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Exploring the UCC Statistical Profile: Our Stories and Identity Told Numerically

If you’ve ever wondered about general trends in the UCC or even how your local church fares in relation to others, you’ll want to attend this presentation of the latest UCC Statistical Profile produced by the Center for Analytics, Research & Development, and Data (CARDD). Whether statistics entice joy or not, this webinar will have a balanced approach to the numbers and some of the stories behind them.

Join CARDD Director Dr. Erica Dollhopf and Ambassador for Innovation and Engagement Rev. Phiwa Langeni as they highlight this insight-filled document.

October 9, 2021



Driven by Faith with Sister Simone Campbell

Join us for a riveting hour of dialogue with Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus, moderated by Rev. Traci Blackmon, as we discern what it means to live out one’s faith amidst a challenging political climate.

RESOURCES:

Hunger for Hope: Prophetic Communities, Contemplation and the Common Good: https://www.orbisbooks.com/hunger-for…

Pope Francis Voter: PopeFrancisvoter.org

Nuns on the Bus: Nunsonthebus.org

Praying for a New Creation to Come from Chaos: https://networklobby.org/082120prayer/



Prayers of the People

Members of the national staff are holding you and your congregations in prayer every day. Join this webinar to offer your own prayers and witness the prayers that are spoken aloud for the multiplicity of pains and gratitudes, grief and transformations. Hold space in your heart for the collective experience of shift we have all experienced, and offer your own prayers in the chat as we pray together.



Suppressed Screening

Over the years it has taken many forms, but voter suppression has existed since the nation’s founding. The landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act was a significant step forward in addressing voter suppression and protecting the right to vote for all Americans.

In a 2013 Supreme Court decision, key provisions of the Voting Rights Act were gutted. Within hours of the decision, many states imposed severe restrictions on voting rights. “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote” is a documentary by Robert Greenwald that weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to reveal the widespread voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election.

Join with Director of the UCC Washington DC Office, Sandy Sorensen and UCC International Policy Advocate, Katie Adams for this screening of Suppressed. The screening will conclude with an action plan for viewers to protect voting rights in the 2020 elections.

Watch the trailer for Suppressed: https://youtu.be/CJZkxJKPyAE

RESOURCES:

Threshold Moments: A Ritual for Voting https://www.ucc.org/threshold_moments…

Our Faith Our Vote https://www.ucc.org/ourfaithourvote

Civic Action Center https://p2a.co/zv3KyiE

Election Protection Hotline 866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)

 

 



SANKOFA: Reaching Back & Stepping Up

Join Rev. Traci Blackmon for a conversation with Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak & Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, co-authors of the book: Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism. (Maryknoll: Orbis. https://www.orbisbooks.com/radical-re…)

Featuring:

Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak South African United Reform Church pastor, liberation theologian, anti-apartheid activist, and former chairman of the Western Cape region of the African National Congress (ANC)

Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Council of Churches and an ordained minister of The Church of God. He has also served as the Executive Director of Community Renewal Society in Chicago

Rev. Traci D. Blackmon Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.

RESOURCES: Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture, and Religion: https://www.fortresspress.com/store/p…

Children of the Waters of Meribah: Black Theology, the Miriamic Tradition, and the Challenges of 21st Century Empire.” (Cascade: 2019) https://wipfandstock.com/children-of-…

Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism: https://www.orbisbooks.com/radical-re…



BACK TO SCHOOL: The Impossible Choice and How Your Church Can Help

Local churches can do so much to come alongside educational systems to provide support for children in their community. Join this webinar to learn what your church can do to mind the gap between the educational systems adapting to COVID-19 and the real-time care that families in your congregation and community will need to thrive.

We will present theological framing, story, resources, and places to look for funding to undergird your programmatic and community interventions.

Featuring: Dr. Sharon Contreras- Superintendent of Guilford County Schools, NC

Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson- President & CEO of Deaconess Foundation

Lisa Hart- Associate Conference Minister for Faith Formation and Justice Ministries for the Wisconsin Conference UCC

Rev. Dr. Chris S. Davies- Team Leader for Faith INFO (Faith Education, Innovation, and Formation)

Rev. Sekinah Hamlin- Minister for Economic Justice Shannon Smith- A single parent of two students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School district



Building Bridges of Faith Across Political Divides

In a time when our nation is becoming increasingly more socially, politically, and spiritually divided, what does our faith require of us?

Join Rev. Robert L. Schenck, Rev. Traci Blackmon and Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer for this timely conversation.



Digital Funerals & Grief: A Conversation & Ritual

As we collectively both prevent and respond to what is happening in our world, the impacts of a global pandemic on how we grieve continue to offer both opportunities and demand creativity in keeping people safe.

