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  • "On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage."

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  • I arrived at the office early this morning. The city was awakening from its slumber. The almost full and iridescent moon was setting low on the horizon, with Jupiter straggling along beside her.

    I eschewed the work waiting for me in my office for a bit and took the elevator to the roof of our building. From there, the view was spectacular.

    There is still a little cool crisp in the morning air, and the wind that buffed my cheek from up there had a little bite left in it. The city had a glow, with street lights and office lights from high rises starting to blend with the setting full moon and the soon to be rising sun – who, though not yet visible nonetheless had her rays spraying the eastern skyline behind me.

    The words of the poet came to mind, Psalm 8:

    “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the Earth.

    You have set your glory in the heavens.

    When I consider your heavens, the work of your hands,

    The moon and stars which you have set in place,

    Who are we that you are mindful of us, humans that you care for us?

    Yet you have made us little less than gods and crowned us with glory and honor.

    You make us stewards over the works of your hands and put all things under our feet.

    Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the Earth.”

    At times hat impulse, that unutterable, ineffable and at times overwhelming sense that we are at one and the same time insignificant in the grand scheme of things and noble creatures adorned with our own sense of place and worth can overwhelm.

    It did this morning.

    Perspectives like these shift often, competing within each and reminding us where we stand in the grand scheme of things: I am nothing; I am known.

    For it is so that the hands that fashioned this glorious orb upon which we live and breath, who called forth mountain and imprinted the valley, who set the eagle in the sky and the otter in the river, who warms us with a sun 93 million miles away and cools us with the gentle breeze – also shaped us in their image and likeness, breathed into us the breath of life, knew us when we were in our mother’s womb, calls us by name, and is always as close to us as our next breath.

    Gentle traveler, pause in your days to know the splendor of God. Observe what the Creator has fashioned. Live in the presence of that which speaks of grandeur, and utters awe.

    And know you are loved. Hands that set the world in motion and spun out universes also created you. You are a beauty and wonder equal to the setting moon and the rising sun.

    Walk gently in this world. It harbors all that is good and stands ready to awaken your joy on this, your journey Into the Mystic.


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  • As we learned of the massacre at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, we mourned with this body of believers, this town, and our nation. 

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  • National and Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ
    700 Prospect Ave.
    Cleveland, Ohio 44115
    216.736.2100

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    OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH
    700 Prospect Ave. E
    Cleveland, OH 44115-1100
    216.736.2105
    Fax: 216.736.2103

    John C. Dorhauer
    General Minister and President 
    216.736.2101
    dorhauerj@ucc.org

    James A. Moos
    Executive Minister for Global Engagement and Operations
    216.736.3201
    moosj@ucc.org

    Traci D. Blackmon
    Executive Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries
    216.736.3701
    blackmont@ucc.org

     

    OFFICE OF THE GENERAL MINISTER AND PRESIDENT
    John C. Dorhauer
    General Minister and President 
    216.736.2101
    dorhauerj@ucc.org

    Cheryl Joseph Williams
    Chief Strategy Officer
    216.736.2105 
    williamsc@ucc.org

    Donyale Copeland
    Executive Assistant to the GMP and CSO 
    216.736.2156
    copelandd@ucc.org

    Myron (Lee) Albertson
    Conference Minister Search Coordinator
    216.736.2114
    albertsonl@ucc.org

     

    General Counsel
    Heather Kimmel
    General Counsel
    216.736.2138
    kimmelh@ucc.org


    Cynthia Gaffney 
    Paralegal
    216.736.2139
    gaffneyc@ucc.org

    Human Resources
    Alisa Lewis
    Director of Human Resources
    216.736.2136
    lewisam@ucc.org

    Kelly McCafferty
    Human Resources Assistant
    216.736.2137
    mccaffertyk@ucc.org

    Jennifer Bennett
    Human Resources Generalist
    216-736-2134
    bennettj@ucc.org

    Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity, and Communication (OPTIC)
    800.846.6822
    Fax: 216.736.2297

    Cynthia Bailie
    Director of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity, and Communication (OPTIC)
    216.736.2131
    bailiec@ucc.org

    Nichole Collins
    Associate Director, Annual Giving
    216.736.2102
    collinsn@ucc.org

