United Church of Christ

Japanese partners thank UCC for support after 2011 triple disaster

It's been five years since Japan's triple disaster - earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown - killed about 16,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.  The United Church of Christ has provided more than $1 million in recovery assistance. Two ministry partners from Japan just visited the United Church of Christ to share updates on their post-disaster work, which is ongoing.


UCC helps Winston-battered Fiji rebuild, monitors additional storms

Heavy rain Monday and Tuesday and now Tropical Cyclone Zena are adding insult to the injury Fiji suffered from Tropical Cyclone Winston in February. Thousands of Winston survivors are once again in emergency shelters across the country.  UCC Disaster Ministries is monitoring the impact of the latest storms even as it undertakes important repairs in Navakawu. 


UCC Disaster Ministries fills critical unmet need in Fiji

The story of UCC Disaster Ministries' food aid to a small Fijian island in the wake of Cyclone Winston illustrates the denomination's commitment to stepping up to fill critical gaps. The aid was delivered earlier this week to Kioa Island, whose root crops were destroyed by the severe (Category 5) tropical cyclone - the strongest ever to make landfall in Fiji.


UCC Cyclone Winston (Fiji) Response

This is UCC Disaster Ministries' "index page" with information about Tropical Cyclone Winston's impact on Fiji and how the United Church of Christ is helping with disaster relief and recovery.  Page recently updated with news from Global Ministries long-term volunteer the Rev. Nikotema Sopepa on two new disaster response task forces within the Fiji Conference of Churches.


A time of prayer for healing, five years after Japan tsunami

It's been five years since Japan's triple disaster killed about 16,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others. On this sorrowing anniversary, United Church of Christ leaders, disaster executives, and missionaries are calling for a time of hope and prayer to sustain the still-recovering nation and its people, who continue to endure hardships and adversity from the loss of life and livelihood related to the disaster.


Richshanda's story: from a flooded home to a changed life

When last October's heavy rains flooded the yard around her Columbia, S.C., mobile home, Richshanda G. thought she and her five-year-old daughter Mylon would be fine once the water receded. But when her home's floors began to buckle, and the wheels of her wheelchair started sinking in, Richshanda knew the water had caused serious damage to her home.  That's when she reached out to the ecumenical Disaster Recovery Support Initiative.


UCC sends aid to people suffering in drought-stricken Ethiopia

With the most severe drought in almost three decades impacting lives across the dry landscape of Ethiopia, the United Church of Christ is acting to help the families at risk. UCC Disaster Ministries has sent a $10,000 grant to ACT Alliance, a world relief organization, to support ongoing food assistance, health and nutrition support, agriculture and livestock production, and safe drinking and bathroom water for 137,000 people.


UCC disaster response to Fiji cyclone will help thousands in temporary shelters

As the death toll from the strongest cyclone to make landfall climbs again today and the full scope of the disaster in Fiji begins to unfold, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is responding with $7,000 to help put tens of thousands of affected people on the Pacific island nation back on their feet. 


UCC Conference Disaster Coordinators meet, share passion for their task

Natasha Naramore's passion is disaster recovery. "But sometimes when I talk with people about it, they roll their eyes and say, 'Let's talk about something happy,’" she said.  Imagine her delight to spend three days in the company of more than a dozen people who share the same passion.


UCC a partner in innovative West Virginia "bridge project"

Five simple, economical "driveway bridges" have been completed for homeowners and eight more are ready to start except for funding in an innovative long-term recovery project following last spring's severe flooding in West Virginia.  The United Church of Christ is among partners in the "Bridge Project" of the West Virginia VOAD, whose members collaborate on disaster recovery efforts.