The United Church of Christ national officers are offering $2.6 million in COVID-19 relief to churches and Conferences — $1.5 million in loans and another $1.1 million in micro grants, which will be available by an application process that begins June 1.
With racial tensions escalating in a U.S. presidential election year, a prominent United Church of Christ pastor who has described the death of jogger Ahmaud Arbery as a lynching will join panelists in a national online conversation on Sunday, May 31, about how Christians "can be actively involved in dismantling racism."
The COVID-19 pandemic, from its beginning, has amplified racial, economic and health disparities in America, exposing the existing crisis of poverty and systemic racism. The Poor People’s Campaign has long been mobilizing to reveal and eliminate those disparities in the quest for a just world for all. But because of the coronavirus, its planned June march on the nation’s capital is moving online.
My father, Herbert Henry Griffith, grew up in rural Missouri and attended children’s Sunday school at the little white clapboard church just down the dirt road from the family farmhouse.
In this country’s war against the coronavirus, there are hundreds of United Church of Christ chaplains fighting on the front lines.
In a pastoral letter to the wider church, the leadership of the United Church of Christ sends a clear and strong message to congregations who are considering going back to meeting in person, urging them to wait until ALL safety concerns have been addressed.
Like so many other events in the Year of the Coronavirus, the in-person version of the UCC's 2020 National Youth Event has been postponed. But youth and young adults can still take advantage of online opportunities, starting now.
Despite the challenges of online worship and ministry during social distancing, a UCC church in Flagstaff, Ariz., is working with community partners to make life a little easier for their undocumented neighbors who are ineligible for federal assistance during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Like others across the U.S. who have been struggling to make sense of the Covid-19 pandemic, I admit that I have been challenged in trying to provide best leadership practices to my staff from which they might draw strength and support.