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Peacebuilding and change a focus of Ecumenical Advocacy Days

United Church of Christ - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:00am
The UCC Justice and Witness Ministries office in Washington, D.C., has participated in Ecumenical Advocacy Days since the event began 12 years ago. This year, the office once again has an important role to play, as it convenes UCC members and the ecumenical community to up a vision of a peaceful world.

Wisconsin church members hear the difference with new technology

United Church of Christ - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:00am
The installation of an audio hearing system inside First Congregational United Church of Christ, a 185-member congregation in Madison, Wis., came with a hefty price tag. But the fact that several members with hearing problems can now hear the worship service more clearly than ever before has made it worthwhile, as it helps First Congregational fulfill its quest of being a place that is accessible to everyone.

UCC statement acknowledges death of Fred Phelps

United Church of Christ - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:00am
A United Church of Christ executive who is a tireless advocate for inclusivity has several thoughts on the death of the founding pastor of a church known for its anti-gay stance and public witness against UCC values.

Algorithms

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:00am
If Jesus planned his travel by algorithm, he could have skipped Samaria entirely. Siri would have rerouted him.

UCC Board wraps spring meeting with key decisions

United Church of Christ - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:00am
The United Church of Christ Board of Directors concluded its regularly scheduled spring meeting last weekend in Cleveland, focused on the future of the church.

Commentary: Why We Can't Give Up on Preventing Gun Violence

United Church of Christ - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:00am
It is time to reclaim our streets, schools, and workplaces from the threat of gun violence, and it is time to reclaim the power of our vote from narrow special interests that seek to block even modest, common-sense measures to prevent gun violence.

One Great Hour of Sharing beneficiary of Connecticut youth fast

United Church of Christ - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:00am
If you take a group of committed young church members, and add ingenuity and cooperation to a 30-hour fast, the equation equals a great gift of more than $5,000 to the UCC One Great Hour of Sharing Offering from First Church, Simsbury, Conn. United Church of Christ.

Change Your Mind

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:00am
Nothing matters more than mercy.

UCC unfurls painting displayed at 1964 World’s Fair

United Church of Christ - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:00am
The UCC’s national offices in Cleveland have been in possession of a painting, possibly since the 1960s, that shares a message of love and faith, which was displayed at the World’s Fair 50 years ago.

Older, and Sometimes Wiser

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:00am
Sometimes young people are even more ideologically inflexible and even more certain of the course to take than older people.

UCC Board joins church officers to define mission of national setting

United Church of Christ - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:00am
National leaders of the United Church of Christ have diligently worked to reduce a deficit of more than $2.3 million in 2014, and now they’ll have some guidance along the way. The United Church of Christ Board, which recently concluded three days of meetings in Cleveland, is stepping in to work alongside the UCC officers to prioritize the mission of the national setting of the denomination into the future.

Taking the Long View

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:00am
Reinhold Niebuhr once wrote, Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.

General Synod 2015 theme, General Synod 2017 location announced

United Church of Christ - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:00am
UCC biennial gathering in 2015 in Cleveland to reflect on "Unexpected Places," while General Synod 2017 headed to Baltimore.

Snakes on a Plain

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:00am
One thing I’m routinely struck by in Scripture is that God transforms the perils of life that surround us into something better.

March 16, 2014: Second Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 3:00am
Genesis 12:1-4a * Psalm 121 * Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 * John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9

The Scared is Scared

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 12:00am
People always ask me, can you give me a scripture to read about Worry?

Bed Bugs

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:00am
I suddenly realized I never had the faintest notion what it feels like to be truly ostracized by an entire community and I still don't.

UCC hopes for cooperation with Boy Scouts on inclusivity

United Church of Christ - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:00am
The United Church of Christ is ready to take the next step in inclusive scouting. The United Church of Christ Board is supporting an open dialogue with the Boys Scouts of America.

Who Needs Church?

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:00am
Not going to church because of all the hypocrites is like not going to the gym because of all the out of shape people.

Arizona UCC hosts multicultural celebration of music, art on the border

United Church of Christ - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:00am
The first annual Common Ground on the Border, taking place March 13-15, will utilize visual art, lectures, film, song, and the written word to highlight the intersection of the faith world and the folk world and stimulate conversations that will lead attendees to a common ground.