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Smells like Christ's Spirit

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:00pm
In scripture there are many descriptions of the kind of life we are called to live. One image the Apostle Paul uses is that we are to be 'the aroma of Christ.'

Gender

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:00pm
So many people say women don't belong in the ministry.

UCC names new director of communication ministry

United Church of Christ - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:00pm
The United Church of Christ named Christina Villa as the new director of the denomination’s Publishing, Identity and Communication (PIC) Ministry.

Commentary: Race Matters: The U.S. Narrative Continues

United Church of Christ - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:00pm
More than two months have passed since the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and no indictment has been issued against Officer Darren Wilson despite recent testimony before a grand jury.

What's Your Big Idea?

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:00pm
Don't be afraid to think big.

WCRC secretary Chris Ferguson grateful for UCC witness

United Church of Christ - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:00pm
Chris Ferguson made it a point to stop at the national offices of the United Church of Christ this week. Ferguson, the newly-elected general secretary of the World Council of Reformed Churches, wanted to extend his gratitude and support for the church’s bold, public voice—particularly for racial justice and inclusion.

Finding Fault

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:00pm
Finding fault: It's a hard job, but someone has to do it.

Incoming Pacific School of Religion president eager to fuel ‘burning fire’ of future leaders

United Church of Christ - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:00pm
When the Rev. David Vasquez-Levy was called to the Pacific School of Religion as its next president, he knew it was to move the seminary toward a bold vision of equipping future leaders of the church to be social influencers.

Pension Boards, United Church of Christ Board share fruits of investment labor

United Church of Christ - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:00pm
During his report to the United Church of Christ Board, Michael Downs invited members to sample some of the fruits of their labor. The fruits, in this case, were dates that were grown in Jericho, planted with an investment from the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ, Inc., to spur economic growth in Palestine.

Readinger named next CHHSM president and CEO

United Church of Christ - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:00pm
The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) has named its next president and CEO, with Michael J. Readinger, current CHHSM vice president, assuming the leadership role on Nov. 10

Marriage equality now celebrated in 32 states with addition of Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming

United Church of Christ - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:00pm
Thirty-two states and counting – An amazing weekend for marriage equality is still being celebrated in Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming.

Wheeler praises Everett Parker and OC, Inc.

United Church of Christ - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:00pm
In a strong statement lauding the Rev. Everett Parker and the UCC Office of Communication, Inc., Tom Wheeler, Federal Communications Commission Chairman, talked about how Parker joined faith with action to ensure a diversity of voices in media.

How to Make Meat Not Murder

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:00pm
Is the proper table grace before a chicken dinner a prayer of confession?

United Church of Christ Board honors retiring CHHSM CEO

United Church of Christ - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:00pm
The Rev. Bryan Sickbert is ending one ministry when he retires at the end of the year, concluding more than two decades of service as president and CEO of the Council for Health and Human Services Ministry of the United Church of Christ. But in retirement, he’ll continue a personal ministry, planning to spend less time ‘doing’ and more time ‘being.’

The Oddest Wedding Sermon I Ever Heard

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:00pm
Marriage means deciding to be married, and focusing on that decision together. It means setting your sights on the covenant you make with your partner, and keeping your 'eyes on the prize.'

October 19, 2014: Proper 24 (29) (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 2:00am
Exodus 33:12-23 and Psalm 99 * Isaiah 45:1-7 and Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13) * 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 * Matthew 22:15-22

Pinholes

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:00pm
Like Moses, I long to know God face to face, to bask in the beam of the divine countenance. And I don’t understand why it’s not possible.

Board nominates Moos to second term leading Wider Church Ministries

United Church of Christ - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:00pm
In his first term as an executive in the United Church of Christ, the Rev. James A. Moos has felt energized through his daily work with committed and capable people. It is in that spirit that Moos, executive minister of the UCC Wider Church Ministries and co-executive of Global Ministries, is eager for a second term.

Somebody's Watching You

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:00pm
Integrity is who we are when no one is watching.

Celebrating a balanced budget for national setting in 2015

United Church of Christ - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:00pm
For the first time in recent history, the national setting of the United Church of Christ will operate on a balanced budget in 2015, a big step toward fulfilling a promise for fiscal stability made last year by both the national officers of the church and the United Church of Christ Board.