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 […]
Peace, I Say to You Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. (John 14:27) I thank you for your prayers and kind communications during this difficult few months in my […]
The United Church of Christ wants to make real its Christian commitment to racial justice. On Sunday, August 9, the actual anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, churches across the denomination will take time to come together as a church and pray for racial justice. UCC General Minister and President, Rev. John Dorhauer will journey to St. […]
We asked our delegates to the UCC General Synod 30 to reflect on their time in Cleveland. Here are their observations. Debbie Spearman From June 26 through July 1, I was totally immersed in the work of the United Church of Christ’s General Synod 2015, Unexpected Places. Being a delegate for those 5 days is […]
The presenters for the following workshops held during Annual Meeting are pleased to provide the supporting material they presented during their sessions. Project 66-16 – Mike Stroud SEC History Project 2015 Reading Changes Lives – Birmingham Area Churches Literacy Workshop Reading Changes Lives Constructing a Solid Communication Strategy – Don Harris Constructing a Solid Communications […]
We have had requests in the Conference office from people wishing to respond to various issues related to South Carolina. Here is a partial listing of activities being planned: Helping Rebuild the Churches that have Burned The United Church of Christ has an Emergency USA Fund, and donations to it can be earmarked “Burned Churches, […]
Too Blessed to be Stressed! June was a very busy month with three Conference Annual Meetings and General Synod, the biennial national gathering of the United Church of Christ. I was privileged to be a part of the South Central Conference Annual Meeting in New Orleans the first week in June to wish Conference Minister […]
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 prayers requests in your local church newsletter, share them with your prayer circle, and […]
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A United Church of Christ congregation in Minnesota wants to use fellowship to help rebuild black churches in the South.
As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, an implied question arises from the coverage of newspapers and news stations: who is "owning" the story? In other words, who is framing how we see and understand the hurricane and the 10 years that followed?
Although I have been traveling out of the country the last two weeks, it didn’t take me long upon return to find myself right back in the thick of the 2016 presidential campaign saga.
Back Bay Mission changed forever on Aug. 29, 2005. On that day, this ministry of the United Church of Christ that serves the poor and marginalized people of Biloxi, Miss., was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, which roared through the Gulf Coast. The Mississippi town of 6,500, was one of many communities along the coastline where 65,000 homes were lost and 67,000 extensively damaged.
Standing on its foundation as a Just Peace church, leaders from the United Church of Christ and communion partner, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), are among the 51 Christian representatives from dozens of denominations and faith organizations who have sent a letter to Congress today. This Christian coalition is urging lawmakers to support the agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program.
A recently-passed General Synod resolution is serving as a springboard for the fifth Widening the Welcome: Inclusion for All conference, to be held Sept. 24-26 in Hartford, Conn.
The response of the entire United Church of Christ is being remembered and celebrated as the tenth anniversary of the most destructive storm in American history approaches.
Since hearing the sad news of Julian Bond's death on August 15, I've been trying to remember the first time I ever learned his name. He has been one of my heroes for as long as I can remember.
The family of activist and humanitarian Julian Bond is inviting the many people who loved and admired the icon for social justice to be part of his home going this weekend.
The Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Silver Lake Conference Center family and the wider church is pausing this week to mourn the heartbreaking deaths of two of their own. A four-car accident tragically claimed the lives of Ledell Mulvaney, co-dean of Silver Lake Conference Center, and her adult daughter, Katherine. Don Mulvaney, Ledell’s husband and co-dean of Silver Lake, remains hospitalized in critical condition with several injuries.
35 aid organizations and 150,000 people launch public call to end the Gaza blockade
On the anniversary of the end of the conflict between the government of Israel and Palestinian armed groups, 35 aid, faith, development, and human rights organizations are calling for construction materials like wood, steel bars and cement to be allowed into Gaza so that hospitals, schools and homes can be urgently rebuilt.
Faith in Action for the Iran Deal
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Join faith leaders for a national conference call on the Iran nuclear deal.
Featured Speaker Marie Harf, Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications to Secretary of State John Kerry. Ms. Harf led U.S. communications strategy on the Iran negotiations in Vienna.
53 Christian leaders representing dozens denominations and Christian organizations sent a letter to Congress today, urging lawmakers to vote in favor of the Vienna agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program. The letter, signed by leaders from all the major streams of Christianity in the United States— Roman Catholic, evangelical, mainline Protestant, Orthodox and Pentecostal--warns lawmakers that "rejection of this deal would be a rejection of the historic progress our diplomats have made to make this world a safer place."
Dear friends,Greetings from the National Council of Churches in Korea.
As you are aware, the landmine explosion in the DMZ (Aug. 4th) has aggravated the already deteriorated North/South relations. North and South have blamed each other even though the whole truth of the tragic accident is still in mystery. The South alleged that the landmines had been planted by the North, but the North insisted that the explosion was a manipulation of the South and urged to stop war games. To retaliate the landmine attack of the North, on Aug. 10th the South Korean military resumed the propaganda broadcast to North Korea using giant speakers. In turn the North gave strong warning against the broadcast condemning it as a psychological warfare. Actually the broadcast to North Korea stopped 11 years ago during Noh’s administration as it had antagonized the North: Even in the time of Cheoan warship crisis, the South did not broadcast against the North as it provokes extreme hostility. Meanwhile on Aug. 17 the US and the South began the UFG military drill.
One year after last summer’s devastating war, the situation in Gaza is dire. This situation must not continue, and the cycle of violence must not be allowed to repeat itself. Call on Congress today to end the Gaza blockade and promote a lasting peace.
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.
Each week, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs issues the Protection of Civilians report. The current report covers the period between August 11-17, 2015. To view the complete version of the report, including a series of charts with the main indicators, please click here.
The Link, published on a bi-monthly basis, is Americans for Middle East Understanding's primary education and information tool. More than 175 issues of The Link have followed since the first issue written by Humphrey Walz appeared in 1968.
The Link archive constitutes a body of informed commentary, fact and anecdotal evidence that is all the more valuable for writers, researchers and historians because each issue (for the most part) covers only one subject.
Early Saturday morning Saad Dawabsha became the second member of his family to die from injuries sustained in the July 31st arson attack on his home. Dawabsha is survived by his wife and four year old son who both remain hospitalized.
The re-opening of the Church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Galakdodrofousas in Palekythro, Cyprus, after 41 years was hailed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) as an important sign of peace and reconciliation. The church opened its doors to worshippers on 16 August, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process, under the auspices of the Embassy of Sweden.