One of the best places to find information that connects curriculum to the history, ministry, and mission of the United Church of Christ is the United Church of Christ award winning web site. Use this directory to find topics of specific interest for a particular Sunday or session.
Whether your church uses Shine, Deep Blue Kids, Caffeine, The Present Word, or another curriculum, you will find links below that will help you add activities and resources that reflect the United Church of Christ.
Some of these links direct you to pages on the UCC web site, while others connect you with resources which you may order from UCC Resources.
United Church of Christ History
Look for opportunities to help learners explore and understand the rich heritage of the United Church of Christ. These links will be of special help to those working with Affirming Faith: A Congregation's Guide to Confirmation.
United Church of Christ Identity and Information
These links direct you to basic information about the United Church of Christ.
God Is Still Speaking
What is the UCC?
Justice and Witness Ministries Home Page
Local Church Ministries Home Page
Wider Church Ministries Home Page
Pension Boards Home Page
United Church Foundation Home Page
Meet Our Officers
Calendar of Prayer
UCC Annual Reports
UCC Logo Page
UCC Electronic Newsroom
Confessing Our Faith: An Interpretation of the Statement of Faith of the United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ Ministries
The links below to national ministries of the United Church of Christ provide connections with ways your group may choose to respond.
Mission Throughout the Year
Many suggestions for specific Sundays through the whole church year are in the above document!
Making Our Churches Safe for All
The two links below are a gateway to a wealth of information for churches which use the Revised Common Lectionary to guide worship and education using the resources of Seasons of the Spirit. Worship Ways provide liturgies on themes for Sundays thorughout the church year and may be used to provide denomination specific connection to any curriculum resources.
Sometimes you want to know how to connect a specific office at the Church House in Cleveland or you want to know who on your Conference staff might provide information to you. The links below can direct you to the right person. The education institutions related to the United Church of Christ provide a wealth of information which may be used in your church's education program. Your Conference Resource Center has many resources which are available on loan to use in your program.
Resources to Order
The links below provide information about videos, books, and curricula which you may purchase for your church's ministry of teaching.
These graduate schools and programs in theology play an important role in the preparation of pastoral leaders for the United Church of Christ:
- The six seminaries of the United Church of Christ have been recognized by the General Synod for their special commitment to the UCC.
- The historically related seminaries, some engaging as members of the UCC Council for Higher Education, continue to serve the church in ecumenical settings.
- The Regional Theological Education Consortium, a hub for multiple models of theological education, connects UCC conference and association based programs which have as part of their goals the formation of Members in Discernment toward authorized ministry, as well as a commitment to lay theological education.
Seminaries of the United Church of Christ
Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School
New Haven, CT
Chicago Theological Seminary
Eden Theological Seminary
St. Louis, MO
Lancaster Theological Seminary
Pacific School of Religion
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
New Brighton, MN
Historically Related Seminaries of the United Church of Christ
Harvard University Divinity School
Howard University School of Divinity
Interdenominational Theological Center
Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico
San Juan, PR
Union Theological Seminary
New York, NY
Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Yale University Divinity School
New Haven, CT
In recent years more and more churches, both denominations and local churches, have been engaged in helping members do planned giving—the giving of gifts of accumulated assets either in the giver's lifetime or after death. Often when a church begins exploration to establish a planned giving fund, or endowment fund, there is debate among members as to whether a church should be accumulating assets. Should a church establish an endowment fund?
Yes, there are faithful reasons for doing so. The first reason is that God has called those of us who follow Jesus Christ to be stewards. Douglas John Hall, Canadian theologian, in his book The Steward; A Biblical Symbol Come of Age, writes that stewardship "describes the whole posture called 'Christian.' Being stewards we have a relationship first of all to God, the creator, then to other human beings, then to nonhuman creatures, and towards Earth, our common home. Assets, whether they be land, money, stocks, or real estate are a part of what God has called us to relate to in a faithful way so that we can relate to the other aspects of creation more faithfully.
