Recovering Hope

Who We Are & What We Do   Emotional/Spiritual Support Host a “Resiliency Self-Care” Workshop General Resources, COVID and Churches

FEMA help with funeral costs:

Did you pay funeral costs after losing someone due to COVID-19? FEMA may be able to help with those costs. Learn more at or call (844) 684-6333 to get started.

Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disaster:

Join the growing UCC Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disaster teamwhich is building the work the UCC already is doing to extend care to survivors of natural and human-caused disasters. UCC pastors, chaplains, pastoral counselors, mental health providers and other spiritual and emotional care practitioners, conference and association leaders – these are all prospective participants in the network. Contact Lesli Remaly (, UCC Minister for Disaster Response and Recovery, for more information.

Videos for relaxation:

Recovering Hope Meditation Video:

UCC Community Care Space Meditation Videos:

Click here for a three-minute animated video on empathy, narrated by Brene Brown


Featured Webinars

New! Online “Resiliency Self-Care Workshop.” Get more information about the workshop including how to host it with UCC Disaster Ministries sponsorship.

“Building Resilience,” a one-hour program available online or live in two versions, one for faith leaders and one for general audiences. Offered by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in English and Spanish. Designed to increase participants’ understanding of their own signs of stress and to teach in-the-moment tools to engage the relaxation response in body and mind. Click here for full information.

Support and educational opportunities 

Self-Care Resources Disaster Preparedness Manual for Churches
Grief and Loss Resources Thursdays for the Soul
Insurance Board Tuesdays for Nurture
In Spanish / En Espanol Intimate Partner Violence Resources
Take a Mental Health Screening Test Mental Health and Mental Illness Resources


Webinars and training resources in selected conferences (all are welcome)

Missouri-Mid South Conference
Southern Conference
Southern New England Conference

Coping with COVID-19 resources for all

Pastors and Church Leaders Children and Youth
The Pandemic is a Disaster Faithfully Facing Dying
A Study on Sadness Crisis Hotline for Suicide Prevention and Veteran Crisis

Recent “stories of hope”

Updated regularly: Index of UCC Global H.O.P.E. grants (U.S. and international) in 2021

May 27, 2021 – UCC seeks gifts for partners where “pandemic is far from over”

May 26, 2021 – UCC issues $150,000 appeal for COVID resurgence relief efforts

May 25, 2021 – Tending to Emotions, Spirits in Disaster

May 21, 2021 – UCC offers resiliency self-care workshops

Older stories

November 12, 2020 – With UCC grant, conference supports clergy mental health in pandemic

August 18, 2020 – UCC Disaster Ministries supports COVID response in India, Bangladesh

August 18, 2020 – UCC helps Middle East partners meet COVID-related needs

August 14, 2020 – UCC grant aids COVID-affected refugees, immigrants in CA and NY

August 6, 2020 – Grant to Kansas church aids immigrant, refugee neighbors during pandemic

August 5, 2020 – UCC pandemic grant, through conference, aids Marshallese congregations in Arkansas

August 4, 2020 – COVID-19 grants to UCC conferences, from PPE to tech upgrades

July 17, 2020 – California church caring for, feeding newcomers aided by disaster relief grant

July 7, 2020 – “Recovering Hope”offers emotional care resources in COVID-19

June 23, 2020 – 270 gallons of hand sanitizer for UCC PA Southeast Conference

June 15, 2020 – UCC funds three COVID-19 response grant requests in Africa

May 1, 2020 – UCC Disaster Ministries grants COVID-19 relief funds to NY Conference

April 21, 2020 – Indiana-Kentucky Conference models face mask-making project

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