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  • March for our LivesOn March 24, the students and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

    The UCC Washington Office, in partnership with the UCC Central Atlantic Conference and the Capital Area Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will provide hospitality prior to the march. Please stop by the United Methodist Building anytime between 9:00-11:30am. We will provide breakfast fare and snacks to go, and will have a sign-making station, along with pre-printed signs you can carry. All are welcome!

    For more information, and tips to help you prepare for the march, check out our FAQ.

    The official march program begins at noon and will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 3rd and 12th street NW. It is an easy (downhill) walk from the United Methodist Building and a short ride to the accessibility drop-off point at the intersection of 7th Street and Maryland Street, SW. More information on the march program and route can be found on the March for Our Lives website.

    Can't make it to DC?

    Sister marches are being planned throughout the nation. View the full list of events.

    Engage your congregation.

    Check out our UCC study, prayer and advocacy resources and consider how you congregation is called to engage on the issue of gun violence.

    March 24, 2018 at 9am
    United Methodist Building
    100 Maryland Ave NE
    Washington, DC 20002
    United States
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    Ash Wednesday invites us into the season of Lent, a time within the church year to acknowledge that we are mortal, limited, so that we might be transformed and become the new life God calls us to be. An initiative of UCC New England Regional Environmental Ministries and endorsed by other denominations and faith groups, the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast is an opportunity to become more conscious and conscientious in our daily lives.

    The activities range from the very simple (e.g. eliminate “vampire” electrical use) to the moderately challenging (e.g. take “military" showers) to more long term (e.g. buy local produce).  We consider all of the activities a form of spiritual practice, a concrete way of participating in the stewardship of God’s creation.  The intention is to provide do-able actions which can make a difference; not to overwhelm people, or make them feel bad about themselves, or cause them to feel that the situation is hopeless.  We want people to empower people so they can challenge themselves to do more.

    The 2018 daily email messages will run from Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 through Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. Learn more.

    February 14, 2018 at 12pm - April 01, 2018 at 1pm

  • ncc-act-now-unite-to-end-racism.jpgOn April 3-5, 2018 the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and partner organizations will gather in Washington, D.C. for a historic event to launch its Truth and Racial Justice Initiative. As we mark 50 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, we will commit to do our part to eradicate the entrenched racism that grips the United States and paralyzes our ability to see every human being as equal.

    Join UCC General Minister and President, Rev. John Dorhauer, and UCC members from across the country in this Rally and a Call to Action.

    Stay tuned for details on a special UCC gathering.

    AAwaken the nation to the truth that racism hurts us all
    CConfront the ways in which we have been complicit, complacent, or coerced
    TTransform – as stories are shared and truth is revealed, name the ways we can change and be transformed: as individuals, families, neighborhoods, communities of faith, and society as a whole

    Where: At sites across Washington, DC, including the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall

    When: April 3-5, 2018

    • April 3, 7 PM – St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral – Ecumenical Service of Repentance in the tradition of Orthodox Holy Tuesday
    • April 4, 9-10:30 AM – Lincoln Memorial – Interfaith Service of Prayer and Preparation
    • April 4, 10 AM-2PM – Washington, DC Mall – Rally to gather, protest, motivate, learn – to Awaken, Confront, Transform our hearts and our institutions – to free them from racism
    • April 5 – Lobby Day – Make our voices heard!

    Be part of the nationwide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination and be part of this clarion call to the nation! Learn more and sign up for updates via the National Council of Churches.

    April 03, 2018 at 7pm - April 05, 2018 at 7pm
    Washington, DC

  • velda_Love.jpegJustice and Witness Ministry is pleased to welcome and announce to our staff team, The Rev. Dr. Velda R. Love as Minister for Racial Justice. Rev. Dr. Love began her ministry with us February 1, 2017. Located in the Cleveland, OH office, Velda brings with her a wealth of knowledge to the United Church of Christ. She has decades of experience in critical race theory, leadership development, community outreach, workshop facilitation, preaching, teaching, and writing. (Read more.)

