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Stepping Away

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 11:00pm

Mary Luti

It's an age-old question: "Why don't you come when I need you?"

July 23, 2017: Proper 11 (16) (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 1:00am
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

Pray for those Who Persecute You

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 11:00pm

Tyler Connoley

Jesus told me to love my enemies, but Buddhism taught me how. 

Commentary: Our State of Mass Incarceration

United Church of Christ - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 1:00pm

Over the last couple of weeks I have engaged in civil disobedience in the Senate building on Capitol Hill while speaking out in opposition to the proposed revisions to our nation's health care laws.

The Killer Said "Grace"

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 11:00pm

Matt Fitzgerald

The killer brutally murdered a teenaged girl. Twenty-one years later he was still awaiting execution.

UCC clergy among Minnesota activists demanding justice following fatal shootings by police

United Church of Christ - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 6:59pm

The UCC was well represented at multifaith march in a Minneapolis neighborhood Thursday evening, where hundreds gathered to pray, mourn and demand justice for the people around the country killed by police, including 40-year old Justine Damond, fatally shot by a Minneapolis officer last weekend.

UCC pastors stand with young woman from Africa as she's granted asylum in U.S.

United Church of Christ - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 11:11am

A 22 year old lesbian from Africa, escaping persecution and brutality at the hands of her father and her husband, was supported by her faith family at a Batavia, N.Y. federal detention center as she faced an immigration judge, who granted her asylum in the United States.

One Landmine at a Time

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 6:04am

Donna Schaper

Most people can't stand criticism, much less persecution.

You Feed the People

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:00pm

Tony Robinson

"We can't do this . . . we don't have the money." 

NYC immigration activists rally around Haitian UCC member under threat of deportation

United Church of Christ - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:30pm

Faith leaders, immigration activists and elected officials will march silently around a federal building in New York City on Thursday to proclaim "Justice for Jean" in solidarity with Jean Montrevil — a longtime green-card holder from Haiti and member of a United Church of Christ congregation.

Lots of Follows but Few Friends

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:00pm

Richard L. Floyd

The affection and intimacy Jesus had for his disciples offers a model of friendship that is in contrast to much of what passes for friendship in our time.

White Privilege curriculum sparks awareness, change in small Iowa community

United Church of Christ - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:00pm

The United Church of Christ's adult curriculum on white privilege, released less than a year ago, is sparking change across an entire community in Iowa, bringing joy to the local UCC pastor who got the ball rolling.

UCC ministers oppose toxic waste dumping in East Chicago

United Church of Christ - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:46am

A United Church of Christ minister is adding her voice to the activists and Indiana residents angered at a plan to move dredged waste to a toxic disposal facility located near communities of color in their state.

Don't Wait

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:00pm

Martin B. Copenhaver

In the last decade or so of my father's life he developed an interest in wine. 

The Dance of Faith

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 11:00pm

John A. Nelson

In a preaching conference, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Long told about the time he was approached by a parishioner with an interest in contemporary church music: "Could we start a praise band?" Dr. Long replied, "Sure, as long as we start a lament band, too."

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