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Recovering

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 11:00pm

John A. Nelson

Friends and family who are in recovery have said that Psalm 30 speaks truth.

UnEarthed

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:00pm

Molly Baskette

Sometimes my kids ask me: Mom, if you could live in any age, what age would you live in? Totally this one, I say.

Ten 'Unexpected Places' at General Synod 2015

United Church of Christ - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:39am

The 2015 General Synod, which commences in Cleveland this week, has an agenda full of Unexpected Places where participants can experience the voice of the Stillspeaking God.

Touch

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 11:00pm

Matt Laney

You are her. Her name is your name. You also have a "blood issue."

UCC voice for justice Robert Strommen dies at age 80

United Church of Christ - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:03pm

The flame of a social justice giant of the United Church of Christ has flared out. The Rev. Robert Strommen, remembered by his colleagues as a champion for the marginalized, died surrounded by his family on Friday, June 19. He was 80. 

Resolution asks church for stewardship of outer space

United Church of Christ - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:52pm

The Central Association of the Massachusetts Conference wants the United Church of Christ to become the first religious body to promote a sustainable outer space environment through the adoption of a General Synod resolution this week. The resolution asks the General Synod to "register its concern about the degradation of the outer space environment" and for the church to "educate its members to advocate for a sustainable space environment." 

Resolution asks church for stewardship of outer space

United Church of Christ - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:52pm

The Central Association of the Massachusetts Conference wants the United Church of Christ to become the first religious body to promote a sustainable outer space environment through the adoption of a General Synod resolution this week. The resolution asks the General Synod to "register its concern about the degradation of the outer space environment" and for the church to "educate its members to advocate for a sustainable space environment." 

UCC environmental leaders laud Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change

United Church of Christ - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 1:40pm

In what United Church of Christ environmental activists are lauding "a milestone moment," Pope Francis stressed an urgency for protecting Planet Earth in his encyclical on climate change, titled Laudato Si or "Praised Be: On the Care of the Common Home." On June 28, the Rev. Meighan Pritchard, the UCC's minister for environmental justice, invites UCC congregations everywhere to ring their bells at noon local time to show their support for Laudato Si and its call to environmental action.

UCC advocates commit to restore voting rights on 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act

United Church of Christ - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 1:27pm

In 2013, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was severely weakened when the U.S. Supreme Court deemed a key provision of the act as unconstitutional in the case of Shelby v. Holder. On Thursday, June 25, the 50th anniversary of the passage of one of the country's most important pieces of legislation, United Church of Christ advocates are recommitting themselves to advancing voting rights for all people, while lamenting the setbacks in voting rights in the form of restrictive laws.

Up at Night

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 11:00pm

Mary Luti

All kinds of people have felt sort of doomed to discipleship.

June 21, 2015: Proper 7 (12) (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 3:00am
1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 and Psalm 9:9-20 * or 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16 and Psalm 133 * Job 38:1-11 and Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 * 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 * Mark 4:35-41

Go Tell

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 11:00pm

Vince Amlin

Her life is still full of challenges. But yesterday we celebrated four months with our daughter, who now tips the scale at five pounds.

Down to the Sea

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:00pm

Quinn G. Caldwell

The open sea loses every ounce of its romance when what's sailing over the bounding main is an ancient boat full of people fleeing terror in their homelands and refused permission to land anywhere.

UCC faith community keeps Charleston in prayers

United Church of Christ - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:29pm

Across the United States, the faith community is joining the city of Charleston, S.C., in prayer and solidarity after a deadly shooting at a historic African-American church that ended nine people's lives. Throughout the wider United Church of Christ, congregations and ministers are appealing for healing for those touched by the unspeakable tragedy. 

UCC ministers anticipating SCOTUS marriage equality ruling hope to marry same-sex couples at General Synod

United Church of Christ - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:11am

As the country anticipates the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that could lead to a national ruling on the issue of same-sex marriage, the United Church of Christ is preparing to support Ohio LGBT couples should marriage equality become the law of the land.

ONA Coalition files late resolution opposing ‘religious exemption’ laws

United Church of Christ - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:00am

The ONA Coalition of the UCC is asking the delegates of the General Synod to approve a resolution that calls on all congregations and settings of the church to put their faith in action to advocate against any legislative effort or executive order that attempts to "establish a broad 'religious exemption’ to laws protecting the equal rights of LGBT persons."

A Prayer for Historic Emanuel AME Church of Charleston, SC

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:00pm

Nancy Taylor

We stand with you. We weep with you. We rage for you. We keep vigil with you for your beloved dead.

UCC Call to Prayer after shooter kills nine in historic black church in Charleston

United Church of Christ - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:00pm

Across the United Church of Christ, church members and congregations, including the Amistad Chapel in the Cleveland Church House and the online church community Extravagance UCC, have responded to the call to prayer following the killing of nine people at a prayer service at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. 

Commentary: Charleston violence, unspeakable grief

United Church of Christ - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:34pm

The Rev. Waltrina Middleton writes to share that her beloved first cousin was among the nine fatalities of a shooting in a South Carolina Church. "Her death was confirmed this morning, and the unspeakable grief of this loss has knocked me and my family off-kilter," Middleton shares a letter to friends and colleagues across the wider church.

Commentary: The Movement of People: Human and Humane

United Church of Christ - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:00pm

Whether by force or by choice, the movement of people is as old as human history. The effort to control and restrict such movement is just as old. The powerful have always sought to determine who may enter, and who may not, but human migration must be addressed in a more humane manner, writes Dr. Peter Makari.