    Keri Sugerik
    Program Associate for OPTIC
    216.736.2167
    sugerikk@ucc.org

    Kathryn Martin
    Program Assistant, Digital Communications
    216.736.2152
    martink@ucc.org

    LeShawn Davis
    Development Associate
    216-736-2145
    davisl@ucc.org

    Scott Shirai
    Major Gifts Officer, East
    216.736.2151
    shirais@ucc.org

    Andrew DeBraber
    Major Gifts Officer, West
    216.736.2168
    debrabera@ucc.org

    David Sigmund
    Three Great Loves Ambassador
    216.736.2170
    sigmundd@ucc.org

    Jacqueline Owen
    Manager of Grant Writing and Administration
    216.736.2169
    owenj@ucc.org

    Juliet Dombos
    Administrative Assistant 
    216.736.3766
    dombosj@ucc.org

    Keren Johnson-Sims
    Social Media Coordinator
    216.736.2211
    johnson-simsk@ucc.org

    Connie Larkman
    Manager, Communication Strategies & News Director
    216.736.2196
    larkmanc@ucc.org

    Steven Liechty
    Multimedia and Creative Content Specialist
    216.736.2180
    liechtys@ucc.org

    Robert  Lormor 
    Video Services Manager 
    216.736.2178
    lormorr@ucc.org

    Chris Gabriel 
    Manager, Web Strategies
    gabrielc@ucc.org

     

    UCC Resources
    800.537.3394
    uccresources.com
    Fax: 216.736.2223

    Marie Tyson
    Director of Sales and Distribution 
    216.736.3777
    tysonm@ucc.org

    Brian Furry 
    Warehouse Supervisor 
    216.736.3784
    furryb@ucc.org

    Michael May
    Shipping Staff
    216.736.3785
    maym@ucc.org

    Michael Szumilak
    Shipping Staff
    216.736.3785

    Lynn Herbst
    Customer Service Representative
    800.537.3394
    216.736.3782
    HerbstL@ucc.org

    Donna Ivy
    Customer Service Representative
    800.537.3394
    216.736.3780
    ivyd@ucc.org

    Center for Analytics, Research, and Data (CARD)

    Erica Dollhopf
    Director
    216.736.3866
    dollhopfe@ucc.org

    Destiny Hisey
    Associate Director
    216.736.2149
    hiseyd@ucc.org

    Taylor-Moran Billings Russell
    Research Specialist
    216.736.2150
    billingt@ucc.org 

    Karen Koza
    Administrative Assistant and Coordinator, Administrative Support Network
    216.736.3837
    kozak@ucc.org

     

    Office of the Executive Minister for Global Engagement and Operations
    James A. Moos
    Executive Minister for Global Engagement and Operations
    216.736.3201
    moosj@ucc.org

    Linda Long
    Executive Assistant and Office Manager
    216.736.3202
    longl@ucc.org

    Edward C. Cade 
    Associate for Historical Preservation
    216.736.2111
    cadee@ucc.org

     

    Global Ministries—Cleveland Office
    Peter Makari  
    Team Leader and Area Executive for Middle East and Europe 
    216.736.3227
    makarip@ucc.org

    Linda Lawrence
    Child and Elder Sponsorship Program Manager
    216.736.3222
    lawrencl@ucc.org

    Patricia Cornacchione 
    Administrative Assistant
    216.736.3878
    cornaccp@ucc.org

    Marcy Gansler
    Executive for Mission Engagement
    216.736.3209
    ganslerm@ucc.org

    Rebekah Choate
    Associate for Global Advocacy and Education
    216.736.3208
    choater@ucc.org

    Derek  Duncan
    Area Executive for East Asia and the Pacific
    216.736.3220
    duncand@ucc.org

    Maria Smith Warren
    Program Assistant
    216.736.3229
    warrenm@ucc.org

    Deenabandhu Manchala 
    Area Executive for Southern Asia
    216.736.3205
    manchalad@ucc.org

    Karen Georgia Thompson
    Minister for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
    216.736.2191
    thompsonk@ucc.org

     

    Humanitarian & Development Ministries (One Great Hour of Sharing) 
    Mary Schaller Blaufuss 
    Team Leader, Humanitarian & Development Ministries
    216.736.3214
    blaufusm@ucc.org