On this panel, we will be talking through the reality of what many are experiencing as grief goes digital. We will look towards how local pastors and chaplains are offering opportunities to grieve, through what has been a shared experience of collective trauma in this age. And together, we will hold a service of collective grief.

Featuring: Phil Hobson Rev Jabari Douglas Rev. Katy Hyman



Supporting Your Pastor So They Can Support You

Pastoral Relations Committees are a key way for a congregation to support a healthy relationship between pastor and congregants. It also increases the effectiveness of the church’s ministry. These confidential, supportive, caring and honest groups promote healthy communication; they express care for pastors in all seasons of shared ministry. Join a conversation with pastors and church leaders to explore how these communities of trust can help enhance your church’s ministry in a pandemic and beyond.



Living Psalms – Hope and Justice in Word, Cloth, Clay, Play and Spirit

Psalms is the one book of the Bible that defines itself as not the Word of God. This webinar will share what is available to worship and study leaders through the ongoing work of re-writing the Psalms with a heart of justice as “Living Psalms” in UCC WorshipWays, invite the participants to create a psalm-line of their own, and share simple methods to invite faith community members to write, draw, or act their own psalms.



Organize the Church: Voter Registration, Education, and Mobilization

Join us for this engaging conversation about electoral politics and the role the church is called to play to ensure every voice is heard. This webinar continues the OUR FAITH/OUR VOTE 2020 Series as we journey toward elections. Featuring Leah Daughtry, Stacey Abrams and Traci Blackmon, as well as Director of the UCC’s DC Office, Sandy Sorenson.

October 8, 2021



Youth & Young Adult Racial Justice Rally: White Silence is Violence

The United Church of Christ actively believes that youth and young adults are vital to the church and society and to that end, we are dedicated to creating leadership development opportunities, resources, events and programs for those from ranging from sixth grade through their mid-30s.

Youth and young adults within the United Church of Christ are gathering virtually with special guests to host a rally around the topic of Race Relations & Justice as a starting place for future engagement and leadership development opportunities. We have been hearing from our young people who have said this is a priority. They are interested in dialogue with each other across racial barriers and leaders about their experience(s), steps to create a just world for all and addressing the unrest we see around racism, the abuse of power by some uniformed officers and the helplessness many are feeling regardless of age, race or gender.

This rally is geared to hearing and equipping white allies to engage in the racial justice efforts in America, but it is important that people of color of all ages be present to hear as well. This rally, in conjunction with part one to be held on July 28th, provides immediate actions as well as the development of a long-term strategy to engage dismantling racism.

October 6, 2021



No Justice No Peace: Youth & Young Adult Racial Justice Rally

The United Church of Christ actively believes that youth and young adults are vital to the church and society and to that end, we are dedicated to creating leadership development opportunities, resources, events and programs for those from ranging from sixth grade through their mid-30s.

Youth and young adults within the United Church of Christ are gathering virtually with special guests to host a rally around the topic of Race Relations & Justice as a starting place for future engagement and leadership development opportunities. We have been hearing from our young people who have said this is a priority. They are interested in dialogue with each other across racial barriers and leaders about their experience(s), steps to create a just world for all and addressing the unrest we see around racism, the abuse of power by some uniformed officers and the helplessness many are feeling regardless of age, race or gender.

This rally is geared to hearing from people of color, but it is important that our white allies of all ages be present to hear as well. This rally, in conjunction with part two to be held on July 30th, provides immediate actions as well as the development of a long-term strategy to engage dismantling racism.



World Communion Sunday Worship

Join us the Wednesday before World Communion Sunday as we celebrate and worship together.

The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. On that day, we remember that we are part of the whole body of believers.

Whether shared in a grand cathedral, a mud hut, outside on a hilltop, in a meetinghouse, or in a storefront, Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations.

We will be celebrating communion together virtually so please have something to eat and drink ready. It can be whatever you have on hand, not necessarily bread and juice.

September 29, 2021



A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Wilda C. Gafney, Ph.D.: A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney is a scholar, pastor, preacher and activist. She is the Right Rev. Sam B. Hulsey Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth, TX. Dr. Gafney is also an Episcopal priest and remains a member of the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, PA. She is the author of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to Women of the Torah and of the Throne, a commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah in the Wisdom series; Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel; and co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible. She is the author of A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church and translator of its biblical selections. Please join us for this important conversation with Dr. Gafney about her latest groundbreaking work: A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church.

September 28, 2021



UCC Justice and Local Church Ministry Grants – 101

Justice and Local Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ has decided to take a bold step in creating a common application that streamlines our granting process.

The hope and goal is to ensure granting is made easier for congregations in the United Church of Christ as we honor the intentions for funding for seven funding areas.

Come and learn about the new application process, application deadlines, and types of congregational grants available from JLCM grants for 2021-2022 cycle.

