June 13, 2016 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S: During a vigil at City Hall, in Philadelphia, PA friends and former classmates grief the loss of West Catholic High School graduate Akyra Murray. The Philadelphia teenager was one of 49 killed in during the Pulse Nightclub massacre.

Observe Just Peace Sunday on Sept 18

The Thirtieth General Synod called on the congregations of the United Church of Christ to mark the Sunday preceding September 21 (which the United Nation recognizes as the “International Day of Prayer for Peace”) as Just Peace Sunday. Observe Just Peace Sunday on September 18, 2016 Just Peacemaking expresses our commitment to engage practices to […]

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UCC invites churches to lead by “Building Bridges” with Muslim neighbors

In light of recent events including the back-and-forth between the Khan family and the Donald Trump campaign, the UCC Communications Team wants to make folks aware of an interfaith initiative of inclusivity we launched last month and invite you to participate. The Building Bridges initiative invites all people across the wider church build relationships between Christians and […]

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More UCC Chaplains Needed by US Armed Services

The United Church of Christ currently has 46 clergy serving as chaplains in the military services. A generation ago, we had three times that many. The decrease can be attributed to a number of factors, including the denomination’s stance as a Just Peace church, fewer seminarians and clergy who can meet the age and physical […]

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Ecclesiastical Council for Three Atlanta-area People

The Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ is calling an ecclesiastical council to consider ordaining Heather Bardole, Josh Kuipers and Jodi Yarini. We will gather on Saturday, August 27 at 1:00 p.m. at Virginia-Highland Church, 743 Virginia Ave NE in Atlanta, GA. Heather and Josh are members of Kirkwood UCC in Atlanta. Jodi […]

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UCC Disaster Ministries Support for Flooding in Louisiana

Parts of Louisiana received 30 inches of rain within 3 days, leaving 20 parishes in a state of emergency and stranding nearly 30,000 people. In all, over 12,000 needed to seek refuge in shelters, nearly a dozen died, and an estimated 40,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas. […]

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Jottings from June: August 15, 2016

Being at National Youth Event in Orlando the last week in July was a place of powerful hope for me. Being with over 3,000 young people, the adults who accompanied them, and some of their families as well as colleagues from the national settings of the UCC and Disciples of Christ and other Conference Ministers, […]

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SECUCC Youth Reflect on the National Youth Event

From Journals kept by youth at Church of the Savior Knoxville When I first brought out the banner on the first night it kind of hit me that I was with over 3,000 people who shared the same beliefs/ideas as me. Throughout the event, especially when the Peace Poets performed, I got a sense of […]

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Faith Leaders Call for Morality in Politics

Faith leaders are crossing denominational, racial and social lines to come together on behalf of the marginalized, calling on nominees for national political positions and on both major political parties to embrace a moral agenda that champions justice and equality instead of fear and rhetoric. The Higher Ground Moral Declaration calls on the entire American […]

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Caring Community: August 1, 2016

We are continuing the process of praying for authorized ministers, congregations, and ministry groups throughout 2016. Each month, we will publish a weekly list for the month and post them weekly on our Facebook page. We encourage you to include these prayer requests in your local church newsletter, share them with your prayer circle, and […]

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Jottings from June: August 1, 2016

In many churches, late summer is a time for preparation and early fall a time to kick-off programs. Conference ministry is similar in that kind of planning. There are several pieces that will be put into place this fall and winter as Southeast Conference continues to be transformed into the ministry to which God calls […]

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