Did you know that El Niño is the name for both a massive weather event and the Christ Child? The former a window into the devastating effects of climate change. The latter is our hope. This Advent, proclaim hope amid climate change.
The United Church of Christ is offering sermon starters, devotionals and other resources for congregations and individuals to use during Advent 2015. This is especially timely given the concurrent climate change conference in Paris.
“The juxtaposition of an enormous weather event spanning oceans and continents with a tiny infant speaks to the radical, world-defying expectations of our faith," says the Rev. Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Environmental Justice. "This is precisely the kind of faith we need now as much as ever.”
Nepal’s recovery following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake April 25 and powerful aftershocks will take many years. The earthquake destroyed or damaged nearly 900,000 homes. With winter coming soon, let's help families get back into real homes, not tents or makeshift shelters. UCC Disaster Ministries has set a goal of building 50 new, earthquake-resistant homes for people who have lost everything.
Severe flooding in South Carolina and Texas, wildfires in California – there are so many U.S. disaster response needs right now. UCC Disaster Ministries has responded to requests for solidarity grants from wildfire-affected congregations in California and, just this week, from Garden of Grace UCC in Columbia, S.C., which has collected hundreds of pounds of clothing, food, toiletries and other items for evacuation shelters and is assisting four flooded families with cleanup and recovery. In addition, UCC Disaster Ministries is deploying long-term recovery volunteer Betzi Yungclas to Texas to help flood-affected people rebuild their homes and lives. Support these and other domestic response efforts through the Emergency USA Fund.
Your service as a Disaster Recovery Volunteer helps people rebuild their physical homes and is an act of presence that indicates the commitment to walk beside people as they seek to rebuild their lives. Together, we can be the body of Christ in the world. The wider UCC utilizes mission trip groups to help homeowners in the long-term recovery process.