The early registration deadline for WYR 2017 is November 4, 2016. We would love for your youth group to get that early rate, so we wanted to remind you to have those forms postmarked by 11/04/2016. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about the event. Please remember youth currently in 6-12th […]
by Rev. Bruce Schoup; Peace Church, UCC; Clemson, SC You’ve heard it, maybe even have said it; “The place I most experience God is in nature.” We know this to be true and yet almost everything we do as church has nothing to do with the out of doors and when we do something out […]
Calling All UCC Youth (Grades 9-12)! Help Refugees – Win Scholarships – Share your Creativity! ENTER the SYRIAN REFUGEE ACCOMPANIMENT VIDEO CONTEST Show your awareness of the response to the Syrian refugee crisis and highlight your local community’s plan of action for awareness-raising and welcoming. Submit videos between October 1 and November 11, 2016. Three […]
Prayer Requests We hold the coastal communities of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina in prayer as they recover from Hurricane Mitch. Circular Congregational Church reported that they did not hold worship on October 9 but the church was open and there was no visible damage. However, at that time, the evacuation order had not […]
by J R Finney II, Board Moderator “Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.” Proverbs 11:14, “The Message” Our Southeast Conference has a wonderfully rich history as chronicled by Michael Stroud in “Ye Shall Be Witnesses Unto Me in the Southland: The Story of the […]
The Regional Theological Education Consortium (RTEC) will meet from November 7 – 9, 2017 in Oberlin, OH. Rev. Dr. Sarah Kim, Director of Theological Education and Dean of PATHWAYS will be attending along with the Rev. Ginnie Ferrell, chair of the PATHWAYS Advisory Committee and Rev. Dr. Lou Kavar, immediate past chair of the Advisory […]
Fifty five people were present for the 6th Annual Retired Servants Retreat at Blowing Rock Conference Center in Blowing Rock, NC. Attendees from Southeast Conference included George and Martha Bennett, Clara and Jim Benson, June Boutwell, Joyce Myers-Brown, Jackie Graves Dominick, Trish Greeves, Tome Mozley, Vickie and Philip Nevius, Bill and Jean Ring, Mary and […]
Winds rush. Water pounds. Buildings fall. People suffer. Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on the morning of October 4 and in Cuba later that afternoon. It came ashore in South Carolina on Saturday, October 8. In Haiti, winds of 135 miles per hour caused flash flooding, mud slides and violent winds. Devastation abounds abroad […]
The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is offering two upcoming continuing education opportunities for clergy and other church leaders in Atlanta, Georgia. Leadership and Anxiety in the Church: A Family Systems Perspective November 2, 2016 Held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA Link to Online Brochure Mediation Skills Training Institute for […]
In these waning days of summer (yes, I know that fall has officially arrived) we begin to appreciate the changing temperatures and turn our thoughts from vacation and family time to school and church and sports and playoffs and harvest. It is a time of shifting our focus and readying ourselves, as Christians, for a […]
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- Early Registration for Winter Youth Retreat is Nov 4 October 27, 2016
- The Wonder of Creation October 27, 2016
- Attention Youth: Help Refugees, Win Scholarships! October 18, 2016
- Caring Community: October 15, 2016 October 18, 2016
- Moderator’s Message: October 15, 2016 October 15, 2016
- Regional Theological Education Consortium October 15, 2016
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In response to a growing need for United Church of Christ churches to become accessible to all people with disabilities, the UCC Disabilities Ministries Board of Directors has just released a revised resource that can help. An updated edition of "Any Body, Every Body, Christ's Body: A Guide for Congregations, Association, and Conferences for Becoming Accessible to All," available in time for Disabilities Awareness Month in October, provides information to guide congregations as they answer the call to become "A2A."
Organizers of the 31st General Synod are seeking the best ideas for effective ministry that are worth sharing with the wider church next summer. The General Synod Program and Planning committee is putting out the call for workshops, looking to select the best of the bunch to educate, inform and inspire delegates and visitors to the United Church of Christ's biennial event in 2017.
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.
On 26 October, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) General Secretary Fr Heikki Huttunen and Dr Elizabeta Kitanovic, CEC Executive Secretary responsible for human rights, met with Dr Ján Figeľ Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside of the EU and his team in Brussels.
Shaymaa and her family are two time refugees, from Iraq to Syria and from Syria to the United States. They are now rebuilding their lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where Shaymaa works as an assistant teacher.
CCME Executive Committee expresses its concern at erosion of protection of refugees in Europe: Subsidiary protection status requires adequate rights, and particularly family life.
“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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October 31, 2016, 1 pm ET/10 am PT
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.