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Thursday, October 01, 2020 at 01:45 PM EDT

Partners In Building – Building Church Differently


Building Church Differently - 2020 Web Seminar Series.
September 17th, 24th, and October 1st from 1:45pm to 3:30pm.  

3 - 90 minute webinars for $25.00 total cost.

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Thursday, October 01, 2020 at 03:30 PM EDT

World Communion Voices 2020

An afternoon of reflection for World Communion Sunday. Come prepared for Communion. Set a place with a fabric from a far-way part of the world which you know, love, pray for; Bread and cup filled with juice, water, wine.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2020 at 03:30 PM EDT

Shifting Focus: Youth Ministry in 2020 and Beyond

UCC pastors from a variety of settings discuss how this year in particular has greatly shifted the needs and expectations of those engaged in youth ministry.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT

OWL & Racial Justice webinar


How do the Our Whole Lives values and curriculum intersect with anti-racism? Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 7, when a panel of UCC, UUA, and Community OWL trainers of color discuss how OWL facilitators and trainers can create more intentionally anti-racist learning environments. The panel will be moderated by OWL trainer Anil Oommen.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2020 at 04:00 PM EDT

Lake Institute/UCC Webinar 1 - Planning the Annual Communications and Development Calendar




For many organizations, including congregations, the last three months of the year are of primary importance for year-round success in communications, marketing, and development. Join us for this one-hour webinar addressing:

  • The cycle of giving in your organization or congregation
  • Planning for annual and year-round appeals
  • Seasonal opportunities for communications and development

Featured Presenters and Guests:

Melissa Spas, Managing Director of Education and Engagement at the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Bruce Barkhauer, Minister for Faith and Giving, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Cynthia Bailie (host), Director, Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity, and Communication, United Church of Christ

The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at IUPUI and OPTIC within the National Setting of the UCC are collaborating to bring you this webinar!

Providing knowledge and skills for congregations in the area of nonprofit administration, this webinar emphasizes strategic communications for development, stewardship, and related planning, management, and leadership activities.

Of broad interest to a wide audience, this webinar is aimed at congregational, judicatory, and UCC agency leadership (clergy and lay).

The first in a series of four, each webinar will be one hour and will include 5 minutes of introduction, 45 minutes of presentation, with 10 minutes reserved for Q&A.

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Register now for these

Webinar 2, Strategic Communication for Mission Advancement - October 28, 2020 4-5 pm
Webinar 3, Gratitude and Nurturing Generosity - November 18, 2020 4-5 pm
Webinar 4, Digital Strategies for Reaching New Communities - December 9, 2020 4-5 pm


Thursday, October 08, 2020 at 03:30 PM EDT

Ministries of the Rev. Dr. Hector E. Lopez Scholars of the UCC

An afternoon of theological and their ministerial reflections by the UCC recipients of the Hector E. Lopez Scholarship. The Hispanic/Latinx population has experienced enormous growth in the past few decades. Mainline Protestant denominations have been unable to effectively meet the pastoral challenge this growth represents. The UCC, one of the most prophetic and socially progressive Christian denominations in the USA, took action to meet this challenge through its Council for Hispanic Ministries with the establishment of The Reverend Dr. Héctor E. López Scholarship for Latina & Latino UCC Seminarians.
This program was established as a 4-way covenant between the Council for Hispanic Ministries [(now known as the Colectivo de UCC Latinx Ministries)], Justice and Witness Ministries, Local Church Ministries, and Wider Church Ministries of the UCC.

Moderator, Roberto Ochoa, M.Div., Andover Newton Theological School, 2017
Rev. Andrea Cano, M.Div., Pacific School of Religion, 2010
Rev. Jorge Bautista, M.Div., Pacific School of Religion, 2015
Rev. Elivette Mendez Angulo, M.Div., Andover Newton Theological School, 2015
Minister Yinessa Romero, M.Div., Chicago Theological School, 2020
With Special Guests, Rev. Linda Jaramillo and Rev. Dr. Hector Lopez.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 03:30 PM EDT

What is the Doctrine of Discovery?

In their own voices, First Nations Indigenous People will discuss the destructiveness of the Doctrine of Discovery on their peoples in what is presently known as the Americas and the Caribbean.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 01:00 PM EDT

Faith Rally: Election Day Home Stretch

Feeling bruised, battered, or fatigued by this election season? Looking for a source of uplift down the home stretch to November 3rd? Then, this webinar is for you. This will be a time to renew our energies and our focus as we approach an election day with so many profound implications for those who care about the climate crisis and the many interconnected issues of justice that we face today. Our three featured speakers will include:

  • Rev. Gerald Durley, a veteran of the civil rights movement and the current Chair of the Board for Interfaith Power & Light
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood, President of the Hip Hop Caucus which organizes the hip hop community for social and political change
  • Karenna Gore, founder and director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary

This webinar is co-hosted by the Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt of the United Church of Christ Environmental Justice Ministry and the Rev. Michael Malcom of Alabama Interfaith Power & Light and the People's Justice Council.

Sign-up now to join the webinar! Even if you can't make its scheduled time, still sign-up, and we will send you a recording of it.


Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 03:30 PM EDT

Prayers of the People

Members of the national staff are holding you and your congregations in prayer every day. Join this webinar to offer your own prayers and witness the prayers that are spoken aloud for the multiplicity of pains and gratitudes, grief and transformations. Hold space in your heart for the collective experience of shift we have all experienced, and offer your own prayers in the chat as we pray together.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 04:00 PM EDT

Lake Institute/UCC Webinar 2 - Strategic Communication for Mission Advancement




The important work of mission advancement includes raising awareness, inviting partnership, and raising resources for sustainability and innovation in ministry. Effective, strategic communication enables these essential, relationship-focused activities, and helps your organization or congregation to thrive. This one-hour webinar will focus on:

  • Communicating values, mission, and vision
  • Aligning communication with development objectives
  • Invitational storytelling: in person, in print, and online

The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at IUPUI and OPTIC within the National Setting of the UCC are collaborating to bring you this webinar!

Providing knowledge and skills for congregations in the area of nonprofit administration, this webinar emphasizes strategic communications for development, stewardship, and related planning, management, and leadership activities.

Of broad interest to a wide audience, this webinar is aimed at congregational, judicatory, and UCC agency leadership (clergy and lay).

The second in a series of four, each webinar will be one hour and will include 5 minutes of introduction, 45 minutes of presentation, with 10 minutes reserved for Q&A.

REGISTER

Register now for these

Webinar 3, Gratitude and Nurturing Generosity - November 18, 2020 4-5 pm
Webinar 4, Digital Strategies for Reaching New Communities - December 9, 2020 4-5 pm