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- Jottings from June: “A Season of Creation” September 2, 2015
- Caring Community: September 2015 September 2, 2015
- Real Inspiration Ministry Celebrates their 7th Anniversary September 1, 2015
- Job Posting: Director of Music Ministries August 31, 2015
- The United Church of Huntsville UCC Builds Labyrinth August 30, 2015
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Colleagues in the UCC national offices assembled in Amistad Chapel UCC during the weekly Wednesday worship service Sept. 2 for a get-to-know-you gathering, welcoming new employees, including the denomination's new General Minister and President John C. Dorhauer, to 700 Prospect.
A UCC Green Team, made up of national staff members in Cleveland, marked the Pope's World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Tuesday, Sept. 1, by offering prayers and carnations to people out at lunchtime downtown. Inspired by a line in Pope Francis' prayer for the earth, to "sow beauty, not pollution," the group passed out 100 carnations during a walk to the Catholic Diocese, where they delivered flowers in solidarity.
A trio of United Church of Christ ministers in Texas carried banners for justice, joining residents of Waller County in a public demonstration calling for justness in the death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died while in police custody in July in that county's jail near Houston.
UCC environmental advocates are joining Pope Francis in a call for prayer for the Earth, hoping that a World Day of Prayer for Creation will spur people of faith around the world to become part of a cultural revolution that confronts the planet’s ecological crisis.
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.
Written by Karen Farthing
Call to WorshipWe gather today as the people of God, as a community of Christ's followers.We gather to share Word and sacrament, to discern the ways of faithful service.Where in the world shall we serve our God?At home and school and business place – in this community and throughout every land.How in the world shall we serve our God?By working toward justice where there is oppression, by offering comfort where there is pain, by sharing love where there is hatred.Why in the world shall we serve our God?Because the Spirit beckons us, because Jesus calls us to enact our faith. Let us now worship the one who calls us!
"And as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Luke 7:38,39
A coalition of ecumenical and religious leaders in Puerto Rico issued a statement on August 31, 2015 calling for national debt-relief in response to the island's economic crisis.
Written by Bishop Dr. Munib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy LandJerusalem, September 1, 2015
Dear leaders of the world and people of good conscience,
I write to you from Jerusalem to address the very serious refugee situation affecting countries across the Middle East and now Europe. I myself am a refugee, as well as a bishop. Both my faith and my history oblige me to speak up for these women, men, and children who are washing up on beaches, are found decomposing in trucks on the highway, are crossing borders of barbed wire, and are barely surviving in makeshift camps.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is alarmed by the escalating tensions and exchanges of fire on the Korean peninsula. “The governments of South and North Korea are engaged in a dangerous game of provocation and counter-provocation,” said director of the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs Peter Prove, “which puts the lives of the people of the peninsula into jeopardy.”
Greetings from the National Council of Churches in Korea,
After 4 days of consecutive talks between South and North, 4 high-level government officials came up with the following agreement which we are all waiting for.
In a statement issued by the NCCK, we expressed sincere appreciation to the patient work by government officials to achieve a peaceful solution through the tense meetings. We also declared that “this agreement would be a cornerstone through which the new era will open for true reconciliation and reunification in the Korean peninsula.” We also expressed our heartfelt appreciation to all our partner churches around the world for their continuous concerns and prayers.
For Seasonable Weatherwritten by Dan Koski, Tantur Staff
It’s late August at the time of this writing. The days are warm but not oppressively hot, with clouds once again returning to the sky. Evenings are now cooler, the olives are ripening, and the first leaves of our deciduous trees in our garden are starting to turn color.
Prepared & Written by Dr. Mary Mikhael & Rev. Salam HannaNational Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon
Dear friends and partners in the ministry of Christ,
Greetings and many thanks on behalf of all in the NESSL churches in both Syria and Lebanon. We also convey the appreciation & love of families and individuals who benefit by your prayers and contributions.
“We Refuse to be Enemies”November 2015
Shoulder to Shoulder is partnering this fall with the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), the Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum, the Islamic Society of North America, and the Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom, to stand up together as people of faith in solidarity and to publicly declare: "We Refuse to Be Enemies." This is part of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding's annual Season of Twinning.
We are hopeful that many Shoulder to Shoulder Community members and affiliates will join in this fall, to stand collectively against hate that targets religious minorities in our own communities, as well as abroad. Together, we can amplify the message that hatred and bigotry are not our stories- we have a different narrative to tell.
Will you join us?
To get involved, local organizations and congregations can reach out to Catherine Orsborn at Catherine.Orsborn@s2scampaign.org or Walter Ruby at email@example.com, or sign up through the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding's "Twinning Form" here.