United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

With UCC grant, conference supports clergy mental health in pandemic

Both ordinary and extraordinary, the stresses on pastors and hospital, university and military chaplains during the COVID-19 pandemic are enormous. So the Indiana-Kentucky Conference United Church of Christ is pioneering ways to help clergy cope, using support that includes a UCC COVID-19 Conference Recovery Grant. 

Meet UCC Volunteer Ministries volunteer Gail McAfee

The Rev. Gail McAfee is currently serving as a UCC Volunteer Ministries’ volunteer in North Carolina. She was brought in to provide mold remediation following Hurricane Florence. Why does she volunteer? “That’s what I was taught to do," she said. "I was raised by pastors and was taught to respect all people, regardless of their current status in life. Everyone is just as important as the person wearing the suit.”

In typhoon-prone Philippines, recovery from Ambo begins as new storms hit

In the Philippines, UCC Disaster Ministries is aiding recovery from Typhoon Ambo/VongFong as new storms hit diverse areas of this nation of islands. Typhoon Goni/Rolly is on track to make landfall on Luzon Sunday morning (Nov. 1). Just a few days ago, Typhoon Molave killed 22 people in the Philippines.

Deadline extended for COVID-19 grants for conferences

The deadline for United Church of Christ conferences to apply for the UCC COVID-19 Conference Recovery Grant has been extended by two weeks, to December 14, 2020.

Staff changes on the UCC's Global H.O.P.E. team

Just announced: staff changes on UCC Wider Church Ministries' Global H.O.P.E. team, which includes Disaster, Volunteer and Refugee ministries and Sustainable Development. Rev. Joshua Baird starts Nov. 16 as Global H.O.P.E. team leader. Rev. Phyllis Richards Oct. 30 wraps up as acting team leader and resumes work as Program Associate for One Great Hour of Sharing. Barbara Baylor ends her special assignment Oct. 31. Diane Dicken retires Dec. 31.