Training programs are offered to all staff and help foster a healthy work environment.
Anti-Racism/Anti-Discrimination Education – through Common Services, an anti-racism education programs is available as follows:
- Orientation for all new employees
- Basic anti-racism education
- Periodic meetings and/or forums/brown bag lunches
This education helps develop knowledge, awareness, and skills related to race.
Preventing Workplace Harassment – this is a required program and it is designed to help employees recognize, prevent, and report any workplace harassment sexual or non-sexual.
Workplace HIV/AIDS Education – through the Health and Wholeness Advocacy office, this program is designed to education employees about the HIV/AIDS and prevention in ways that enable them to work through their fears and prejudices.
Professional Training and Development – All employees are encouraged, in conjunction with their supervisor, to develop and implement a plan for their job-related professional growth. Employees may be provided assistance with registration, tuition fees, and the cost of required materials.
New Employee Orientation – this program is designed to introduce all new hires to the organization and the workplace. This is required for all new staff.
Technology hands-on workshops – ongoing workshops are offered to all staff on computer hardware and software programs regularly used in the workplace. Workshops include basic, intermediate, and advanced training.
Training and development workshops – as scheduled by HR, these workshops are designed to update staff to new benefits as well as to enhance the professional skills of the staff. Includes technical and non-technical related topics and are led by certified specialists and consultants who are highly experienced in their fields.
Workplace Safety Programs – through Common Services, safety training workshops are offered to introduce safety procedures to staff; re-certification training is offered to floor marshals through the American Red Cross.
When a national search has been conducted, reasonable and approved relocation and moving expenses shall be paid on behalf of exempt employees newly called by election or administrative appointment who are relocating for the employment with the National Offices.
Covered expenses are:
a. Packing, shipping, unpacking and insuring of up to 15,000 lbs. of household goods and personal effects.
b. Transportation of the employee and his or her family at the time of the final move
New employees are to obtain quotes from the designated UCC provider:
Suddath® Relocation Systems
Contact: Rhonda Chaney
Office: (520) 747-1400 x7615 cell: 520.975.3056
Stevens Worldwide Van Lines
Contact: Vicki Bierlein
For assistance with locating a home, one search visit of up to 5 days will be provided. Transportation for one round trip by air is provided. Costs of lodging and meals for employee and spouse or domestic partner will be provided for up to five days named. Cost of rental car in Cleveland, if needed, is provided.
K & D - The United Church of Christ is a member of the K & D's Preferred Employer Program Specials.
- 2.5% off current market rent
- $99 Security Deposit
- Job Transfer Clause
- Home Purchase Clause
- Job Loss Clause
- Where Applicable: Free Pool Pass and Reduced Garage Rate
Reduced Renewal Rate
For more information visit their website www.kandd.com
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
6000 Parkland Blvd., Mayfield Heights, OH
Contact: Yvonne Clark
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
You and your dependents have the benefit of the Ease@work Employee Assistance Program. Whether it’s counseling, advice, referrals or general resources you’re looking for, Ease@work can provide support. Ease@work services are accessible to you and your dependents 24 hours a day. Request services by phone, email or through the website. The program is confidential and the only information shared with the UCC is a utilization report; no individual names or identifying information is ever released. Call Ease@work at: 800-521-3273 (EASE) or visit http://www.easeatwork.com. User ID: UCC National Password: EASE (upper case only).
Blues on Call
Contact Blues on Call to speak directly with a registered nurse/health coach. One toll-free call connects you to health information, support and confidential health counseling any day or time of the week. Visit http://www.brainshark.com/hmk/BOC_UCC or call 888-258-3428.
Wellness Rewards Program
Earn cash for completing each part of the Healthy Stewards Wellness Rewards Program through Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield – Up to $300 total!
Wellness Profile – The first step is completing the Wellness Profile, a survey that helps you understand where you stand with your health. This is a required step for completion of the Healthy Stewards Program. Earn $100 upon completion.
