“We are aware that there has been increased violence against indigenous women and transgendered persons. Our increased awareness of these issues that disproportionately affect women will impact our response as global advocates.”
–Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson
Associate General Minister, Wider Church Ministries and Operations
Co-Executive Global Ministries
In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma, and further violence. Globally, 30% of women experience physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to data from the World Health Organization. Such violence can increase during public health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.
We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that everyone is safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies.
Thursdays in Black grew out of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (1988-1998), in which the stories of rape as a weapon of war, gender injustice, abuse, violence, and many tragedies that grow outward from such violence became all the more visible. But what also became visible was women’s resilience, agency, and personal efforts to resist such violations.
Join Wider Church Ministries, and our partners, in the campaign by doing the following:
Pause for a moment of silence on Thursdays at noon your local time to remember and honor those who have died at the hand of sexualized or gender-based violence.
Pray with us:
We stand with invisible victims of sexual and gender-based violence.
We see you. We hear you. You are not forgotten.
Post your prayers, photos, or inspirations on social media using the hashtags #ThursdaysinBlack, #UnitedChurchOfChrist, and tag us.
Make the Thursdays in Black pledge here, and invite 5 friends, co-workers, or family members to do the same.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please seek help immediately. You can call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Learn more and find resources on these websites:
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence resources from the World Council of Churches
"Climate breakdown is increasing violence against women" - Article from The Guardian
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can one person change the world? Sponsor a child . . . Plant a tree . . . Rebuild a home . . . Visit a prisoner . . . Be a mentor . . . Teach . . . Serve a meal . . . Bring water to the desert . . . Pray . . . Donate . . . the opportunities are endless. And they're all right here. What part of our world is waiting for you to make a difference?
“The Potency of Hope”
The theme for this event is “The Potency of Hope” and will take place May 1-3, 2018 at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center in Carefree, AZ (same location as 2016). The registration for this event is $250, with discounts for members of the Antoinette Brown Society. Members who join/renew at the Leader level receive a 10% discount, members who join/renew at the Trendsetter level receive a 30% discount, and members who join/renew at the Pioneer level receive a 100% discount. If people want to join the Antoinette Brown Society, they can contact Keri Sugerik at 800-846-6822.
Rev. Loey Powell & Rev. DaVita McCallister
May 01, 2018 at 12pm - May 03, 2018
Carefree Resort and Conference Center
37220 N Mule Train Rd
Carefree, AZ 85377
Google map and directions
Rev. Elizabeth Dilley · email@example.com · 216.736.3841
Tuesday, May 1
Noon – lunch together
1:00pm – Opening Worship
2:30pm – Break
3:00 – 4:30pm Breakout Sessions
6:00 – 7:30pm Supper Together
7:30 Fun Evening
Wednesday, May 2
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 10:30am Morning Worship: Women on a Pilgrimage
10:30am – 11:45am Keynote
12:00 noon – Lunch on your Own
1:30 - 3:00pm – Breakout Sessions
3:30 - 5:00pm – Affinity Time
5:00pm – Rest of Afternoon and Evening on your own; supper on your own
Thursday, May 3
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 9:30am Hotel Checkout
10:00 – 11:45am Final Plenary and Closing Worship
Noon – depart, lunch on your own
World AIDS Day 2020
World AIDS Day Interfaith Service
Join the World AIDS Day Interfaith Service organized by the US HIV & AIDS Faith Coalition. It will be available online and via live-stream. Keeping with the AIDS 2020 theme, "Resilience and Renewal," the service will include four faith traditions Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity. Each will offer sacred text, a reflection, and a prayer.
Ecumenical World AIDS Day Service (virtual)
The World Council of Churches will offer an ecumenical World AIDS Day service in the Christian tradition. The service will be offered In the context of the ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ with the Theme: “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility”.
