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UCC leaders mourn 50 killed in act of terrorism against gay community in Orlando

United Church of Christ - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 2:13pm

After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the General Minister and President of the UCC issues a statement mourning the loss of those murdered, calling for prayers for their families, and expressing horror and frustration over how commonplace this kind of tragedy has become.

 

 

June 12, 2016: Proper 6 (11) (Year C)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 1:00am
1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a and Psalm 5:1-8 * 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15 and Psalm 32 * Galatians 2:15-21 * Luke 7:36-8:3

Alone in the Dark

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

Molly Baskette

The last time I lived alone was half a lifetime ago. There is a sweet joy in it, the freedom to leave my socks around, to eat ice cream for dinner without reproach, to keep all hours without disturbing another.

Equations of Grace

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:00pm

Jennifer Garrison Brownell

Read past the Sunday School moment in the fifth chapter of Luke and you will hear Jesus forgive the paralyzed man's sin and then be accused of blasphemy.  

Virginia UCC congregation called to 'visit the prisoner'

United Church of Christ - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 8:39am

Each year in June, the United Church of Christ invites congregations and people of faith to visit the prisoner. The denomination helps promote Torture Awareness Month with partner organization the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), providing a way for congregations to learn more about torture, bringing this human rights concern into Sunday services and out into local communities.

'Acts of Service' to honor and celebrate City Mission of Boston as it turns 200

United Church of Christ - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 6:00am

"To act is to care, to care is to do."

That basic tenet of the United Church of Christ fuels the work of the City Mission of Boston. Founded by Old South Church of Boston UCC and Park Street Church of Boston in 1816, City Mission is the oldest multi-service agency in New England, and the second oldest in the United States. And in character, the Mission kicked off a year-long "200 Acts of Service" project this spring to honor its 200th anniversary and celebrate the partnerships that makes its work possible.

Primal Response

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:00pm

Kaji Douša

If we’re ever wondering how to follow Jesus, the way is always through love. Following Jesus never means pointing a finger.

Commentary: Further Into Moral Injury

United Church of Christ - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 12:00pm

At General Synod 29, the delegates gathered adopted a resolution titled, To Recognize the Need for Compassionate Care and Healing to Our Veterans. 

Who Could Stand?

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:00pm

Mary Luti

I'm so self-regarding that at the supreme moment of my ordination, the laying on of hands, when I should've been fixed on the power of the Holy Spirit, I was thinking, "Oh crap, my parents are here. They know me."

UCC leaders issue statement supporting the First Amendment right to use economic measures in the case of Israel-Palestine

United Church of Christ - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 3:45pm

Prompted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to halt state business with companies that back a boycott of Israel, and the growing interest in several state legislatures in criminalizing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement, the national officers of the United Church of Christ are speaking out against what they see as an infringement of First Amendment rights. 

Honoring Sacred Time uniting UCC, Muslim faith community in Pacific Northwest

United Church of Christ - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 9:29am

As the holy month of Ramadan begins, there is a concerted effort of interfaith hospitality and solidarity in bloom in the United Church of Christ. In the Pacific Northwest, signs and banners proclaiming "Blessed Ramadan" and "Love Your Muslim Neighbors as Yourself" are posted as part of the Conference's Honoring Sacred Time Campaign.
 

Medicine, but No Cure

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:00pm

Kenneth L. Samuel

Healing never really begins with medicine or therapy or health facilities. 

Elder in UCC's Hispanic Ministry passes

United Church of Christ - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:16am

A leader who helped Hispanic ministry make strides within the United Church of Christ is being celebrated for his convictions and his legacy. The first Latino on the UCC national staff, the Rev. Alfonzo Román, died on Saturday, June 4. 

What if There are Two Kinds of Christians and We're Both Wrong?

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

Matt Fitzgerald

Many literalists believe that Jesus will come back angry. So they're looking in the wrong place, waiting on a revenge fantasy. Meanwhile, as a good liberal, I'm convinced that God must correspond to whatever modernity deems possible. So I'm not looking at all.

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