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Where I'm Supposed to Be
The moment she joined the church, Sue knew she was home. The woman who admitted that she ‘used to be lazy about church’ celebrates finding a family with the UCC.
Tapping into a Source of Life
Phil left the church after his father's death, but when he accidentally found the UCC 20 years later, he tapped into a new dimension of life that he says he was missing.
More Fun than Chuck-E-Cheese
Jamie describes the United Church of Christ as a safe place to land, not the church of your childhood. In fact, his six-year-old daughter finds the church school experience more fun than one of her favorite restaurants.
Just Show Up
A skeptic of organized religion, Chris found the UCC after searching for a church home in several denominations. Hear why he sees this church as the most consistent, accepting faith community – one that honors the individuality of each member.
Exactly What I Need
A young woman shares the incredibly healing power of her church, and says the UCC has been the foundation for finding herself again.
I Never Expected That
Peggy Jo had faith, but her husband didn't – until God spoke to the unchurched man and brought him into the UCC community, to the astonishment and delight of his wife. Hear how knowing God enriches the life of the whole family.
A Liberation Church
Hear more from the Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo—"When we think we are changing lives, the lives that change are ours."
I Continue to be Changed
Hear why UCC executive the Rev. James Moos, who developed his global consciousness at a very young age because of the United Church of Christ, would be a very different person if not for this church.
You're Welcome Too
Accept our offer of radical inclusivity. We insist.
I Have a Place
Loey P. continues to celebrate her spiritual home. She was despondent about finding a career in pastoral ministry, until the UCC nurtured the leader she knew she could be.
I Don't Have to Change to Be Accepted by Christ
As an indigenous person of North America, Toni B. was searching for a justice-seeking church when she accepted the UCC church into her life.
Shockingly Accepting of People of All Varieties
Teenager Jake M. feels a special connection with the United Church of Christ, a church he says changes and adapts and grows with him.
Walking in My Purpose
Naomi L. believes that God is still trying to be in conversation with us and that the UCC has inspired her to figure out what God is calling her to do and how to do it.
Feeling Whole Again
Sean F. reflects on the many ways the United Church of Christ offers hope and a radical welcome through the tale of a friend who rediscovered a relationship with "church" through the UCC.
All of Who I Am
Sonja says church is what happens after service on Sunday. She loves the UCC because it nurtures her, and helps her grow.
My Authentic Self
Lindsay doesn’t pretend to be something she’s not in the UCC. Hear why she says no facades are in necessary our churches, which reflect the times in an ever-changing world.
A Liberating Journey
Suzanne S. heard a message from God in a song. She didn't grow up in church, and was searching -- until she found the UCC.
I Would be Rudderless
UCC member James B. talks about the extravagant welcome he felt when he first found the UCC, and about the profound effect the UCC has had on his life. He also talks about the unique gifts the UCC adds to the religious landscape.
When Jimmy G. found his UCC church in Raleigh, N.C., he not only found a congregation, he became part of a partnership of friends that takes the pain away.
Room For Us
Sarah D. shares her love of her local UCC church, and how being a UCC member has shaped her journey.
So Not Jesus
A UCC pastor shares his own personal experience with extravagant welcome.
It Didn’t Seem Real
After Brice T. was ostracized by his church for being gay, he lost his religion. But after 15 years of believing he wouldn't get to heaven, Brice met a UCC pastor, took a chance on going back to church one Easter morning, and experienced an overwhelming message of love and inclusivity.
Bruce C. was a homeless man on the streets of Philadelphia, but God led him to the warm embrace of a local UCC congregation. Hear his story of how they offered him unconditional love.
Where I Belonged
Three LGBTQ young adults with very different faith journeys share the profound ways the United Church of Christ has welcomed them.
I Feel Love
Diane J. talks about the meaningful way she found her Christian faith through the United Church of Christ.
Volunteers are the backbone of disaster recovery in the United States and without their generosity many families and communities would have little hope of recovery. UCC Disaster Ministries volunteers share the love of Christ through their presence and hard work. Sign up today to serve in a community in need.
Donations to UCC Disaster Ministries enable response and recovery work in the US and around the Globe. Donated dollars are the most effective way to quickly and effectively respond to changing needs following a disaster. Consider being a monthly donor and help UCC Disaster Ministries continue meet the needs of the most vulnerable.
As a member of Church World Service (CWS) the UCC supports a collaborative effort aimed at providing material aid aid in times of disaster and human strife. Through CWS, UCC members have the opportunity to build kits that are shipped all over all over the world and distributed to families in need. What's more, UCC Disaster Ministries is offering a $250 matching grant to UCC congregations' own $250 cash or in kind investment to build kits.
Hold a Fundraiser
Consider holding a fundraiser for UCC Disaster Ministries. Fundraisers provide the opportunity to discuss the ministry they support and are a great way to connect with people in your congregation and community. These events help strengthen community and bring people of like mind together for a valuable cause.