    Zachary (Zach) Wolgemuth
    Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
    216.736.3211
    wolgemuthz@ucc.org

    Phyllis Richards
    Program Associate for Global Sharing of Resources 
    216.736.3215
    richardp@ucc.org

    Diane Dicken
    Program Assistant
    216.736.3810
    dickend@ucc.org

    Brande Midgett-Crosby
    Communications Associate
    216.736.3212
    midgett-crosbyb@ucc.org

    Amanda Sheldon
    Program Associate, National Disaster and Refugee Ministries
    216.736.3210
    sheldona@ucc.org

    Carol Fouke-Mpoyo
    Part-time Communication Specialist
    fouke-mpoyoc@ucc.org

     

    Event Management
    Valerie J. Smith
    Director of Event and Scholarship Management and General Synod Administrator
    216.736.2104
    smithv@ucc.org

    Janet A. Gomoll  
    Associate for Special Events and Board Administration
    216.736.3809
    gomollj@ucc.org

    Christine Lucarelli
    Associate for Event Management
    216.736.2190
    lucarellic@ucc.org

    Shameerah Lemon
    Associate for Event Management
    216.736.2133
    lemons@ucc.org

    Rachel Duncan
    Program Assistant
    216.736.3812
    duncanr@ucc.org

     

    Financial Services

    Nicholas Katzakis
    Chief Financial Officer
    216.736.3807
    katzakisn@ucc.org

    Tracy Mikesina
    Administrative Assistant
    216.736.2161
    mikesinat@ucc.org

    Rana Brown
    Ministry Accountant, Large Companies
    216.736.3207
    brownr@ucc.org

    Brian Tracy
    Controller
    216.736.3206
    tracyb@ucc.org

    Ronald Nowak 
    Assistant Controller
    216.736.2159
    nowakr@ucc.org

    Renee Flowers 
    Ministry Accountant, Small Companies
    216.736.2153
    flowersr@ucc.org

    Mark Bandza
    A/P and Payroll Supervisor
    216.736.2162
    bandzam@ucc.org

    Kathy Reinke
    A/P, A/R General Ledger Processor
    216.736.2164
    reinkek@ucc.org

    Virginia Magyary
    Payroll Coordinator
    216-736-2162
    magyaryv@ucc.org

    Connie Morgan-Johnson
    Cash Receipts Coordinator
    216.736.2155
    morgan-johnsonc@ucc.org


    Building Services

    Julia Early
    Lobby Hospitality
    216.736.2247
    hersickj@ucc.org

    John Grimes
    Building Maintenance
    216.736.2126
    grimesj@ucc.org

    David Mitchell
    Maintenance
    216.736.2128
    mitchelld@ucc.org


    Office of the Executive Minister for Justice and Local Church Ministries

    Traci D. Blackmon
    Executive Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries
    216.736.3701
    blackmont@ucc.org

    Denise Pittman
    Executive Assistant to the Executive Minister and Executive Associate
    216.736.3705
    pittmand@ucc.org 

     

    Faithful Action Witness FAW
    Bentley deBardelaben 
    Executive Associate, Justice and Local Church Ministries
    216.736.3713
    debardeb@ucc.org

    Brooks Berndt
    Minister of Environmental Justice
    216.736.3722
    berndtb@ucc.org

    Velda Love 
    Minister of Racial Justice 
    216.736.3719
    lovev@ucc.org

    Rachel Hackenberg
    Managing Editor, Faith-Forming Publications & Pilgrim Press
    216.736.3865
    Hackenbergr@ucc.org

    Noel Anderson
    Minister for Immigration
    nandersen@cwsglobal.org

    Alegra Martin
    Program Assistant, FAW and HWA Program Ministers
    216.736.3712
    martina@ucc.org

     

    Health and Wholeness Advocacy HWA
    Michael Schuenemeyer
    Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy Ministries
    216.736.3217
    schuenem@ucc.org

    Amy Johnson
    Our Whole Lives Coordinator
    216.736.3718
    johnsona@ucc.org

    Arthur Butler
    Framework for Dialogue National Coordinator
    216.736.3219
    butlera@ucc.org

