Global H.O.P.E.

The Global H.O.P.E. team in United Church of Christ Wider Church Ministries brings together the UCC’s refugee and migration ministries, volunteer engagement, disaster response and recovery, and sustainable development work. The acronym H.O.P.E. makes clear the team’s vision: Humanitarian. Opportunities. Progress. Empowerment.

Disaster Ministries

Responding to the call of our Christ-centered faith, UCC Disaster Ministries supports holistic community recovery, worldwide, by engaging supporters, volunteers and partners to focus on preparedness, emergency relief and long-term recovery.


Recovering Hope

Recovering Hope is a ministry of emotional and spiritual care to address the emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on millions of people in a limited amount of time.


Volunteer Ministries

Volunteer Ministries organizes volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals across U.S. host sites and provides access to preparation and post-service commitment materials.

Refugee & Migration Ministries

Refugee & Migration Ministries provides welcome and create robust structures of welcome for the resettlement of refugees and the protection of asylees within the United States while advocating for and responding to the needs of the displaced globally.

A Message from
Global H.O.P.E. Team Leader

Under Global H.O.P.E. Team Leader the Rev. Joshua Baird (pictured), “The ministries that are a part of the Global H.O.P.E. team reflects Wider Church Ministries’ “glocal” focus, said the Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, UCC Associate General Minister, Wider Church Ministries and Operations and Co-Executive for Global Ministries.

“They are global and local in scope,” she said, “providing opportunities for our congregations to be active participants with the ecumenical community in providing advocacy, humanitarian collaborative efforts and sustainable development.

Additionally, the name encapsulates the UCC vision for a just world for all. We are called to walk in solidarity with those who experience crisis and are in need of justice. The areas of disaster ministries, refugee and asylum ministries and sustainable development are areas where we must continue to foster hope and nurture the possibilities for a future where all have what they need.”

Global H.O.P.E. News Feed

UCC community of concern helps refugee family through an emergency

Sometimes injury or illness turns a family’s financial self-sufficiency into desperate need. And…

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Boulder church collects guns, turns them into gardening tools

A Boulder, Colo., congregation is moving beyond thoughts and prayers to address gun violence….

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UCC extends aid to Goma volcano survivors

Hundreds of thousands fled lava and ash when Mount Nyiragongo volcano erupted May 22 in the…

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Questions? Contact Global H.O.P.E.

Josh Baird
Team Leader
Bairdj@ucc.org

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