After a bitter and bruising election season, we come to this moment. I am so grateful for the many ways that UCC members and churches worked to lift up the voices and concerns of the marginalized – the poor, the unhoused, the vulnerable. You registered, educated, mobilized and prayed with the people of your community. (Read more.)
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock. -- Psalm 27:5
If the Christmas story has faded from your memory, here’s a reminder. Mary and Joseph journeyed from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be registered for a census--and the Son of God was born. Jesus was born an immigrant in Herod’s land, but God covered him with His hand.
That’s what the United Church of Christ feels we’re called to do - welcome and cover immigrants with our hands. After all, in the beginning, our nation was a community of immigrants. (Read more.)
Plymouth Church in Milwaukee is working hard to make sure that every voice is heard in this election. They’ve teamed up with a local nonprofit, Pathfinders, to ensure that homeless and vulnerable youth know that their vote matters.
Following their voter registration and education sessions, Plymouth and Pathfinders decided to have some fun with their get out the vote efforts. (Read more.)
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one bungler destroys much good. Ecclesiastes 9:18
Some might say weapons have been chosen over wisdom for as long as we can remember. Even as our nation and other countries use diplomacy and development to build peace, weapons have far too often been used against others. Military action-focused foreign policy has become one of the most popular and socially acceptable tools of mass destruction. (Read more.)
If you remember nothing else from Sunday School, one thing may stick with you. In the beginning, the Creator created the heavens and the Earth. Don’t take my word for it. Genesis says so. The Creator not only made the day, but our world.
Caring for it shows respect to our Creator. We remember our parents telling us that respecting our environment translated into respect for them. We’ve probably told our own children just as much. (Read more.)
Election Day is fast approaching. We know that our democracy is stronger when all the members of our communities, informed by their passions and life experiences, cast their ballots. In a season when more and more people are withdrawing from engagement in the political process out of a growing sense of cynicism and mistrust, faithful voices are need more than ever!
UCC congregations are working to ensure that every voice is heard in this election. Check out this great update from Rev. Andrew Warner, pastor of Plymouth Church in Milwaukee. His congregation has been working with homeless and at-risk youth to make sure their voice is heard at the polls. (Read more.)
God is still speaking and revealing new and different insights in the world.
So far the Presidential candidates have done a lot of speaking themselves. They’ve debated twice and given countless speeches. What’s been lost amidst the dramatic election rhetoric are the concrete policy steps they will take to change our nation. Knowing those policies more fully will allow OUR FAITH to direct OUR VOTE.
The third debate takes place this Wednesday at 9 PM ET in Las Vegas. My hope for the final debate? I want to hear more about their presidential plans. (Read more.)
Mass incarceration has made the lives of some neighbors of color miserable. Black men, particularly, have borne the brunt of the New Jim Crow’s effects. Those men could be your father, brother, cousin or friend.
Scholar Michelle Alexander has painted a vivid image of that stark reality.
Our church lifted up her prophetic findings, but also shared our witnesses about the justice system’s injustices. They include General Synod 30 resolutions, Dismantling Discriminatory Systems of Mass Incarceration in the United States and Dismantling the New Jim Crow.
Sacred texts, including Hebrews 13:3, compels us to emphasize JUSTICE in criminal justice. (Read more.)
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump were full of Interesting sound bites during the first debate last month. But, those sound bites and other commentary didn’t fully address many of the issues that are important to me as a person of faith, including gun violence, our criminal justice system, poverty and race.
The next debate takes place this Sunday (October 9, 2016) at Washington University in St. Louis and airs at 9 p.m. ET. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz will moderate the town hall-style debate. Moderators will pose half the questions, while citizens will pose the remainder. For the first time ever, those of use watching from home will also have an opportunity to shape the debate by submitting and voting on debate questions online at PresidentialOpenQuestions.com.
I’m hoping that Clinton and Trump clarify their positions on the social issues that matter to me and to many others within the United Church of Christ. Here’s what I’ll be listening for. (Read more.)