September 15th thru October 31st marks the next application cycle for Fall 2015 Conference grants. During this time congregations may apply in 3 different ways: Online at secucc.org/giving/capital-campaign-grant-application/ Mailing a paper application to the Southeast Conference office Emailing an electronic application to firstname.lastname@example.org
The General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. John C. Dorhauer, is issuing a call to the denomination’s local congregations to stand with Muslim people in response to planned anti-Muslim rallies across the country this weekend. by John Dorhauer It has come to my attention that Islamophobic groups across the […]
Saturday, 10 October at 11:00 am The Memorial Service for Kelly Gissendaner will be Saturday, 10 October at 11:00am in the sanctuary of Central Congregational United Church of Christ. Central is located at 2676 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 (click here for a map). Carpooling is highly encouraged and an early arrival is recommended. Once Central’s […]
We invite you to come dance with us at this year’s Southern Region Women’s Retreat. This includes the United Church of Christ Conferences: Southeast, South Central, Southern and Florida. This fun and meaningful event is taking place October 16-18 amidst the beautiful fall foliage of Sumatanga Conference Center in Gallant, Alabama, about 45 minutes north […]
We are continuing the process of praying for authorized ministers, congregations, and ministry groups throughout 2015. Each month, we will publish a weekly list for the month and post them weekly on our Facebook page. We encourage you to include these prayer requests in your local church newsletter, share them with your prayer circle, and […]
As a local church pastor, I always enjoyed this time of year when we return from our summer activities and start the fall program season. Rally Day, Homecoming, new book groups, Bible study starting up again, Sunday School, Youth Group are among all the ministries that encourage and enliven us. It is a reflection of […]
Southeast and Southern Conference youth and leaders are invited to come together at the Blowing Rock Conference Center in the Great Smoky Mountains for a weekend of worship, service, snow, and fun as we take time to build relationships and nurture our faith. This year we will consider the question asked in the Gospel of Luke, […]
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, […]
Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Dwight Andrews, Gospel Choice Awards 2015 Chosen Pastor and Thomas A. Dorsey Award Winner The Thomas A. Dorsey Award recognizes an individual who is a trailblazer in the Gospel Music Industry. The recipient for this year’s award is Rev. Dwight D. Andrews, First Congregational Church United Church of Christ. Dwight Andrews, composer, musician, educator, […]
|Fri, October 16, 2015 - Sun, October 18, 2015|
2015 Southern Region Women's Retreat
Sumatanga Conference Center, Gallant AL
|Sat, October 31, 2015|
Fall Capital Campaign Grant Applications Deadline
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Three United Church of Christ pastors showed up on Saturday planning to stand with interfaith colleagues in opposition to what were noted to be two of 20 anti-Muslim protests across the United States. In both cases, in Spokane and in Bremerton, Wash., the publicized “Global Rally for Humanity” protestors didn’t show. Instead, a good time was had by all in attendance.
As the diplomatic relationship between the American and Cuban governments resumes, a group of executives and leaders of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) traveled to the island nation to lay the groundwork for better terms. The five-day trip, to meet with longstanding partners, supports an ecumenical effort by Christian leaders in both countries to lift a decades-old U.S. Trade Embargo.
On a Thursday afternoon near the close of September, I walked into the atrium of the Hartford/Windsor Airport Marriott Hotel and looked around with my reporter/photographer's eye.
The latest research of congregational life shows significant shifts within United Church of Christ. More churches are engaging with other faith traditions, there is an increase in female pastors and changes in how local churches are ministered to, with an increase of bi-vocational pastors.
The General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. John C. Dorhauer, is issuing a call to the denomination's local congregations to stand with Muslim people in response to planned anti-Muslim rallies across the country this weekend.
During his recent visit to the United States, Pope Francis pronounced the 18th century Spanish friar, Junípero Serra a “saint.” Serra built the first nine of a twenty-one missions system across California that served as religious and military outpost for assimilating Indigenous populations to European culture and Christianity.
“What would we do if we were brave and faithful?” In Southern New England, three United Church of Christ Conferences are answering that question by joining together to examine a future of shared ministry.
Why is the Black population in Oregon so small? That's a question that an Oregon congregation of the United Church of Christ will attempt to explore this weekend, when it hosts a community-wide discussion on the history of African Americans in Oregon.
The United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have shared full communion since 1989. Soon the two denominations will continue their partnership in a brand new way: philanthropy and stewardship.
An Irish-born member of a United Church of Christ congregation in New Jersey was awarded the Nobel Prize of Medicine.
It is amazing how fast this summer has passed. It is almost unbelievable!
Parishes across the Diocese have been very busy with summer programs starting with family retreats to special programs for young adults, vacation bible schools and camps for children, special scouts programs, and special programs for women; this of course on top of their ministry commitments.
I am impressed by the creativity and the hard work of our parish priests and volunteers. They were simply amazing.
This edition of the newsletter will focus on bringing news from these parishes of their different activities, which I hope you will enjoy!
As violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians continued to escalate journalists debated whether or not the violence indicated the beginning of a third intifada. In response to the escalation Abbas ordered his security forces to bring calm to the West Bank while Netanyahu told Israelis that, “[Israel is] acting firmly against terrorists, against lawbreakers and against incitement. We increased our security forces and we are giving them all the means and methods necessary to fight this terrorism." Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused the other of being responsible for inciting the increased violence.
In an official statement issued on 12 October, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed grave concern over the dramatic escalation of the conflict in Syria.
Each week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories publishes he Protection of Civilians report. The current report covers the period between 29 September - 5 October 2015. To view the complete version of the report, including a series of charts with the main indicators, please click here.
Four Palestinians, ages 13-19, have been executed in less than 32 hours. Over 500 have been injured just since Saturday, October 3rd. More than 40 have been shot with live ammunition while another 150 or more shot with rubber bullets. Fourteen ambulances have been attacked. It is for all these reasons that the Red Crescent has declared a “state of emergency.” We call it the Endless State of Emergency.
Each month, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs publishes a humanitarian reports on conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories. Click here for the September 2015 report.
Wave of Prayer: This prayer ministry enables local and international friends of Sabeel to pray over regional concerns on a weekly basis. Sent to Sabeel’s network of supporters, the prayer is used in services around the world and during Sabeel’s Thursday Communion service; as each community in its respective time zone lifts these concerns in prayer at noon every Thursday, this “wave of prayer” washes over the world.
[The following action alert was issued on Oct. 5 by the UCC's Justice and Peace Action Network (JPANet)]
Over the past four years, the brutal civil war in Syria has resulted in over 4 million refugees and one of the worst humanitarian crises in history. Earlier this month, the photograph of a drowned 3-year-old asylum seeking boy pricked the consciousness of the world, highlighting the collective failure of the global community in addressing the crisis.
Walls, Borders and Repatriations
By Marta Bernardini and Francesco Piobbichi. Lampedusa, Agrigento (NEV), 16 September 2015 – The situation in Lampedusa seems calm now. There have been no arrivals for more than a week and this morning the reception centre was empty. On Monday, people have been rescued in the Strait of Sicily, but their numbers are small compared to the recent past. This apparent calm, perhaps due to sea condition, could stop overnight with a sudden boost of arrivals, as it happened in the past. Read more
The YMCA-YWCA Joint Advocacy Initiative issues this bi-weekly newsletter to keep you updated on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories related to the Israeli occupation.