And Now For Something New

Tiffany Vail


Here we are at the end of August, and there is indeed a plan for something new. I thought I'd share it, and I invite your feedback.

Facing the Rising Sun Part 2: Searching for Milo

Cleo Graham


Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors.

Our Planetary Cathedral on Fire

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas


The fire in Notre Dame – literally, “Our Lady” – is over. But the fire on Mother Earth rages on.

Facing the Rising Sun Part 1

Cleo Graham


Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors who were slaves in America. This is one of those stories.

Learn More about Your Congregation through Focus Groups

The Parish Paper


For church leaders seeking to better understand their congregation, it pays to listen. Everyone knows the value of one-on-one conversations, yet it might not always be the most efficient use of time for a busy leader. In these situations a focus group can help. Simple in design, it honors the experience of congregants in the stories they tell, the questions they ask, and the concerns they express.

LGBT Asylum Seeker at the Border Released to UCC Church

Judy Hanlon


In the middle of May, I received an email from Paralegal Erin Anderson from Al Otro Lago, an agency that works at the border to free folks in detention and provide lawyers for that purpose. She said there was a 47-year-old man in detention there, from Honduras - and gay. He had walked for five months from Honduras to the Mexican border to seek asylum. Instead he was arrested and placed in a removal (deportation) process in an overcrowded detention center in San Diego. After suffering an assault ...

Value Our Families: Reuniting Families Act

Carla Dietz


Rev. Carla Dietz shares her recent experience in Washington D.C. advocating for new immigration policy.

Celebration and Pride

Kathie Carpenter


Celebrate, Agitate, Activate - ONA35 On June 15, supporters of Open and Affirming gathered from around the Mass Conference to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first-ever Open and Affirming resolution.

Standing Up and Speaking Out for our Neighbor: Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Church

Dawn Adams


What does it sound like when voices of over 625 churches in the new TA1 Conference come together to proclaim justice? What does it sound like when all 5,000+ churches nationally of the UCC speak in one voice? I pray that it makes an unavoidable call for care and justice. This is the basis of the call for congregations to become “Immigrant Welcoming” congregations.

Team Talk Can Strengthen Volunteer Ministry

The Parish Paper


Team talk can build a strong ministry team. Of course, some may not think of conversation as an important task, viewing it as getting in the way of work and slowing it down. On the contrary, conversation plays an important role in the life of a team and must not be ignored. Team talk builds group durability and sustains effort. Talking about the work helps to reinforce the reasons for doing what we are doing.

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