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During a season of divisive campaign rhetoric, members of a UCC congregation in Oregon devoted a few days to just listening.
As part of a continuing commitment to review and discuss alterations to the Constitution and Bylaws of the United Church of Christ before General Synod 2017, the UCC Board of directors supports drafting proposed amendments that would more clearly define the lines of responsibility, accountability and authority within the national leadership of the denomination.
A vision of a just world for all people will shape thefuture work of the United Church of Christ, guided by refreshed Purpose, Mission and Vision statements overwhelmingly affirmed by the UCC Board of Directors.
For the third consecutive year, the national setting of the United Church of Christ will operate on a balanced budget in 2017 and continue to uphold a commitment to fiscal responsibility, firmly moving past years of overspending beyond its means.
Ten months remain until the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Baltimore, and organizers are diligently ramping up preparations for the event. A worship team of four preachers has been selected and two theological reflectors have been invited to take the plenary stage to provide the spiritual components for the five-day gathering from June 30 to July 4.
One of the favorite ways to reconnect with old friends and make new ones during each General Synod has been through the optional dining events. To continue that favored pastime, General Synod administrators are inviting those interested settings of the church to host a meal during the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ next summer in Baltimore.
The United Church of Christ will get a taste of cheese, brats and beers during the 32nd General Synod in 2019. The Wisconsin Conference UCC was enthusiastic in its invitation to Milwaukee, offering to host the denomination's biennial gathering, which the UCC Board of Directors unanimously accepted Thursday, Oct. 20, as part of business during the fall meeting.
I admit that over the past few months, I have swung drastically between hysteria and malaise in response to this year's election.
A former church pastor in the United Church of Christ has accepted the call to advance the causes of freedom and equality for LGBTQ people, as Naomi Leapheart was appointed as the faith work director for the National LGBTQ Task Force.
An affinity with Cuba and the Cuban people is growing in the UCC, evidenced by interest in the Cuba Study Seminar, a possible General Synod resolution and an upcoming initiative focusing on the Caribbean.
“Colors, smells, costumes, music, languages, symbols, offerings, testimonies ... the diversity of Abya Yala unites in the hope of continuing the weaving of full life through the VIII Continental Meeting of Indigenous Theology of the Latin American Ecumenical Coordination of Indigenous Peoples, AELAPI, composed of indigenous networks sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church and the Latin American Council of Churches, CLAI.
For the first time CLAI, through its Indigenous Ministry, coordinated by the Reverend Miguel Salanic, hosted and organized this meeting, bringing together 235 men and women across the continent, of which 50 were representatives of churches and member organizations of CLAI. The meeting took place in Panajachel, in the southwestern Guatemalan Highlands, less than 90 miles from Guatemala City, from September 26th to 30th, 2016. One of the main challenges of the Encounter was affirm the value of ancestral spiritualities when they invite the community to talk “to God”, not “about God”.
These days allowed the participants to deepen on their ecumenical commitment in a broad and comprehensive sense and to go further on their efforts to foster different perspectives of knowledge and criticism of the reading and understanding of all the sacred books, to commitment themselves in every decolonization effort as each day they witness new forms of domination that threaten life: extractive economies, gender inequalities, fundamentalism in all its forms, they said. Here is the Final Declaration of the event:
The Committee for Week of Compassion sends their greetings from China. Thanks to an anonymous gift, the committee has been able to make this journey of relationship for the same cost as their typical meeting in Indianapolis. Alongside the regular business of the committee, they are visiting a number of communities who have received support from Week of Compassion. We are grateful for the opportunity to build relationships and equip the committee members to share the stories of the impact of Week of Compassion. The trip is being led by Rev. Xiaoling Zhu, Global Ministries Executive for East Asia and the Pacific.
The following is a joint press release from the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC).
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 Wisconsin Gospellers made their third quadrennial tour to Germany in July 2016.
Begun as an international people-to-people exchange, with gospel music (sung in English) as the international language, the Wisconsin Conference gospel ministry partnership with the German church has flourished for nearly a decade. German gospel choirs have come three times to Wisconsin on tour, most recently in September 2014.
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Written by Hagai El-Ad, Executive Director, B'Tselem
The past week, since I spoke out on behalf of B'Tselem, calling the United Nations Security Council to act now to prevent another fifty years of occupation, was a dramatic one for the organization. I'd like to briefly update you regarding recent developments.
B’Tselem Head Urges Security Council to Act Now on Settlements [Times of Israel]The NGO’s executive director, Hagai El-Ad, began his presentation to the Council at the UN headquarters in New York by airing two videos that he said illustrated life for Palestinians under Israeli occupation, and drew attention to what he called non-reported “regular” days under occupation. He cited “invisible, bureaucratic daily violence” that dominates Palestinian life “from cradle to grave,” including Israeli control over entrance and exit from territories, and even farming rights.
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"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His mercy endures forever" (Psalm 136:1)
Final Statement of the 11th General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches, issued in Amman, Jordan, on 8 September 2016.