Southern author Frye Gaillard and award-winning Nashville recording artist Anne E. DeChant will add something special to the reception for the 2017 Annual Gathering Thursday, Oct. 12, at Seabreeze United Church of Christ in Daytona Beach. Gaillard and DeChant will team up for a unique program of stories and song entitled "With Music and Justice for All". And whether you're planning to join us for the Annual Gathering or not, we hope to see you at the free reception. Y'all come! Read more ...
Now is the time to gather the church, to come together for fellowship, learning and fun, and to celebrate and recommit to our shared covenant as we converge on Daytona Beach Oct. 12-14 for the 2017 Annual Gathering of the Florida Conference United Church of Christ. -> Download the brochure | Register now! ->
Nominations are welcome for the Peter Cheney Award, presented in recognition of extraordinary and exemplary commitment to God through outstanding service as a layperson in the United Church of Christ. Those nominated should be an individuals who manifest a unique integration of spiritual, personal and professional life. The nomination form may be found here, and nominations should be sent to email@example.com by no later than Sept. 1.
The United Church of Christ, noting both the urgency of climate change and the continued debate over its existence, is "raising its prophetic voice" to urge the "healing of the Earth." On Monday, July 3, the delegates of the General Synod passed a resolution that calls on clergy across the life of the church to preach about the moral obligation to protect God's creation, and appeals to its members to lead efforts to educate and advocate for legislation to reduce the human impact on the environment. -> Read more! ->
In its first action as an Immigrant Welcoming Church, the United Church of Christ marched with the family and friends of an Annapolis, Md., artist and grandfather, seized outside his home on his way to work and detained the past three months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. -> Read more! ->
To follow God's call to build a just world for all as a united church, United Church of Christ General Minister and President John C. Dorhauer is calling the entire denomination to pull together under a new, shared mission — the Three Great Loves initiative. -> Read more! ->
Guided in large part by the voices of youth, General Synod 2017 enthusiastically passed a resolution of witness Monday urging the recognition of gun violence as a public health emergency deserving of federal funding for scientific research. -> Read more! ->
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is here. It started June 1 and continues through Nov. 30, and forecasters are predicting it will be another above average year for tropical storm activity, with as many as 17 named storms, including April's Tropical Storm Arlene. Are you ready? -> Read more ->
I have been a United Church of Christ minister for the past 36 years. Sixteen of those years were spent in two local congregations where I served as a local church pastor. For the past 20 years, I have been on a Conference staff – in Connecticut and in Florida. When I bleed, I bleed black and red which are the colors of the Still Speaking Initiative. ... -> Read more ->
The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, vice president of the United Church of Christ's Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), is leaving to become the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. Guess, a lifelong civil rights and social justice activist, will step down from CHHSM on June 30, beginning his new position with the ACLU of Ohio on July 1. -> Read more! ->
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