Yes, the assets can be spent as soon as they are given, but a well-organized and thoughtthrough plan for receiving such assets and for the use of the income provides the opportunity for the mission of the church to continue through many years to come. A man came to his minister when she had first come to his church and said, "Do you know anything about endowments? I will be giving a great deal of money to this church when I die and I would like to see our church plan for receiving such assets as I plan to give so that our church can widen its ministry and mission to others. I would like to see the assets I give to the church go on in perpetuity to serve those in need." Generous as he was in life, he was concerned that a good plan be put into place.
Some people are concerned that an endowment fund will choke off regular, faithful and proportionate giving by members because "we have all that money." If the assets are invested wisely, and guidelines are established that direct the income to new mission, mission only for others, or in some cases major capital projects, then this kind of giving does not "choke off' regular annual giving to the church. A well-planned endowment policy enables members of churches who have considerable assets to give to their church in a way that is faithful and will further the realm of God on earth.
The church that has concern for socially responsible investments can invest its endowment assets through United Church Funds ensuring that their investments are socially responsible. As stockholders in corporations, church members can exert influence on those corporations so that they are socially responsible.
The income from endowments enables many churches to reach far beyond what they would be able to do through the yearly pledges of their members and the annual budget. Churches have begun retirement homes, sponsored children in other countries, resettled refugees, started youth centers, given scholarships to people who wish to receive seminary training, begun a new program with "start up" money from the investments, made their church building accessible to persons who are differently abled, supported mission schools in countries where women rarely receive education, and a host of other important and needed ministries. One church with a relatively small amount of money endowed to it in the early 1900's sent over fifty people to seminary.
We live in a country and society in which money and other assets are the base of the economy. In recent years people have accrued valuable assets. These people need their churches to provide the opportunity for them to give of those assets in a way that builds up the body of Christ and serves the world.
The Reverend Anne D. Kear
Rocky Mountain Conference
Looking to join a group of UCC musicians? Check out the United Church of Christ Musicians Association. The UCCMA offers its members among other things a professional journal, a bi-monthly newsletter, regional professional development events, and a biennial national conference. Membership is open to everyone.
Click here if you are looking for hymn suggestions for worship. While the hymns suggestions are from The New Century Hymnal a simple search of your hymnal's index will reveal whether or not the hymn is in your hymnbook.
Click here if you are looking for song suggestions from Sing! Prayer and Praise. You'll notice a variety of indexes, including one based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
Seeking a new music or arts position? Check out the UCC Opportunities Database searchable by state and keyword.
Can't figure out where to find that hymn? Check out this excellent website!
Looking for a new song for worship? This blog provides a wealth of songs to select from based on the lectionary. It now includes selections from Sing! Prayer and Praise.
JWPepper has an excellent choral anthem suggestion website based on the Revised Common Lectionary. Go to the planning calendar, click on the date, and you'll receive multiple recommendations!
How about images for worship? The Vanderbilt Divinity Library has images available based on the Revised Common Lectionary. After locating the lectionary passage, click on the "Art" link. Please note the copyright citations, located on the information page for each image, and cite the sources as required.
Need to compare different Bible translations? The Bible Gateway has dozens of searchable translations.
Wondering what to pay your musician? Check out this excellent resource from the UCC Musicians Association (UCCMA). The UCCMA is a private UCC musicians' organization supported by yearly dues. Check out their website for more information.
Still wondering about compensation for the church musicians? The American Guild of Organists also has some information for you!
Sing! Prayer and Praise™-- the praise and worship song book developed by the United Church of Christ and published in 2009. The song book features 217 songs of which about 100 are new! Each song was selected with careful attention to theological and musical integrity, while keeping in mind the diverse nature of UCC congregations. Order a copy of the pew edition of Sing! Prayer and Praise from The Pilgrim Press. For more information go to the Sing! Prayer and Praise website.
Check the side navigation column for Sing! Prayer and Praise indexes. Contribute your suggestions for the index of your choice!
The piano accompaniment edition is also available. Order a copy here.
The New Century Hymnal on CD
The New Century Hymnal brought to life on a 35 CD collection! Designed for congregational worship and personal devotion, this all-pipe organ (no singing) resource is now available. The collection features every hymn in The New Century Hymnal, along with a musical introduction to each hymn.
(For verses in other languages, congregations are encouraged to substitute another language for an English verse. Verses equivalent to the number of English verses for each hymn are provided. Select hymns contain an accompaniment for an additional language verse.)
