This church camp kingdom of God in Lincoln Park embodies two of UCC's Three Great Loves.
The Rev. Traci Blackmon is one of several faith leaders who put their bodies on the line for love of neighbors, their health care and for the sake of justice Thursday morning at the Capitol. The national officer, Executive Minister of the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries was arrested alongside Moral Movement leader the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Jennifer Butler from Faith in Public Life, as they, other clergy and dozens of supporters marched against pending healthcare reform that proposes to deny coverage to 22 million people.
In a letter dated July 10, the final day of a 45-day review process ordered by President Trump calling on the Department of Interior to "review" national monuments established since 1996 and assess whether they should be reduced or eliminated, the religious leaders of Episcopal, Lutheran, Mennonite, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ denominations sent a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to "reverse course, and listen to the Bears Ears Commission and to the thousands of supporters for the Bears Ears Monument."
The delegates at the United Church of Christ General Synod had a good number of resolutions to deliberate in Baltimore last week, and a group of thirteen people from the host conference helped ensure the process ran smoothly.
The Rev. Kim Kendrick, final preacher during the UCC's 2017 General Synod, told the gathering that the vision for a just world for all has been cast, and the work starts now.
General Synod addresses need to promote opportunities for people with disabilities, advocate for migrant worker rights
Reminding the denomination that all people are created in God's image, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ called on churches and congregants to "commit itself to disability justice," including advocacy of agreements among nations to protect and promote opportunities for people with disabilities, and to advocate for the rights of migrant farm workers.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the UCC's partner in Global Ministries, has a new General Minister and President. The Rev. Teresa "Terri" Hord Owens, was elected Sunday evening, July 10.
General Synod 2017 came to a close Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore after five days of discernment, deliberation and devotion. The torch of hospitality passed from the Central Atlantic Conference to the Wisconsin Conference, which hosts General Synod 2019 in Milwaukee.
Ignoring climate change won't make the problem go away.