HR Services include:
- Works to recruit and retain a diverse staff population
- Investigates complaints of unlawful discrimination on the basis sex, gender-identity, race, religion, color, or national origin; people over 40; people with physical or mental disabilities; and veterans of the US military.
- Assists with the coordination of reasonable and appropriate accommodations for staff persons with documented disabilities.
- Provides guidance to staff regarding policies and procedures
- Communicates the UCC’s commitment to inclusivity and works with a council of dedicated and committed staff to establish diversity programs and initiatives.
- Promotes a culturally diverse and inclusive working and learning environment where current and prospective staff are treated fairly and valued for their individuality.
- Provides mandatory compliance training (i.e., workplace harassment etc.)
- Provides search and screening guidelines to search committees.
What you Need to Know…
- The Workers’ Compensation Program provides benefits to employees who are injured at work during the course and scope of their employment. Benefits may include payment for medical bills and lost wages.
- Coverage is available to full-time, part-time, and temporary employees.
- Coverage is not available for independent contractors.
If you become injured on the job and it is a medical emergency,
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Contact HR to Request an Incident Report
- Complete the Incident Report ASAP and return to HR
If it is a non-medical emergency,
- Contact HR to Request Incident Report
- Complete Incident Report and return to HR
- Seek medical attention if necessary
Our Faith, Our Vote Issue Webinars and One-Pagers
To prepare for the 2020 elections, the United Church of Christ D.C. Office, with the help of ecumenical friends and partners, has been busy working on issue specific resources for you to use and to share with your congregations and communities! We are in the midst of a critical election year, and it is important that we consider some of these major topics and how our faith informs our vote.
We hope these videos and resources help you learn about these topics vital to the upcoming elections, allow you to view the topic through the lens of your faith, and to guide you to action.
Topic: Climate/Environmental Justice
Topic: Economic Justice
One-Pager about Economic Justice - Coming soon!
Topic: Reproductive Justice
Topic: Health Care
Topic: Racial Justice
Topic: Gun Safety
Topic: Human Rights
Paying the Price for Being Advocates for Peace: A Letter from JUSTAPAZ in Colombia
UCC 24th General Synod Resolution “Support Colombian Churches and Leaders Under Attack”
Kairos Palestine Letter “A Cry for Hope”
UCC 31st General Synod Resolution on Rights of Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation
UCC 26th General Synod Resolution “A Call for Solidarity with the Persecuted in the Philippines, and an End to Extra-Judicial Killings and other Human Rights Violations.”
COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Messages of Solidarity for Racial Justice
Global Ministries Southern Asia Initiative
Global Advocacy and Education Associate, Rebekah Choate
Topic: Voting Rights
One-Pager about Voting Rights - Coming soon!
Topic: Just Peace
One-Pager about Just Peace - Coming soon!
Topic 11: Disabilities and Mental Health Justice
Camp Noah (Offices in St. Paul with camps nationwide)
Contact: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Camp Noah
709 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55104
Camp Noah is a day camp for children whose communities have been impacted by disaster. Camp Noah provides a safe, caring and fun environment where children build resiliency skills within the familiarity of their own communities, using proven curriculum designed to help children process their disaster and/or trauma experience through creative activities and play. In this safe and supportive setting, children are encouraged to face their fears, grieve their losses, identify and share their unique gifts and talents, and plan for an amazing future.
The Camp Noah program staff identifies and coordinates with locally impacted communities to assess interest and determine location and logistics for a camp during the period 6 months to 3 years following a disaster event. A volunteer team of 15-25 people receive training and are then assigned a location to lead the camp curriculum for a one-week event. A local site coordinator and mental health professional are part of the local leadership of the event.
Projects/Focus: Volunteers work directly with children as camp leaders during the Camp Noah week. There are a number of duties team members can volunteer to take on. These include leading the curriculum in small groups, leading activities, and emceeing large group events. Each volunteer has the opportunity to serve in an area that utilizes their own unique gifts and talents! One member must be designated as a Team Leader. The Team Leader will be the contact person between Camp Noah National and the local Camp Noah site coordinator.
The community visited will likely be exhausted (both physically and financially) from rebuilding and recovering. Volunteer groups from congregations and organizations outside of the disaster-impacted area have a unique opportunity to provide leadership and much needed fresh energy for a fun and supportive week-long camp.
All volunteers must be willing to be flexible and have fun being silly and energetic. They must participate in the camp week activities and possess a positive attitude. The best fit for this experience are volunteers with a passion for working with children affected by disaster.
Educational/Advocacy Components: Groups of church members, co-workers or even friends lead activities, teach curriculum and guide the children through their restorative experience. Volunteers not only help children at camp, they often see their own lives changed as a result of serving kids during such an important time in their recovery.
Time: One-week on-site at camp. On-line training (5-6 hours) and two in-person group training sessions required.
Dates and Locations: TBD. Contact Camp Noah staff or visit the website for more information.
Group Size: Volunteer teams must be composed of 15-25 per persons. If your team isn't large enough, feel free to reach out to other congregations and organizations and ask them to get involved. All volunteers on a particular team are asked to train and prepare together, so before you arrive in your host community, you will have the opportunity to learn and bond together as a group.
Minimum Age: 16 + years. Team Leader must be over 18 years-old.
Accommodations: Lodging will be provided for the team by the local host organization. Details about housing will be provided in a timely manner from the Site Coordinator, and volunteers should expect to bring bedding and a towel. Breakfast and lunch supplied on camp days (Monday - Friday). All other meals may be at the expense of the Volunteer Team.
Bring your church together
Discover Faith Practices, an exciting online resource that’s transforming congregations into communities that worship together, learn together, and serve together.