HIV Faith Coalitions Then and Now (October 21, 2020)
a conversation with Jesse Milan, Jr. and Rabbi Denise Egger, also including Rabbi Howard Berman and Rev. Dr. David Williams
Moderated by Dr. Ulysses Burley III
National Faith HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (August 30, 2020)
a conversation with Khadijah Abdullah and Rev. Edwin Sanders, also including Vanessa Johnson and Bikkhu Sagaranda Tien
Moderated by Dr. Ulysses Burley III
Prayer and Engaging the Black Church (July 28, 2020)
a conversation with Pernessa Seele and Cary Goodman, also including Elder Carmarion Anderson-Harvey and George Kerr
Moderated by Dr. Ulysses Burley III
AIDS 2020 Interfaith Service
ABOUT the US HIV & AIDS Faith Coalition
People of faith, faith leaders and people working in the HIV and AIDS response gather for a one-day faith pre-conference in advance of the U.S. Conference on HIV AIDS (USCHA) to discuss and develop strategies to strengthen the capacity of houses of worship and faith-based organizations who are engaged, or wish to engage, in efforts to end the HIV epidemic.
The focus of this conference will be on the role of faith in attaining and fast-tracking the goals of getting to zero discrimination and zero disparities. The conference will include keynote addresses, panel discussions with persons living with and affected by HIV, breakout sessions on disparities and social determinants related to health, and disparities in sexuality education. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in the discussion, participate in the development of strategies, and network with colleagues working in and with faith communities.
The United Church of Christ serves as the fiscal agent for US HIV & AIDS Faith Coalition.
USCA FAITH COALITION LEADERS
Ulysses Burley, UBtheCURE
Dr. Iva Carruthers, Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, Chicago, IL
Barbara Chinn, Episcopalian, Washington DC
C. Virginia Fields, National Black Leadership Commission on Health, New York, NY
Bishop Yvette Flunder, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, Oakland, CA
William Francis, The HUB, Atlanta, GA
Cary Goodman, Balm in Gilead, Richmond, VA
Doris Green, Men and Women in Prison Ministries, Chicago, IL
George Kerr III, Presbyterian HIV Network, Washington DC
Daniel Leyva, National Latino Commission on AIDS, New York, NY
Erica Poellot, Faith in Harm Reduction, New York, NY
Edwin C. Sanders II, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church, Nashville, TN
Mike Schuenemeyer, United Church of Christ HIV & AIDS Network, Cleveland, OH
Pernessa Seele, Balm in Gilead, Richmond, VA
Vanessa Smith, South Side Help Center, Chicago, IL
David Williams, Metropolitan Community Church, Newark, NJ
God is still speaking and so are our youth. The United Church of Christ (UCC) Scouting Working Group is committed to growing the youth of our communities into responsible citizens and inclusive leaders through Scouting programs. In the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), UCC congregations currently charter over 1,000 Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews.
Since the BSA policy changes in 2013 and 2015, eliminating the ban on gay and bisexual youth and adults in Scouting, the UCC national offices have re-engaged with the BSA. The UCC Scouting Working Group is excited to grow this partnership, encouraging and supporting new and existing Scouting programs in UCC local churches.
For more information, please contact:
Brian Conn, Chairperson
UCC Scouting Working Group
Check out these NEW LGBTQI affirming resources:
- Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida Toolkits
- Podcast: Encuentros Latinxs - Stories of spirituality, culture, and identity from Latinx perspectives.
Rev. Rhina Ramos
National Coordinator for Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
Since 1946, the United Church of Christ and the United Church of Christ congregations have played an active role in welcoming resettled refugee families to our cities, neighborhoods, and churches. We’ve set up new homes with clean sheets and warm blankets. We’ve stocked kitchens with hot meals and pots and pans for cooking a family dinner. We’ve accompanied parents and their children to doctor’s appointments and to enroll in school – sometimes for the first time. We’ve shared the joy that comes from landing that first job in the states or welcoming a new baby in a new country. We have been blessed with opportunities to be accompaniers, neighbors, friends. And our communities have been enriched by the many talents, ideas, and contributions of resettled refugees.