 

September 21, 2021



2022 Midterm Elections Ahead: The Fight for Voting Rights

In states across the country, efforts are underway to significantly erode voting rights. Join us to learn more about these threats, and what steps are being taken at the federal level to address them.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of the state of democracy in the U.S. and, more importantly, some concrete actions you can take to protect your and your neighbor’s vote.



Reflections on Mission in the Time of COVID

Join mission co-workers serving around the world as they reflect about their call, serving during the pandemic, and what mission means to them as they live and work with global partners.

Andrew Larsen, serving with the UCCP in the Philippines, Kahala Cannon, serving with the Council of Churches of Swaziland in eSwatini, Nishan and Maria Bakalian both serving with the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East in Lebanon, will be in conversation with Cathy Nichols, Executive for Mission Personnel.

RESOURCES: Nishan Bakalian’s mission co-worker profile: https://www.globalministries.org/peop…

Maria Bakalian’s mission co-worker profile: https://www.globalministries.org/peop…

Kahala Cannon’s mission co-worker profile: https://www.globalministries.org/peop…

Andrew Larsen’s mission co-worker profile: https://www.globalministries.org/peop…

More information about mission co-workers: https://www.globalministries.org/miss…

September 15, 2021



Coming Home

Join members of the national setting of the United Church of Christ as we begin the third season of Thursdays for the Soul in worship. We remember… We renew… We rejoice…in coming home
RESOURCES:
Be sure to check out our ever growing Digital Programming Library

Worship Ways

September 10, 2021



Story time and Barn Tour with Catherine Foote

Winter, spring, summer, fall, we all have to deal with a little poop. In “Shepherding the Seasons,” shepherd and pastor Catherine Foote shares reflections on living life through muddy byre and miraculous wonder alike. Join Catherine as she shares stories from “Shepherding the Seasons,” shows us around her barn, and introduces us to members of her wooly flock.

Shepherding the Seasons is available at thepilgrimpress.com and wherever your favorite ebooks are sold.

September 2, 2021



Congregational Lay Leadership During Times of Crisis

What is the ministry of the laity in the church? In the best of times, lay leadership often means assisting the pastoral staff to meet the needs of the congregation and to fulfill its mission of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What happens when the congregation, due to various circumstances, are without an ordained clergy as pastor? What role does the laity play in providing pastoral care to the congregation during times of crisis and transitions?

Come and listen as congregational lay leaders discuss the challenges and opportunities of leading congregations as empowered ministers of the laity.

RESOURCES:

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the Church

Local Church Resources

Congregational Leaders Box: A Leadership Development Resource for Local Churches

Worship Ways 

Music and Liturgical Arts 

Congregations interested in Ministries of Justice

UCC Church Building and Loan Fund

Suggested books published by Pilgrim Press to address congregational transitions, conflicts and more



Queer the Church

Darrell Goodwin and Chris Davies are queer leaders in the United Church of Christ. They have worked together: visioning, dreaming and praying for a future where the United Church of Christ is relevant for the past several years. Come with your questions, dreams and spirituality, and listen alongside their conversation of Call, faith and hope…for who we are, and who we can be: where every voice is honored along the journey. While they will be speaking from their own place of identity and call; this offering is not only for queer-identified people but for ALL people seeking a place of rest for the soul.

RESOURCES:

The Black Trans Prayer Book

Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida 

UCC ONA Coalition webinars

TransSaints

Perspectives on Creating LGBTQPlus Inclusion in Faith Spaces

The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race

Their Own Receive Them Not | African American Lesbians & Gays in Black Churches

September 1, 2021



The Power of Boundaries

Boundaries are necessary and are shaped by our lived experience. Whether we set boundaries for our personal limits or for the ways we engage with our work and world, they can be difficult to set and maintain. How have these recent months, when we’ve moved online and have constant access, affected our boundaries? And how do we shape and hold boundaries that enable us to be as present as possible with each other and with the world? Join Rev. Dr. Chris Davies, Rev. Tara Barber, and Eleta Wright, MSW, member of Liberation UCC in Seattle to talk about the Power of Boundaries.

RESOURCES:

A Sure Foundation: Resources for the Relationship between Pastors and Congregations

Eleta’s website



Faith in Politics with Senator Elizabeth Warren

Join Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rev. Traci Blackmon and Sandy Sorenson in the first of a series of conversations with public leaders about how their faith informs their politics in this world.

What does faith have to do with politics? And how does faith shape a view of the world that translates into policy and transforms the world.

Come, listen, share, and learn, as these leaders speak of their own work and journey with faith into changing the world. Rev. Sandy Sorenson will also join the webinar to share ways everyone can become involved in the Our Faith/Our Vote Initiative.

