This statement from the leadership of the United Church of Christ condemns President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the Paris Climate Accords.Read more
Thompson, I. David, 3/31/2017
Aubin-Fischer, Richard D., 3/31/2017
Hatch, Mary B., 1/23/2017
Schroer, Calvin W., 5/19/2016
Starbuck, Kenneth C., 4/3/2017
Smith, Harold C., 3/21/2017
Jones, Lawrence S., 3/26/2017
Moore, Viola L., 4/5/2017
Bacon, Jack, 4/11/2017
Swart, Elizabeth, 1/4/2016
Lauck, C. Philip, 2/8/2017
Engelsdorfer, Marvin F., 2/21/2017
Waugh, Winston, 11/23/2016
Anderson, Claude W., 3/5/2017
Miehlke, Carl F., 4/10/2017
Lang, Allen, 4/1/2017
Ayre, A. Russell, 4/10/2017
Siefert, Neil D., 4/10/2017
Kasper, Robert E., 4/1/2017
Baechle, Ruth W., 4/16/2017
Bendit, Paul, 4/25/2017
Bradford, J.A., 3/29/2017
Newton, Lyman F., 5/7/2016
Ely, Donald J., 3/13/2017
McCracken, David E., 3/25/2017
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The early 1800’s were a heady time in American religious life. After winning political freedom from Britain, some Christians condemned all denominational structures and authority as well. Lay preachers, many of them women, drew large crowds at camp meetings, with emotional preaching exhorting people to simplify their faith and live Godly lives. Using the Bible as their only guide, followers rejected the creeds and structures of established religion.
When Abigail Hoag Roberts, one of these “female laborers” or “evangelists” as they were called, gained a following, the leaders of established denominations were not pleased. Some thought the only place where women should minister was in the mission field. They said, “If you are called to preach, why do you not go to the heathen?” Abigail Roberts responded, “Judging from what I witness, I am right in the midst of them.”
Quick wit and fire to preach a simple Gospel were hallmarks of her ministry. Like other preachers who were part of the Christian Connection, a group that later joined with Congregationalists, Roberts insisted that “Christian character,” rather than correct beliefs, were the measure of a Christian. She also condemned denominations that squabbled among themselves, dividing God’s people.
From her call to preach in 1814 Abigail worked tirelessly in the lower Hudson Valley, traveling frequently in all kinds of weather and preaching daily in homes, meeting halls, and outdoors – spreading a gospel of love, simplicity and tolerance. In 1826 Abigail and her husband Nathan left their children with friends and moved to northwestern New Jersey. There she helped found over 15 congregations, two of which still exist today in Milford and Baleville, NJ. After 1836, failing health kept her from travelling and she spent her remaining years mentoring others, including her son, Philetus, who became a Christian minister. She died in 1841.
Contributor: Marjorie Royle
The EF3 tornado that raked Naplate and Ottawa in LaSalle County, Ill., Feb. 28 lasted about eight minutes – and changed those communities forever. Still, today recovery is farther along t han would be typical at this point - perhaps even by as much as a couple of months - thanks to a partnership between the local community and the ecumenical Disaster Recovery Support Initiative.Read more
The EF3 tornado that raked Naplate and Ottawa, Ill., Feb. 28 lasted about eight minutes – and changed those communities forever. Still, today recovery is farther along than would be typical at this point by as much as a couple of months thanks to a partnership between the local community and the ecumenical Disaster Recovery Support Initiative.Read more
Famine has officially been declared in South Sudan and looms in Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen. The United Church of Christ has issued an appeal for $50,000 for East Africa famine relief. It also is urging observance of the World Council of Churches' Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on May 21, and advocacy with the U.S. government to release emergency funding to avert catastrophe in these four countries.Read more
Contact for Scheduling/Questions: Brian Rourke, Volunteer Coordinator, Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders, 225-284-1123, firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer work teams that sign up to serve in Baton Rouge may apply for a scholarship (grant) to help defray their expenses: Click here.
Disaster Event Information: Massive flooding occurred in the Baton Rouge, La., area in August 2016. This flood from 24 hours of torrential rainfall damaged 154,000 homes. Some have called it a 1,000-year weather phenomenon. As another measure of the magnitude, 22 parishes flooded to the extent they qualified for FEMA assistance. Livingston Parish was one of the hardest hit. Not surprisingly between 50 percent and 80 percent of the homeowners (depending on the area) did not have flood insurance.
To put this flood in perspective, Superstorm Sandy damaged or destroyed 350,000 homes. The August flood is definitely a hurricane-sized disaster.
Estimates vary but full recovery is expected to take at least three years.
Project/Focus: Using volunteers and donated funds, rebuilding homes in Livingston Parish for the low-income and uninsured. Priority is given to the elderly, handicapped, veterans and single parent families.
