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Atheists-in-Awe

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:00am
Before we get glum about the rise of godlessness unraveling the moral and spiritual fabric of America and all that, let's give atheists-in-awe their props.

With the work of the faith community, eradicating AIDS within sight

United Church of Christ - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:00am
The Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer, representing the United Church of Christ at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia was among many at the gathering who believe the faith community will help pave the way.

Unflattering Portraits

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:00am
If I read the story of Jacob and Laban through the lens of race in America, an unflattering portrait of this nation emerges.

July 27, 2014: Proper 12 (17) (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 3:00am
Genesis 29:15-28 and Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128 * 1 Kings 3:5-12 and Psalm 119:129-136 * Romans 8:26-39 * Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Glimpses of the Kingdom

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 12:00am
Where do you catch glimpses of the kingdom of Heaven?

Name

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:00am
What name would you give your kids if by doing so you could call into being the things they needed to survive?

FCC chair headlines Parker Lecture commemorating 1964 petition for media accountability

United Church of Christ - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:00am
The United Church of Christ Office of Communications, Inc. is going all out to mark 50 years of media accountability, celebrating the Rev. Everett Parker's historic and groundbreaking petition to the Federal Communications Commission that lead to greater responsibility in public broadcasting.

If God Knows Our Prayers Already…

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:00am
If God knows our prayers already, why do we have to offer prayers?  If God knows our prayers before we even articulate them, can't we just save our breath?

UCC Samoan community works to bring General Synod resolution to life

United Church of Christ - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:00am
The Samoan community within the United Church of Christ is coming together in Los Angeles in a historic moment, gathering the leadership from five historical streams of United Samoan Ministries to work together in an effort to speak in a unified voice.

Commentary: It’s MY RIGHT to shoot you!

United Church of Christ - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:00am
As the world prepares to watch yet another trial of innocent life lost in Michigan, I pray that this time we will rally forth demanding justice for those innocently slain under "stand your ground" laws.

UCC rallies around young refugees and their providers in Pennsylvania

United Church of Christ - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:00am
United Church of Christ members are rallying in compassion and support of young refugee children, housed at Bethany Children’s Home in Pennsylvania, and their caregivers, with offers of prayers, financial assistance and personal time.

Play

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:00am
Play gives us a glimpse of the divine. It is the opposite of a contest where somebody wins.

Our Storied Lives

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:00am
The Psalmist imagines that he is very much like a character in a story that God has written.

Score another win for LGBT rights with recent presidential order

United Church of Christ - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:00am
United Church of Christ leaders applauded a recent executive order as another step forward in the recognition of LGBT rights.

Commentary: Time to Turn Up the Burners – A Reflection from AIDS 2014

United Church of Christ - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:00am
It's time to turn up the burners and get the waters boiling with more education, more advocacy, more outreach, more funding – more of all that it takes to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.

Reinterpreting worship and community through the Stillspeaking Worship Institute

United Church of Christ - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:00am
Two experiential and reflective worship education events in Minnesota and Colorado, will be the inaugural events for the UCC's Stillspeaking Worship Institute, aiming to bring together pastors, worship leaders and lay leaders to network and create around outreach to special needs families and outreach to the arts and music.

Ghost-Writing

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:00am
Lucky for me, God sees the self I hide and loves that true self truly.

You Kick and You Kick and You Kick and You Kick

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:00am
Is God affected by our faithfulness?

July 20, 2014: Proper 11 (16) (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 3:00am
Genesis 28:10-19a and Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 * Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19 or Isaiah 44:6-8 and Psalm 86:11-17 * Romans 8:12-25 * Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43