To build a culture of generosity through collaboration and cooperation, representatives of 35 of the United Church of Christ’s 38 Conferences gathered at the Church House in Cleveland this week, to talk through the new approach.
The Rev. Traci Blackmon, representing the United Church of Christ, addressed a global gathering of religious leaders in Rome this week bearing witness to the role of the Church in the call to intervention and justice.
A UCC minister in Columbus, Ohio is one of several faith leaders and local lawmakers standing in solidarity with members of the refugee community pushing back against the government's proposed drastic cuts to the U.S. refugee program.
Our sacred texts remind us to welcome the sojourner in our midst and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
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.