Visit the Our Faith Our Vote website for resources on voter registration, issue education and voter mobilization and empowerment. www.ourfaithourvote.org



Thursdays in Black: Toward a World Without Rape and Violence

Globally, 1 in 3 women experiences 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.

Join us as we learn about the Thursdays in Black campaign and ways in which we, as faith communities, can help to end gender-based violence in local and global settings.

RESOURCES:

UCC Thursdays in Black

UCC Resolutions on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Break the Silence Sunday

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

World Council of Churches Thursdays in Black

UCC Action Alert on Re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act

US Helplines: National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-SAFE

LGBT National Help Center – 1-888-843-4564

Trans Lifeline – 1-877-565-8860



Together in Hope: A Journey through Southern Asia

Join Brande Crosby, Global Ministries Communications Associate, at the premiere of a 37-minute travel documentary, “A Story from Southern Asia”, on her encounters with people and their initiatives for change. To make connections between continents for Global Ministries’ Southern Asia Initiative, Brande traveled to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Indonesia in 2019, and captured stories and images of people engaged with the challenges of human trafficking and forced migration, caste discrimination, religious and ethnic conflicts, and climate change.

Nearly two years since then, these partners now find themselves in circumstances more complex and challenging on account of Covid 19. Deenabandhu Manchala, Southern Asia Executive, will reflect on what these challenges mean to the churches there and here, and to our journey of hope together.

RESOURCES:

Southern Asia Initiative

Southern Asia Initiative Giving Opportunities



Testing Justice: The Divide of COVID-19 Vaccine Access Globally

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every country around the world. Yet, we’ve seen developing countries shut out from vaccine access, while developed countries have hoarded supplies to make vaccines along with manufactured doses. This divide has impacted our global partners and will continue to impact them for years to come. The Rev. Michael Kalito, Training and Capacity Development Manager at the Theological Education by Extension, Zambia, will give a theological reflection on COVID-19 and the uneven and inequitable rollout of the vaccine. Each Area Executive will then speak to specific challenges facing our partners in their region.

RESOURCES:

Global Ministries COVID-19 updates and resources

Global Ministries projects addressing COVID-19

Statement: Racism and Institutionalised Discrimination in the Israeli COVID-19 Vaccine

Episcopal Archbishop of Jerusalem Statement on the Eruption of Violence throughout the Holy Land

World Health Organization (WHO) Vaccine Equity declaratio



The Middle East in Transition, and the Future and Role of its Christians

The countries of the Middle East region continue to experience major social, political, and economic shifts with uncertain outcomes. What is sure is that the people of the region have been impacted in significant–and even tragic–ways. The Christians and churches of the region have not been exempt from these shifts. What is their future? What has been their role in responding to needs, and what will their role be in what is to come?

Join us to hear from the General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches, Dr. Michel Abs, as he offers his insight into the context and his vision for the place of Christians in the future.

This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Middle East mission offices of the following ecumenical partners: the Anglican Church of Canada, Church World Service, The Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Reformed Church in America, the United Methodist Church, and the United Church of Canada.

RESOURCES:

Global Ministries News- MECC renews its call to lift the occupation of the Palestinian people

UCC and Disciples statement on the current situation in Israel/Palestine

Global Ministries action alert on U.S. military funding to Israel

MECC pamphlet on Christian Zionism

Global Ministries Middle East and Europe Resources, including on Christian Zionism

Dr. Abs’s Presentation



State of Global Racial Justice

Racism, xenophobia, and all forms of discrimination are on the rise globally. Afrophobia refers to a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards black people or people of African descent around the world. It is a perceived fear and hatred of the cultures and peoples of Africa and the African diaspora. Casteism is prejudice or antagonism directed against someone of a different caste. These are global problems diminishing the human rights of the world’s population. Join us for a conversation on the state of racism and discrimination globally.

RESOURCES

World Communion of Reformed Churches

August 31, 2021



Spiritualities and Powers

The spiritualities of colonized peoples survived and are being recovered by new generations. The project of decolonizing Christianity and dismantling Empire is one that must confront the realities of spiritualities that give life and flourish in spite of past and present oppression. How are these surviving and contributing to resilience and justice?



Towards a Sustainable Future

The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.

The work of justice and ministry in the church are critically tied to sustainable development.

Join this conversation about how these global goals are paving the way to a sustainable future.

RESOURCES:

UN Sustainable Development Goals

World Council of Churches HIV/AIDS Program

World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network

World Council of Churches Thursdays in Black Campaign

UCC Thursdays in Black Campaign



Commission on the Status of Women

Global movements are necessary to affect change. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. CSW65 just closed out. What were the outcomes of the event? How can women impact global advocacy and be more involved in the fight for women’s justice? What is the role of the church in advocating for justice for women and girls? Join us for this important conversation.

