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Why I Need Church More than It Needs Me

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 11:00pm

Molly Baskette

I am getting to find out whether I am a good person, living a good life, without a church.

UCC Task Force opens survey to learn motivations on why people give

United Church of Christ - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 5:02pm

A task force studying giving and philanthropy, made up of 18 people from across the life of the United Church of Christ, wants to examine some of the values and motivations on how people make decisions when donating to the church. The end goal is the creation of a proposed model of giving that would generate more resources for the mission of the UCC.

Ruined rainbow flag triggers strong social media support

United Church of Christ - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 5:00pm

A Facebook post about a burned rainbow flag is striking a chord with people around the United Church of Christ and has set a record number of reactions on the ONA social media site.

Gather Up the Duct Tape

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 11:00pm

Talitha Arnold

The Christian church has many symbols for Resurrection—lilies, eggs, butterflies. I'd like to add some more—a sock, plastic tubing, and duct tape. 

April 10, 2016: Third Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 1:00am
Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) * Psalm 30 * Revelation 5:11-14 * John 21:1-19

High Horse

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 11:00pm

Quinn G. Caldwell

Stories, especially the important ones, have a way of picking up embellishments and details over time.

Finding the Perfect Church

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:00pm

Richard L. Floyd

After I retired from active pastoral ministry my wife and I were ecclesiastically homeless for a few years. We went to church, but we couldn't commit to one.

UCC advocates for children rally in Missouri

United Church of Christ - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 3:17pm

The well being of children took center stage in Missouri this week, with United Church of Christ advocates leading the charge. Deaconess Foundation, a UCC ministry in St. Louis, loaded buses with 175 church members, clergy, community leaders, parents, and young people and headed to Jefferson City for a march, rally, and conversations with legislators on the 34th Annual Missouri Child Advocacy Day.

Japanese ecumenical partners share stories of recovery from 2011 tsunami, nuclear disasters

United Church of Christ - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 9:12am

Obstacles overcome, obstacles that still lay ahead and hope for the future. Themes that are woven through the stories of two ministry partners visiting the United Church of Christ from Christian churches in Japan. The pair shared life experiences resulting from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown that struck that nation on March 11, 2011.

Public Opinion on Abortion

Pew Forum Religious News Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 9:00am
Views on abortion, 1995-2016 In the U.S., views about whether abortion should be legal or illegal have been fairly stable in recent years. Currently, 56% say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 41% say it should be illegal in all or most cases. Views about abortion, 2016: A detailed look Though […]

Old South Church to proclaim 'One Boston' on third anniversary of marathon bombing

United Church of Christ - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 8:36am

On April 15, "One Boston Day," a message of strength will be publicly proclaimed when one of the United Church of Christ's most historic congregations, Old South Church, hosts an interfaith service of resiliency to commemorate the third anniversary of the deadly attack on one of the country's most iconic events.

We All Have Our Moments

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:00pm

Kenneth L. Samuel

Life is more than the accumulation of the good and bad moments we experience.  Life is also the hope that defies current desperation.

Youth to design, lead church camp in Ohio in summer pilot

United Church of Christ - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:27pm

What do you think would make "The. Best. Camp. Ever." for high school students in the United Church of Christ? That question is sure to be answered –– by high school students –– at Idea U, a two-day camp pilot program and partnership between the Ohio Conference UCC and one of the denomination's historically-related universities.

Commentary: Home of the Brave?

United Church of Christ - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:00pm

“Fear is the foundation of most governments,” John Adams wrote in his 1776 pamphlet Thoughts on Government.  

A Window and a Witness

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 11:00pm

Matt Fitzgerald

At my kids' school a police officer addressed the question of what to do when home alone. "Whatever else happens, don't answer the door."

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