In addition to welcoming refugee families resettled to the U.S., each day the United Church of Christ is present in the halls of Congress, working to protect the U.S. refugee resettlement program, advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and work for world peace.
Providing welcome and care for refugees around the world
United Church of Christ values of justice and diversity, of ecumenical and interfaith relationships, mean that long-term partners are already engaged in both the worlds’ most well known and most invisible refugee crises.
People who are forcibly displaced within their own national boundaries and across them access holistic support with care for body, mind, spirit, and community. People experiencing the effects of war, violence, persecution and political disruption are met with flexible, personal and innovative approaches that honor their dignity and human rights as wonderfully and fearfully made children of God.
The United Church of Christ recognizes that most refugees are located in countries in their regions of origin and that often those places are struggling with poverty and displacement themselves. Support of local communities that welcome refugees helps strengthen a delicate social balance for the well-being of all.
It is indeed a blessing to serve as the hands and feet of Christ in a world that often fails to embody God’s unending love and to join in God’s infinite joy at seeing God’s children live together in peace. Our God is still speaking, and we invite you into this ministry with us.
What we do
The United Church of Christ accompanies refugees through
- Church participation as welcome teams and volunteers with refugee resettlement offices across the United States. We are trying to learn how many of our churches are working with refugee families! If you are, please tell us about your ministry here!
- International support to partners accompanying refugees around the globe through One Great Hour of Sharing
- Placing UCC Partners in Service volunteers with refugee resettlement agencies and United States’ partner organizations serving asylum seekers.
- As Global Ministries (Disciples//UCC), placing volunteers and Global Mission Interns with partner churches and organizations serving refugees internationally.
- Annual financial support to Church World Service (CWS) for the Refugee and Immigration Program – in 2018, with the help of UCC and other churches, CWS resettled 3,554 refugees in 24 cities around the U.S. They also received and placed more refugees on Special Immigrant Visas than any other U.S. refugee resettlement agency. Church World Service also consistently receives a U.S. State Department contract to process refugee claims for U.S. resettlement for people throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
- Advocacy - our team in Washington, DC raises all of our voices and the Gospel call to ‘welcome the stranger’ (Matt 25:35) through skilled advocacy, collaboration with interfaith and secular partners, bearing witness at Congressional hearings and meetings, and holding our elected officials accountable.
- Encouraging UCC congregations to get involved with an office of any of the nine national refugee resettlement networks that are local to them.
- Financial and organizational support of specific refugee emergencies around the world.
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).
The Church of Firsts
Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities. The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith. When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.
A Church of Extravagant Welcome
Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways. We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.
We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.
How You Can Help:
Continuing to share during a time of virtual gathering and global pandemic:
1. If your church is already set up to receive offerings online and offers a way for givers to designate gifts to OGHS, please continue to do what works for your church.
2. If your church does not typically receive Special Mission Offerings online, but would like to provide a way for congregants to do so, you can direct them to the following opportunities:
-Give online via secure donation form (desktop or mobile).
-Text OGHS to 41444 and follow the prompts to give securely.
Make a secure online gift today, giving generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. The suggested offering date is March 22, 2020. However, gifts, or additional gifts may be given to the offering at any time. OGHS Resources are available to help promote the offering and may be order from UCC Resources.
Donate to a Specific Natural Disaster or Refugee Emergency - designate the emergency on the giving page or in the memo line of your check.
Assemble Church World Service Kits to support a variety of needs in the US and internationally.
Stay Updated wiith the latest in UCC Disaster, Refugee and Sustainable Development Ministries, read current stories on our website or visit our Social Media sites: One Great Hour of Sharing UCC (Facebook) and @OGHS_at_UCC (Twitter).
Watch videos that show the work and scope of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Feel free to use any of the resources to promote the OGHS offering.