RESOURCES:

UN Secretary-General Report to the Commission on the Status of Women

Commission on the Status of Women Webpage

Commission on the Status of Women 65 Agreed Conclusions

World Council of Churches Just Community of Women and Men

Thursdays in Black Campaign

UN Women’s Gender Data on COVID-19

World Health Organization Report on Violence Against Women



Journey to the Waters: A Service of Remembrance and Healing

The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is one of few days that honors the memory of the millions whose lives were interrupted and disrupted by the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This service will create space for the honoring of many whose names are unknown, individuals who were not funeralized or ritualized. The service is designed as a time for lament as we remember the resilience, courage, resistance, ingenuity, and rebellion of Africans who were brought forcefully into the Americas. Through song, dance, poetry, and prayers – we will remember.

In recalling the memories of those who have passed on, there is the acknowledgment that the atrocities of 400 years of movement of Africans into the Americas abroad ships designed to move people as chattel. These memories compel us to ensure that we eradicate the legacies of the enslavement of Africans that continues to manifest as racism, Afrophobia, and other forms of discrimination.

The service gathers the international and interfaith communities to honor the dead, to pray for healing, to celebrate the joy of African descendant people, and to affirm the commitment to eliminate the legacy of injustices that linger. The waters are healing. The waters are an essential part of human life. The waters hold the bodies and memory of the dead. We journey to the waters to remember and to heal.

RESOURCES:

Worship music arranged and sung by Rev. Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Unitarian Universalist Association

“barely breathing” by Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson and Keon Heywood and Poem “rivers of Babylon” by Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson

Dance of the Water (bomba) performed by Rev. Everdith Landrau Give to these ministries



How to NOT Add an Unintended Legal Battle to your Church’s Worries

Join United Church of Christ’s General Counsel Heather Kimmel and Rev. Dr. Chris Davies of Faith INFO for a conversation about all the questions we’ve been collectively asked over the past few months and beyond. If you’re into bylaws, if you’re into copyright questions, if you need general information about some of the caveats of the time and the opportunities to gather with legal, safe, and compassionate community via church, this is the webinar for you.

RESOURCES:

YouTube Copyright & Fair use Policies

CCLI — Christian Copyright Licensing International

One License

Safe Church Policy

Best Practices Online

UCC Bylaws

August 30, 2021



Voces, Oraciones y Canciones de la Frontera / Voices, Prayers and Songs from the Border

United Church of Christ Pastoral Leaders reflect, pray, and sing of their bicultural/bilingual rootedness as people from the Mexican/U.S. border. A spiritual celebration of tradition and hope that transcends time and perseveres today.

Los líderes pastorales de la Iglesia Unida en Cristo reflexionan, rezan y cantan sobre su arraigo bicultural / bilingüe como personas de México / EE. UU. frontera. Una celebración espiritual de tradición y esperanza que trasciende el tiempo y persevera hoy.



Revolutionary Love: A Conversation between Rev. Traci Blackmon and Valarie Kaur

As a nation, we are experiencing our own awakening right now. We are in the midst of an uprising for Black lives the world has never seen. Millions of us are flooding the streets, risking our lives, to call for justice since George Floyd’s public lynching. Millions more are rising up in solidarity. Revolutionary love is when you are brave enough to see no stranger.

This uprising is possible because of movement leaders who have been in the labor for decades — now joined by newly inaugurated activists – and the many generations of freedom fighters, of ancestors that came before us.

In her new book “See No Stranger,” Valarie Kaur uses stories of police brutality and corruption, prison abolition and national protest movements to illustrate the power of Revolutionary Love as a force for justice.

Join Valarie Kaur and Rev. Traci Blackmon for a conversation about Revolutionary Love, and how we can live into this awakening as people of faith.

August 27, 2021



Resilience in Re-Membering and Memoria Indígena

Join this conversation between Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey and Jocabed Solano as they share their work and insights in the work of leaning into collective memory in a way that builds justice and resilience in our local churches, individual lives and beyond. As Minister For Congregational and Community Engagement at the National Setting, Tracy is tasked with integrating the community-building that happens both in the liturgical lives of our congregations and in the justice work outside our buildings. As a Guna woman and Christian in Latin America, Jocabed also bridges and integrates community building and cultural work among Native people and local churches.



How to Fundraise in a time of COVID

How to Fundraise in a Time of COVID19: “In these uncertain times…” “As we approach another week which has lasted a year…” “We pray that you are well,” “In this unprecedented time…” “When we find stability again…” And other phrases have been at the forefront of our collective communications. And we still are committed to raising money for the causes and entities which carry out the work we are aligned with.

