In the 1960’s, my mother and father left the church they grew up in for many reasons. One thing they really objected to was the idea that we shouldn’t ask for too much in life because we’ll get our reward in Heaven—also known as “pie in the sky, in the bye and bye.”Read more
Disaster by the Numbers (November 2013):
- 16 million people affected
- 4.1 million people displaced
- 1.1 million houses damaged or destroyed
- 6,201 deaths
November 2015 graduates of UCC-supported livelihoods training. UCCP photo.
UCC Disaster Ministries Response by the Numbers:
- $1,136,450 funds distributed to various partners by UCC Disaster Ministries for Haiyan Recovery (as of March 15, 2016)
- 100s of families assisted with fishing boats, seeds and livestock through support to various partners
- 55 individuals (including those pictured, left) received skills training and tools in welding, carpentry and masonry (as of December 1, 2015)
- 40 individuals will receive skills training and tools in welding, carpentry and masonry in 2016
- 50 typhoon-resistant homes built in San Roque (as of December 1, 2015)
- 50 typhoon-resistant homes being built in Buenavista (as of December 1, 2015)
- 50 typhoon-resistant homes scheduled to be built in Carigara in 2016
As of March 15, 2016, UCC Disaster Ministries has provided a total of $1,136,450 to support early response efforts and long-term community needs. Early response work included the provision of shelter, food, drinking water, medical supplies and more. Currently UCC Disaster Ministries is working to address long-term rebuilding and community restoration work through housing reconstruction project aimed at building 150 typhoon resistant homes in three communities. Additionally UCC Disaster Ministries is supporting holistic recovery through the restoration of livelihoods through, seed, livestock and boat distribution as well as skills training such as welding, masonry and carpentry.How You Can Help
GIVE generously to support emergency relief and rebuilding efforts by clicking on the link to make a secure online donation. Gifts may also be made at your local UCC congregation marked for “Typhoon Haiyan” with the request they be sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries. Donations may also be made out and sent directly to Wider Church Ministries, Financial Services - 6th Floor, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
ASSEMBLE urgently needed Church World Service kits.UCC Partners in Typhoon Haiyan ResponseHaiyan Updates
The United Church of Christ: Still Active in Haiyan Response
September 4, 2015
How donations to Philippine typhoon recovery are helping families into homes
November 14, 2014
UCCP rehabilitation project updates
October 3, 2014
New UCC disaster ministries executive assessing recovery efforts around the world
April 4, 2014
Philippine recovery effort shifts from relief to reconstruction
January 22, 2014
The UCC effectively joins faith and action in 2013
December 30, 2013
UCCP Haiyan Report
December 10, 2013
UCC exceeds $250K goal for Typhoon Haiyan relief
December 6, 2013
UCC churches with ties to the Philippines support Typhoon Haiyan recovery effort
December 5, 2013
Ohio pastor makes Thanksgiving part of Philippines relief mission
November 28, 2013
Prayer, advocacy on climate change supports Typhoon relief efforts
November 22, 2013
UCC partner in Philippines describes ‘chaotic’ post-typhoon conditions
November 15, 2013
Quick support funding UCC’s typhoon relief effort
November 13, 2013
UCC seeks to raise $250K for typhoon relief in Philippines
November 11, 2013
UCC issues $250,000 appeal for Typhoon Haiyan response
November 11, 2013
Super typhoon prompts UCC aid to partners in the Philippines
November 8, 2013
Typhoon Haiyan roars into Philippines, takes aim at Laos, Viet Nam, China
November 8, 2013
An increasing number of Members in Discernment and clergy feel called to serve in specialized ministries: from spiritual direction to campus ministry, from hospice chaplaincy to pastoral counseling, from intentional interim ministry to CPE supervision, and many more. Explore further information about Specialized Ministry in Professional Organizations and Specialized Ministry in Government Organizations.
Within the broad range and varied titles of specialized ministries, "chaplaincy" denotes institutional ministry—ministry on behalf of the church but outside a traditional church setting—in places like hospitals, prisons, and the military services. Chaplains especially must demonstrate the ability to work well independently and to function in religiously and culturally pluralistic environments.
While the United Church of Christ affirms multiple paths to authorized ministry, it should be noted that organizations employing chaplains and specialized ministers often require a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary, credits in Clinical Pastoral Education, and special training; they also may have requirements for age and physical condition.
Many (but not all) specialized ministry settings ask for Ecclesiastical Endorsement by a minister's denomination. There is a distinction between "standing" as an authorized minister within the United Church of Christ and "eccleciastical endorsement" by the United Church of Christ. The granting of ministerial standing (ordination, commissioning or licensure) means that a person is deemed sufficiently prepared and equipped for ministry in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ. Ecclesiastical endorsement is verification by the denomination that an authorized minister is in good standing, has gained the necessary qualifying experience, is willing and capable of working collegially in a religiously and culturally plurastic setting without prejudice, understands that they are not to evangelize in a specialized ministry setting, and has the maturity to represent the United Church of Christ to the calling institution. Collected here are requirements and forms for Ecclesiastical Endorsement in both professional and government organizations; please note that not all employers require ecclesiastical endorsement.
Special Message: More UCC Chaplains Needed
The United Church of Christ currently has 46 clergy serving as chaplains in the military services. A generation ago, we had three times that many. The decrease can be attributed to a number of factors, including the denomination’s stance as a Just Peace church, fewer seminarians and clergy who can meet the age and physical requirements and, in the past, the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Other mainline Protestant denominations have experienced a similar decline in the number of chaplains provided to the military and other government agencies. This has led to a void that more conservative denominations have been ready and able to fill. This influence has not been benign. Women, gays and lesbians, persons from liberal or non-Christian backgrounds, and others have been negatively affected. And our national interests have also been jeopardized.
Recently there has been renewed interest in chaplaincy by UCC clergy and seminarians. If you or someone you know may be willing to consider a call to chaplaincy, please get in touch with the Minister for Chaplains and Specialized Ministers. For the good of service members and their families and for the good of our country, we need to ensure that our chaplains will continue to be there to serve them.
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