The New Century Hymnal on CD features United Church of Christ musicians playing United Church of Christ pipe organs. Recordings were made live, on location in Cleveland, Ohio area churches.
The New Century Hymnal
A Pipe-Organ Accompaniment CD Resource for Congregational Worship and Personal Devotion
THE PILGRIM PRESS
All 617 hymns from The New Century Hymnal are recorded here by UCC organists. These can be played in stereo systems, boom boxes, and automobile CD players.
Each of four CD cases contains a booklet with the hymn number, name, track, and play-time for easy use and worship planning.
For more information, click here.
"How terrible it will be for those who make unfair laws, and those who write laws that make life hard for people. They are not fair to the poor and they rob my people of their rights. They allow people to steal from widows and take from orphans what really belongs to them."
What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is an action taken by individuals, groups, or organizations to defend, support, or protect others. Generally, advocacy is standing with or standing for a person or group that is disadvantaged or denied justice in society. In the effort to bring about justice, advocacy may include education, affecting public policy, joining coalitions, and participating in nonviolent direct actions. Effective advocacy enables and supports individuals and groups working to correct the injustices or abuses to which they are subjected.
Adapted from the website of the Latin American Working Group.
Do you wonder if your efforts make a difference with your elected officials? Check out our special section: Does Advocacy Make a Difference?
Why should I care about advocacy?
These are challenging times for our nation, as debate rages over fundamental decisions regarding our national priorities, values and commitments, and how they will be expressed in public policy. Events of recent times remind us that we cannot ignore economic, social, and ecological realities that have led to greater abundance for some and scarcity for many others. In the challenges before us today, we, as people of faith, can hear the echoes of prophets and believers who, throughout history, lifted up a vision of right relationship within human community and with God. God’s vision of the wholeness of creation has always challenged the human limits of our thoughts, imaginations, and hopes.
The Hebrew people were continually reminded that the way in which their human community was structured reflected their relationship to God. In the prophetic tradition, justice in human community is inextricably linked to being in right relationship with God. For as God had brought the people through great trouble, so they were to respond to those in trouble in their midst.
Jesus reminds us of the call to compassion and justice, showing special care and concern for those in his day who were considered “expendables.” “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40).
How do I develop an Advocacy Strategy?
Before any advocacy campaign begins, before the letter-writing, petitions, or protests, advocates must have a clear strategy. This is an overall map of where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there. Start by asking yourself these five questions.
1. What Do You Want? (Objectives)
2. Who Can Give It to You? (Audiences)
3. What Do They Need to Hear? (Message)
4. Who Do They Need to Hear It From? (Messengers)
5. How Can We Get Them to Hear It? (Delivery)
When developing your message, ask yourself this key question: what piece of information that is missing from the debate can I offer that might change someone’s thinking on an issue if they became aware of it?
Timing advocacy to influence legislation is the most important skill needed by legislative advocates. Once an issue is decided by vote, it is very difficult, often practically impossible, to reverse the action until the next year or the next session of Congress. For more coordinated and strategic advocacy, which differs from rapid-response advocacy, it is important to plan ahead.
One excellent way to do advocacy is to enlist the help of leaders in the community, like clergy and other religious leaders. Religious leaders command respect among their congregations and also from elected officials and those who do not belong to a faith community. Partnering clergy and leaders of faith communities is a great, strategic way to engage your elected officials, especially if among the faith leaders is the leader of that elected official’s faith group.
[Adapted from Democracy In Action, a newsletter of the Democracy Center, The Institute for Public Policy Advocacy, 1535 Mission Street, San Francisco, California, 94103, 415-431-2051]
Who are my elected officials?
There are a number of ways to learn who your elected officials are. The simplest way to find them is through our Find Elected Officials tool, where you can look up your elected representatives by zip code. Once you know who your officials are, visit their websites and learn more about who they are. The more informed your communication is with them, the better.
What is the timing for Advocacy on the Federal level?
The key working days for the House and Senate are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This allows members of Congress to travel to their home districts and provides time for committee work and various kinds of caucusing and negotiations. In Washington, D.C., Mondays and Fridays are better times for meeting with legislative aides, but advocates should not be deterred by this and may try to set up a meeting on any weekday. Even when there is floor action in the House or Senate, it may be the case that the important action is happening in committees, caucuses, and negotiations.