Listen alongside the panelists Rev. Starsky Wilson, President & C.E.O. of the Deaconess Foundation, Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, President Emerita, Professor Emerita of Chicago Theological Seminary, and Ms. Jaqueline Owen, Development Strategist of the United Church of Christ, National Setting, as they discuss the challenges and opportunities for fundraising and making money work towards the greater vision of God.



Caring for Black Souls During and Post Trauma

Reflecting on Juneteenth, this webinar explores African American experiences of racialized trauma in America. Practitioners provide recommendations, tools and resources for how to walk with Black parishioners in healing from racial trauma. In this conversation, we explore shared experiences and best practices through the lens of African-American experiences. We end this webinar with a reflection and prayer for corporate healing and collective works to eradicate racial trauma.

RESOURCES:

UCC officers: Lynching Justice in America

Trauma assessment

Youth singing I just want to live



Creating Space for Innovation

Join Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer and Rev. Dr. Chris Davies in a conversation about creating space for innovation in the United Church of Christ. John brings forward suggestions and skills for helping to make meaning and draw from the wisdom of what you already know, to pivot towards what is needed, right now, in your context. Watch with a willingness to listen, and with a playful spirit!

RESOURCES:

Innovation and Inspiration: What’s New in the UCC?!



Is It Safe To Sing? In Our Sanctuaries, Our Streets, On Social Media

Join songwriters and singing leaders Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey, Lea Morris and Andra Moran as they share their insights and gifts of song, the complexities of leading the practice of singing from congregations in quarantine to simple singing as a spiritual practice, to chanting in protest, the science and safety precautions of breath and sound.

RESOURCES:

thisislea.com

Wake Up In America

Legal Considerations for Online Worship: What Pastors and Worship Leaders Need to Know

andramoran.com

Andra’s Sheet Music: Lead sheets, piano music, choral bundles to buy, download and print

Andra’s Book and Worship Design Website with Rev. Dr. Suzanne Castle which includes at home worship options

“Can You Make Me Brave”

Andra’s YouTube

Ana Hernandez Leading Protest/Movement Songs

TracyHoweMusic.com

Build the World (Official Music Video)



The Urgency of NOW

Now is the time to push beyond public protest to systemic change. Join with Bishop William Barber & Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign, and Rev. Sandy Sorenson, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the National Setting, to talk about a moral agenda for Election 2020.



Mysticism and Mindfulness

This webinar will offer conversation and practice from some of the leading mystics and mindfulness practitioners in the UCC. Come and listen alongside Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, Shannon Abbott, Rev. Dr. John T. Myers and Rev. Brendan Curran. Come where you are with a willing heart and spirit, and leave grounded and nourished.

8 mins. 46 secs. of Silence on 6/4/2020



Leading Small and Rural Churches

Representation of rural church matters. Rural churches need to be heard.

As Covid-19 spreads throughout the country and globally, what are the challenges and opportunities facing rural/small congregations? How does one lead a rural/small congregation during a global pandemic? How are pastoral leaders from rural/small able to respond to the needs of their congregations and communities?

Listen and learn from rural/small church UCC pastoral leaders who are answering the call to lead in a time such as this.



The Words of Her Mouth

The Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle wrestles with ancient poems through the lenses of modern women. Join several writers from The Words of Her Mouth as they share their thoughts and writing process, stories behind their psalms, and read their Words out loud.

The Words of Her Mouth is available at https://thepilgrimpress.com and also wherever your favorite ebooks are sold.



The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery

On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, 25, left home and went for a jog. During his run, two white men follow Ahmaud, confront him with a loaded shotgun, assume he’s a suspected criminal, and within minutes of their encounter–according to the recorded video–three shots are fired. Amhaud falls to the ground and dies.

“Racism is a virus. It infects the spirit.” (The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III)

The United Church of Christ invites you to rewatch Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III’s cinematic sermon entitled, “The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery.” Immediately following the live video, a panel of four respected thought leaders, racial justice advocates and UCC pastors discussed the impact of historical and present-day acts of racism and violence towards African Americans. And they discussed how the Christian Church can be actively involved in dismantling racism.

A Conversation with White People on Race

Several action steps were named as something for you to be aware of:

1. Know your rights at demonstrations and protests

2. Take steps to demand an end to Stand Your Ground laws

3. Protect voting rights within your states: Our Faith Our Vote 2020

 

August 26, 2021



The Science of Return

Come and listen to a panel of experts about the Science of returning to church. What should we be attentive to? What do we need to know? How can we gather together again, safely? We are answering questions, listening to what our panelists are learning and thinking about in terms of how to return safely to gathering again in worship.



Cultivating Resilience after Collective Trauma

“This will not last forever.” Such is a grounding prayer in the midst of, and after, trauma. Whether individual, communal, or global; trauma and the impact thereof is prevalent within our society and exacerbated by COVID-19.

