Three United Church of Christ congregations were in the high-impact area August 10 when a hurricane-strength "derecho" swept across Central Iowa. Even as they dealt with the derecho’s damage to their churches and homes, pastors and members stepped up to help their communities. And as word spread through social media of the destruction, the broader UCC (local, conference and national) stepped up to help.Read more
On August 10, 2020, Central Iowa suffered a powerful "derecho," with winds clocked up to 140 miles per hour. As soon as this veritable hurricane on land had passed, UCC pastor the Rev. Kate West in Belle Plaine was out to survey the damage and check on her members. The next day, she was at the center of the relief operation, organizing sack lunches and other supplies.Read more
For many, a large hurricane like Laura, marks the height of the disaster season. But September only marks the half-way point to the end of hurricane season on November 30. In recent history we have seen many examples of major hurricanes following each other: Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, and more recently Harvey, Irma, and Maria. We must not let our guard down. In fact there are currently four storm systems in the Atlantic.Read more
Pause. Pray. Post. Pledge.
The UCC relaunches #ThursdaysinBlack, promoting the global campaign against violence and an observance at the 2021 General Synod.
Plans began in earnest nine months ahead of the event.Read more
COVID-19 and a Renewed Sense of Call
To an international audience, UCC executive describes emerging from a viral ‘shadow of death.’
The U.S. Postal Service has become a political battleground. President Trump declared that he didn’t want to adequately fund the U.S. Postal Service to enable universal mail-in voting. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy reportedly then ordered cost-cutting measures, slashing overtime and curbing late delivery, which have reportedly created significant delays in mail deliveries - including delivery of life-saving medicines.
On August 4, 2020, an explosion at the port in Beirut, Lebanon, sent shockwaves across the city, shattering windows as far as 25 km (15 miles) away from the blast site. This tragedy occurs amid political and social tension, the COVID-19 pandemic and Lebanon's worst economic crisis in a century. These crises in Lebanon have left the country under-resourced and less able to respond to other major disasters. Assessments are still underway and the UCC stands ready to assist. Your prayers and contributions are welcome!Read more
UCC Wider Church Ministries is helping vulnerable families in Southern Asia cope with COVID-19, including day laborers idled by the pandemic-related shutdown, farmers and fishers unable to market their produce, disabled persons, ethnic minorities, widows and the elderly in Bangladesh and daily wage earners locked down at home and returned migrants in India.Read more
Addressing Climate Issues
Reversing climate change urgent ‘but not beyond us,’ UCC leaders say in national summit.