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Pension Boards president announces retirement in 2015

United Church of Christ - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:00am
After 35 years of service to the United Church of Christ, Michael A. Downs will conclude his ministry in 2015 when he steps down as president and CEO of The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ.

Commentary: Upholding the Worth and Dignity of Every Child of God

United Church of Christ - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:00am
An essential task is for religious leadership to create safe spaces for dialogue about sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity to build understanding and to hold each other accountable to respect the dignity and worth of every child of God.

Stop Listening to the People

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:00am
At least every now and then, the effective pastor, teacher, parent, principal, president does not tell people what they want to hear, but what they need to hear.

New UCC disaster ministries executive assessing recovery efforts around the world

United Church of Christ - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:00am
As the point-person for disaster response for the United Church of Christ’s national offices, Zach Wolgemuth has quickly delved into recovery efforts by the church and its partners, both domestically and globally.

$100K contribution launches endowment for One Great Hour of Sharing

United Church of Christ - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:00am
With the help of up to a $100,000 contribution from Donald C. Clark Jr., the UCC general counsel, a newly-launched endowment fund will provide stability and increased resources to One Great Hour of Sharing for years to come, assisting UCC Wider Church Ministries in saving the lives of people affected by future natural disasters or wartime conflict.

You're Not Wrong, Walter…

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:00am
To be a member of a church means living in beloved community with people who drive us up a wall.

March 25, 2014: Annunciation of the Lord (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:00am
Isaiah 7:10-14 * Psalm 45 or Psalm 40:5-10 * Hebrews 10:4-10 * Luke 1:26-38

UCC focuses on literacy as justice issue with Reading Changes Lives

United Church of Christ - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:00am
Reading Changes Lives, an initiative of the national setting of the UCC, will allow churches from across the denomination to participate first-hand in community service projects aimed at improving literacy rates among both children and adults, and begin to raise even more awareness about how illiteracy can directly impact a range of social justice issues.

UCC leaders join rally at Supreme Court for family planning and religious freedom

United Church of Christ - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:00am
As the Supreme Court of the United States weighs arguments about the right of corporations to determine what health coverage options to offer, advocates from the United Church of Christ’s office in Washington, D.C., are lifting their voices in support of the rights of all women.

I Have Winter-ism

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:00am
Why not treat winter with respect?

Chicago's Trinity UCC to replace traditional roof with green roof

United Church of Christ - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:00am
Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago is making some upgrades to its facility, and doing so with the good of the earth in mind.

"Like a Rock"

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:00am
Long before Like a Rock was a popular Bob Seeger song, and later the theme for a macho Chevy truck commercial, it was a phrase used in the Bible to describe God.

March 23, 2014: Third Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 3:00am
Exodus 17:1-7 * Psalm 95 * Romans 5:1-11 * John 4:5-42

He or She, or a little bit of each?

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:00am
Every time I write a Daily Devo in which I use a female pronoun for God, I invoke the ire of a certain cross-section of readers, folks who believe that God should only and ever be referenced as He.

Christians are Joyful Sinners

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 12:00am
In confession, we rely not on our own goodness, but on God’s forgiveness. 

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.