"We, the Conferences of the United Church of Christ, are uniquely positioned to tell the most important stories of our time." —Drew Page
"There is no one way or best way to achieve racial justice; instead, it is our collective differences and our united goal that will one day allow us to be successful in achieving equity for all God's people." —TJ Harper
"Our congregations and our wider church need to look outward and shout to the world that Jesus Christ is Sovereign without being judgmental or formulating value judgments regarding the worth of others."—Rev. Kent Salad
You may have seen the image of a woman crying in Parkland, Florida, her forehead still marked with an ash cross. I do not know if she was among the parents who later heard the devastating news of a child’s death, but I know she is a victim of gun violence. We all are now. We can’t help but be, when it’s an act of faith to send children to school, to attend worship, or to go to a concert. I was a victim of gun violence yesterday as I stood on the front steps of our church offering glitter ...
Your prayers are requested for a gathering of the three Southern New England (RI, MA, & CT) Boards of Directors this Saturday in Woodstock, CT. This gathering will bring together the leadership of our three UCC Conferences to consider a large number of documents that have been put together by the Together As One team. This Together as One Team has been hard at work since the confirming vote on a resolution in Hartford, CT in June, 2017 to “put flesh on the bones” for a New Conference. Many ...
Some important updates from Interim Conference Minister Barbara Libby.
Happy New Year! The Racial Justice Ministry recommends you kick off 2018 with an event sponsored by the Rhode Island Center for the Book on Jan. 27, 2:00 - 4:00 PM at The Pavilion, Grace Episcopal Church, Providence. Join the Center’s Reading Across Rhode Island program as it introduces this year’s book selection—The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Registration and tickets are required. Cost $15. The novel is a brave, thought-provoking, conversation-enabling novel about what prejudice looks like in...
It’s been nearly five years since the horror at Sandy Hook School and I would not have come this far without prayer.
This year I attended my second General Synod or National meeting of the United Church of Christ delegates, visitors and guests from throughout the church. Synod is held every two years at a location in the United States. Synod 2017 in Baltimore officially began June 30 and ended July 4, 2017. However, I also attended pre and post Synod events, therefore, I arrived in Baltimore on June 28 and I returned home on July 5. To learn about Synod go to www.ucc.org/synod for sixteen minutes ...