United Church of Christ

Devotional Subject: Children

Armed with data from a respected research firm, the UCC today posted a map of "super polluters" on the web. It is part of a report titled "Breath to the People: Sacred Air and Toxic Pollution" -- and it calls for action.


The research in the UCC's new environmental report, "Breath to the People: Sacred Air and Toxic Pollution," was done by a respected nonprofit based in the nation's capital and founded by former staff members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


North Americans can do two things to help Global Ministries church partners tackle the problems they face every day in India and Sri Lanka – giant problems like poverty in slum communities, human trafficking and the shackles of caste: support education, and pray in solidarity.


This summer, with a grant from the United Church of Christ’s Neighbors in Need offering, 24 high school students from an economically challenged Houston neighborhood learned about activism and carried out a local campaign for a $15 minimum-wage law. "It sparked something inside of me," one of the students said.


Dyslexia doesn't just make it hard to read. Sometimes it makes a kid feel left out. In Northeast Wisconsin, students and their parents can turn to a church for dyslexia support, thanks, in part, to the United Church of Christ's Neighbors in Need offering.


A hundred children crowded around tables at First Congregational United Church of Christ, bagging up stuff to give away. Except for the national TV cameras, it was just another busy summer weekday at the church in downtown Elyria, Ohio – a small city facing rural as well as rust-belt challenges and blessed by multiple gifts.


For the sake of children, the World Council of Churches wants to redouble its efforts to fight climate breakdown. Empowering young people as activists will be part of that strategy, aided by a $25,000 environmental prize the WCC has won and by educational materials co-developed by the United Church of Christ.


Churches in Syria are getting a $64,000 boost in their work with war-stricken children and families, thanks to Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a grant from the Harold C. Smith Foundation.


Neighbors in Need supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. In the St. Louis area, a Neighbors in Need grant helped make a special learning opportunity possible for dozens of children from kindergarten to second grade. The 2018 offering will be taken in early October, and the grant application process is available online until September 30.


Like many congregations around the UCC, Niles Discovery Church in Fremont, Calif., collected school supplies for children in August. It's an annual ministry which embodies the UCC 3 Great Loves initiative. A tangible expression of love of children, it also makes going back to class a lot easier for a lot of kids in their community.