A Maryland pastor reflects on why Christians need Advent more than ever in 2020.
This week we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States and, like many, I’m unable to travel to be with my family and celebrate as we’ve done in the past, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.
Financial gifts from 20 United Church of Christ congregations in the denomination’s Kansas-Oklahoma Conference, plus several individuals and church bodies, have abolished $5.2 million in medical debt in those two states.
As the United States marks Thanksgiving, a holiday immersed in stories about a small group of Europeans and their arrival in North America, people of faith are among those turning a critical eye to that history – and to Christians’ role in the genocide of the people who were living here.
Noting that Advent is traditionally a season to prepare for “the in-breaking of justice,” the United Church of Christ and the National Council of Churches will lead training sessions in “Faith-Based Organizing for Justice” on four consecutive Sunday afternoons starting Nov. 29.
People across the United Church of Christ are marking Transgender Day of Remembrance – on Friday, Nov. 20, but also on Sunday, Nov. 22, and other days – by mourning victims of violence and promising to work for a world where people of all gender identities can be fully, publicly themselves.
I live in the Sonoran Desert on Tohono O’odham land in what is now called Tucson, Arizona.
The UCC General Synod worship planning group is already at work, crafting what will be historic virtual services that reflect the diversity of a denomination that believes “that they may all be one.”
Eleven digital hymns, a pageant of lessons and carols, and a full Sunday worship service are among the United Church of Christ-produced Advent and Christmas resources that will soon be available to local churches.
With one voice, leaders of a number of religious traditions are calling on people of all faiths across the country to unite behind a common cause, urging Americans to recognize Joe Biden as the next elected president of the United States.