Grants to UCC Conferences - from PPE to Tech Upgrades
United Church of Christ conferences are engaging the challenges and disparities created or worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic with assistance as diverse as eviction protection for people out of work, PPE for hurricane shelters and technology upgrades for rural congregations. Funding from Wider Church Ministries (WCM) “is helping them serve communities hardest hit by the pandemic,” said the Rev. Dr. Monica Dawkins-Smith, Executive Associate for Wider Church Ministries and Operations.
COVID-19 grant to CA church helps migrant moms "stir in the love"
Six days a week, the kitchen at Eden UCC in Hayward, Calif., is bustling. Volunteer cooks – primarily asylum-seeking mothers from Mexico and Central America – are using their favorite recipes to prepare hot meals that provide nourishment and a taste of home to 100 households - asylum-seeking youth and migrant families with children who've been impacted by COVID-19.
"Recovering Hope" offers emotional care resources during COVID-19
Disasters are stressful for survivors and caregivers alike. The long-running COVID-19 disaster is taking an enormous emotional toll on millions of people as they and those around them suffer sickness and death, isolation and loss of community and livelihoods. In response, the UCC is launching “Recovering Hope,” resources for emotional and spiritual care for pastors, chaplains and other church leaders, congregants, vulnerable communities and beyond.
270 Gallons of Hand Sanitizer for UCC PA Southeast Conference
As churches of the UCC's Pennsylvania Southeast Conference began to plan to resume in-person services, the Conference staff was receiving requests for leads on hand sanitizer. Conference Minister Bill Worley and Conference Disaster Coordinator Karl Jones consulted to determine if the Conference could assist with this request. Jones accepted the task.
UCC: Pandemics of COVID-19 and of Racism are Interrelated
United Church of Christ officers explore how the pandemic of racism spills out as police brutality and in the disparately high impact of COVID-19 on people of color, especially Black people. A disproportionate number of Black people are dying senselessly - and it's because of racism.