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  • Dear Clergy with Standing Rock

    Find the light, lift the light. At our best, this is what people of faith do when the world appears to be stuck at midnight and hope seems a faint flicker. For many, the water protectors of Standing Rock have been and continue to be a source of light. As clergy joined in solidarity with Standing Rock, we have the opportunity to help amplify that light. Biblical scholars note that when Jesus declares, “You are the light of the world,” the “you” refers to a community. In this moment, we have the opportunity to be part of a larger community of light. In this spirit, we invite you to join in this collective effort in three ways:

    1. Respond to the call of indigenous leaders to take action and stand with Standing Rock on November 15th. Throughout the country, actions are being planned for the Army Corps of Engineers District Headquarter offices. Look to see if there is an action near you.
    2. Engage your congregation in activities of reflection and repentance in considering the Doctrine of Discovery, a legal concept arising from church documents that authorized and, indeed blessed, Christians to kill non-Christians and possess their lands and resources.  The repudiation of this doctrine served as a central point of focus for the clergy who gathered recently in Standing Rock. Denominations such as the Episcopal Church , the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church , and the Mennonite Church have developed materials to assist congregations in addressing the destructive legacy of Christianity that continues to impact the world today as Standing Rock amply demonstrates.
    3. Let the light shine by sharing this graphic on social media. For those stuck at midnight, you have the opportunity to point them toward hope and the action that produces hope.


    We invite you to sign up for future updates and opportunities for action regarding Standing Rock.

    Kindred in Christ,

    Rev. Byron Buffalo

    Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo

    Rev. Rebecca Voelkel

    Rev. Brooks Berndt

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  • About the Justice and Peace Action Network

    The Justice and Peace Action Network (JPANet) is the arm through Justice and Witness Ministries of the UCC carries out its mission statement. It is our denomination’s grassroots advocacy network composed of individual members and local UCC congregations across the country.

    The JPANet both educates and engages its members in shaping public policy in keeping with God's vision of a just and loving society. Our work is grounded in General Synod resolutions, consonant with historic UCC witness, and formed by a biblical understanding of prophetic ministry.

    JPANet members collectively advocate on a variety of issues for social change that promotes the Common Good. These issue areas are resourced by  national staff of the Justice and Witness Ministries and Wider Church Ministries who work with local UCC advocates to shape coordinated strategy on our common witness. The Global Concerns issue area is shared with staff of the  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),the UCC’s partner in global ministry.


    What resources and opportunities does the Network provide?

    • Weekly Legislative Action Alerts:
      Brief email synopsis of pending legislation or current justice issues, and a call for action each week. Perfect for taking personal action on the justice issues you care about and suitable for posting in newsletters and bulletins.
    • Monthly Newsletter:
      Includes invitations to regional and national gatherings, resources and opportunities for witness.
    • Biblical and liturgical material for interpreting issues and action

    What Happens When You Take Action?
    When you take an online action, you will be directed to a webpage that will explain the current legislative issue and provide a sample letter for you to send to the targeted decision-makers. When you fill out your information, your letter, which you can personalize according to your own particular views on an issue, will be sent to the indicated decision-makers (i.e. Senators, Congresspeople, the President, or whoever is the appropriate recipient of your message). These messages appear in their email inboxes or fax machines as though you had sent it from their website email form or your own fax machine.

    Does taking action electronically make a difference?
    Yes! Decision-makers take notice when their mailboxes fill with emails and faxes. Congressional staff members keep regular tallies of the number of messages they receive on an issue, and it can make a difference on whether or not members of Congress support or oppose legislative measures. UCC JPANet advocates have sent messages on an wide range of issues from environmental justice in the Hurricane Katrina clean-up, hate crimes, Millennium Development Goals for ending global poverty, violence against women, federal budget policy priorities, stem cell research, fair treatment of workers by Taco Bell and Mount Olive Pickles, the minimum wage and the protection of civil liberties.

    Your support helps us to provide this resource. Please support the JPANet with an online gift!

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