The United Church of Christ observes Women's Week during the first week of March. This year you are invited into an exploration based on "More Bad Girls of the Bible" by the Rev. Barbara Essex and inspired by women’s experience in the current media, especially women involved in campaigns for justice for women, such as #MeToo, and #TimesUp.
Check out these resources for planning a group study or special worship opportunity.
A UCC congregation in Sayville, NY has set up a visual memorial to the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and is offering to help other faith groups do the same.
Each day our UCC churches care for their communities and live out the love of God in profound ways.
How is your church caring for your community? How is your church helping make a more just world for all? Share your story at http://www.ucc.org/3_great_loves
"Our love of neighbor, our love of children and our commitment to a just world for all are lived out in our work to prevent gun violence. The courageous voices of the students from Parkland and around the country remind us: words are not enough."
Calling all #faithformation leaders and #clergy. From the Ground Up: Re-Imagining Theological Formation is a two-day summit for April 9-10 in Cleveland, Ohio around the values and beliefs that form and focus the United Church of Christ.
Register here: http://uccpages.org/fromthegroundup/
Did you know that the Olympics — both the long-gone ancient version and the modern version unspooling this month — have deep religious and spiritual roots? Some scholars say that they are in jeopardy as every host city tries to go bigger, better, and more memorable than the last.
No act of kindness is ever wasted. Today is Random Act of Kindness Day. Shower the world around you with kindness and help make a more just world for all as you live out God’s love.
Tell us the story of your acts of kindness at http://www.ucc.org/3_great_loves
"Inspired by scripture, we stand with immigrants and refugees against a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment," McCormick said. "We refer to the pronouncement issued at our General Synod in 1981, which called for refugees and immigrants to be given constitutional and labor rights; urged penalties against exploitation and supported legalizing the undocumented. We raise our voices today for that same clarion call to justice."
Prayers Addressing Gun Violence in the United States: A Kyrie
When we fail to advocate
for gun law reform;
for sensible restrictions on purchase;...
for limiting the power of those who benefit from the gun industry
Lord, have mercy.
When we project blame for gun violence on to
those with mental illness,
those who are strangers,
those who are immigrants
Christ, have mercy.
When we fail to work for a “dis-armed” society,
To advocate for justice, health care, education for all,
To learn to talk through fears and communicate across boundaries,
To work to establish a “Just world for all”
Lord have mercy.
The traditional greeting of the Maasai warriors, "Kasserian Engeri," translates to "And how are the children?" This greeting acknowledges the high value that the Maasai place on children's well-being.
Rev. Traci Blackmon invites us, in the wake of yet another mass shooting, to imagine what the effect on the consciousness of our communities, our nation, and our world might be if we began greeting each other with the same daily question.
Jesus Berrones, a father of five whose son is battling cancer, was welcomed into sanctuary by a UCC congregation in Phoenix on Friday.
On Monday Immigration and Customs Enforcement reversed its decision to deport him, announcing that he will be allowed to stay in the United States temporarily.
"When we offer sanctuary we do not know what the outcome will be or when sanctuary will end," said the Rev. Ken Heintzelman, pastor of Shadow Rock UCC. "All we know is our call to be faithful, loving and hopeful."
"Pastors, find your people today and console them. People, find your pastors today and ask them to lead with you in a movement to end violence in our communities. Remember especially the people of Parkland, Florida whose anguish cries out and whose pain demands justice. Help build communities where this doesn't happen. Use your own compassion and power to heal this national sin." - Rev. John Vertigan, Conference Minister of the Florida Conference, United Church of Christ