Remembering an exuberant young teacher, Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau December 18, 2012
Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau loved teaching young children. The precious daughter of Gilles and Teresa Rousseau, Lauren died Friday, Dec. 14 doing what she loved, along with the other innocent victims of the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Raised in the First Congregational Church UCC of Danbury, her life will be honored there Thursday.
Remembering a heroic young woman, Victoria Soto December 17, 2012
Victoria "Vicki" Leigh Soto was a public school teacher who loved her calling and her students, a member of the Lordship Community Church UCC in Stratford Conn., and a hero who gave her life to save several children from a gunman's bullets on Friday, Dec. 14, at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She was 27.
UCC’s minister for sexual education to retire at end of December December 17, 2012
Ann Hanson had no idea as a mother of three and grandmother to seven she would become the United Church of Christ’s outspoken advocate for comprehensive sexuality education. She has provided sexuality education to people of all ages. But at the end of December, Hanson will retire from the UCC and return to her native Montana.
Community organizing to help congregations develop leaders, vitality December 17, 2012
The United Church of Christ would like to give members around the country the tools to live their faith, love their community -- through justice work. By training lay leaders to go into their neighborhoods and work toward fixing the problems that they see in their hometowns, congregation-based community organizing can make a difference.
Let us place our trust in God, not in guns December 14, 2012
The National Officers of the United Church of Christ issued this reflection and prayer in response to the elementary school shooting in Connecticut which resulted in the deaths of 27 people, the majority of which were children under 10 years old.
UCC’s Back Bay Mission wraps up housing project in time for Christmas December 13, 2012
Back Bay Mission is finishing up the construction phase of a housing project that helps the Biloxi, Mississippi-based ministry of the United Church of Christ continue its work to assist those without a place to call home. More importantly, it will put a new roof over the heads of two disabled veterans just in time for Christmas.
‘Dates of Change’ tells the stories of restoration, second chances and changing lives December 12, 2012
Behind each date there is a story. Behind each face there is a life changed. Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas, has been helping people discover their own story and their own experience of God’s amazing grace. That’s the inspiration behind a video that the congregation is using to share testimonials of restoration and of second chances.
AM21 gathering brings leaders together to move forward December 11, 2012
The collaborative spirit of church leaders from around the country who gathered in New Orleans last week helped bring the United Church of Christ’s conference staff and national staff to common goals at the Authorizing Ministry in the 21st Century Event (AM21).
New Hampshire UCC youth group experiences refugee challenges December 6, 2012
Members of the youth group at the Congregational Church in Exeter UCC had two choices: they could cross the border illegally and risk being caught by border patrol, or they could go through the official border crossing and risk being sent back to where they came from. Understanding the decision they were facing and it's implications was the idea behind the Big Night of Hope, a refugee simulation experience held at the Exeter, N.H., church.
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