The world was rocked by the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, two people who seemed to have it all.
The message of Love over Fear resonates in Charlottesville today as the clergy of Congregate Charlottesville prepare to mark the anniversary of the event that terrorized their community and left a woman dead, as they ready resistance for another white supremacist rally planned for Sunday.
A week-long retreat channeled the creativity of artists and activists in the United Church of Christ in an effort to confront the world we live in today. The group's goal — to create a new and evolving language of faith for this moment in time that can be used to impact and resource local churches.
A UCC congregation in Redding, Calif., is planning a community meal on Tuesday, August 7, for friends and neighbors who have lost their homes and possessions to the wildfires burning in the area. While flames came within a mile of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, the church building was spared. The church family was not.
More than 400 youth and adult leaders at the UCC Western Regional Youth Event (WRYE) in Hawaii, living into a strong feeling of connection to another U.S. island, collected over $1,400 to help the people of Puerto Rico.
We are confronted with injustice every day and sometimes the problems of our world seem too big to confront.
Judson Memorial Church in New York City continues to act on behalf of one of their own, deported to Haiti earlier this year. Congregant, part of Jean Montrevil's family and friends, hope to help him get back on his feet as they work to bring him home to the U.S.
New York faith leaders, fighting to change the federal government's immigration policies, have teamed up with attorneys and state lawmakers aiming to hold the federal government accountable for immigrant children taken from their parents. It's a move of moral leadership; one that UCC clergy and the New Sanctuary Coalition in Manhattan hope catches on across the country.
The Rev. Jim Antal is dedicated to climate justice. He writes, "Human rights and environmental justice go hand in hand. One way or another, most of the defenders of human rights are up against one form or another of environmental assault and exploitation. It's time for America to face up to the fact that human rights violations are not 'somebody else's problem.'"
It is hard to believe that the 2018-midterm elections are just over three months away, and we will soon be in the thick of a presidential election campaign in 2019.