The construction tasks are generally interior only replacing insulation, sheetrock, painting, flooring, cabinets, doors and trim, etc. Construction leadership is on-site but skilled individuals on the team are always much appreciated.
Time: Arrive Sunday and depart the following Saturday. Sunday evening is orientation. Work Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Accommodations: Our camp is located at 10607 Cassle Rd, Denham Springs, LA 70726 in the middle of a small horse farm. We have a spacious four-bedroom bunkhouse with beds to accommodate 26 volunteers. The dining hall and kitchen are close by in a converted barn with cedar and cypress walls and rescued heart pine floors.
Volunteers should bring their own linens for the single mattresses. Laundry facilities are available.
Cost: $165/person/week covers room and board. All meals provided: Breakfast is continental, sack lunch, and a hot dinner. Click here to apply for a scholarship (grant) from UCC Disaster Ministries, available to work teams that sign up to serve in Baton Rouge.
Minimum Age: 16
Group Size: 25 maximum
Adult to Youth Ratio: For youth under 18, we ask for one adult per three teens.
Tools: We ask individuals to bring their personal tools: cordless screw gun (if available), hammer, screwdriver, utility knife, tape measure, etc. We have a good supply of power tools but always appreciate additional tools if possible.
Ministerial changes reported in the Data Hub—the UCC's information system for ministers and churches—for new positions/calls entered into the system in April 2017.
|CC: Congregational Christian|
|CM: Commissioned Minister|
|DS: Dual Standing|
|LM: Licensed Minister|
|MID: Member in Discernment|
|MS: Ordained Ministerial Partner Standing|
|OM: Ordained Minister|
|POC: Privilege of Call|
|U: Unknown/No UCC Standing|
|SP: Senior Pastor|
|DT: Designated-Term Pastor|
|AP: Associate or Assistant Pastor|
|IN: Interim Pastor|
|SU: Supply Pastor|
|Y: Youth Ministry|
|OL: Other local church position|
|MM: Minister of Music|
|CE: Director of Christian Education|
OM, Michael Blackwood, CP, United Church of Broomfield, Broomfield, CO
LM, Linda Bruce, OL, Saugatuck Congregational UCC, Westport, CT
OM, Elizabeth Clement, IN, Church of the Isles UCC, Indian Rocks Beach, FL
U, Nicole Collins, P, First Congregational UCC, Las Vegas, NV
OM, Cara Davis, OL, First Congregational UCC, Lee, MA
U, Jabari Douglas, P, Kingdom Worship Miracle Center, Upper Marlboro, MD
DS, Marylyn Doyle, IN, Hawker United Church of Christ, Beavercreek, OH
U, Joseph Dunnwald, P, Immanuel UCC, Latimer, IA
OM, Michelle Dyar, P, Jensen Beach Community UCC, Jensen Beach, FL
OM, Terry Fitzgerald, SU, Saint John's UCC, Catonsville, MD
OM, Shawn Garan, AP, Second Congregational Church, UCC, Greenwich, CT
MID, Russ Goliger, DT, First Congregational Church in Worcester Inc, Worcester, MA
OM, David Goode, P, Saint Paul's UCC, Auburn, PA
U, Bruce Greer, IN, Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale UCC, Sturbridge, MA
OM, Lisa Irwin, OL, Emanuel Church UCC, Hales Corners, WI
OM, David Jones, P, Saint John's UCC, Lebanon, PA
OM, David Jones, P, Saint Mark's UCC, Lebanon, PA
OM, Lou Jones, DT, Saint John's UCC, Dallastown, PA
U, Carolyn Kennedy, IN, Barneveld Congregational UCC, Barneveld, WI
OM, Jack Kraaz, IN, Grace United Church of Christ, Kohler, WI
LM, Isaac Lawson, AP, Immanuel Congregational Church UCC, Hartford, CT
OM, Janet Leighninger, SP, New Hope, UCC, Sturbridge, MA
OM, Lucas Lindon, P, United Church of Christ, Congregational, Medina, OH
OM, Harry Middleton, SP, Cocoa Beach Community Church UCC, Cocoa Beach, FL
OM, Shane Montoya, AP, Edwards UCC, Framingham, MA
MS, Patricia Mullen, AP, Shiloh United Church of Christ, York, PA
OM, Ann-Therese Ortiz, AP, Glenside United Church of Christ, Glenside, PA
OM, Cynthia Priem, P, First Congregational Church of Fryeburg UCC, Fryeburg, ME
OM, Jan Remer-Osborn, P, Saint John's UCC, Orwigsburg, PA
U, Heriberto Rivera, P, Iglesia De Cristo Libre Por La Verdad UCC, Miami, FL
OM, Pérsida Rivera-Méndez, AP, Church of Christ Congregational UCC, Newington, CT
U, Robert Roberts, IN, First United Church of Christ of Orlando Inc, Orlando, FL
OM, Rosemary Rocha, IN, New Spirit United Church of Christ, Savage, MN
OM, Janet Ross, P, Amistad Chapel, Cleveland, OH
OM, Keith Scott, P, Congregational Church UCC, Miami Lakes, FL
OM, Kelly Sisson, P, First & Saint Stephen's UCC, Baltimore, MD
OM, Celestine Slater-Brooks, P, Hope United Church of Christ, Rockledge, FL
U, Nea Stepp, P, First Congregational UCC, Whiting, IA
OM, John Terry, IN, First Church of Christ UCC, Sandwich, MA
OM, Joseph Tobin, IN, Center Congregational UCC, Meriden, CT
POC, Keith Valenzuela, IN, Saint Paul's UCC, Cook, NE
OM, Leanne Walt, SP, Congregational UCC, Norwell, MA
MID, Jason Wilson, OL, Plymouth Congregational Church, Washington, DC
The Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) provides oversight of the UCC Data Hub through which ministerial changes are made. However, Conferences and Associations are responsible for reporting changes and maintaining ministerial records in this system. If you have questions about this information, please contact the appropriate Conference or Association.
