United Church of Christ

Justice Events

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM through September 26, 2018
Everywhere

National Voter Registration Day

For people of faith, the public arena we know as “politics” represents much more than the partisan politicking we see on the news. It is a means by which we live out the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves.

In 2016 only 61.4 percent of eligible voters turned out at the polls. Many of those who failed to cast a ballot didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. Through the Our Faith Our Vote campaign we are working to ensure that all the people in our pews are empowered to lift their voices this November. Will you commit to making sure that everyone in you congregation is registered and ready to vote?

Learn more:


Sunday, October 07, 2018 at 08:00 AM through October 08, 2018
Everywhere

Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering

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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 7, 2018 as part of their World Communion Sunday observance.

Learn more, download resources, and give.


Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 08:00 AM
Washington, DC in Washington, DC

The 2018 Everett C. Parker Lecture

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.

2018 Everett C. Parker Lecture and Awards Breakfast Honorees:

  • Helen Brunner, founding director of the Media Democracy Fund, will deliver the 36th Annual Parker Lecture
  • Gigi B. Sohn, a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate, will receive the Everett C. Parker Award

Read the press release to learn more about this year’s honorees. 
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Helen Brunner Gigi B. Sohn

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.


Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM through October 13, 2018
Franklinton Center at Bricks

Be the Hope Retreat

Be the HopeCome to Franklinton Center at Bricks​ on October 11-13 for "Be the Hope," a retreat to celebrate and share the gifts of LGBTQ people of faith.

Featuring preaching and teaching by Bishop Yvette A. Flunder​, and workshops with UCC Revs. Elivette Mendez Angulo​, Robert Ochoa​ and more!

Learn more and register.


Saturday, December 01, 2018 at 08:00 AM
Everywhere

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an important occasion for building awareness and stepping-up our responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in our own communities and around the world. Yes, there have been significant medical advances and more people are on treatment than ever before. Still, the scale of response is not meeting the need for treatment, prevention, care and support.

The importance of the whole church engaging in HIV response has never been more critical. As never before, there is a path to ending the epidemic in our lifetime. The implementation of the 27th General Synod's resolution, "Calling for Comprehensive HIV Prevention in Church and Community," is the road map for the UCC, inviting the whole church to be faithful to do all it can.

As you plan for this global observance, please use our resources, adapting them according to the needs of your particular context.


Friday, January 11, 2019 at 01:00 AM through January 12, 2019
Everywhere

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States – a day to bring awareness to the world-wide crisis also known as modern day slavery. The 29th General Synod officially recognized the date and called on UCC congregations to be part of the education and advocacy efforts associated with Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

To raise awareness about human trafficking and kick off a year full of justice advocacy and faithful witness, you and your congregation are invited to engage in some of the following ways:

Respond

If you need help or have a tip, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.  The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. The NHTRC is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization funded by the Federal government. In an emergency, call 911.

You can share information about the National Human Trafficking Resources Center Hotline by printing out this flyer and posting it on your church bulletin board.

You can learn more about human trafficking and find additional resources and worship materials via our web site.

 

 


Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 08:00 AM through January 28, 2019
Everywhere

UCC Health and Human Service Sunday

Health and Human Service Sunday is a special opportunity to create awareness of the health concerns of our communities and world, and to learn about the many and various health and human service ministries of the United Church of Christ.  It is observed annually in the United Church of Christ and is an opportunity to talk about health in a holistic way, address the issues of justice in our health care systems and learn about how each of us can become involved. 

The resources for observing Health and Human Service are available throughout the year and may be used for the many opportunities congregations and other organizations have for creating awareness of and responding to the health needs of their communities and throughout the world.

Resources

A Litany for Diakonal Ministry 

Leader: God, our loving creator
People: Make us care enough to trust you.

L: Jesus, friend of all – even the outcasts, the apathetic, all those marginalized
P: Open our eyes to see you in all creation – including the outcasts, the apathetic, all those marginalized.

L: Holy Spirit, God’s fire, make us sharers in the holiness of God
P: Guide us in the direction of those who are vulnerable.

L: God of grace, who creates us into a new community
P: Warm our hearts and souls to love our neighbors as we love you.

L: God of love, you are a wellspring of hope and compassion
P: Give us strength and courage to be a sanctuary to those who are in need of grace and mercy

L: God, our refuge and strength, help our congregations be places of extravagant welcome
P: Help us work tirelessly to make changes in ourselves and in our communities that model a welcoming spirit.

L:   Creator God, with your love you support and sustain us.
P:  Help us recreate the human community to promote justice and peace for the healing of the earth.

L:  O God, pour upon us the precious oil of unity
P:  Let us move forward together with one mind and one spirit

L:  Almighty God, you have called us to feed the hungry welcome the stranger; shelter the homeless; clothe the naked; and comfort the sick and imprisoned.
P:  Help us to remember that we are an extension of Jesus Christ’s ministry in the world. Give us courage to practice diakonia – the ministry of healing, service, care compassion and hospitality.

All:   Where the Church is, there is the mission. Where the Church is, there are those who have been called to live “for the sake of the other.”  Let the love and grace of God be made visible in our mission in health and human service.

Legacies of Compassion and Human Service
Stories from UCC-related health and human service agencies


Friday, April 05, 2019 at 05:00 PM through April 08, 2019
Doubletree Crystal City

Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2019

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. The goal of this annual gathering, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.

The United Church of Christ and Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are proud to be sponsors of this important weekend of learning, prayer and action. Stay tuned for more details on the 2019 event.


Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 08:00 AM through May 06, 2019
Everywhere

Immigrant Rights Sunday 2018

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.

Resources

*If your congregation would like to get more involved on immigrants' rights advocacy and organizing efforts please contact Rev. Noel Andersen - mailto:nandersen@cwsglobal.org.


The Rev. Noel Andersen serves as UCC & CWS Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants' Rights in Washington, D.C.


Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 08:00 AM
Everywhere

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.