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Commentary: Everyone Loves a Domesticated Prophet

United Church of Christ - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:00pm

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, by all means, is deserving of a national holiday, but his prophetic message is worth even more: troubled waters, convicted listeners, and changed systems, as well as hearts.

Resolution

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:00pm

Molly Baskette

The realist's explanation of the miraculous feeding is that Jesus shamed the crowd into sharing their bag lunches. The dreamer's explanation is that it was an out-and-out, nature-defying miracle.

Amistad Chapel grows to full UCC congregation

United Church of Christ - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:40pm

What started as a chapel for United Church of Christ visitors and national office staff has flourished into a local worship and mission community in the heart of downtown Cleveland.

Commentary: Defining Moments

United Church of Christ - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:39am

A Maine UCC member, and leader in Maine's fossil fuel divestment movement, expresses pride in the denomination for leading the way on fossil fuel divestment, and credits United Church Funds for offering a fossil-free investment option.

Pobody's Nerfect

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:00pm

John Edgerton

Don't be alarmed, but I have recently come to the realization that I may be wrong about some things. 

President Obama visits Head Start program at Kansas UCC

United Church of Christ - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 3:19pm

The President of the United States paid a visit to Plymouth Congregational Church United Church of Christ during a trip to Kansas last week, marking a "momentous" event for the Lawrence-based church.

Celebration of leadership, Saturday night dance party highlight General Synod agenda

United Church of Christ - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:23am

A Saturday night dance party with a big band, two significant retirement celebrations, a third keynote speaker, and the election of the denomination's next general minister and president—these are a few major pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that will become the agenda for the United Church of Christ 2015 General Synod.

UCC groups urge community dialogue after more acts of Black Lives Matter banner vandalism

United Church of Christ - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:28am

United Church of Christ congregations and conferences, responding to backlash over posted Black Lives Matter banners, are using the hostile acts as inspiration for positive action in a search for common ground

Home Truths

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:00pm

Richard L. Floyd

Even in the church that bears Christ's name we often can't hear what Jesus is saying to us because he is such a familiar figure. We are too comfortable with him.

Filler

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 11:00pm

Quinn G. Caldwell

I start every Sunday morning sermon that I preach with these words from Psalm 19; I’m sure you’ve heard other preachers do the same.

January 25, 2015: Third Sunday after the Epiphany (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 3:00am
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 * Psalm 62:5-12 * 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 * Mark 1:14-20

It Takes Longer

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 11:00pm

John Nelson

I know that I'm being made into the image of Christ. It's just taking longer than I thought it would.

 

Armor

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:00pm

Donna Schaper

What then is our armor?  It is our vulnerability.

Four UCC pastors make Center for American Progress 2015 watch list

United Church of Christ - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:34pm

A quartet of United Church of Christ ministers are among the top 15 faith leaders to keep an eye on in 2015 for their leadership and ministry in creating a more equitable nation and living on the edge in their ministry. Near the top of the list are UCC pastors the Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (No. 3), the Rev. Amy Butler (No. 5), and Ferguson, Mo., ministers the Rev. Traci Blackmon and the Rev. Starsky Wilson (No. 6), for their work for LGBT equality, ushering community dialogue and calling attention for racial justice.

As I Ponder the Logistics of Noah's Ark

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:00pm

Lillian Daniel

Imagine what it smelled like on Noah's ark.

UCC leaders celebrate the life and work of theologian Marcus Borg

United Church of Christ - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 4:56pm

One of the world's most well-known biblical scholars and authors on Jesus Christ has died. Leaders of the United Church of Christ recognized the contributions of Marcus Borg, one of the first voices for progressive Christianity, and whose work brought renewed energy to the study of the Gospel.

Faithful and Welcoming Churches forge closer bond with Cleveland

United Church of Christ - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 4:06pm

To set the stage for greater visibility within the United Church of Christ, a group of 70 Faithful and Welcoming Churches are planning a presence at the upcoming General Synod this summer by working with the church’s national setting.

Commentary: National Freedom Day

United Church of Christ - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:46pm

In this issue of Witness for Justice, the Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo discusses how the "land of the free and the home of the brave" isn't exactly that for everyone here. People in this country and around the world are held against their will and coerced into many forms of violence and bondage, ranging from forced prostitution to domestic servitude.

UCC advocates label anti-abortion law an "unjust barrier to safe medical care" for women

United Church of Christ - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:06am

United Church of Christ advocates speak out against anti-abortion law up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, calling it an "unjust barrier to safe medical care".

Us Too

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:00pm

Mary Luti

Little changes until we stop telling the story of our innocence and their guilt.