United Church of Christ

Devotional Subject: Easter

In the New York City borough of Queens, Safe Haven United Church of Christ has three Mothers of the Church: one in her 70s, one in her 80s and one who turned 95 on Easter weekend. All of them took part in Safe Haven’s Easter service via the webinar platform Zoom, which replicated, as much as possible, the joy of in-person worship -- in a city that had recorded 7,349 COVID-19 deaths by the end of that Sunday.


Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, and because of it, new insights broke forth from old stories during Holy Week and Easter Sunday in many UCC congregations as pastors and their people – unable to meet in person – made virtual contact over the Internet.


The day before Easter, in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, Mo., a table stood six feet in front of the parking lot door of St. John UCC. Servers in masks and gloves stepped forward, set out cold takeout meals one at a time, and stepped back. Neighbors came forward one at a time to take meals away.


"People have been very vulnerable in those Friday check-in times," said the pastor of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Louis, describing a weekly session the church has been offering via the webinar platform Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.


A small communion table with abolitionist roots, dwarfed by the gothic sanctuary around it, was front and center for a Maundy Thursday service streamed online from First Congregational UCC, Columbus, Ohio, during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.


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Easter has been described as one of the greatest plot twists of all time, and I have come to realize that the upcoming climate march can be seen as part of an Easter plot twist in the making. To understand this, one has to first take a step back and grasp how the biggest story of our time has unfolded until this point. (Read more.)


Emily C. Heath

Two years from now Easter and April Fool's Day will coincide on April 1st.


Mary Luti

Jesus wants you to go to Galilee. He will see you there. 


Matt Fitzgerald

When death has the final word life is either a cheap gift expiring quickly or our only shot at an eternity's worth of meaning. It's all or nothing. 


Matt Fitzgerald

When preachers speak about God we should distinguish between things that do not make sense and things we cannot make sense of.