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Dark God

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:00am
How did darkness get to be such a bad thing?

Addressed By Name

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:00am
If God knows me by name it means that God is a being and, what is more, a being who seeks to be in relationship with me.

August 10, 2014: Proper 14 (19) (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 3:00am
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 and Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b * 1 Kings 19:9-18 and Psalm 85:8-13 * Romans 10:5-15 * Matthew 14:22-33

Vacationing from Vacation

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:00am
Vacation means to vacate, to empty the place where we were to be in another place. Vacation is one of the last few islands available for reflection now that so much life is taken up with reactivity.

Think Like a Woman

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:00am
Perhaps we could arrive at more authentic solutions to our problems if we encouraged women to think like women.

World faith community focusing attention and prayers on Northern Iraq

United Church of Christ - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:00am
Hearing a cry for help from Christians and other vulnerable religious and ethnic communities in Northern Iraq, leaders from United Church of Christ are focusing attention on the intimidation and tyranny against minority groups in the region, calling for prayers and advocacy from congregants nationwide.

UCC choir director helps hone the sound for Gay Games kick-off ceremony

United Church of Christ - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:00am
The choir director of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Bellevue, Wash., plans to celebrate the LGBT community through the songs, harmonies and sounds of Gay Games 9.

Out of the House

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:00am
'They have no wine.' That's all Mary says to Jesus after noticing the newlyweds' embarrassment. Could she be more indirect?

Commentary: Para La Familia – For the Family

United Church of Christ - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:00am
Families are being torn apart by our broken immigration system. I have to take it personally because just like most of you, I am an immigrant.

UCC competitors set to challenge the field during Gay Games 9

United Church of Christ - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:00am
When Gay Games 9 begins in less than a week in downtown Cleveland, two United Church of Christ national staff members will be among the 9,000 participants.

Piously Annoyed

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:00am
Years ago I walked through Chicago's Field Museum with a childhood friend.

Midwest movement for marriage equality preempts 6th Circuit hearing

United Church of Christ - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:00am
Across the Midwest, people of the United Church of Christ continue to voice their support for marriage equality, in anticipation of six cases that were heard on Wednesday, Aug. 6 in a U.S. Court of Appeals.

Attraction, Not Promotion

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:00am
People in the recovery community often talk about the concept of 'attraction rather than promotion'.

Unexpected evangelism turns casual conversation to sacred ceremony

United Church of Christ - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:00am
On occasion, the Rev. Holly MillerShank works late at the United Church of Christ national office. Never did she imagine that the extra hours she puts in would lead to one of the best evangelism stories of her ministry, where a young man and his bride-to-be discovered the welcome and hospitality of the UCC, and MillerShank discovered an unexpected place to live out her faith.

Staring Problem

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:00am
Whether the illness is physical, spiritual, or societal, the remedy always starts with a willingness to look; to observe and examine our wounds, our privilege, our apathy.

UCC youth, families invited to National Youth Event 2016 at Disney World

United Church of Christ - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:00am
The youth throughout the United Church of Christ should plan on bringing sunglasses and short sleeves to National Youth Event 2016. And so should their parents and the rest of the family, too.

UCC 'matching grant' maximizes contributions of CWS School Kits

United Church of Christ - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:00am
Thanks to an imaginative "matching grant" challenge, United Church of Christ congregations across the United States are outdoing themselves to make CWS School Kits – urgently needed by Church World Service to meet demand in countries around the world.

UCC coordinated response moves quickly to fund assistance for displaced children

United Church of Christ - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:00am
Through the generosity of its members, the United Church of Christ is very much involved in offering compassion and care to displaced refugee children from Mexico and Central America, working on the ground with congregations in the southern border states helping to meet early needs of the refugees, providing for the children as they are moved through all 50 states to be reunited with their families, and advocating to influence federal government funding and deportation policies.

Marty

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:00am
In the Academy-award winning movie, Marty, Ernest Borgnine plays a homely butcher who lives in Brooklyn.

August 3, 2014: Proper 13 (18) (Year A)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 3:00am
Genesis 32:22-31 and Psalm 17:1-7, 15 * Isaiah 55:1-5 and Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 * Romans 9:1-5 * Matthew 14:13-21