Each of us have unlived aspects of ourselves waiting to be brought forth, for our own fulfillment and for the healing of our world. In this powerful workshop you’ll experience tools for discovering your divine potential and be inspired to live your truth courageously by hearing how a transgender woman used these tools to embrace […]
We are continuing the process of praying for authorized ministers, congregations, and ministry groups throughout 2016. 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 we complete the work of closing the financial records for 2015, I find myself reflecting on themes of generosity and abundance. I am so grateful to all the churches and individuals that contributed to the ministry of the Southeast Conference. The monetary gifts are important to under-gird and sustain the expenses associated with our […]
Sister Helen Prejean will be at Pleasant Hill UCC on March 13 The Shalom Center for Continuing Education is offering a program on the Uplands campus with Sister Helen Prejean, founder of the Ministry Against the Death Penalty. Sister Helen, a Roman Catholic nun, is perhaps best known for her book, Dead Man Walking: An […]
The Southeast Conference, in partnership with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ ) in Georgia, are pleased to offer two Healthy Boundaries training sessions for clergy and church leaders. The purpose of these workshops is to equip ordained, commissioned, and licensed clergy, as well as other church leaders, to understand healthy boundaries that shape ministry relationships. […]
The PATHWAYS Advisory Committee is seeking to add new members with specific expertise. PATHWAYS, a ministry of the Southeast Conference, provides online theological education for individuals throughout the United Church of Christ, including individuals preparing for authorized ministry. While the PATHWAYS Advisory Committee members hold a high level of expertise in theology and education, new members […]
NOTICED GOD LATELY? Pilgrim Arts Ministry at Pilgrim Church, UCC in Birmingham can help your vision! WHAT IT IS: A gathering of folks in the Birmingham area using different forms of art, from oils to coloring books, to express their individual spiritual journeys WHO CAN JOIN: The program is open to everyone. You do not have to […]
Church of the Savior UCC-Alpharetta, GA has partnered with nearby Johns Creek Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)-Johns Creek, GA to co-sponsor an ecumenical workshop, “Building an Inclusive Church,” March 11-12, 2016. This two-day workshop, to be held at Johns Creek Christian Church, is conducted by the Institute for Welcoming Resources, a program of the National […]
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A United Church of Christ minister, called to serve after the World Trade Center collapse, was in the right place at the right time when a construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan Friday morning, Feb. 5.
Justice leaders from across the United Church of Christ are speaking on behalf of the voiceless in society this week at a corporate shareholder meeting to call attention to what they see as negative working conditions that Tyson Food employees must endure almost daily.
New Hampshire is in headlines this week with the upcoming presidential primary, and a United Church of Christ pastor was among the headliners who addressed state lawmakers Feb. 2 in support of a proposed bill that would ban anti-gay "conversion" therapy. The Rev. Emily Heath testified on Tuesday in favor of a New Hampshire bill that would prohibit such therapies on minors.
It's the only museum dedicated to literacy in the world, and it's 51 years old. The National Museum of the Campaign for Literacy, located on the site of a former Cuban military fortress and now one of Havana's biggest school centers, remembers a time when Fidel Castro waged war against illiteracy and won: In 1961, more than 700,000 Cubans learned to read.
And the majority of teachers were children. A little child will lead them.
I’m a Mayflower descendant.
The Rev. Patrick Rogers is overcome with energy – and a little bit of emotion — as he describes the transformation that has unfolded at the congregation he pastors, United Church of Christ in Fort Lauderdale. The Florida church has become an ecumenical center in town in the last year, offering its space to other congregations for worship and shared ministry. Rogers believes that outreach is "a vital part of UCC polity regarding mission and call."
To create space for thoughtful dialogue around a difficult issue, Local Church Ministries, as part of the UCC’s multimedia campaign tied to the denomination’s core mission, develops a discussion guide tied to the popular film ‘Spotlight,” which brings into focus the serious problem of sexual abuse of children, teens and adults by church leaders.
Death is often a grim discussion for many people. But a Massachusetts congregation wants to help people in its community have those difficult conversations so they and their loved ones have the type of end-of-life care they want and deserve.
Sparking a discussion, inspiring a dialogue, and creating awareness about racial disparities. This is the intended goal of a newly-released video, "White Privilege Glasses," from UCC-related Chicago Theological Seminary.
Two UCC pastors -- one who ministers a sister church and the other who is assuming the lead in a longtime relationship with the founding minister -- paid an emotional visit to the B.G. Lavastida Christian Center in Santiago, Cuba, on Friday, Jan. 29.
Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is coming to the end of his second, and constitutionally mandated final term. Though elections are scheduled to take place in November, Kabila has made it clear, through delays and obstructions to the electoral process, that he will ignore his constitutional obligation to step down from the presidency. Refusing to peacefully transfer power puts Congo, and Congolese citizens, at high risk of debilitating regional instability and violence.
Active international pressure to promote free and fair elections in the DRC is now vital – and US policy towards Congo is failing. Despite President Kabila’s attempt to stay in power at all costs, and continued looting and violence against the population, the U.S. has not created any consequences for the government’s repression. On February 16th, youth and democracy activists plan to peacefully demonstrate so that elections can be held on time this year. The Congolese government is gearing up to respond violently to these protests. Last year, the reaction of the Congolese government to similar protests led to at least 43 deaths.
Written by Elmarie Parker*[This article was originally published Dec. 23, 2015 in Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice.]
“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” – Matthew 13:33
“In spite of the overwhelming situation and the decline of hope, the church can’t but be a light, comforter, and a catalyst for hope to the people she reaches.”-The Rev. Salam Hanna, Director of Relief & Rehabilitation at NESSL
The annual meeting took place 3-4 February 2016, between the officials of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) and the staff of the Office for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation (IRDC) of the World Council of Churches (WCC), in Geneva, Switzerland. Appropriately this was during Interfaith Harmony Week.
Richard Lewis LammersNovember 5, 1926 – February 2, 2016
Written by Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary,National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
I was honored to attend a conference recently in Marrakech, Morocco on the rights of religious minorities in Muslim lands. My flight out of Washington was the last one to depart in the midst of a blizzard so when we took off after sitting on the tarmac for four hours, I knew God intended for me to be present!
The random violence between Palestinians and Israelis has continued at a steady level since October, with over 150 Palestinians and 25 Israelis killed over 120 days or so. Most would agree the violence is fed by Palestinian despair and lack of hope in an any process that will lead to an end of the occupation in any foreseeable future, paralleled by Israeli fear and distrust of Palestinians.
Falak al Hourani, a 7-year-old Syrian girl who has a rare form of eye cancer, her 6-year old brother Hussein, and
their parents arrived in Italy Thursday, February 4, through the project "Humanitarian Corridors." Falak and her family come from Homs, Syria, now a pile of bombed-out ruins that was once a prosperous city of 800,000 people.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) is inviting its member churches and supporters to reflect on water during Lent. For many in the world, water is either taken for granted or in desperately short supply.
Written by the World Council of Churches
How do we approach a conflict that has been causing pain for decades, where hatred and terror surface far too often, and where the international community seems inept at addressing the core issues at hand? Where are the signs of hope, and how do we find ways to move forward?
The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO)* organized the 1st International Conference of Muslim Councils in the West - a major initiative for Muslims in Western nations - in Washington, D.C., February 1-3 in Arlington, Va.
This conference was the first of its kind to bring Muslim leaders around the world together to exchange experiences and to discuss common issues of concern to our communities.