    Elivette (Elly) Mendez Angulo
    Project Coordinator
    216.736.3716
    proyectobienvenida@ucc.org

    Sarah Lund
    Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice
    216.736.3230
    lunds@ucc.org

    Washington, DC Office
    Sandra Sorensen 
    Director DC Office
    202.543.1517
    sorenses@ucc.org

    SuAnne Breen 
    Administrative Assistant
    202.543.1517
    breens@ucc.org

    Michael Neuroth
    Policy Advocate International Issues 
    216.736.4203
    neurothm@ucc.org

    Katie Adams
    Policy Advocate Domestic Issues
    216.736.4202
    adamsk@ucc.org 

    Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization (MESA)
    Holly MillerShank
    Minister and Team Leader, MESA
    216.736.3881
    millershankh@ucc.org

    Stephen Boyd 
    Minister for Chaplains and Ministers in Specialized Settings
    562.301.1622
    boyds@ucc.org

    Elizabeth Dilley
    Minister for Ministerial Support and Accountability
    216.736.3841
    dilleye@ucc.org

    Malcolm Himschoot
    Minister for Ministerial Calls and Transitions
    216.736.3840
    himschootm@ucc.org

    Darrell Ludwig
    Profile and Ministry Opportunities Administrator
    216.736.3847
    ludwigd@ucc.org

    Kathleen Sattler 
    Administrative Assistant/Endorsement Secretary 
    216.736.3850
    sattlerk@ucc.org

     

    Faith Education, Innovation and Formation (Faith INFO)
    Susan Blain
    Minister for Faith Education, Innovation and Formation (Faith INFO) Curator for Worship and Liturgical Arts
    216.736.3869
    blains@ucc.org

    Tracy Wispelwey
    Minister of Congregational and Community Engagement
    216.736.3706
    wispelweyt@ucc.org

    Chris Davies
    Program Manager, Congregational Assessment, Support and Advancement
    216.736.3827
    daviesc@ucc.org

    Trayce Stewart
    Minister for Youth/Young Adult Engagement
    216-736-3870
    stewartt@ucc.org

    Jennifer White
    Program Assistant
    216.736.3876
    whiteje@ucc.org

    Roberto Ochoa
    Program Associate for Congregations of Color
    216-736-3813
    ochoar@ucc.org

    Kate Matthews
    Writer Sermon Seeds
    216.736.3855
    matthewsk@ucc.org

     

    Church Building and Loan Fund
    216.736.3834
    Fax: 216.736.3836

    Patrick Duggan
    Executive Director
    216.736.3833
    dugganp@ucc.org

    David Schoen
    Minister for Church Legacy and Closure
    216.736.3839
    dschoen@ucc.org

    Erin E. Frameli
    Program Services Assistant
    216.736.3858
    framelie@ucc.org

    Shaena Ragin 
    Senior Loan Specialist
    216.736.3822
    ragins@ucc.org

    Susan Mitchell
    Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives
    216.736.3819
    mitchells@ucc.org

    Melina Higbee
    Strategic Administrator, CB&LF
    216.736.3817
    higbeem@ucc.org

    Jill White
    Regional Mission Interpreter, New England Region
    216.736.3820
    whitej@ucc.org

    Priscilla Bizer  
    Capital Fundraising Executive, Western Central Region
    216.736.3835
    bizerp@ucc.org

    Charles Blaisdell
    Regional Mission Interpreter, Upper West Region
    216.736.3853
    blaisdellc@ucc.org

    Paul Bizer
    Regional Mission Interpreter
    216.736.3851
    bizerpaul@ucc.org

    Tyah Higbee
    Office Administrator
    216.736.3834
    higbeet@ucc.org

     

    Cornerstone Fund
    Maria Coyne
    President/CEO Cornerstone Fund
    700 Prospect Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216.736.3830
    mcoyne@cornerstonefund.org

    Stacey Falcone
    Director of Lending - Cornerstone
    700 Prospect Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216.736.3815
    sfalcone@cornerstonefund.org

    Michael Cheravitch
    Vice President, Chief Lending Officer
    Cornerstone Fund
    700 Prospect Ave.
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216.736.3831
    mcheravitch@cornerstonefund.org

    Kathy Houston
    Cornerstone Fund, Vice President/CFO/COO
    700 Prospect Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216.736.3832
    KHouston@cornerstonefund.org