A biometric screening is a short health examination that can help to determine the risk level of a person for certain diseases and medical conditions and help to establish a health baseline. A typical screening will take place in about 15-20 minutes and consist of a blood draw (finger stick to test your HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, and Glucose) and other basic biometrics (BP, Height, Weight, BMI, and waist circumference). When these measurements are combined, your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes can be assessed. These health conditions can be prevented with early detection. Earn $100 upon completion. You have until Aug. 15, 2018, to order a screening option. Visit https://portal.ichtools.com/ucc.
Coaching – Set health goals by phone with a Blues on Call Health and Wellness Coach or online with a WebMD My Health Assistant.
Visit https://www.highmarkbcbs.com/home/ to get started with the Healthy Stewards Wellness Rewards Program.
The Amistad Chapel
Visit the chapel for services of worship held in connection with church-related meetings or special events.
The chapel is also available for personal meditation.
Jeff Woodard, Massage Practitioner, has a certification in stress-reducing, relaxation massage. Jeff will be on-site for massage therapy on the first and second Tuesdays of the month from 9:00-noon in the Amistad Chapel. To schedule a massage, contact Jeff via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the massage chairs in the Staff Lounge located on the Mezzanine level during your lunch or break. The massage chairs are compliments of our MESA team.
Join your colleagues for YOGA led by Rebekah Choate on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon in the 9th floor Conference Room.
Get some fresh air and join a colleague for a walk.
The UCC is committed to helping you balance work with life’s transitions. If you are navigating an unexpected life event, please contact HR for more information about benefits available to you.
Your vote is your voice – don’t give it up!
These are difficult and challenging times for our local communities, our country, and the world. Divisive and heated rhetoric dominate the public dialogue, and the power of money is shutting out the voice of the average voter. More and more people are withdrawing from engagement in the political process out of a growing sense of cynicism and mistrust.
Now, more than ever, your voice and your efforts are needed.
As people of faith, we can play a unique role in this election cycle by encouraging civil, respectful dialogue that builds community and offers a hope-filled vision of the future for all people.
Join the Our Faith, Our Vote campaign and find out how your congregation can participate in the electoral process through faithful, nonpartisan engagement. Check out our resources and sign up for helpful webinars and opportunities to make a difference in this election season.
Post-Election Gratitude for your Work & A Message from our Leaders
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.)
Lead your Congregation! Become an Our Faith Our Vote Captain!
As a captain you will assist your congregation in activities related to at least one of three areas:
- Voter Registration - Organize a church voter registration team. Make sure your congregation is 100% registered. Register your church-based or community service clients. Provide your college-bound students with information on absentee voting or voting in their campus community.
- Voter Education - Hold issue forums in which church members can talk openly and respectfully about key issues in this election season on the local, state, federal and international levels. Create spaces to encourage people to connect their faith with their hopes for the 2016 election and beyond.
- Voter Empowerment and Mobilization - Organize nonpartisan get-out-the-vote activities for your congregation and community. Empower members of your community with the information they need to exercise their right to vote.
Our Faith Our Vote Tips & Resources
- Get Active in the Elections
- Get Out the Vote
- College Resources
- Youth and Young Adults in Action
- Worship Resources
- Being a Civil Voice in Uncivil Times
- Ballot Initiatives
- Election Protection
- Helpful Links
- Download Toolkit
Welcome to the UCC National Offices Human Resources web site. This site was developed to assist you in navigating the valuable resources available to you as National Staff. You will find information about employment opportunities, policies, programs, and services. The HR staff is committed to modeling best practices and to customer service.
View opportunities at the National Offices.
Benefits and Compensation
Our rich benefits are an important part of our overall compensation package.
Training and Development
View training programs available through the HR Office.
Illuminating the past, realizing the present, and envisioning the future
We are a church-wide resource whose task is to gather, provide, and interpret information and trends for the purpose of illuminating the past, realizing the present, and envisioning the future of the United Church of Christ in the larger context.
