattle, WA, where she serves as pastor of Prospect UCC.
33833 Twp Rd 20
Brinkhaven, OH 43006
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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.
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