Reversing climate change urgent ‘but not beyond us,’ UCC leaders say in national summit
Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:45:12 -0400

Emphasizing the burden that climate breakdown places on poor people and people of color, and calling for action now, two United Church of Christ speakers took prominent roles in early sessions of this year’s online American Climate Leadership Summit, still underway every Thursday in August.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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We Will Continue to Save Ourselves Until Others Show Up
Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:30:00 -0400

I spent last night, like many other nights over the last number of years, ministering with a loved one who had experienced an overdose, communing with other cherished ones who had loved this person back to life.

Author: Erica Poellot
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Traci Blackmon named as one of 15 ‘Faith Leaders to Watch in 2020’
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:45:00 -0400

Change maker, trail blazer, bold voice for change – all describe the United Church of Christ Associate General Minister, the Rev. Traci Blackmon, named by the Center for American Progress as one of 15 faith leaders to watch in 2020.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Embracing the ‘apocalyptic,’ seminaries adapt to ministry, theology in a pandemic
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:35:00 -0400

As United Church of Christ-related seminaries adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, they're viewing it not as a mere inconvenience, nor even just a moment to teach different ministry skills. They're seeing it as a time for needed theological reflection about the future of the church.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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UCF awards over $100K to Conferences for clergy support
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:15:03 -0400

Thirteen United Church of Christ Conferences have been awarded grants from United Church Funds (UCF) to provide financial assistance for their local response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to support anti-racism efforts.

Author: Staff Reports
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Kansas church grant aids immigrant, refugee neighbors during pandemic
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0400

A Kansas congregation reaches out to assist immigrant and refugee neighbors, aided by a grant from the UCC COVID-19 Refugee and Asylum Fund. 

Author: Carol Fouke-Mpoyo
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Global Ministries reaches out, offers prayers for partners, UCC mission workers in Beirut
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:30:00 -0400

The executives of Global Ministries, the common overseas ministry of the UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are reaching out to several mission partners in Lebanon after two colossal explosions rocked the city of Beirut on Tuesday.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Treading Water
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:00:05 -0400

In advanced swimming lessons and in lifeguard training, many years ago, treading water was my favorite part of the final tests.

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Energizing online discussion outlines role of the church in the democratic process
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:28:00 -0400

A spirited dialogue about voting rights, the erosion of the democratic process, and the importance of the census fueled an informative UCC webinar on Aug. 4. The conversation aimed to discern how people of faith can ensure that the votes of all Americans are counted in this year’s election process.

Author: Connie Larkman
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UCC pandemic grant, through Conference, aids hard-hit Marshallese congregations in Arkansas
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 00:00:04 -0400

A $10,000 pandemic relief grant from the United Church of Christ will soon be providing financial assistance to the Marshallese community in Northwest Arkansas. The funds, sent to the Missouri Mid-South Conference, will help hundreds of households in two churches with rent, food and medical bills.

Author: Connie Larkman
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UCC National Staff will continue to work from home until 2021
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:00:00 -0400

The national staff of the United Church of Christ, working virtually since March 20th because of the coronavirus pandemic, will continue to be deployed at home until 2021.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Northern California Nevada Conference rolls out anti-racism resources
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:10:03 -0400

More than a dozen faith leaders in the Northern California Nevada Conference gathered online in early July, coming together to address issues of racism, to plan actions and identify resources that churches can use in authentic ways. The “Pray Their Names’ art installation was one of those ideas.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Housing Matters
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 13:00:00 -0400

Earlier this month, in the middle of a pandemic, I found myself preparing to move into a new apartment with my partner.

Author: Madison Mayhew
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A tribute to Congressman John Robert Lewis 
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0400

We honor the life and leadership of Rep. John R. Lewis, Freedom Fighter, Civil Rights Leader, Disciple of Jesus Christ. February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020. 

Author: Traci Blackmon
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Let Black people — and others — breathe, say UCC youth in virtual gathering
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 20:38:00 -0400

Saying the names of Black people slain by police and vigilantes, more than 100 United Church of Christ youth, young adults and youth ministers began a conversation online July 28 about how to dismantle racism.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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