On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria decimated the United States territory of Puerto Rico, bringing down the power grid, devastating entire communities and leading to the death of thousands of people. On the one-year anniversary of Maria, the leader Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico (IEUPR ), a UCC church partner on the island, shares this reflection.
In the year since Hurricane Maria decimated the island of Puerto Rico, the United Church of Christ has accompanied the people of the U.S. territory in their journey toward recovery. Disaster Ministries has invested almost a half million dollars in the rebuilding effort, and coordinated the scheduling and management of scores of local church volunteers from around the country. Just as important, the UCC has offered the much-appreciated support of presence, from both clergy and national executives, in Puerto Rican communities.
In the 72 hours since Florence, now a tropical depression, made landfall in the Carolinas, it has not stopped raining somewhere. The deadly storm's flash floods and high winds have brought down power lines, washed out roads, uprooted trees, ripped roofs off buildings and blown out windows. In Beaufort, the fellowship hall of St. Stephens UCC will need major repairs.
The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries announced Wednesday that it is the Presenting Sponsor of the United Church of Christ's General Synod 32, to be held June 21-25, 2019, at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wis. The theme of Synod will be "Shine!" based on Matthew 5:16.
I spent the last week of August at the border in Tucson, Arizona with the people of faith from across the ecumenical Body of Christ.
Denominational leaders from several Christian faith traditions joined together to speak out and to pray for refugee resettlement as the Trump administration prepares to set the number of refugees which will be accepted by the U.S. next year.
As an extremely dangerous Hurricane Florence churns its way toward the east coast of the United States, UCC Disaster Ministries is monitoring the situation through established networks and stands ready to support Church partners, Conferences and Congregations in Florence's path.
Neighbors in Need supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. In the St. Louis area, a Neighbors in Need grant helped make a special learning opportunity possible for dozens of children from kindergarten to second grade. The 2018 offering will be taken in early October, and the grant application process is available online until September 30.
Environmental justice advocates marched in the streets across hundreds of communities in roughly 90 countries on Saturday, delivering the same message to government leaders — it's time to address climate change — what UCC and other people of faith are calling the moral issue of our time.
On September 20, 2017 my stepfather was celebrating one of those big-deal birthdays that further cemented his ability to qualify as a classic.