UCC leaders evoke the inspiration, dignity and legacy of Nelson Mandela December 6, 2013
A man who shed bitterness and anger to instill reconciliation for an entire country. An icon for change and equality. A leader who persevered in a decades-long quest for justice.
Those are just a few ways justice leaders, past and present, from the United Church of Christ are evoking the lasting legacy Nelson Mandela.
Illinois UCC houses homeless family during Christmas season December 6, 2013
During the season of giving, one United Church of Christ congregation is providing a family a place to live after their home was damaged in November's tornados. St. Paul’s UCC in Nashville, Ill. has an unused parsonage, and decided to put it use to help put a roof over their heads.
UCC exceeds $250K goal for Typhoon Haiyan relief December 6, 2013
Donations came in rapidly and in large numbers to assist people in the Philippines put their lives back together after Typhoon Haiyan. Those generous gifts from a multitude of contributors enabled the United Church of Christ and the Disaster Ministries team to raise more than a quarter million dollars in just weeks. With gratitude, the UCC announced it surpassed its $250,000 goal on Friday, Dec. 6, with $250,641 to date.
Indigenous discussions, climate change drive Blue Coat's work for CAIM November 28, 2013
In the multi-cultural global family of Christian people he met during 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea, Louis Blue Coat found ecumenical conversations, workshops, worship and plenary sessions on climate change, indigenous people, ecological justice and government/tribal relations provided resources for his work with the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota and the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) of the United Church of Christ.
Ohio pastor marks Thanksgiving part of Philippines relief mission November 28, 2013
While most Americans are spending the week of Thanksgiving gathered in celebration with family and friends, the Rev. Steven Korn has been making new friends, assisting families in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The UCC pastor left Ohio last week as part of a 10-day mission trip to a small island community of Panay.
Massachusetts UCC, Jewish neighbors to celebrate Thanksgiving-Hanukkah holiday November 26, 2013
For the first time in more than a century, Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah fall the same day, Nov. 28. In celebration, a United Church of Christ congregation in Massachusetts is inviting its Christian and Jewish neighbors for an interfaith service to lift up the rare occasion.
Faith, food and fellowship on the menu at Thanksgiving November 25, 2013
At Thanksgiving, St. Stephen United Church of Christ in New Holland, Pa. is the little congregation that could. This church of less than 100 attendees will feed four times that many people in two hours on Thursday, Nov. 28, with free food and a side of fellowship.
Chicago Theological Seminary offers online path to ministry November 25, 2013
Two different paths lead down the same road: a calling to ministry, to learn to help people in spiritual ways. A pair of women are following their call and are completing their second semester at Chicago Theological Seminary, one of seven United Church of Christ-related seminaries.
Prayer, advocacy on climate change supports Typhoon relief efforts November 22, 2013
People in the United States still seeking to help victims of a destructive typhoon in the Philippines should turn to prayer and advocacy for the environment. That’s what one first responder in the affected area told Matt Fehse, an intern with Global Ministries.