Faith Practices is for everyone in your congregation:
• Multiage & Intergenerational
• Adult (ages 35+)
• Young Adult (18-35)
• Older Youth (15-19)
• Youth (11-15)
• Older Children (7-11)
• Younger Children (3-7)
Faith Practices encompasses every setting in your congregation:
• Christian Education
• Workshop Rotation
• Worship, Music, Arts, & Story
• UCC Identity & History
• Living Practices in Daily Life
Here's what Faith Practices gives your congregation
• 12 different faith practices to explore over the coming years - 6 already available!
• 600+ activities per faith practice from which to choose – that’s 50+ activities per age group or setting!
• Online downloads that are always available when you need them.
• Accessible content and attractive presentation that volunteers and professional educators will love.
• Non-linear activities that weave education into the full fabric of congregational life, including worship.
The following Faith Practices are available
1) Giving and Receiving Hospitality
Create a community that welcomes all, especially those who are different from the mainstream of the current community.
2) Keeping Sabbath
Be intentional about rest, worship, and working for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.
3) Living Stewardship
Live in harmony with others and the world, through relationships, liberation, grace, justice, peace, mutuality and material possessions.
4) Playing and Living Joyfully
Include God in your recreation and re-creation, doing justice and moving outside yourself into sharing one with another.
5) Giving Testimony and Witness
Recognize God's action in your life and find ways to express it meaningfully with others.
6) Encountering Scripture
Listen to what the sacred texts tell us about our common family story and the Christian community.
New Practice partially Available
7) Praying and Making Ritual
Prayer is an essential practice of faith and tradition—many of us long for a deeper life of prayer, whether it’s a conversation with God or an activity that permeates every facet of our life. This practice will guide you to living prayerfully so you may begin to develop a worldview that understands our daily lives as an extension of our communal worship. You will reclaim familiar rituals; explore new ones; begin to recognize the holy in the ordinary; mark time and space as sacred; and give meaning to the whole of our experience.
Faith Practices is the best investment for your congregation:
Your congregation will pay only $300 to get Faith Practices – an amazing price for such a versatile, all-encompassing resource! This will be your only payment. No passwords, renewals, or expiration dates! And since Faith Practices materials are not dated, they are yours to keep and use...over and over...forever and ever...in many exciting ways:
+ Have your congregation or leadership choose a practice as a theme for the year, then infuse every event and activity with the related Faith Practices materials. Include the items in your church newsletters, too.
+ Gather groups in your congregation according to their vocations: business people, public educators, medical folks, scientists, farmers, tech folks, and others; use the Living Practices in Daily Life resource as a conversation starter to help them link their faith to life.
+ Meet at a coffee shop or café with anyone who is interested in talking about using a practice in daily life.
+ Use prayers and other worship ideas to begin and end board and committee meetings, potlucks and other church meals, choir practices, mission activities, youth group gatherings, church work days and more.
+ Send activity suggestions to parents/guardians/caregivers for use at home.
+ Encourage your stewardship committee to adopt the Living Stewardship theme for a year and use the materials throughout the congregation. Do the same with other practices and committees.
+ Find someone in the congregation with a passion for a particular practice and talk with them about working with those resources to get the congregation started on using them.
+ Use the Multiage/Intergenerational resource for a particular practice at monthly/quarterly/other regular gatherings.
+ Pick a practice and use that resource during an all-church retreat or camp.
+ Use Scriptures from the resources to plan congregational worship and Bible study sessions.
+ The list goes on and on – there are so many fantastic ways to make Faith Practices work for your congregation! Think outside the box – there’s no wrong way!
+ If you've found a cool way to use Faith Practices, please share with: email@example.com
Doing justice, seeking peace and building community are central to the identity of the United Church of Christ. We invite you to explore the breadth and depth of the UCC's justice work. Join us in building a stronger faith-based movement for peace, justice, equality and inclusivity. Our work is rooted in the teachings of scripture and the policies of our General Synod. Questions about anything you see here? Send us a message.
To explore JWM issue areas, click on the categories below.
APPLICATION CLOSES MAY 2020
2019 Summer Communities of Service Locations
What is Summer Communities of Service?
Summer Communities of Service (SCOS) is a leadership program for young adults aged 19 and above. Summer Communities focuses on intersecting faith communities, service, and justice advocacy. This national network is part of the joint work of the United Church of Christ and the Alliance of Baptists. Participants live and serve from late May to early August in host congregations around the United States. Housing, Food, Health Insurance and a $1,000 summer stipend are provided. While participating in SCOS you will have the opportunity to attend national orientation and debriefing events throughout the United States.
The "Intentional Christian Community Element" makes this program distinct and effective. Interns share a common food allowance, transportation funds, and spiritual growth insights. Participants live in a community with each other and with their hosts in their temporary city.
In the UCC and Alliance of Baptist diversity is a big piece of our identity. Both churches uphold socially progressive statements and advocate politically from a faith perspective. Diverse, community-service-integrated ministries show interns, congregations, the wider church, and a world where this faith-inspired work is happening in our midst. The SCOS experience helps interns develop long-term commitment to engage in this kind of ministry.
Hands-On Justice Advocacy/Service Opportunities:
Grow professionally and change the world. Your summer will consist of lead youth groups, assist in freedom school activities, plan art-based initiatives, camp counsel, assist with community gardening and serve as a disaster volunteer.
Grow personally and grow spiritually. Go deeper and explore the meaning of life in a supportive environment.
Questions or Inquiries? Contact Mary Schaller Blaufuss, UCC Volunteer Ministries
firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-736-3212