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Second consultation in Phoenix continues conversation on multiple religious belonging

United Church of Christ - Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:38pm

The United Church of Christ is continuing the conversation around multiple religious belonging. With a shifting religious landscape, ecumenical and interfaith leaders in the denomination are hosting a three-day gathering the first week of November in Arizona, where they will continue examining how the faith community can welcome people and families that identify with more than one faith tradition.

Extravagance UCC digital evangelist to share best practices in Germany

United Church of Christ - Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:32pm

How does one pray on the internet? What are the best virtual avenues for religious communication? A gathering of pastors and professors in Loccum, Germany, will discuss these and other questions Nov. 13-15, and among them will be the Rev. Lawrence Richardson, digital evangelist of the online Extravagance UCC.

No Pious Meetings in the Liquor Store

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 10/26/2015 - 10:00pm

Matt Fitzgerald

I took Isaiah's advice and skipped church on vacation. In lieu of worship I swam and rode bikes with my family. I also took a few trips to the country liquor store.

UCC D.C. director joins interfaith call for religious freedom

United Church of Christ - Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:20pm

The director of the United Church of Christ’s office in Washington, D.C., joined other leaders of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith communities Friday morning, Oct. 23, for a time of interfaith worship. Afterwards, the group of interfaith leaders urged government officials to publicly commit themselves to stand for religious freedom and against bigotry, hate, and discrimination.

Sin No More

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 10/25/2015 - 10:00pm

Mary Luti

One day my Italian Catholic aunties were sitting around the kitchen table counting up all the babies they'd had, one after another.

October 25, 2015: Proper 25 (30) (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 10/25/2015 - 2:00am
Job 42:1-6, 10-17 and Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22) * Jeremiah 31:7-9 and Psalm 126 * Hebrews 7:23-28 * Mark 10:46-52

The Powerful Goodness

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 10/24/2015 - 10:00pm

Molly Baskette

Ben Franklin had a spiritually healthy daily routine that we can all learn from and mirror. According to his diary, it went like this . . .


UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 10:00pm

Willie Sordillo

Taking responsibility for one's actions is good; nagging guilt, however, is evidence of self-absorption, a turning away from God.

New prison phone regulations another victory for UCC media justice ministry

United Church of Christ - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 8:08am

The media justice ministry of the United Church of Christ is celebrating a hard-fought victory. The Office of Communication, Inc. (OC Inc.) rallied on Thursday, Oct. 22, outside the offices of the Federal Communications Commission as it adopted rules that will rein in the predatory prison phone industry.

We Will Rebuild

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:00pm

Vince Amlin

Like the people of Judah returning to find their holy city wrecked, many walk through our doors (and perhaps yours, too) feeling spiritually demolished.

God's creatures get a Capitol blessing

United Church of Christ - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 2:50pm

A visible reminder of the value of all God's creatures was evident on Capitol Hill Thursday, Oct. 22, with a menagerie of animals brought out to be blessed.

Atlanta minister makes journey to Canada to witness history, celebrate friendship

United Church of Christ - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 12:05pm

The Rev. Joyce Myers-Brown spent three days driving from her Atlanta home to Niagara Falls, Ontario, to witness the full communion celebration between the United Church of Christ and The United Church of Canada. She broke the drive up over three days, arriving one day ahead of the Oct. 17 shared worship service she was determined to attend.

Commentary: Human Problems, Human Solutions

United Church of Christ - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 11:00am

In 1938, Stanford graduate student in statistics George Dantzig arrived late for class. Finding two problems written on the blackboard, George wrote them down, assuming they were a homework assignment.

Andover Newton bringing people of faith together to 'say no' to gun culture

United Church of Christ - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 9:05am

Andover Newton Theological School, a seminary of the United Church of Christ, is hosting a two-day summit this week that will bring together religious, civic and academic leaders in discussion on increasing gun violence it says is raging through American cities.

Pension Boards–United Church of Christ introduces socially responsible investment option to members

United Church of Christ - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 8:48am

A new investment fund option for the 22,000 UCC Pension Boards members is coming Nov. 2 that will help United Church of Christ investors meet their retirement goals while investing in the well-being of the planet.

Passing Through

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 10:00pm

Matt Laney

When we gather around the Lord's Table, the rations are admittedly thin. And yet, the forgiveness of God in the breadcrumb and thimble-full of juice is an inexhaustible, renewable resource.

Traci Blackmon to lead UCC Justice and Witness Ministries

United Church of Christ - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:52pm

The Rev. Traci Blackmon, a prominent community leader, gifted preacher and much-loved pastor and teacher,has been appointed as the acting executive of UCC Justice and Witness Ministries.

Parker lecture honors three, pays tribute to founder's legacy

United Church of Christ - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 2:26pm

The 33rd Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture was as much about honoring this era's voices for equal media access as it was about celebrating the life of the late Rev. Parker and continuing his legacy and work.

"Didn't I Wash Your Feet?"

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 10:00pm

Martin B. Copenhaver

It is good to know that Jesus' followers are still capable of shocking others by their outrageous behavior. 

Groundbreaking scholar who shaped theological and ethical reflection on sexuality dies at 85

United Church of Christ - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 6:15am

United Church of Christ scholar, teacher, lecturer, and activist the Rev. James B. Nelson passed away Oct. 15 in Tucson, Ariz., surrounded by friends and what his wife had described before her death as a “cloud of witnesses.” He was 85.