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UCC exec to preach three weeks during Lent on Day 1

United Church of Christ - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:00am

The same preacher is sometimes featured during back-to-back weekends as a guest on Day1, the weekly ecumenical radio program. But it is pretty rare for a preacher to be invited to deliver a sermon on the show for three consecutive weeks, as United Church of Christ national officer the Rev. J. Bennett Guess will do in March.

No Improvement

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:00am

Mary Luti

The people who are out to make a fast buck in cyberspace regard me as the most pathetic of human beings. They look at my life and weep.

OC Inc. pushes net neutrality as FCC vote looms

United Church of Christ - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:02pm

The Federal Communications Commission is set to approve rules that ensure a fair and free internet for all people—not just those who can afford paying for premium service. The FCC vote is Thursday, Feb. 26, but Cheryl Leanza, policy advisor for Office of Communication, Inc., is worried that Congress might threaten to block what she expects will be good rules. So she's encouraging internet users to keep the pressure on.

Andover Newton once again named to 'Seminaries that Change the World'

United Church of Christ - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:39pm

For the second consecutive year, a seminary of the United Church of Christ has been recognized as one of two-dozen seminaries throughout the nation that shape the world through the commitment of individuals who engage in justice work.

Sometimes, Play Is Work

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:00am

Alan Parker

Most of my close friends are not church-goers.

King of the Mountain

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 12:00am

Matt Laney

Whose rules will you follow today?

February 22, 2015: First Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 4:00am
Genesis 9:8-17 * Psalm 25:1-10 * 1 Peter 3:18-22 * Mark 1:9-15

In Situ

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 12:00am

Mary Luti

The Rev. Jed Mannis sets up a communion table on the Cambridge Common every Sunday and leads the homeless members of the Outdoor Church in worship.

"The Little Things"

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:00am

Matt Fitzgerald

When I was a child head lice got a kid stigmatized. Today head lice are the new normal.

Commentary: Divinity and Diversity

United Church of Christ - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:25pm

Every year before taking vows to become followers of Christ, I take my church's young people to a mosque in Central Ohio. By simply crossing the threshold, we are breaking down misunderstanding.

Calling congregations to share church life in national survey

United Church of Christ - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:23pm

The Center for Analytics, Research and Data—the United Church of Christ's research and information office—has a unique request for the nearly 5,100 congregations in the denomination. For the first time, CARD is asking all local churches to participate in the longest-running survey of congregational life in the United States.

Don't Believe the Hype

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:00am

Emily C. Heath

The church does not need celebrities.

Daffodils brighten the day for hundreds of school employees in small Wisconsin community

United Church of Christ - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:15pm

Anyone can do ministry at any time and make a difference. The members of McFarland United Church of Christ, in McFarland, Wis., believe that and lived it this week through a mystery mission that brightened the lives of hundreds of people in the small community of 8,000 just outside of Madison.

Commentary: Greasing the Skids to Deeper Economic Distress via Fast Track

United Church of Christ - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:00pm

Just as the country is finally beginning to recover from the Great Recession, Congress is set to deliver another blow to the economy.

UCC, Disciples executives share solidarity, sympathy with Egyptian partners after ISIS executions

United Church of Christ - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:32pm

UCC, Disciples executives share solidarity, sympathy with Egyptian partners after ISIS Executions.

Perfect Pastors

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:00am

Vince Amlin

Since I am a minister, people are always apologizing to me. When they drink or curse. When they talk about sex or anger.

Seminary leaders respond to call to address racism

United Church of Christ - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 8:00pm

When the United Church of Christ Council for Theological Education met last week in St. Louis, Mo., it planned to answer the call from a group of African-American seminary presidents, which asked fellow theological educators to engage the issue of racism. The Council, coming together to discuss ways to prepare seminarians—the future church leaders—to address racism in their ministry, left the gathering with a commitment to each other that they would actively seek out ways to take action for social justice.

Opening a conversation in Ohio, bridging gaps on race

United Church of Christ - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:59pm

A sacred conversation on race, to address racism and white privilege, began at the United Church of Christ Church House on Feb. 18, the first of four monthly discussions aimed at opening a dialogue and a partnership in Northeastern Ohio among UCC pastors, theologians and peers.

February 18, 2015: Ash Wednesday (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:00am
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12 * Psalm 51:1-17 * 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 * Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:00am

Kenneth L. Samuel

On this Ash Wednesday we are mindful of the ashes from which we were created. Amen.