In our roles, we:
- Collect, analyze, maintain and report data for wider church use
- Determine data and assessment needs
- Develop the annual UCC Yearbook and Directory, as well as the online resource, Access UCC
- Work collaboratively across all settings of the UCC to analyze trends and produce relevant up-to-date information for vital ministry
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Frank Bolden – Chair
Robert (Bob) Frieberg
Alice Hunt - Vice-Chair
Seung Un (Paul) Tche
Thinking about Worship: A Bibliography
The Rev. Susan A. Blain
Minister for Worship Liturgy and Spiritual Formation
Faith Formation Ministry Team
*Indicates a UCC author or publication
Worship Ways: UCC on line RCL-based planning resource; English and Spanish:
Sermon Seeds: UCC on line RCL-based preaching preparation:
Models, Planning Primers
The Africana Worship Book, Years A, B, C - eds. Davis and Fosua
© 2006 by Discipleship Resources
Lectionary based prayers from Christians in African Diaspora - wide range of themes, forms; good models
Brim: Creative Overflow in Worship Design - Andra Moran and Suzanne Castle
Chalice Press © 2013 Andra Moran and Suzanne Castle
Step by step guide to forming and resourcing worship planning teams: fun, accessible, challenging!
The Christian Year: A Guide for Worship and Preaching*
Abingdon Press © 2011 Robin Knowles Wallace
Wonderful teaching tool and planning tool. In clear, accessible language Wallace connects the history of the church year with the possibilities of mission, offering model services and planning designs.
The Church in Her House: a Feminist Emancipatory Prayer Boo kfor Christian Communities* - Marjorie Procter-Smith
The Pilgrim Press © 2008 Marjorie Procter-Smith
Examines elements of prayer and worship: sound, words, space, scripture, music - a primer for all small group worship with a feminist perspective
Communion Services* - Robin Knowles Wallace
Primer on Communion designed for congregational teaching. From theological reflection about Communion to practical helps for planning services, an accessible resource for congregations.
50 Ways to Pray: Practices from Many Traditions and Times
Teresa A. Blythe ©2006 Abingdon Press
From praying with icons to praying with contemporary media; from traditional "examen" to intercessory prayer, models, exercises, reflections
Imaging the Word: An Arts and Lectionary Resource*
Vol 1 ed. K. Lawrence; vols 2/3 ed. S. Blain © United Church Press
Visual arts and poetry at the service of the Sunday lectionary - a different way in to understanding the scriptures
Let the Whole Church Say Amen! A Guide for Those Who Pray in Public
Laurence Hull Stookey (Abingdon Press, 2001).
A series of practical exercises for the creation of different kinds of prayers, Attention given to context, imagery, rhythm, use of scripture, praying in interfaith settings, addressing controversial topics.
A Praying Congregation: The Art of Teaching Spiritual Practice * - Jane Vennard
© 2005 the Alban Institute
What do you believe about prayer - how do you do it? Draws on Christian tradition; offers reflections and exercises to get into prayer and its richness
Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God - Sybil MacBeth
Paraclete Press, Brewster, MA © 2007 Sybil MacBeth
Not just for children! Accesses the right brain, and takes us beyond words - delightful!
Reinventing Worship: Prayers, Readings, Special Services and More
Ed. Brad Berglund © 2006 Judson Press
Fresh collection of prayers for Sundays and ordinary days
The Sourcebook Series from Liturgy Training Publications
(LTP) of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Each volume looks at a season of the church year, or a theme of Christian life, and compiles quotations, poetry, song lyrics, from early church sources through modern literature. Wonderful way of sparking ideas and images!
