Becoming a Just Peace Church

Robert Loesch

6/7/2019

I invite you and your local United Church of Christ congregation to take the steps to become a Just Peace Church. Since 1985, the Just Peace Pronouncement at General Synod has inspired a grassroots movement of UCC congregations corporately to name and boldly proclaim a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church. Grounded in UCC polity and covenantal theology, the position focuses attention on alleviating injustice of all types using non-violence and calls us to offer the message, ...


Casino Forum in CT: A Report

Grace O'Connor

6/7/2019

 Grace O'Connor Intern, CT Conference, UCC In the first event of its kind, a Forum on the Economic and Social Impact of Expanded Gambling was held at the Connecticut State Capitol. The Forum, co-hosted by Representative Anne Hughes and Representative Jill Barry with the Coalition Against Casino Expansion in Connecticut (CACE) addressed a range of economic and social costs that the state may expect to face if casino gambling, sports betting, and internet wagering are allowed to expand.  Former ...


Many Voices One Mission: Partners

Karen Ziel

6/5/2019

"The best and most effective partnerships are formed in the context of communities, organizations, and families within whom these values and this way of being are deeply formed."— Karen Ziel


Overcome Volunteer Burnout by Building Capacity

The Parish Paper

6/1/2019

Vital congregations reach out to strengthen the communities where they are located. Different denominations give different names for this ministry, including mission and outreach, home missions, and social ministry. But where do congregations get the strength for mission? How do they retain that strength in the midst of providing food and clothing, mentoring individuals, or advocating community change? How do they keep from burning out? They do it by building capacity.


Many Voices, One Mission: It's All About Relationship

Debbie Gline Allen

5/29/2019

"Faith is more caught than taught." —Debbie Gline Allen


Anti Nuclear Arms Resolution approved for Synod this June in Milwaukee

Peter Kakos

5/22/2019

The Synod Selection Committee has accepted our resolution “Calling for the U.S. to pull ‘Back From the Brink’ and Prevent Nuclear War.” It all began in the fall of 2017, after I attended an address at our church, First, Northampton, by the co-founder of the Physicians For Social Responsibility, Dr. Ira Helfand, of Northampton. His analysis proved that even a limited conflict of 100, or so, modern warheads, could put into motion a radioactive cloud encircling our latitude so toxic that two to ...


Many Voices, One Mission: A Community of Colleagues – and Colleagues in Community

Mary Nelson

5/22/2019

"Sure, I can connect with *more* people online than I can in person, but these connections aren’t very high quality." — Rev. Mary Nelson


Many Voices One Mission: Being Open to a New Way

Martha Goodman

5/15/2019

"I don’t know about you, but the simpler way isn’t always obvious to me." — Martha Goodman


U.S. Religious Leaders Issue “Religious Declaration of Unprecedented Human Emergency”

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

5/10/2019

...The fossil fuel industry has spent millions of dollars trying to make the climate emergency as “unforeseen” as possible, for as long as possible, to as many people as possible. But the clock has run out. The time of reckoning is at hand. Foreseen or unforeseen, the climate crisis is upon us and it calls for immediate action.


Creating a House of Refuge for Trans Asylum Seekers

Liza Neal

5/8/2019

“The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” (Lev 19:34) Scripture is very clear on our responsibility to the immigrant and the refugee. God’s command is straightforward: treat the alien as a citizen. “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deut 10:19) Not only to those without documentation or legal status, but to each ...


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