It is not easy to predict when members will be in home districts and states, but it is important to contact the home offices of members to pursue appointments, since it is just as effective to meet with a staff member there. Of course, don’t forget phone calls, hand-written letters, and emails. These are all effective ways to weigh in on important issues.
Why is it important to advocate on the state and local levels, as well as the federal level?
Advocacy on the state and local level is as important as your work on the federal level. Today, the relationship between the states and the federal government in shaping and implementing public policy is being redefined on a broad range of issues, particularly budget deficits, homeland security, health care, education, environment, election reform, and welfare reform. The connection between federal and state public policy is becoming more evident. In this new environment, public policy advocacy is critical at both the state and federal level. Every state and local legislative calendar is different, so check on your state and local webpages to find out when legislation is on the move.
Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Defend the rights of the poor and needy. —Proverbs 31:8-9
How terrible it will be for those who make unfair laws, and those who write laws that make life hard for people. They are not fair to the poor, and they rob my people of their rights. They allow people to steal from widows and to take from orphans what really belongs to them. —Isaiah 10:1-2
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. —Isaiah 58:6-10
Two central themes run through the Bible concerning justice. The first is God's all-encompassing love, concern, and mercy for all human beings. The second is our responsibility to love God's earth and to care for God's people.
God placed Adam and Eve in the garden and instructed them to care for it. In the story of Cain and Abel, God sent the clear message that we are, indeed, our brother's and sister's keeper. In the tradition of the exodus from Egypt, we learn of God's compassionate response to misery, oppression, and slavery. God's law not only calls for individual piety but also communal responsibility for the well-being of all.
God never asks us to love only those with whom we are intimately acquainted, but instead a more difficult love is required. Over and over, the law instructs Israelites to remember the stranger, the foreigner, the orphan and the widow those most vulnerable to hunger and poverty and ties this instruction to the exodus.
Look at Deuteronomy:
When you gather your crops and fail to bring in some of the grain that you have cut, do not go back for it; it is to be left for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. . . . When you have gathered your grapes once, do not go back over the vines a second time; the grapes that are left are for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Never forget that you were slaves in Egypt; that is why I have given you this command. (24:19-22)
Other laws provided for sharing one-tenth of the harvest with immigrants, orphans and widows (Deuteronomy 14:28-29), for lending at no interest to those in need (Exodus 22:25), and for the cancellation of debts every seventh year (Deuteronomy 15:1-2, 7-11). Every fiftieth year was to be a Year of Jubilee during which property was to be returned to the family of the original owner. The intent of this law, which may never have been carried out, was to prevent the concentration of wealth and make sure that each family had the means to feed itself.
The prophets, too, insisted on justice for everyone. Amos, for example, denounced those who trampled on the needy and destroyed the poor in order to gain wealth. He railed against those who lived in luxury while the poor were being crushed. The prophets' main judgments were leveled against idolatry and social injustice. The living God insists on personal morality and social justice, while idols offer prosperity without social responsibility.
The Psalms invite us to celebrate God's justice.
God always keeps promises; God judges in favor of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. (146:6-7) Happy are those who are concerned for the poor; the Lord will help them when they are in trouble. (41:1 TEV)
The wisdom literature in the Old Testament expresses the same theme, as these texts from Proverbs indicate:
If you refuse to listen to the cry of the poor, your own cry will not be heard. (21:13) Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Defend the rights of the poor and needy. (31:8-9)
Concern for poor, hungry and vulnerable people is pervasive in the Hebrew Scriptures. It flows directly from the revelation of God through the rescue of an enslaved people.
Jesus: Our model of love, peace, and justice
The justice ethic of Jesus is built upon the foundation of Hebrew Scriptures. Yet, as Christians, our understanding of liberation emerges from the divine act of salvation the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because "the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" conquered sin and death for us, we are forgiven, reconciled to God, born anew to be imitators of God, called to sacrificial love for others. Through the gift of eternal life, Jesus sets us free to make the doing of good our purpose in life (Ephesians 2:8-10).
