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Commentary: Modeling Reconciliation

United Church of Christ - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:00am
To solve the growing crisis in Iraq, we must call upon our leaders to put differences aside and, as people of faith, we need to start setting a better example within our own churches.

UCC artwork focal point of exhibit at Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art

United Church of Christ - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:00am
The UCC's Beatitudes Wall, a paint-on-canvas banner by artist Corita Kent, will be the centerpiece of an exhibit this summer at Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

Tips for Passover

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:00am
Shortly before the birth of my nephew, my sister left a voicemail saying that she and her partner had a question about circumcision. Assuming her query was theological, I reread Galatians and made some notes on arguments for and against.

UCC, Fuller Center growing partnership around disaster relief

United Church of Christ - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:00am
The partnership between the UCC and the Fuller Center is poised to grow even further after a visit by nearly 50 bicyclists from the Fuller Center to the UCC Church House as they came through Cleveland on Wednesday, June 18.

UCC leaders applaud U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision to cancel NFL team trademark

United Church of Christ - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:00am
The trademark decision comes on the heels of the Central Atlantic Conference's unanimous vote calling on the Washington franchise to change its name and for a boycott by the Conference's 40,000 members of the team's games and gear.

UCC immigration advocates urge action to support unaccompanied child migrants arriving at U.S. border

United Church of Christ - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:00am
In honor of World Refugee Day, recognized each year on June 20, the United Church of Christ's Collaborative on Immigration has issued a call for members and congregations to respond to the recent influx of unaccompanied children migrating from Central America, a humanitarian crisis that is overwhelming U.S. resources.

After the Argument

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:00am
Like the argument between Job and God, most of our arguments are actual expressions of how much we really care about the persons with whom we contend.

Neighbors in Need grants fuel youth ministry

United Church of Christ - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:00am
The First Congregational mission trip just one example of Neighbors in Need money at work.

Commentary: I DO Support Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality

United Church of Christ - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:00am
Issues related to sexuality are intensely personal and can become a matter of life and death, especially when we forget that we are created in the image of God, and each of us is blessed by God as we are, writes the Rev. Nancy Ellett Allison.

The Midcourse Evaluation

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:00am
When you think about it, we can all do our own midcourse evaluation, at the midcourse of anything.

UCC advocates deliver 30,000 signatures for religious freedom on ‘Marriage Monday’

United Church of Christ - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:00am
On what's been called “Marriage Monday,” two dozen UCC advocates in North Carolina delivered nearly 30,000 signatures for religious freedom to the doorstep of Roy Cooper, state attorney general, calling on him to cease defending the marriage laws being challenged by the UCC and other faith leaders.

UCC's Central Atlantic Conference unanimously passes resolution calling for Washington NFL team name change

United Church of Christ - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:00am
The Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ unanimously passed a resolution at its annual meeting June 14, pressuring the National Football League and the Washington Redskins franchise to change the team name, and urging it's 40,000 members to boycott the team's games and gear.

UCC, plaintiffs oppose state’s motion for stay in N.C. religious freedom lawsuit

United Church of Christ - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:00am
The United Church of Christ and other plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper continue to press the state of North Carolina for the recognition and restoration of their religious freedoms.

Dying Laughing

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:00am
It was a chaotic environment . . .  dogs barking, cats milling around, neighbors laying down new flooring, an electrician repairing faulty wiring, a cluttered house, and at least eight family members and a few friends surrounding this loved one.

June 15, 2014: Trinity Sunday (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 06/15/2014 - 3:00am
Genesis 1:1-2:4a and Psalm 8 * 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 * Matthew 28:16-20

Tattoo Eyes

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 06/15/2014 - 12:00am
I got my second tattoo in seminary, after a long and careful process of discernment.

Easy to Please

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00am
Jesus is always angling for an invitation.

UCC headquarters to welcome Fuller Center cyclists

United Church of Christ - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:00am
Having partnered together for natural disaster recovery, the United Church of Christ will welcome bicyclists riding for the Fuller Center as part of a fundraising trip to help the affected families of future disasters. More than 40 volunteers from the Fuller Center for Housing will stop at the UCC’s national offices in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday, June 18.

Good Questions!

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:00am
We were not the first people to question the troubling gap between what we believe about our God and the immense suffering in our world. The Bible is full of just such questions.

Defendants in UCC v. Cooper lawsuit reject motion for preliminary injunction

United Church of Christ - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00am
Plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper want immediate restoration of their First Amendment rights. The defendants in the case, including North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, would prefer to play the waiting game rather than quickly guarantee religious freedom to clergy.