Themes: Reconciliation, Death, Baptism, Eucharist, Music, Liturgy
Each Liturgical Season gets its own Sourcebook
The Work of the People: What We Do in Worship and Why*
© 2007 Alban - Marlea Gilbert, Christopher Grundy, Stephanie Perdew and Eric Myers
A good resource for lay worship committees - structured study program, accessible, offering history of traditions, and offering suggestions of how they may be adapted for this new day. Gives food for thought and lots of context.
Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for 21st Century
© 2013 Ruth Duck
New Seminary worship textbook which is clear, comprehensive and progressive.
Worship in the Shape of Scripture*, revised, 2010 - F. Russell Mitman
Classic, beautiful text integrating scripture, hymnody, liturgical forms; sets forth the best of the modern Protestant liturgical renewal. Excellent models for all liturgical prayer.
The Worship Workshop: Creative Ways to Design Worship Together - Marcia McFee
©2002 Abingdon Press
Geared for worship planning teams in congregations, an accessible and delightful series of exercises to get imagination going and think holistically about worship and ritual, and practice creating services
(Models of prayers as poetry across faith traditions)
All Desires Known: Inclusive Prayers for Worship and Meditation, by Janet Morley
Morehouse Publishing, 1992
Vivid prayers modeled on or paraphrasing scripture.
Book of Worship: United Church of Christ* reprint 2010
© 2012 United Church Press
New edition includes inclusive marriage rite
The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayer for Daily Life, The Sabbath, and The New Moon Festival - Marcia Falk
Harper SanFrancisco © 1996 Marcia Falk
A poet's take on traditional and new prayers - speaks to the heart, speaks of the holiness of daily life
Celebrate God's Presence: A book of services for the United Church of Canada
©2000 United Church Publishing House
Book and CD
Feasting on the Word Worship Companion - Kimberly Bracken Long
© 2013 Westminster John Knox Press
Companion to the Feasting on the Word Commentary and Curriculum series; eloquent, lectionary-based prayers for Sundays and Festivals.
Iona Community Publications; Wild Goose Publications
Progressive liturgies and music from the Iona Community of Scotland
http://www.ionabooks.com/e-liturgies-prayers.html GIA, American distributor
A New Zealand Prayer Book; He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa
Collins ©1989 [Anglican] Church of the Province of New Zealand
Inclusive, expansive language; fresh presentation of orthodox prayers
Mishkan T’Filah: A Reform Siddur Elyse Frishman, ed
© 2009 Central Conference of American Rabbis
Beautiful poetry; fresh translations; daily life rendered holy
Emerging Church Worship Resources
Alternative Worship: Resources From and For the Emerging Church
© 2004 Jonny Baker
Resources from the UK
Formational Children's Ministry: Shaping Children using Story, Ritual and Relationship
© 2010 Ivy Beckwith
Emergent Church approach to children’s ministry, placing participation in community worship at the center
Toward a Hopeful Future: Why the Emergent Church is Good News for Mainline Congregations - Phil Snyder and Emily Bowen
Pilgrim Press © 2010 Phil Snyder and Emily Bowen
A clear introduction to the Emergent Church movement, and models of emerging liturgies for use in congregations
How (Not) to Speak of God - Peter Rollins
Paraclete Press, Brewster, MA © 2006 Peter Rollins
Voice from the Emerging Church movement, creating liturgies outside the box and the sanctuary
The Inclusive Bible: the First Egalitarian Translation
© 2009 Priests for Equality
Excellent, fresh translation using Inclusive Language for humanity and God. Well written, not awkward or clunky.
The People's Bible
© 2008 Fortress Press
Annotated NRSV which highlights cultural issues in the development of Scripture and its uses in diverse cultures over time. A strong justice orientation to interpretation.
The Jewish Annotated New Testament
© 2011 Oxford University Press
NRSV annotated by Jewish scholars, clarifying Jewish ritual and tradition, and offering Jewish interpretation of life of Jesus and the early church.
Liberating Rites: Understanding the Transformative Power of Ritual - Tom F. Driver
© 1998 Tom F. Driver
Excellent introduction to Ritual Studies