The leaders featured in this webinar have carried communities in healing, and offer their wisdom along the journey for all who watch. This webinar features healing justice practitioner Micky ScottBey Jones, Rev. Rhina Ramos and Rev. Matt Crebbin.



National Call to Prayer

Join Leaders across the United Church of Christ for prayer and song together.



Digital Pastoring: Content and Connection

A conversation between Rev. Blackmon and Rev. Courtney Clayton Jenkins.

Church isn’t just the building or the worship. And yet worship is so important! How are we engaging the pastoring of people with digital worship and beyond, in COVID times?



Come to the (digital) Table: A conversation on Communion, online

Join us to talk about communion, digitally. With theologians Cheryl Lindsay, Claudio Carvalhaes, Sue Blain and Bob Gross, we will discuss the sacrament of communion, implications and opportunities of communion online, and end with a ritual where there is space for you to join; no matter if you partake, or not.



LGBTQ+ Pastoral Care, Justice, and COVID-19

This webinar features a diverse panel to discuss the risks and challenges faced by many people with LGBTQ+ identities. Join us for this important conversation about addressing LGBTQ+ pastoral care and justice opportunities in the context of COVID-19.

RESOURCES:

Proyecto Encuentros Gracia y Bienvenida Toolkits

UN Policy on Human Rights and COVID



The Power of Storytelling

Join Professional Storyteller Valerie Tutson, as well as the pastors of a UCC Church Plant, Gilead UCC, Rev. Rebecca Anderson and Rev. Vince Amlin for a conversation about the power of storytelling…. and maybe even some stories of their own!
RESOURCES:
www.valerietutson.com

August 24, 2021



Pastoring in a Pandemic: Conversation between Bishop Flunder and Rev. Blackmon

Rev. Traci Blackmon will speak with Bishop Yvette Flunder, who continues to be a part of the spiritual response to the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Listen to wisdom leaders in the United Church of Christ, and the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries discuss pastoring through a pandemic.

Rev. Traci D. Blackmon is the Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.

Bishop Yvette A. Flunder serves as the Senior Pastor of City of Refuge UCC, and as the Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. She is a Senior Fellow at Auburn Theological Seminary, and a board member at Starr King School of the Ministry, and DEMOS. She is a graduate of Pacific School of Religion (MA) and San Francisco Theological Seminary (D.Min). Author of and contributor to several books and publications addressing the affirmation of those most marginalized by religion and society.



Ancestral Practices of Lamentation

Lament with us. Bring your spirit, in whatever state you are in, and be led in lamentation by leaders in the United Church of Christ. Wisdom leaders will bring in practices of lament and prayer from their own traditions, and music throughout. This “Thursdays for the Soul” offering is featuring practices of lament and prayer led from many traditions.
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Faithfully making YOU and YOUR VOTE count in the time of COVID

The 2020 elections and the 2020 census may seem like far away concerns as we all struggle with the significant challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are pressing and immediate daily needs that rightfully absorb our attention – keeping ourselves and our families safe, caring for children as schools are closed, paying bills in a time of economic uncertainty, caring for loved ones who are ill, seeking health care services and many more. Yet these immediate concerns are directly connected to the elections and the census. Learn more about why the 2020 elections and the 2020 Census are as important as ever in the midst of this pandemic and what you can do to make a difference.
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And other updates on Justice and Witness Ministries Facebook and Twitter



Self-Care in a Pandemic

This offering in the “Thursdays for the Soul” series will focus on putting your own mask on first. How do you care for self, while also caring for a family, congregation or community?
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Play, Pray, and Learn! Ministering for Children and Families at Home

Hosted by Thursdays for the Soul, this is time for children and families, and those seeking to connect to them at home or digitally. We had a chance to play, pray, and learn together as the United Church of Christ! Joined by Rev. Sharell Shippen and Commissioned Minister of Christian Formation, Debbie Gline-Allen of the Southern New England Conference and AUCE, we talked about connection with children, digitally and faithfully.
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August 23, 2021



Maundy Thursday Service

20/30 Clergy and Faith INFO welcomed the UCC to join in a common service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae on Maundy Thursday. We are so glad that so many could join us live. We hope you can connect with God and feel the spirit that surrounds us all in this recording. Amen.



Mind the Gap

Description: In this four part-series, we will address the need for economic justice. Over the next four months, we will explore Motherhood, Working and Wage Justice, Debt, and Health Equity.

May 4, 2021



Gonna Trouble the Water: A Live Reading and Book Discussion

Description: To deny water is to deny life. Join author Miguel A. De La Torre and contributors to Gonna Trouble the Water as they discussed the sacred nature of water and the ways it weaponized against non-white communities. Gonna Trouble the Water: Ecojustice, Water, and Environmental Racism de-centers “water as a commodity” and centers the dignity of water and its life-giving character.

