|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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I am not transgender. I cannot know what the struggle is like to claim your identity in a culture like ours, where even the power of the state is brought to bear to enact discriminatory laws that embolden hatred, vitriol, and ignorance.
Though their faiths are different, Baltimore-area religious leaders came together to pray for healing and unity Monday as the city marked the first anniversary of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, and the ensuing violent protests that followed.
The United Church of Christ, which has long advocated for sensible, responsible policies to end gun violence, is amplifying a call for change in May with a sharable video message, and a new 5-part Bible study.
In time to celebrate Earth Day, United Church Funds has widened its investment in global corporations — while avoiding companies that produce oil, coal or gas— to meet the desires of investors, and to work toward meeting a General Synod 2013 resolution that urges divestment, along with other strategies, from fossil fuel companies to combat climate change.
As the people of Nepal mark the first anniversary of the most devastating earthquake to hit their small country in more than 80 years, the United Church of Christ is reaffirming its long-term commitment to help survivors put their lives back together.
A small Texas congregation devastated by a historic flood in a newly renovated sanctuary is vowing to rebuild with the help friends, neighbors and the Holy Spirit.
The first environmental gathering I ever attended was a house party.
Two peoples and three faiths sharing one city. That sentiment — about Arabs and Jews from Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths sharing the city of Jerusalem — was shared and repeated at a historic summit assembling the heads of several U.S. and Palestinian churches, church organizations and civil sector leaders.
In pursuit of peace and to strengthen the Christian presence in the places where Jesus once walked, the United Church of Christ is part of a historic summit assembling the heads of several U.S. and Palestinian churches for two days of discussions in Atlanta.
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer travels coast-to-coast in a weekend of worship, installed as the United Church of Christ’s ninth general minister and president.
The immigration crisis in Europe and in the American Southwest have generated powerful, polarized reactions. Two churches, one in Arizona, the other in Italy are working together to help migrants from across their respective borders. Global Ministries Volunteer Marta Bernardini, from the Waldensian Church in Italy and Mediterranean Hope, and the Rev. Randy Mayer, pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, in Sahuarita, AZ, were interviewed recently and their interview was aired on "Here and Now."
God is not a wall here…
Brandi Friesen Thorpe, SCM Canada member shares her experience in Palestine as member of the Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace of the WCC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPRESS RELEASE
Indianapolis, Indiana, April 28, 2016:
The events of the year 2015 in the region in general, and in Iraq and Syria in particular, were catastrophic. This influenced the life and work of the Forum for Development, Culture, and Dialogue in several dimensions.
WASHINGTON DC April 27, 2016 – On Monday the US Department of State responded to a letter regarding cases of apparent extrajudicial killings by Israeli forces sent in February by twelve churches and faith-based organizations.
On April 24, 2016, St. Paul United Church of Christ (UCC), Old Blue Rock Road, Cincinnati held their fifth annual Armenian Martyr’s Day Remembrance Service. The service is to commemorate the onset of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 1915.
Rawdat El-Zuhur is a co-ed elementary school in East Jerusalem that serves lower income Palestinian children from kindergarten to sixth grade. The school provides equitable opportunities for children and nurtures their relationship with society.
On Sunday, April 17, 2016, Ecuador was hit by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake causing widespread damage. The earthquake was approximately 12 miles deep and centered approximately 17 miles south-southeast of Muisne, in a tourist area of fishing ports. As of Tuesday, April 19, 2016, over 400 deaths had been reported and more than 2,000 were injured. Traumatized survivors are uating their next steps amid the rubble of their former homes. Physical damages reported so far include demolished buildings, broken roadways, and lost electricity along the Pacific coastline. The Ecuadoran President, Rafael Correa has indicated that reconstruction will cost billions of dollars.
From UCCJ offices in Tokyo
As you are surely aware, since the night of April 14 a series of earthquakes has been occurring in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures, on the southern island of Kyushu. Several of the quakes, which have measured as strong as magnitude 7, have caused landslides and the damage/collapse of structures and homes. At the time of this writing, 48 deaths have been attributed directly to the quakes. The tremors do appear to be tapering off, but residents of affected areas are still very tense. This morning we received news of another quake during the night, this time magnitude 4.
What has contributed to the idea of a“European identity?” And, within a broad-minded vision of secularism, how can churches and other religious communities contribute? In this context, what is the role of Switzerland?