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Wendy’s boycott fast and action
Wendy's fastOn Jan. 18, faith leaders from around the country will join together for National Day of Fasting and Witness in protest of Wendy’s executives’ ongoing refusal to join the Fair Food Program. Nearly three dozen clergy from Florida to Indiana to California have already answered this January call to fasting and direct action at Wendy’s, including United Church of Christ General Minister and President John Dorhauer and author and public theologian Brian McLaren. -> Learn more! ->

Register now for 2018 Walk on Water Youth Retreat
The Florida Conference Walk on Water Youth Retreat is scheduled for Jan. 19-21 at Union Congregational Church in West Palm Beach. Once again this year, Rev. Drew Willard, pastor of United Church of Christ at The Villages, will regale us all with his unique brand of storytelling on the beach. In addition, Rev. Neal Watkins from The Community Church of Vero Beach will be the featured musician for "Friday Night Live," and UCC Ecumenical and Interfaith Minister Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson will be our special guest on Saturday. spread the word! Come rekindle friendships with participants from previous years, and make new friends, too! Registration deadline is Jan. 15. -> Read more ->
Putting our faith into action for second chances

Florida is the leader nationwide in the number of disenfranchised voters. The 1.68 million citizens here barred from voting because of a felony conviction (even if they've paid their debt to society) represents 10 percent of the state's voting population, the highest in the nation. Furthermore, the "war on drugs," coupled with the over-policing of minority communities, has exacerbated the impact on communities of color and has resulted in nearly a quarter of the voting-age African American population being excluded from voting for life. Does this sound like a just world for all to you? You can do something about it. -> Learn more! ->

Sarasota First, Florida Conference offer free workshop
First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sarasota and the Florida Conference will sponsor a workshop by acclaimed storyteller Valerie Tutson Feb. 3 at First Congregational UCC. During the workshop, "Storytelling as a Spiritual Practice," Valerie will invite participants to explore and experience the wonder of stories — our own and others. -> Read more ->
NCC endorses sweeping initiative to end racism
Today the governing board of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) enthusiastically endorsed a sweeping initiative to end racism.  This process, beginning with a massive rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC on April 4, 2018, will unfold over several years and will be the most visible and impactful work of the National Council of Churches in its recent history. -> Read more! ->

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