    Joseph Morgan
    Loan Administrator
    700 Prospect Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216.736.3824
    jmorgan@cornerstonefund.org

    Ann Poston
    Director of Marketing and Product Development
    700 Prospect Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216.736.3825
    aposton@cornerstonefund.org

    Debby Smith
    Investment Supervisor - Cornerstone
    700 Prospect Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216.736.3828
    dsmith@cornerstonefund.org

    Tina Stone
    Teller and New Investment Account Representative
    700 Prospect Ave E
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216.736.3816
    tstone@cornerstonefund.org

    Terri Taylor
    Client Support Specialist
    700 Prospect Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    ttaylor@cornerstonefund.org

     

    MISSION PERSONNEL
    Cathy Nichols
    Executive, Mission Personnel (IN)
    317.713.2566
    cnichols@dom.disciples.org

    Julia Flores-Ferrer
    Administrative Assistant, Mission Personnel (IN)
    317.713.2567
    jfloresferrer@dom.disciples.org

    Beth Miller 
    Administrative Assistant, Missionary Relationships (IN) 
    317.713.2570
    bmiller@dom.disciples.org

    Tom Morse
    Executive, Mission Engagement (IN)
    317.713.2574
    tmorse@dom.disciples.org

     

    RESOURCE  DEVELOPMENT 
    Jane Sullivan-Davis
    Executive for Resource Development (IN)
    317.713.2558
    janesd@dom.disciples.org

    Kelsey Cameron
    Program Associate for Resource Development (IN)
    317.713.2571
    kcameron@dom.disciples.org

    Beth Guy
    Program Associate for Resource Development (IN)
    317.713.2562
    bguy@dom.disciples.org

     

    DIVISION OF OVERSEAS MINISTRIES
    Julia Brown Karimu
    President, Division of Overseas Ministries, Co-Executive of Global Ministries (IN)
    317.713.2577
    jkarimu@dom.disciples.org

    Toi Davis
    Executive Assistant, Division of Overseas Ministries (IN)
    317.713.2576
    tdavis@dom.disciples.org

    Lonna Owens
    Treasurer, Division of Overseas Ministries ( IN)
    317.713.2557
    lowens@dom.disciples.org

    Trudy Ellis
    Accounts Payable Clerk, Division of Overseas Ministries (IN)
    317.713.2564
    tellis@dom.disciples.org 

    LaMarco Cable
    Area Executive for Africa (IN)
    317.713.2551
    lcable@dom.disciples.org

    Robby Kongolo
    Administrative Assistant, Africa Office
    317-713-2552
    rkongolo@dom.disciples.org

    Jennifer Neer
    jneer@dom.disciples.org

    Lorna Hernandez
    Coordinator, People to People Pilgrimage Program/International Mission Trips (IN) 
    317.713.2565
    lhernandez@dom.disciples.org

    Angel L. Rivera-Agosto
    Area Executive for Latin America and the Caribbean (IN) 
    317.713.2563
    arivera@dom.disciples.org

    Jasmine Sanchez 
    Administrative Assistant for Latin America and the Caribbean (IN) 
    317.713.2561
    jsanchez@dom.disciples.org

     

    Affiliated Ministries
    Cornerstone Fund
    888-822-3863
    http://cornerstonefund.org/
    cornerstonefund@ucc.org

    The Pension Boards
    475 Riverside Drive, Room 1020
    New York, NY 10115
    800-642-6543
    http://www.pbucc.org
    info@pbucc.org 

    United Church Funds
    877-806-4989
    http://www.unitedchurchfunds.org/
    info@unitedchurchfunds.org

    Insurance Board
    700 Prospect Ave., 5th Floor
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    800-437-8830
    http://www.insuranceboard.org
    info@insuranceboard.org

    Church Building and Loan Fund
    700 Prospect Ave.
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    866.822.8224 ext. 3834
    http://cblf.uccpages.org
    infocblf@ucc.org

    Council for Health and Human Service Ministries
    700 Prospect Avenue, 6th Floor
    Cleveland, OH  44115
    216.437-2250
    http://www.chhsm.org
    email: https://www.chhsm.org/contact/


    National Staff (Alphabetical by last name)