The UCC wants to ensure that its membership and beyond get facts and not false information about the coronavirus pandemic. So it brought in a public health professional to act as UCC “point person” for the church’s COVID-19 response. Barbara Baylor's job: to help decipher all of the material available from a plethora of respected sources and create an online daily brief.
"If it wasn't for God and you people, I wouldn’t be in my house tonight." That's how Josephine Henry described the situation as a crowd joined her recently – before the COVID-19 crisis – to dedicate her restored home in Wilmington, N.C. Hurricane Florence had torn the roof off, but now it was fixed, thanks to One Great Hour of Sharing donations and volunteer work by United Church of Christ members and others.
Coronavirus resources with special emphasis on disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Check back regularly for updates!
Barbara Baylor began work Friday, March 20, as UCC Disaster Ministries' Health Liaison and, as such, "point person" for COVID-19 response.
United Church of Christ's library of coronavirus resources for churches and their members just got a lot richer. You will want to have a look right now! Among new sections: how to talk with children, statements from church leaders, and avoiding scams.
Congregations take note: Tips for in-person and virtual worship and music, technology and "social distancing" options, copyright issues for virtual worship and much more are covered in "Faithful Response, with Worship, to the Coronavirus." Newly created by the United Church of Christ's Justice and Local Church Ministries, it is a truly valuable resource in the pandemic.
United Church of Christ leaders are sharing information with each other, listening to the latest data from world health organizations and taking directives from their local health departments to discern how best to take precautions as the coronavirus COVID-19 spreads across United States. They are practicing social distancing, increasing sanitation practices, and inviting worshippers to participate in services online, among other measures.
UCC Disaster Ministries is in contact with the UCC’s Southeast Conference since Tuesday (March 3), when tornadoes swept through central Tennessee, taking more than two dozen lives, displacing many others and causing extensive damage.
A word from Traci Blackmon about coronavirus
Just published! "UCC Disaster Ministries: Helping Rebuild Homes and Lives in 2019." See how generous contributions from across the United Church of Christ totaling more than $1 million have provided relief and long-term recovery to disaster survivors across the U.S. and around the world.