United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth answers some questions about the Conference Disasters Coordinators program.
Pictured: UCC Conference Disaster Coordinators at their 2017 annual meeting.
Q: What's a Conference Disaster Coordinator?
Wolgemuth: A Conference Disaster Coordinator is an individual appointed by the conference to serve as a primary point of contact and team leader for a Conference Disaster Team (CDT). CDCs act as a liaison between the CDT, the conference and UCC Disaster Ministries. They are the backbone of UCC Disaster Ministries' domestic preparedness and long-term recovery efforts. "Conference Disaster Coordinator" is a volunteer position. Some CDCs are retired, and some have full-time jobs.
Q: What is the CDC’s job description?
Wolgemuth: Their primary responsibility is to develop and lead a Conference Disaster Team to assist the conference and congregations to prepare for disasters and – when disasters occur – to educate local UCC leadership, donors and supporters of needs, disseminate information and recruit and deploy volunteers for long-term recovery work. By maintaining relationships with UCC Disaster Ministries and with state and local disaster response entities, both governmental and private sector, including state and local VOADs (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), they are able to appropriately focus the resources of the ministry (financial, volunteer, time and energy) on preparedness and long-term recovery efforts.
Q: Does every UCC conference have a Conference Disaster Coordinator?
Wolgemuth: Most but not all conferences have a Conference Disaster Coordinator. Click here for a complete list.
Q: What do the Conference Disaster Teams do?
Wolgemuth: Conference Disaster Team (CDT) members develop relationships with the state and local VOADs (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), and assist the conference and its congregations in preparedness planning. In the early days of a disaster the CDT members serve as the first point of contact with congregations that have been impacted, and share information about disaster recovery needs and appropriate ways to help. As long-term needs are identified the CDT will engage communities where long-term recovery support will be needed, and educate and encourage local UCC leaders about how to participate in the local long-term recovery efforts. The CDT will also recruit and support the deployment of both short-term work teams and long-term volunteers for long-term community recovery work.
UCC Disaster Ministries' focus is on preparedness and long-term recovery. It is extremely important that all CDCs have a common understanding of their role and the focus of the ministry, and that they are able to direct limited resources (time, energy, financial and volunteer) to support the overall mission and ministry.
Q: Say more about the UCC's focus on preparedness and long-term recovery.
Wolgemuth: It is key that as a ministry we focus energies in these two specific areas and not try to directly engage throughout the entire disaster response and recovery continuum. Preparedness and long-term recovery are two areas where additional support is needed in most disasters. It requires patience and a willingness to allow space for the dozens of organizations that respond to immediate needs to do what they do best - i.e. sheltering, mobile feeding units, muck-out work, chainsaw crews, childcare, case management, tarping roofs, grants, medical supplies, etc. UCC Disaster Ministries is a member of National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) which is a strong network of over 60 nationally recognized, active and reputable organizations with specialized roles that work collaboratively throughout the entire response and recovery continuum.
Q: How can UCC members support the denomination's Disaster Ministries?
Wolgemuth: Each conference needs a team of individuals and a CDC to provide leadership and serve as a primary point of contact. I would encourage anyone interested in disaster ministries to reach out to your conference office and/or CDC and join the Conference Disaster Team (CDT). Diverse skills and backgrounds are needed on the CDT. Additionally, financial resources are needed to build a team and support the CDC and CDT so that they can attend trainings, speak at congregations, print materials, travel to disaster sites and develop key relationships throughout the disaster response and recovery community (VOAD, Emergency Management Office, etc.). UCC members can support domestic disaster recovery and the work of CDCs financially through UCC's Emergency USA Fund.