Church’s voter shuttle helps rural Mich. residents carry out ‘moral imperative’
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:00:02 -0400

The COVID-19 pandemic kept them from setting up voter-registration tables. So the people of Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ in rural western Michigan adjusted.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Equipping for a free, fair Election Day, UCC offers resources, webinars, worship
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 09:00:03 -0400

The United Church of Christ is equipping congregants for the election both practically and spiritually, offering resources, webinars and an all-church worship service leading up to Nov. 3.

Author: Connie Larkman
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UCC members, church bodies abolish $26.2 million in medical debt for New Englanders and first responders
Sun, 25 Oct 2020 17:31:00 -0400

The United Church of Christ effort to abolish medical debt stands at $51.8 million with the latest buy just announced. A collaborative effort by 122 UCC congregations, four Associations, and more than 100 households in the Southern New England Conference has abolished in $26.2 million in medical debt.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Disciples Volunteering director named to head UCC’s Global H.O.P.E. team
Fri, 23 Oct 2020 14:02:13 -0400

The Rev. Joshua Baird will start work Nov. 16 as team leader of Global H.O.P.E., part of Wider Church Ministries.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Children give frightening testimonies, UCC offers support during border march to save asylum
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:00:00 -0400

More than 90 migrant children and their families marched to the border wall in Nogales, Mexico on Oct. 21, to join allies on the American side in protest of U.S. policies they call inhumane and unlawful.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Commentary: On Bobbins, Geese, and Tomatoes
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:00:00 -0400

Often, the chance to write for Witness for Justice is one I enjoy. Mostly I write dry(ish) policy briefs, and the chance to flex my sartorial and theological muscles in a less restrictive format is welcome.

Author: Katie Adams
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As Oct. 31 deadline nears, new video gives tips on submitting General Synod resolutions
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 18:06:00 -0400

A new video gives tips to those trying to meet an Oct. 31 deadline for submitting resolutions to be considered by the 2021 General Synod of the United Church of Christ.

Author: Staff Reports
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New York church bell tolling for each US life lost to COVID-19
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:00:00 -0400

How does one make tangible the lives lost to COVID-19? The deaths of more than 200,000 Americans can be hard to grasp. Now, and for the next two weeks, a United Church of Christ congregation on Long Island is using the toll of a bell to mark each one.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Vote, stay vigilant in this election season, UCC leaders urge
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:45:00 -0400

As voters turn out in record numbers this election season, UCC advocates urge Americans to vote and to remain vigilant, offering a Oct. 25 webinar to train clergy to stand as precinct chaplains at the polls.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Big online choir just one possibility imagined by new General Synod music director
Fri, 16 Oct 2020 07:00:00 -0400

The UCC's new General Synod music director, along with the rest of the team planning worship for the first-ever virtual version of the biennial event, July 11-18, 2021, is approaching the project as a creative opportunity. He hopes will include a giant, online choir.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Media-justice lecturer calls for fight to keep internet open to activists, people of color, the poor
Thu, 15 Oct 2020 17:56:00 -0400

In an annual media-justice lecture Thursday, Oct. 15, an activist for civil rights, racial justice and “revolutionary love” issued a call for a free and open internet, “a place where all of us have a voice.”

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Words
Thu, 15 Oct 2020 13:00:05 -0400

I’ve been thinking a lot about words lately, and language, encouraged by the indomitable Rev. Dr. Velda Love in the Sacred Conversations to End Racism Fall Institute.

Author: Amy Johnson
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UCC names Mark Pettis as new  ecumenical and interfaith relations manager 
Wed, 14 Oct 2020 14:00:00 -0400

The Rev. Mark Pettis has been called to serve as the new ecumenical and interfaith relations manager of the United Church of Christ.

Author: Connie Larkman
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UCC collecting names of lost loved ones for Nov. 1 All Saints virtual worship service
Tue, 13 Oct 2020 08:37:00 -0400

The United Church of Christ is holding a virtual All Saints Day worship service on Sunday, Nov. 1, to acknowledge the loss, the grief and pain of the COVID-19 pandemic, and inviting the wider church to submit names of loved ones lost in the last year. 

Author: Connie Larkman
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Ask US officials to oppose ‘unprovoked surprise attack’ on Armenian enclave, UCC urges
Mon, 12 Oct 2020 15:33:00 -0400

Leaders of the United Church of Christ and several of its ecumenical partners are calling on their members and congregations to contact elected officials about a deadly ethnic conflict in Southwestern Asia and to pray for victims of the violence.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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