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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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.
Now that a series of theatre presentations aimed at bridging the gap between the community and the police department has successfully concluded in Cleveland, the real work begins—establishing a long-term, in-depth dialogue between law enforcement personnel and the public.
The 25-year partnership and communion between the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was celebrated at the end of June during the 2015 General Synod in Cleveland and this week (July 18-22) during General Assembly in Columbus.
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.
A new initiative titled Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East is “promising and inspiring” in its attempt to train young Christians in ecumenical thought and history, according to Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
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.
Global Ministries celebrates the signing of the partnership agreement between the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) and Disciples4Water (a ministry of the First Christian Church (DOC), Edmond, OK), at the General Assembly. Rev. Eliki Bonanga, head of the CDCC was in attendance at the Assembly and signed this partnership on behalf of the Disciples Community in Congo.
Written by Dr. Tony Kireopoulos*
The most pressing, and debated, matter in foreign policy today is the proposed agreement between Iran and its negotiating partners regarding its nuclear program and what most understand as the future of security in the Middle East. The Obama Administration, on behalf of the United States, along with Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, has agreed to a deal with Iran that would rein in Iran’s nuclear capabilities while financially phasing that country back into the mainstream of the international community.
We have come from Jerusalem to stand in solidarity with the brother monks of this monastery after the arson and burning of this historic Church. The atrocity is not only against you and this particular church vicinity, but against every Christian and believer in the One True God, and must be denounced vehemently. This Church was built on the real story of the blessing of the loaves and fish, and despite the atrocity against it, it will survive the hatred and will remain a spiritual haven and blessing to all who enter its doors.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs issues the Protection of Civilians report on a weekly basis. To view the complete current version of the report, including a series of charts with the main indicators, please click here.
[The following action alert was issued this week by the United Church of Christ's Justice and Peace Action Network.]
After years of sabre rattling and months spent at the negotiating table, an important deal has been struck between the U.S., our allies, and Iran. This is an historic, comprehensive agreement which would verifiably cut off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon. It represents not only an important moment for U.S. foreign policy, but a victory for all those who supported a more peaceful way forward with Iran- including many like you who wrote letters or called in support of a diplomatic solution rather than war with Iran.