The final TAP Banquet will take place on Thursday evening, June 13th at 6:00 PM. Following the banquet will be a service of commencement and worship at 7:30 PM. We will honor the late Rev. Richard W. Sales for his contribution and legacy in the TAP ministry and Rev. Kathy Clark will be guest speaking as we put a capstone on this vibrant ministry as it transitions into the PATHWAYS program. Look for registration information that will be mailed to churches. Click here to make reservations on the PATHWAYS homepage.
Final TAP Banquet and Commencement
|Fri, January 15, 2016 - Sun, January 17, 2016|
Winter Youth Retreat
Blowing Rock Retreat Center
|• 10:00 am Sat, January 23, 2016|
Commission on Ministry meeting
Pilgrim UCC, Chattanooga TN
|• 10:00 am Sat, April 2, 2016|
Commission on Ministry meeting
Pilgrim UCC, Chattanooga TN
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In the spirit of Ohana, a group of young people from the island of Oahu have made a down payment on a trip that will bring them to the mainland and the National Youth Event at Walt Disney World next summer.
I recently had a conversation with someone lamenting the powerlessness she felt in the face of recent events.
During the season of Advent, Extravagance United Church of Christ, the non-geographic online congregation launched at General Synod 2013, is proclaiming the message of hope and joy through a series of short videos.
Two dynamic United Church of Christ pastors have been named to Ebony Magazine's Power 100 list, which has been honoring heroes of the Black community for more than 70 years.
Following Jesus Christ's example to take care of one another, Bethany Congregational Church welcomed 70 faithful into its sanctuary on a cold, drizzly Sunday to pray for a world that has been plagued by terrorism in recent weeks.
As the church of extravagant welcome, UCC congregations around the country will be hosting community meals for Thanksgiving. One, in Oakland, Calif. is providing the pies.
Clergy and conference ministers across the wider United Church of Christ are speaking out on behalf of a beleaguered people, responding to the posturing of more than 30 governors who are against resettling Syrian refugees in their states.
The National Youth Event website relaunches Nov. 20 with a new, easy-to-use format, plus agenda and pricing updates.
As United States lawmakers fuel the debate about the Syrian refugee status in this country, with the House of Representatives voting Thursday, Nov. 19, to ban Syrian and Iraqi refugees until stricter screening measures are adopted, United Church of Christ advocates underscore the importance of helping those displaced people where they are.
White men in positions of power don't often risk that when other white men in positions of power are called to accountability by non-whites. This is a remarkable moment.
Written by Dr. Hrayr Jebejian*
I am a Lebanese-Armenian who has lived with the dual identities and histories that have been examples of struggle and survival: the first one, Lebanese, with its local and regional conflicts, and the second one, Armenian, in its perseverance for a national identity and a solution to a just cause: the recognition of the first ethnic cleansing of the 20th century, the Armenian Genocide. The two identities have one thing in common: the struggle to build a life in the midst of uncertainties, a life that goes much further than the personal dimension and embraces different aspects of the community at large.
The Presidium of the General Convent of the Hungarian Reformed Church (HRC) held its meeting on the 10th-11th November in Balatonfüred. Bishops and Lay Presidents of the Hungarian-speaking Reformed Churches issued a statement on the European migration crisis urging global solution for the root causes and unconditional solidarity with all the people affected including persecuted Christians in the Middle East. (Read also the Reformed Church in Hungary's previous statement here.)
At a time when so many seek separation from others as a 'solution' to conflict, Christians and Muslims in the small city of Pinerolo, Italy, at the gateway to the Waldensian Valleys of Italy will meet for silent prayer, reaffirming our common humanity under a God who cares for all of us. Can we pause for a minute on Monday, November 23rd to join them in their prayer?
Kerry Says Two-State Solution 'Not an Impossible Dream' [Middle East Eye]
US Secretary of State John Kerry told an Israeli gathering at the United Nations on Wednesday that a two-state solution in the Middle East was "not an impossible dream" but would require courage.
Mere days after terror attacks in Beirut and Paris, the theme of an interfaith meeting of Christians and Muslims at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on “Religion, Peace and Violence” was entirely appropriate, said participants.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs publishes a weekly Protection of Civilians report. The current report covers the period between November 10 - 16, 2015. To view the complete version of the report, including a series of charts with the main indicators, please click here.
Despite the repeated calls of refugees, faith leaders and community groups to oppose anti-refugee legislation, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the so-called “American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act.” If this legislation passes the Senate and becomes law, it would grind refugee resettlement to a halt for refugees from Syria and Iraq, including individuals who served alongside U.S. troops.
Written by Karen Farthing
Call to WorshipWe gather today as the people of God, as a community of Christ's followers.We gather to share Word and sacrament, to discern the ways of faithful service.Where in the world shall we serve our God?At home and school and business place – in this community and throughout every land.How in the world shall we serve our God?By working toward justice where there is oppression, by offering comfort where there is pain, by sharing love where there is hatred.Why in the world shall we serve our God?Because the Spirit beckons us, because Jesus calls us to enact our faith. Let us now worship the one who calls us!
Over many years, the National Council of Churches has often expressed our aspirations and sorrows, our confidence and fears, related to an eventual peace in the Middle East.
As people across the United States are donating to help Syrian refugees abroad and volunteering to welcome refugees in their communities, a number of Governors recently announced that they want to stop their states from resettling Syrian refugees. This is morally reprehensible and goes against our faith values and everything for which the United States stands.