How can one person change the world? Sponsor a child . . . Plant a tree . . . Rebuild a home . . . Visit a prisoner . . . Be a mentor . . . Teach . . . Serve a meal . . . Bring water to the desert . . . Pray . . . Donate . . . the opportunities are endless. And they're all right here. What part of our world is waiting for you to make a difference?
“The Potency of Hope”
The theme for this event is “The Potency of Hope” and will take place May 1-3, 2018 at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center in Carefree, AZ (same location as 2016). The registration for this event is $250, with discounts for members of the Antoinette Brown Society. Members who join/renew at the Leader level receive a 10% discount, members who join/renew at the Trendsetter level receive a 30% discount, and members who join/renew at the Pioneer level receive a 100% discount. If people want to join the Antoinette Brown Society, they can contact Keri Sugerik at 800-846-6822.
Rev. Loey Powell & Rev. DaVita McCallister
May 01, 2018 at 12pm - May 03, 2018
Carefree Resort and Conference Center
37220 N Mule Train Rd
Carefree, AZ 85377
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Rev. Elizabeth Dilley · firstname.lastname@example.org · 216.736.3841
Tuesday, May 1
Noon – lunch together
1:00pm – Opening Worship
2:30pm – Break
3:00 – 4:30pm Breakout Sessions
6:00 – 7:30pm Supper Together
7:30 Fun Evening
Wednesday, May 2
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 10:30am Morning Worship: Women on a Pilgrimage
10:30am – 11:45am Keynote
12:00 noon – Lunch on your Own
1:30 - 3:00pm – Breakout Sessions
3:30 - 5:00pm – Affinity Time
5:00pm – Rest of Afternoon and Evening on your own; supper on your own
Thursday, May 3
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 9:30am Hotel Checkout
10:00 – 11:45am Final Plenary and Closing Worship
Noon – depart, lunch on your own
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Hyatt Regency Orlando
Presented by the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) Faith Coalition
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ABOUT the USCA Faith Coalition
People of faith, faith leaders and people working in the HIV and AIDS response gather for a one-day faith pre-conference in advance of the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) to discuss and develop strategies to strengthen the capacity of houses of worship and faith-based organizations who are engaged, or wish to engage, in efforts to end the HIV epidemic.
The focus of this conference will be on the role of faith in attaining and fast-tracking the goals of getting to zero discrimination and zero disparities. The conference will include keynote addresses, panel discussions with persons living with and affected by HIV, breakout sessions on disparities and social determinants related to health, and disparities in sexuality education. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in the discussion, participate in the development of strategies, and network with colleagues working in and with faith communities.
The United Church of Christ serves as the fiscal agent for USCA Faith Coalition.
USCA FAITH COALITION
Imam Daayiee Abdullah, MECCA Institute, Washington DC
Khadijah Abdullah, RAHMA, Washington DC
Nathan Bennett, Religious Action Center of Reformed Judaism, Washington DC
Ulysses Burley, UBtheCURE, Chicago, IL
Dr. Iva Carruthers, Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, Chicago, IL
Barbara Chinn, Episcopalian, Washington DC
C. Virginia Fields, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
Bishop Yvette Flunder, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, Oakland, CA
William Francis, Black Church AIDS, Atlanta, GA
Cary Goodman, Balm in Gilead, Richmond, VA
George Kerr III, Presbyterian AIDS Network, Washington DC
Daniel Leyva, National Latino Commission on AIDS, New York, NY
Brian Minalga, Fred Hutch, Seattle, WA
Megan Neubauer, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL
Edwin C. Sanders II, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church, Nashville, TN
Mike Schuenemeyer, United Church of Christ HIV & AIDS Network, Cleveland, OH
Pernessa Seele, Balm in Gilead, Richmond, VA
S. Wakefield, HIV Vaccine Trials Network, Seattle, WA
Dr. David Williams, Metropolitian Community Churches
Phill Wilson, Black AIDS Institute, Los Angeles, CA
The Faith Factor - 2016 USCA Faith Pre-Conference
United Church of Christ HIV & AIDS Network
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
HIV Vaccine Trials Network
Black AIDS Institute
Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
God is still speaking and so are our youth. The United Church of Christ (UCC) Scouting Working Group is committed to growing the youth of our communities into responsible citizens and inclusive leaders through Scouting programs. In the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), UCC congregations currently charter over 1,000 Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews.
Since the BSA policy changes in 2013 and 2015, eliminating the ban on gay and bisexual youth and adults in Scouting, the UCC national offices have re-engaged with the BSA. The UCC Scouting Working Group is excited to grow this partnership, encouraging and supporting new and existing Scouting programs in UCC local churches.
For more information, please contact:
Brian Conn, Chairperson
UCC Scouting Working Group
Elly Mendez Angulo
Project Coordinator for Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida
700 Prospect Ave.
“People move. Movement has been the story of God’s people since the beginning of time. And throughout scripture, God gives special attention to care for the immigrant, the asylum-seeker, the refugee and the sojourner. (Download worship material and other resources here).
But what makes someone a refugee? Refugees are people just like us who, due to violence or persecution, are forced to flee their homes and cross an international border to find safety. People who are forced to flee their homes but remain inside the borders of their own country are called Internally Displaced Persons. In the United States, those who flee their homes and nations due to violence and persecution and ask for protection at the U.S. border are called “asylum-seekers”, while “refugees” come to the United States through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.
In addition to being guided by scripture, our nation has a long history of being the “land of the living” where those fleeing violence and persecution can again “see the goodness of the Lord”, including some of the early members of Christian sects that became the United Church of Christ, who fled Europe and arrived in New England as religious refugees. The United Church of Christ through Refugee Ministries seeks to accompany our our refugee neighbors, both in the United States and around the world, as they seek safety and security. Will you join us?
- The Refugee Emergency Fund - Designate your donation to a specific refugee emergency such as Syrian Refugee or Burundian Refugee crisis.
- UCC's One Great Hour of Sharing Offering and Special Funds support this ministry
- If you missed the Week of Prayers for Refugee, you can find each days' prayers and actions here: http://www.ucc.org/pray4refugees
Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
Amanda K. Sheldon
Program Associate, UCC Refugee Ministries & UCC Disaster Ministries
United Church of Christ
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).
The Church of Firsts
Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities. The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith. When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.
A Church of Extravagant Welcome
Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways. We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.
We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.
How You Can Help:
Make a secure online gift today, giving generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. The suggested offering date in 2019 is March 31. In addition gifts, or additional gifts may be given at any time. OGHS Resources are available to help promote the offering at OGHS Resources, including Lectionary-based reflections.
Donate to a Specific Natural Disaster or Refugee Emergency - designate the emergency on the giving page or in the memo line of your check.
Assemble Church World Service Kits to support a variety of needs in the US and internationally.
Stay Updated wiith the latest in UCC Disaster, Refugee and Sustainable Development Ministries, read current stories on our website or visit our Social Media sites: One Great Hour of Sharing UCC (Facebook) and @OGHS_at_UCC (Twitter).
Watch videos that show the work and scope of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Feel free to use any of the resources to promote the OGHS offering.
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