June - July 2009

"We prayed for this individual on Sunday, and that's the hardest prayer I've done in a long time … I was really proud. Nobody at church said, 'Oh! We better take that phrase down.' The light will be replaced. The Plexiglas will be replaced and the phrase stays."

The Rev. Curt Miner of Congregational UCC in San Luis Obispo, Calif., after the church was vandalized four times. Police believe the church was targeted because of a sign that bears a rainbow flag and their sign which says, "A family of faith for everyone."

"We're not open 24 hours a day, so this is a way to help people connect to the church. If they're feeling bad or upset, this could bring them some comfort."

Rick Moore, president of Salem UCC in Harrisburg, Pa., on their Community Prayer Box, dedicated Feb. 8, that sits outside the church. Each Sunday, the congregation says prayers for the anonymously deposited requests.

"Providing temporary, emergency shelter for people in need of a warm, safe place to sleep is one of the ways [the church] has sought to be faithful to Jesus' commandment that we love our neighbors."

The Rev. Bonnie Moore of Shenkel UCC in North Coventry, Pa., after the ACLU filed suit on the church's behalf when the township refused to allow the congregation to house the homeless.

"Walking the labyrinth can help people step foot once again on their own paths, helping them to remember their own lives as spiritual journeys as they move on to simplify their life."

The Rev. Elsie Rhodes, pastor of the Trinity United Church (UCC/PCUSA) in Warren, N.J., on its Sunday, May 31, labyrinth walk.