The example of Jesus is our guide and inspiration. He had a special sense of mission to poor and oppressed people evidence that, in him, the messianic promises were being fulfilled. At the outset of his ministry, Jesus stood up in the synagogue at Nazareth and read from the prophet Isaiah:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. (Luke 4:18-19)
The gospels depict Jesus repeatedly reaching out to those at the bottom of the social pyramid--poor people, women, Samaritans, lepers, children, prostitutes and tax collectors. Jesus was also eager to accept people who were well-placed, but he made clear that all, regardless of social position, needed to repent. For this reason, he invited the rich young lawyer to sell all of his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor.
Jesus expanded the traditional meaning of the word "neighbor"—defining our neighbor as anyone who is in need including social outcasts. (Luke 10:25-37) Moreover, Jesus calls us to love not only our neighbors but also our enemies. (Matthew 5:44)
In his portrayal of the day of judgment, Jesus pictured people from all nations gathered before him. To the "sheep" he says, "Come you blessed of my Father, for I was hungry and you fed me. . . ." In their astonishment they ask, "When did we do that?" And he answers, "When you did it to the lowliest of my brothers (and sisters)." Conversely, to the "goats" he says, "Out of my sight, you who are condemned, for I was hungry and you did not feed me. . . ." (Matthew 25:31-46, paraphrased)
Clearly, in both Old and New Testaments the intention of God that all people find a place at the table is combined with a responsibility on our part for those who are most vulnerable, those most often kept from the table. This intention flows from the heart of God, who reaches out in love to all of us--rich, poor and in between.
Advocating for justice
Churches are already doing a lot to take care of needy people directly through charity work. By one estimate, religious congregations give $7 billion each year (about one-seventh of their total revenue) to people in need (New York Times, 1995). But Christians devote much less effort to influencing what governments do.
God, however, requires both charity and justice, and justice can often be achieved only through the mechanism of government. The view that nations, as well as individuals, will be judged by the way they treat the weakest and most vulnerable among them is deeply embedded in the witness of prophets such as Isaiah, who said:
How terrible it will be for those who make unfair laws,and those who write laws that make life hard for people. They are not fair to the poor, and they rob my people of their rights. They allow people to steal from widows and to take from orphans what really belongs to them. (Isaiah 10:1-2)
Jesus criticized and disobeyed laws when they got in the way of helping people. He healed people on the sabbath, for example, even though all work was prohibited on the sabbath. Religion and government were intermixed, so Jesus was challenging the law of the land. The threat Jesus posed to both religious and political authorities led to his crucifixion. Government is not the only or always the best instrument to deal with injustice. But it is one of the institutions created by God part of God's providence for the welfare of people. Because we live in a democracy, a nation with a government "of the people," we have a special privilege and responsibility to use the power of our citizenship to promote public justice and reduce hunger.
Compiled and edited by the Rev. J. Bennett Guess, UCC Justice and Witness Ministries, with adapted selections from Grace At the Table: Ending Hunger in God's World, written by David Beckmann and Art Simon for Bread for the World (1999: Paulist Press and Intervarsity Press) Used with permission.
Full Members of the UCC Council for Higher Education
- Catawba College, Salisbury, NC; www.catawba.edu
- Chapman University, Orange, CA; www.chapman.edu
- Defiance College, Defiance, OH; www.defiance.edu
- Dillard University, New Orleans, LA; www.dillard.edu
- Doane College, Crete, NE; www.doane.edu
- Drury University, Springfield, MO; www.drury.edu
- Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL; www.elmhurst.edu
- Heidelberg University, Tiffin, OH; www.heidelberg.edu
- Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX; www.htu.edu
- Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL; www.ic.edu
- Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI; www.lakeland.edu
- LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN; www.loc.edu
- Northland College, Ashland, WI; www.northland.edu
- Olivet College, Olivet, MI; www.olivetcollege.edu
- Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR; www.pacificu.edu
- Piedmont College, Demorest, GA; www.piedmont.edu
- Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT; www.rocky.edu
- Talladega College, Talladega, AL; www.talladega.edu
- Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS; www.tougaloo.edu
Historically Related Colleges and Universities
- Beloit College, Beloit, WI; www.beloit.edu
- Carleton College, Northfield, MN; www.carleton.edu
- Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA; www.cedarcrest.edu
- Elon University, Elon, NC; www.elon.edu
- Fisk University, Nashville, TN; www.fisk.edu
- Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA; www.fandm.edu
- Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; www.grinnell.edu
- Hood College, Frederick, MD; www.hood.edu
- Ripon College, Ripon, WI; www.ripon.edu
- Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA; www.ursinus.edu
- Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT; www.wcslc.edu
Our Whole Lives, together with Sexuality and Our Faith, helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, health and behavior in the context of their faith. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. It provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills and understand the social, emotional and spiritual aspects of sexuality.
