Upcoming Conference Events
|Sat, August 8, 2015|
Commission on Ministry Meeting
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 400 Glenwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37404, United States
|Mon, October 5, 2015 - Wed, October 7, 2015|
UCC Retired Servants Event
Blowing Rock Conference Center, Goforth Road, Blowing Rock, NC
|Fri, October 16, 2015 - Sun, October 18, 2015|
2015 Southern Region Women's Retreat
Sumatanga Conference Center, Gallant AL
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On the 10th anniversary of the United Church of Christ becoming the first mainline denomination to affirm marriage rights for all, it's serendipitous that two of the lawyers involved with the Supreme Court hearing, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier and Mary Bonauto, belong to the UCC, the church where God is still speaking.
"Messy Church: An Inspiring Model of Ministry," takes place Nov. 8 at McFarland UCC and will share practices and successes for attendees to take back to their local faith communities.
Seven refugees from Uganda, escaping persecution for identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, have found themselves in Long Beach, Calif., with little more than the clothes on their backs. Waiting for them with open arms were members of First Congregational Church of Long Beach United Church of Christ.
As we learn more about the roots of the attacks on Sanctuary cities and their connections to mass incarceration, let us work together from the tradition of the Sanctuary movement to stop these harmful and discriminatory policies.
The newest ministry at Smyrna United Church of Christ in Canby, Ore., aims to help the community's older population age gracefully, while living active, fulfilling lives.
The United Church of Christ is taking nearly a dozen people to Asia for a two-week journey that begins Aug. 4 to learn about disaster responses to two major weather catastrophes in the region — the tsunami in Japan and the typhoon in the Philippines — and how the donations from the wider church to One Great Hour of Sharing have aided the recovery.
The Ohio and Indiana-Kentucky Conferences of the United Church of Christ are sharing a conference minister for the remainder of the year to see if combining resources around leadership is a workable idea.
Citing the social, political and legal changes taking place in our country, the National Executive Board of The Boy Scouts of America voted to dismantle its ban on gay adult scout leaders and employees.
An enthusiastic group of young environmental justice advocates from Minnesota spent three days lobbying and learning in our nation’s capital last week . . . and really left a lasting impression on the staff of the United Church of Christ D.C. offices.
Personal honor was a fundamental value in my upbringing. However, honor was not about arrogance or conceit; it was about humility, honesty, and respect for oneself and others. We were to avoid boasting, yet there was no question that we were to be proud of our family heritage and ancestry. We were taught that we are a people of distinction.
We praise the Lord for our faithful partners who have contributed to ETSC’s Faculty Development process. In order to provide a stronger core of academically prepared Egyptian faculty, ETSC embarked on a systematic Faculty Development program in mid nineties. Since then seven professors have earned their doctorate/ Th.M. degree.
[The following action alert was originally posted by the United Church of Christ's Justice and Peace Action Network.]
The United Church of Christ’s 30th General Synod passed a resolution strengthening our moral accountability as church members and U.S. citizens to end the decades-long military occupation that underlies the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. The resolution calls for a non-violent strategy that uses financial resources as economic leverage for peace, so that our investments as a church and nation do not sustain the occupation. One focus of this strategy is to press the U.S. government to hold Israel accountable to human rights standards that U.S. law requires of states receiving foreign aid.
In July we published the findings of our investigation into the killing of Palestinian teenager Muhammad ‘Ali-Kosba by the Commander of the Binyamin Regional Brigade Col. Yisrael Shomer. The findings, which included video footage, disproved the conflicting versions published by the IDF Spokesperson, whereby Shomer both felt in mortal danger when he fired and also that he carried out suspect apprehension procedure.
Settler Terrorism leads to the burning alive of toddler Ali Saad Dawabsheh
A one and a half year old baby is dead in a “price tag” arson attack in the Village of Duma near Nablus. His hand embroidered bib reads “Good morning Mommy” reminding his critically burned mother, father and brother that there will be no tomorrow.
The Palestinian community of Susiya continues to stand as a result of political pressure from the United States, European Union (EU) and international NGOs. During the past two weeks both the US and EU have made statements discouraging demolition by Israeli forces of Susiya’s buildings. On Tuesday Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) said, "Demolishing Palestinian homes [in Susiya], displacing residents, and seizing additional Palestinian territory in the West Bank is a step away from peace. To preserve land for a future Palestinian state, [the Israeli] government must not destroy Susiya.”
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.
In a recent ceremony in Bikfaya, Lebanon, the Armenian Church of the Holy Muron was blessed – symbolically anointing the 1.5 million martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit gave an address at the event.
More than 200 human rights advocates, student activists, church leaders and community supporters from the U.S. and the Philippines gathered from July 16-18, 2015 in Washington DC to hold an International Peoples’ Tribunal (IPT), hoping their voices would be heard by the White House, Congress and other agencies responsible for shaping and implementing public policy towards the Philippines.
After weeks of uncertainty about the coming peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the latter ordered all of their combatants to cease offensive action from Monday, July 20th, as had been announced on July 8th, 2015. The rebel group stated that the order of unilateral ceasefire is “due to the call of the guarantor countries, Cuba and Norway, and companions, Venezuela and Chile, of the peace talks” as well as a letter signed by 150 ecumenical leaders from the US, Latin America and Europe requesting the end of aggression for the well-being of Colombia.
With bulldozers poised to carry out demolition orders (see last week’s CMEP Bulletin) on the village of Susiya, American and European diplomats visited the village last week. The European Union (EU) has been particularly concerned about Susiya. Of the 37 building scheduled for demolition 22 are EU funded. In addition EU countries have funded a clinic, solar panels, water purifying systems and the development of a Master Plan for Susiya.