|Moderator||Gwen Thomas||Rehoboth Fellowship||2016|
|Vice Moderator||Jeff Cho||Open Community UCC||2016|
|Secretary||Amber Kirkendoll||Safe Harbor Family Church||2017|
|Treasurer||Aquellah As-Salaam||Praxis UCC - Atlanta||2017|
|Member at Large||Lacey Brown||Central Congregational||2016|
|Member at Large||J R Finney||Covenant Community Church||2017|
|Member at Large||Kirk Lyman-Barner||Praxis UCC - Americus||2016|
|Member at Large||Vanessa Robbs||Pilgrim Congregational UCC||2017|
|Member at Large||Jennifer Spears||Garden of Grace||2016|
|Member at Large||Scott Williamson||United Church of Cookville||2017|
|Chair, Commission on Ministry||Valerie Coe Lowder||Kirkwood UCC||2017|
|Chair, Nominating Committee||Gary Myers||Trinity Congregational||2016|
|Chair, Personnel Committee||Holly Nelson||Pleasant Hill Community Church||2016|
|Chair, Stewardship & Finance||Cindy Crocker||Safe Harbor Family Church||2017|
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Children, families, women and men are fleeing violence, gang conscription, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation in the Northern Triangle of Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras).
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.
As Democrats and Republicans debate the winner of the first presidential debate, UCC churches continue to work to make sure every voice is heard in the November election.
The last armed conflict in South America is finally over after five decades, more than 200,000 lives lost and 5 million people displaced. The United Church of Christ has spent two decades calling and working for an end to the violence in Colombia, and today church advocates share with the people of that country the joy of a peace agreement.
Two families are mourning the loss of black men at the hands of police after a pair of deadly shootings within the last week in North Carolina and Oklahoma. United Church of Christ leaders in those states say the church and the nation must refuse to continue living in a climate where injustice is the norm.
I believe it is important to realize that we are all bystanders in this moment in history regarding sexuality issues in our society and our world.
Ahead of General Synod 2017 in Baltimore — and in preparation for the next groundbreaking resolution from the church — the General Synod administration team has put together a brief, explanatory video guide that outlines how to submit a resolution for consideration by Synod delegates.
Any opportunity to bring people of all ages together is an opportunity to enrich the life of a church. That strong belief by United Church of Christ minister the Rev. Julie Yarborough is part of what fuels the intergenerational relationships that are formed at Christ Church's annual retreat. This month, the UCC Faith Formation Ministry team is looking to the New Jersey congregation’s annual All Church gathering as a model for other congregations seeking to forge important faith-forming, cross-generational relationships.
At a National and World Council of Churches consultation, participants assessed the role that churches have played in the struggle for peace the Middle East, and repeated their call to the Israeli government to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories, calling for the United States to adopt a neutral position in hopes that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace as equals.
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Carol Ann Cannon GilleyNovember 18, 1936 – September 19, 2016
On September 25, a joint One Great Hour of Sharing and Week of Compassion delegation began a journey to the Middle East to encounter a range of denominational partners and hear first-hand accounts of the issues they face, in the context and culture where these issues occur. Led by Global Ministries Middle East and Europe executive, Dr. Peter Makari, a total of 14 participants are on this educational journey, experiencing the beauty of the land and learning of current and historical circumstances that make the Middle East what it is today.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me…. Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matt 25:35-40
On August 24, the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced in Havana, Cuba that they had reached a final peace agreement that would end 52 years of fighting. On August 29, guns were silenced as both sides entered into the final bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities. And today, September 26, 2016, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander Timoleón Jiménez, signed the final accord, signaling the beginning of the end of the oldest armed conflict in the Americas.
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 grand imam of Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar mosque and university is to visit the World Council of Churches (WCC) to give a public lecture and participate in high-level consultations on interreligious peacemaking.
Written by Jim Winkler,President and General SecretaryNational Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
On September 21, I traveled to New York City to participate in a global day of prayer and action for Syria on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. Part of me, I confess, selfishly wonders whether an event like this accomplishes anything and whether I was wise to use my time to be in attendance.
(Washington, D.C., 9/19/2016)- The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the largest coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, applauds law enforcement for their quick apprehension of the perpetrator responsible for terror attacks in New York and New Jersey over the weekend. USCMO condemns all such acts of violence in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota as intolerable and anti-Islamic.
Recipe sent by Linda James, Long-term Volunteer with the Protestant University in Congo
Chicken in a peanut/tomato sauce. Generally served with rice.
US Aid to Senators Want to Change Massive New Israel Aid Package [Reuters]Republican U.S. lawmakers launched an effort on Tuesday to modify a $38 billion military aid agreement with Israel by providing more money and easing controls on how it is spent, setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama over the package days after it was signed.