Pray for those affected by disasters and those who respond.
Engage with others from across your conference to support local disaster response, attend trainings, and build community. Contact your Conference Disaster Coordinator today.
UCC Disaster Ministries has a long-standing tradition of collaboration and ecumenism in disaster recovery work. As a member of and partner to many disaster response organizations UCC Disaster Ministries works closely with each organization to effectively and efficiently utilize all donated funds in response to disaster. Through these networks UCC Disaster Ministries is able share resources, knowledge, best practices and respond when and where needs are the greatest.
ACT Alliance is a coalition of more than 140 churches and affiliated organizations working together in over 140 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalized people regardless of their religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality in keeping with the highest international codes and standards. Members are associated with the World council of Churches or the Lutheran World Federation.
Church World Service is a cooperative humanitarian ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations, providing sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief and reugee assistance in more than 80 countries. CWS is part of the ecumenical family of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the U.S.A.
Global Ministries is responsible for nurturing relationships with international partners on behalf of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. They strive for this by living out their core values: presence, mutuality, community, justice and peace.
National Voluntary Organizations Acitve in Disaster (NVOAD) coordinates planning efforts by many voluntary organizations responding to disaster. Member organizations provide more effective service by getting together before disasters strike. Once disasters occur, NVOAD or an affilliated state VOAD encourages members and other voluntary agencies to convene on-site. This cooperative effort has proven to be the most effective way for a wide variety of volunteers and organizations to work together in a crisis.
The effects of global warming threaten to only increase the scope, scale and number of disasters worldwide. UCC Disaster Ministries is a program of the United Church of Christ that responds to natural and human caused disasters all over world and is well positioned to respond in most events.
Through our volunteers, congregations, Conferences and partnerships UCC Disaster Ministries seeks to serve the most vulnerable populations that require spiritual, physical, financial and psychological support. In times of domestic disaster, UCC Disaster Ministries office provides a platform and facilitation for much of this work while collaborating with and through UCC Conferences and a network of Conference Disaster Coordinators (download map here).
Internationally, UCC Disaster Ministries maintains direct relationships and partnerships with organizations and faith communities able to appropriately and effectively respond to emergency and long-term needs.
Sexuality and Our Faith is the faith based Our Whole Lives curriculum resources developed for each age group. These companion resources are designed to be integrated into each corresponding workshop of the Our Whole Lives Curriculum when used in United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist Association or other faith based settings.
Sexuality and Our Faith will put the exploration of identity, relationships, and sexuality in the context of worship and our relationship with God and scripture. The goals are to connect faith with identity, relationships, and sexuality issues in ways that lead to informed and reasoned decisions and to empower persons to act responsibly as they seek to unite body and spirit, spirituality and sexuality alienation and wholeness.
As Christians, we profess that we are created in the image of God. In this image, we make a lifelong journey toward deeper faith, faithfulness, and wholeness. As a church, we seek continually to integrate God's ongoing revelation with new knowledge and understandings of our lives and times. In our religious education, we seek to equip the faithful for this journey in all its possibilities.
As people in the United Church of Christ (UCC), we affirm that sexuality and a spirituality are intricately connected and that both are gifts from God. The actions of our General Synods, conferences, associations, congregations, and councils support this.
The following principles from the UCC's Created in God's Image: A Human Sexuality Program for Ministry and Mission, supplement the Our Whole Lives assumptions, goals, and principles, expressing what many in the United Church of Christ believe about faith, spirituality, sexuality, and justice.
Principles Guiding the United Church of Christ Commitment to Sexuality Education
1. Sexuality is a God-given gift.
2. The purposes of sexuality are to enhance human wholeness and fulfillment, to express love, commitment, delight, and pleasure, to bring new life into the world, and to give glory to God.
3. When making decisions about sexuality, the primary guide is God's call to love and justice as revealed in both Testaments.
4. From a biblical perspective, sexuality is intended to express mutuality, love, and justice. In judging whether behavior is ethical or unethical, the norms of mutuality, love, and justice are the central criteria.
5. From a biblical perspective, sexuality is distorted by unethical behaviors, attitudes, and systems that foster violence, exploitation, infidelity, assertion of power, and the treatment of persons as objects.
6. In developing a just sexual morality, we need to avoid double standards.
7. A responsible and mature sexual ethic respects the moral agency of every person. When faced with ethical decisions, each of us needs to be accorded the freedom and responsibility to choose.
8. The church, at all levels, ought to be a context for discussion about human sexuality.
9. The church ought to encourage and support advocacy with those who are sexually oppressed or the victims of sexual violence and abuse. The church can and must have a role in defining and implementing public policy.
I wish more couples would choose this verse from Song of Songs for their weddings rather than the more popular passage from I Corinthians (love is patient, love is kind, zzzzzzzz).Read more