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In downtown Cleveland, home of the United Church of Christ's national setting, a grassroots partnership between religious leaders, community activists, and the police is beginning to take root.
In Cuban Spanish jargon, there is a phrase they use to make bad things or happenings go away.
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.
September 21, 2012
In almost all of the churches in Argentina and Paraguay, communion is celebrated every Sunday. The churches are intimate enough that everyone comes forward to circle around the altar and we pass the bread and cup around the circle. For the bread, we wait until everyone has been served to eat all together. However, sometimes we remain seated, as you'll see in certain pictures. There is a real sense of welcome to the communion table, and a thorough-going spirit of belonging which I have found quite moving. Also, we sing as we approach the altar, and we also sing both while we are passing the bread and while we are passing the cup. There is a very festive component to communion here, lifting up our hearts in praise to God every time we approach the table.
September 17, 2013
The following communion liturgy in French comes from our partners, the United Protestant Church of France. During feasts, some parishes share communion not during the worship, but at the beginning of the meal. Each person at the table shares a slice of bread and a glass of wine after the celebrant has read the liturgy and then the celebrant reads the thanksgiving.
August 26, 2014
Elena Huegel, who serves the Pentecostal Church of Chile (IPC) shares these video resources.
The choir of the "Cathedral of the Pentecostal Church of Chile" sings a hymn called "This is the love of God."
August 26, 2014
White supremacy through Apartheid undermined education for people of colour in South Africa. Likewise, Apartheid decimated theological education, closing school after school and thus weakening the church’s capability to mould its ministers. Despite the new democratic dispensation, ministerial formation continued to weaken as universities closed theological faculties across the country. Nonetheless, twenty years after Nelson Mandela became President there are signs of a budding recovery. One such place where hope blooms is at the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
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!
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.