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Brooklyn church takes a knee to call out racial injustice

United Church of Christ - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 3:08pm

The continuing debate about professional athletes protesting social inequality on the field of play remains in the American spotlight, and this week a Brooklyn congregation of the United Church of Christ is taking a stand — or a knee, rather — in support of those athletes and team owners publicly calling attention to racial injustice.

Footnote

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 11:00pm

Quinn G. Caldwell

Not being in school any more, I don't pay as much attention to footnotes as I used to.

September 24, 2017: Proper 20 (25) (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 1:00am
Exodus 16:2-15 and Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 * Jonah 3:10-4:11 and Psalm 145:1-8 * Philippians 1:21-30 * Matthew 20:1-16

Visiting

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:00pm

Mary Luti

For the sake of the church at Philippi, Paul chose to remain. 

Somebody Say Something

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:00pm

Kenneth L. Samuel

National Geographic reports that the world's newest religion is no religion.

Wisconsin church to donate fall festival proceeds to hurricane recovery

United Church of Christ - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 3:47pm

The members of Windsor United Church of Christ are changing up how best to use the money raised from its annual Fall Festival. Typically, those dollars are used toward the church's expenses — helping pay bills and offsetting the other ministry costs. But this year, after a series of hurricanes rocked the southern United States and the Caribbean, the small Wisconsin congregation wants to share the dollars it collects this weekend, earmarking the money for relief and recovery in an effort to create a just world for all.

Colorado UCC church to celebrate 30 years of ONA

United Church of Christ - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:42am

A Colorado congregation of the United Church of Christ will celebrate the 30th anniversary next month of its Open and Affirming designation, which embraces the church's full inclusion and affirmation of all people.

Christian Inactivism

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:00pm

Matt Fitzgerald

In 1937 H. Richard Niebuhr wrote that in a moment of political crisis, there are four kinds of inactivity.

Commentary: Rising Up for Equality

United Church of Christ - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:15pm

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from thwarting the exercise of certain individual freedoms: such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition. It's the last two items that have been on my mind lately.

Mass. Conference selects interim minister to succeed Jim Antal

United Church of Christ - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 9:42am

The Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors announced Sept. 18 that the Rev. Don Remick will serve as the Transitional Interim Minister and President upon the Rev. Jim Antal's retirement in July 2018.

Becoming New

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:00pm

Donna Schaper

I don't want to pick a fight about baptism so much as to say that the ritual itself may need a good long look.

Faith Is Simple (But Not Easy)

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:00pm

Anthony Robinson

I was fired up about faith moving mountains, but suddenly stopped short by "Forgive, if you have anything against anyone."

A Tiny House aims to provide big solutions for South Carolina LGBTQ community

United Church of Christ - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 3:58pm

When LGBTQ individuals near the campus of Clemson University, in the areas of upstate South Carolina unexpectedly find themselves without a home or a place to feel safe, Peace Congregational United Church of Christ will be ready to meet them.

 

The Comfortless Time

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:00pm

Richard L. Floyd

When I was eighteen years old my mother died.

500 Jahre nach der Reformation haben konfessionelle Differenzen viel von ihrer Kraft verloren

Pew Forum Religious News Headlines - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 2:46pm
Während sich Protestanten auf den 500. Jahrestag der Reformation vorbereiten, zeigen neue Umfragen des Pew Research Center, dass sich die theologischen Unterschiede, die das westliche Christentum im 16. Jahrhundert gespalten haben, sowohl in Westeuropa als auch in den Vereinigten Staaten auf ein Maß verringert haben, das Christen in vergangenen Jahrhunderten möglicherweise schockiert hätte. In ganz […]

Love Them Back to Life

United Church of Christ - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 2:38pm

First Harvey, then Irma. The two Category 4 Hurricanes making landfall in the United States two weeks apart — in Texas, in Florida and in the Caribbean — spurred a massive call to action across the United Church of Christ.

North Carolina church reluctantly accepts pastor's unexpected resignation

United Church of Christ - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:40pm

A rural North Carolina congregation has reluctantly voted to accept the resignation of its pastor, a descendant of General Robert E. Lee who unexpectedly left his position after speaking out against white supremacy during an appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards in late August.

UCC continues push to ban work, housing and public discrimination in Ohio

United Church of Christ - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:33pm

Driven by love of neighbor, the United Church of Christ national setting, working alongside a coalition of Ohio corporations and businesses, is continuing its push to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the state where the denomination is headquartered.

Disaster Ministries prepares pastoral planning mission in Texas, Florida

United Church of Christ - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 7:00am

A Disaster Ministries team from the United Church of Christ is traveling this week (Sept. 20-26) to parts of the country ravaged by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to get an up close and personal look at the mission work in which local churches are involved, and to plot long-term recovery plans.

Unify Us

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:00pm

Marchaé Grair

Many church folks are guilty of confusing assimilation and unity to the detriment of the people they try to welcome into churches.

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