United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Cyclone Idai

In Zimbabwe, at least 139 deaths have been reported and 189 people are reportedly missing in Zimbabwe, according to the Ministry for Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting. Another 136 people are stranded while more than 4,300 people are displaced, according to the Government. In Mozambique, the central and northern regions of Mozambique were affected by the Cyclone which led to massive floods leaving at least 202 people dead, according to the President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi....

Midwest Flooding

What has been called the ‘bomb cyclone’ inundated a massive region of the United States with heavy snow and/or rain along with high winds. The impact was felt across more than a dozen states as they dealt with flooding, flood watches, and flood warnings.

Line dance classes raise funds for UCC Disaster Ministries

Millie Oliphant of Vernon, Conn., recently translated her passion for line dancing into a fundraiser for United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries.  Her eight-week class helped participants chase away the “dead-of-winter” blues and raised $600 for the greater good in the process.

Commentary: Building Relationships Not Walls

Christians are called to be fearless relationship builders, writes United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth in a UCC "Witness for Justice" commentary. And the Church offers many opportunities to build relationships, which dispel fear of "the other." For example, Wolgemuth said, "when individuals serve at one of our (disaster) recovery sites, they often find themselves serving in marginalized communities where they are able to build relationships with those impacted by greed and prejudice."

Help restock CWS Cleanup Buckets, Kits with UCC matching grants

Due to several years of back-to-back hurricanes, Church World Service’s inventory of Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other Kits is at an all-time low in CWS warehouses. United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is stepping up to help by offering $250 matching grants to qualifying UCC congregations assembling these life-giving supplies. In 2018, 51 congregations received grants.