Our Whole Lives
- is a series of sexuality education programs for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, Young Adults and Adults. The resources are written by professional sexuality educators and provide accurate information for parents, teachers and pastors to be used in the affirming and supportive setting of our churches. Order your curriculum via UCC Resources.
- The resources are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.
- There is a Parent Guide to Our Whole Lives Grades K-1 and Grades 4-6 that accompanies the Our Whole Lives resource for those age levels. Our Whole Lives Grades 4-6 also uses the book, It's Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris.
- Is written by United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist Association members and is the accompanying resource used for each of the grade groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9 and grades 10-12, Young Adults and Adults in the church setting.
- All but the Adult book have separate sections devoted to UCC and UUA faith traditions. The Adult Sexuality and Our Faith book has reflects UCC theology. However, the UUA Adult Sexuality and Our Faith companion is available by calling their bookstore: 800-215-9076. By using Sexuality and Our Faith, leaders integrate worship, prayer and discussion of United Church of Christ faith values and principles into the programs for each age group.
Our Whole Lives and Sexuality and Our Faith resources may be purchased by visiting UCC Resources. UCC members who are attending an OWL training may contact email@example.com for a discount code to use when purchasing their materials.
What do these resources provide?
Each level of Our Whole Lives and Sexuality and Our Faith offers:
- A well-designed, teacher-friendly leader's guide
- Trained leaders
- Parent orientation programs that engage parents in the sexuality education of their children
- United Church of Christ materials incorporating worship and religious values into the program
- Up-to-date information and candid answers to all participants' questions
- Activities to help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
- Effective group-building to create a safe and supportive peer environment
- Education about sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment
- Opportunities to critique media messages about gender and sexuality
- Acceptance of diversity
- Encouragement to act for justice
Our Whole Lives and Sexuality and Our Faith respond to General Synod actions calling for the development of sexuality education materials for all ages. Participating in a human sexuality program in a supportive and affirming environment in the church will help participants understand that sexuality is an important part of the way God created us; that their church cares about their sexual development; and that caring Christian adults are willing and able to talk with them about their questions and concerns.
Other helpful Our Whole Lives links:
Minister Amy Johnson on Sexuality & the Church:
Bringing our Whole Selves to God
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- Why get trained? Lean more about Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith Facilitator Training.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- A Selected Chronology of UCC Relevant Actions and Events
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Advocating for human sexuality education and justice is an important first step for people of faith to take as they begin to plan a ministry of human sexuality in their communities.
The Advocacy Manual for Sexuality Education, Health and Justice is a helpful manual for advocates of comprehensive sexuality education - education that enables young people and their families to obtain accurate information, articulate their values, develop relationship skills, and exercise responsibility in sexual relationships. It is a co-publication of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. It may be purchased from the United Church of Christ at anytime by calling 1-800-537-3394.
The Advocacy Manual for Sexuality Education, Health and Justice contains a variety of practical resources for introducing a comprehensive sexuality education program like Our Whole Lives in your congregation or community, as well as background information on sexuality education and its connection to spiritual and sexual health. Whether you are a parent, educator, student, clergyperson or lay leader, this resource will encourage you to employ your moral and religious values in advocating for comprehensive sexuality education.
Sarah Gibb worked with the Sexuality Education Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ from 1997-2001. Having grown up in congregations that provided faith-based sexuality education, she has witnessed the positive effects of the partnership between congregations and families in helping young people make healthy choices. As Outreach Coordinator for the Task Force, her work focused on building advocacy for comprehensive sexuality education among people of faith. Sarah has also worked with communities organizations on setting up training events for the use of Our Whole Lives. She has completed her Masters of Divinity degree from Harvard University's School of Divinity and works for the Unitarian Universalist Association.