National ministries add more resources to ‘Coronavirus and the Church’ site
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:00:02 -0400

The national ministries of the United Church of Christ are assembling a number of new resources and informational updates for local congregations as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep most of the country in “Safe at Home” mode. 

Author: Connie Larkman
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National UCC Zoom call series kicks off with call to prayer Sunday, April 5
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:31:54 -0400

The whole United Church of Christ is invited to a twice-weekly series of gatherings for inspiration and learning via video conference, starting with a Call to Prayer at 6 p.m. EDT Sunday, April 5.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Commentary: Lockdowns, Social Distancing and Working from Home: A View from the Underside
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:00:01 -0400

In just over two months, coronavirus has turned the world upside down, forcing us to accept many unsettling realities and to deviate from familiar paths and pursuits.

Author: Deenabandhu Manchala
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UCC’s ‘Daily Briefing’ on COVID-19 provides facts to fight fear
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:58:05 -0400

The UCC is producing a daily briefing on COVID-19 that simplifies the factual data and shares the latest information about the virus. Barbara Baylor is the “point person” behind the effort. 

Author: Connie Larkman
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'God-sent' gifts, volunteers fix hurricane-damaged home, thanks to One Great Hour of Sharing
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 08:01:26 -0400

"If it wasn't for God and you people, I wouldn’t be in my house tonight," Josephine Henry told volunteers who helped restore her hurricane-damaged home in Wilmington, N.C., with support from One Great Hour of Sharing.

Author: Staff Reports
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At Ohio church that wants people counted, pandemic doesn't stop census effort
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:00:04 -0400

The coronavirus changed their strategy, but the people of South Euclid (Ohio) United Church of Christ are still serious about getting their community to answer the 2020 census.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Connecticut teenager changes lives in Honduras
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:00:00 -0400

A sixteen-year-old girl showed a deep love of her less privileged neighbors in Honduras, spending months collecting dental products around her Westport, Conn., community and delivering them to children and adults during a medical assistance trip with her grandfather. 

Author: Connie Larkman
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From the UCC Board: Key Action Items, March, 2020
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:17:57 -0400

The United Church of Christ Board Chair issues a report about the governing body’s first full board meeting via Zoom, due to COVID19. 

Author: Connie Larkman
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Meeting virtually for 1st time, UCC Board gets update on pandemic responses
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 08:00:00 -0400

The United Church of Christ Board met via videoconference March 27 for the first time ever, addressing familiar business – General Synod preparations, strategic planning, financial forecasts – but also leaning into the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and a coordinated UCC response. 

Author: Hans Holznagel
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GS 2021 theme and logo unveiled as UCC Board takes up Synod business
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:58:00 -0400

Meeting over the Internet on March 27, the United Church of Christ Board took up several matters related to the denomination’s General Synod, including a "behavioral covenant" for the exhibit hall, possible modifications to how resolutions are handled, and the 2021 theme and logo.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Wisconsin chaplain ordained virtually with service in two states
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:09:00 -0400

A Wisconsin hospital chaplain celebrated her ordination on Sunday, in a ceremony officiated in Maryland via Zoom. 

Author: Connie Larkman
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For blood drive, food pantry, Maine church members don masks, gloves
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:08:00 -0400

Wearing masks and gloves to protect against COVID-19, members of Second Congregational United Church of Christ went ahead with their regularly scheduled blood drive on Thursday, March 26, in Newcastle, Maine.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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UCC pastor: The necessity of communion at this time
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:06:00 -0400

A Maryland pastor asks the question, “To to eat or not to eat?” This is his reflection on the necessity of communion in diaspora.

Author: Rob Apgar-Taylor
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Stay Home, Stay Engaged
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:59:00 -0400

I was last in my office on March 13th, not only because the United Church of Christ national office building is closed and all staff are working from home, but also (and more importantly) because I developed a dry cough.

Author: Michael Schuenemeyer
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A Pastoral Letter in a Time of Pandemic
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:41:00 -0400

The leadership of the United Church of Christ, in a pastoral letter to congregations and clergy, lovingly encourages churches to suspend traditional ways of gathering for worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Author: Connie Larkman
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