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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.

Churches urged to get the facts on Ebola

United Church of Christ - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:00pm
As the Ebola outbreak touches more people in our country, UCC leaders and health advocates are urging people of faith to arm themselves with the facts regarding this epidemic and respond as individuals and church communities are they are able.

Plan to be an Outstanding Houseguest

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:00pm
Who has the arrogance to ask to come visit you, eat your food and stay in your guestroom and then goes on to tell you how fantastic it will be for you? 

Global Ministries reaches out to Philippines church after grenade attack

United Church of Christ - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:00pm
The Rev. James A. Moos was “stunned and saddened” to learn that several people were hurt and three innocent people died after a church in the Philippines, an ecumenical partner of Global Ministries and the United Church of Christ was bombed.

The Jesus We Get

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:00pm
If I've learned anything over the years, it's that you can't really pick your Jesus. You can't always have him your way.

Lancaster Seminary to explore race and violence in forum on Ferguson

United Church of Christ - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:00pm
As part of its commitment to compassionate engagement with contemporary issues, Lancaster Theological Seminary is hosting an open gathering of worship and education that will focus on issues of race and violence in communities.

Youth and Young Adults to experience General Synod, Cleveland in community

United Church of Christ - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:00pm
The youth and young adults of the United Church of Christ will experience General Synod 2015 by exploring and engaging the Cleveland, Ohio, community in ways that strengthen their faith.

Showing up Empty-Handed

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:00pm
Sure, great things can happen when we combine, instead of hoard, our resources. But for me, the story of the loaves and fishes is about something else.

Economic justice advocates envision new ways of connecting

United Church of Christ - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:00pm
In an effort to enhance its economic justice ministries in all settings, the United Church of Christ hosted 30 diverse leaders from the life of the church in Cleveland.

Clergy push police lines, storm city hall, close stores as part of Moral Monday March for racial equality

United Church of Christ - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:00pm
The UCC minister for youth advocacy and leadership formation was one of more than 50 clergy, civil rights activists and students arrested for acts of civil disobedience in the Greater St. Louis area on Moral Monday.

Do You Need a Junk Drawer?

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:00pm
I have never been in the belly of a whale but I have often felt enclosed, eaten up, devoured with a lot of no exit sign kind of feelings.

October 13, 2014: Canadian Thanksgiving Day (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:00am
Deuteronomy 8:7-18 and Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21 * 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 * Luke 17:11-19

When I was Bored, I … Called to the Lord?

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 11:00pm
I thought about the last three times I'd prayed. Not just mumbled public niceties, but intense, personal, hard-core prayer.