April 29, 2021



Trauma-Informed Sexuality Education: OWL (Our Whole Lives) Taking Flight

In recognition of April as Sexual Trauma Awareness Month, our April webinar will provide recommendations for how to be a trauma-informed sexuality educator. Join us for this important topic.

April 22, 2021



Getting Ready, Getting Rooted Part 2

In part II, of Getting Ready, Getting Rooted – Thursdays For the Soul, General Synod Worship Director (Rev. Tracy Howe), planning team members, liturgists, artists, and others will look at the formation and how the spiritual journey and sub-themes of the General Synod worship services were developed. Featuring sneak peeks of original music commissioned for General Synod as well as other art and cultural offerings!



Getting Ready, Getting Rooted Part 1

In part II, of Getting Ready, Getting Rooted – Thursdays For the Soul, General Synod Worship Director (Rev. Tracy Howe), planning team members, liturgists, artists, and others will look at the formation and how the spiritual journey and sub-themes of the General Synod worship services were developed. Featuring sneak peeks of original music commissioned for General Synod as well as other art and cultural offerings!



Spiritualities and Powers

The spiritualities of colonized peoples survived and are being recovered by new generations. The project of decolonizing Christianity and dismantling Empire is one that must confront the realities of spiritualities that give life and flourish in spite of past and present oppression. How are these surviving and contributing to resilience and justice?

April 21, 2021



#StopTheHate

A Call to Prayer and Action by the Pacific Islander/Asian American Ministries (PAAM) of the United Church of Christ

Angry! Outraged! Upset! There are no words to reflect what is happening in our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Brutal attacks on the elderly and vulnerable are increasing. And these are not robberies. Just hate crimes and in broad daylight. The latest report from just one center monitoring AAPI crimes list over 3,700 incidents from March 2020 to February 2021.

Join the United Church of Christ for an expanded edition of Thursdays for the Soul as leaders and members from the UCC Pacific Islander & Asian American Ministries (PAAM) offer prayers, reflections, and song for collective lament, grieving, a call of national repentance, hope for healing and forgiveness.

This will be followed by a panel presentation and discussion calling for action on how UCC congregations and the wider church can help respond to counter the increasing harassment and violence aimed at our AAPI siblings, sisters, and brothers.

April 15, 2021



Towards a Sustainable Future

The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.

April 7, 2021



The State of Global Refugees, Migrant and Asylum

The world currently has a crisis as people are on the move for a variety of reasons. Learning about the push and pull of migration, increases the ability to be advocates for changes and policies, with the changes in administration.

Join this conversation for an update on the ways in which communities of faith are involved in addressing the issues facing refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers and the ways in which churches are resettling these families and individuals.

April 6, 2021



Commission the Status of Women

Global movements are necessary to affect change. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. CSW65 just closed out.

March 31, 2021



Five Tips For Selecting Fantastic OWL Facilitators: OWL (Our Whole Lives) Taking Flight

Join Dr. Melanie Davis, UUA OWL Program Manager, and Rev. Kelly Burd, UCC OWL Trainer and local pastor, for tips about how to choose great OWL facilitators. What qualities should you be looking for? Who is the best fit for your congregation or organization? Join us to find out! We also fielded some general interest Q/A related to Our Whole Lives and at-home resources.

March 8, 2021



Parents and Caregivers As Sexuality Educators: OWL (Our Whole Lives) Taking Flight

Our webinar featured Robin Slaw, credentialed religious educator and author of “Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators, Small Group Ministry.” This 10-sesson program helps adults explore their roles as the most important sexuality educators their children will have. Robin gave an overview of the program and shared tips for using it online.

The current version has a Unitarian Universalist perspective, and a United Church of Christ adaptation is progress. The program can be adapted for other faith traditions and secular settings. This is a wonderful learning opportunity to all who support adults caring for children.

February 5, 2021



Standing Rock and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance

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August 16, 2019



Katharine Hayhoe on the Green New Deal

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Mobilizing for the Green New Deal with Varshini Prakash

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AIDS 2012: Faith work at the intersections of HIV and the lives of LGBT people – Part 5 of 7

Panelists and participants speak into the silence in faith communities about the lives of LGBT people and the realities of HIV and AIDS

October 24, 2012



AIDS 2012: Faith work at the intersections of HIV and the lives of LGBT people – Part 6 of 7

Panelists and participants speak into the silence in faith communities about the lives of LGBT people and the realities of HIV and AIDS



AIDS 2012: Faith work at the intersections of HIV and the lives of LGBT people – Part 7 of 7

Panelists and participants speak into the silence in faith communities about the lives of LGBT people and the realities of HIV and AIDS




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