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Wendy’s boycott fast and action

December 08, 2017

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

December 06, 2017

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

November 23, 2017

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

November 22, 2017

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

November 10, 2017

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! ->


2017 Annual Gathering Highlights

October 26, 2017

Make Glad logoIt was a fine annual meeting in which we did business, worshiped and built relationships across the conference and with guests from the national staff. Whether you were able to join us or not, please enjoy these wrap up videos, created by Member in Discernment Teña T. Nock-Hope, and keep your energy level high as we continue to create a just world for all! -> Highlights video 1 | Highlights video 2 ->


Antal, other religious leaders 'Take a Knee' for climate change

October 25, 2017

The Rev. James Antal was one of a dozen religious leaders of Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical and Jewish traditions who gathered at the EPA Tuesday to "take a knee" in prayer and urge the current administration to address global climate change. Antal, who serves as general minister and president of the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ, presented a statement to the EPA. -> Read more ->


Conference minister responds to shooting in Las Vegas

October 02, 2017

The member congregations and staff of the Florida Conference woke this morning to an all-too-familiar tragedy; a mass shooting. Our hearts break at the thought of more terror being spread by a lone gunman with a high-volume weapon. We are brought back to the morning of June 12, 2016, when the PULSE nightclub became a crime scene and a memorial. -> Read more ->


UCC responding to storm that affected us all

September 15, 2017

We've all been impacted by Irma. Some have felt the wrath of that storm more intensely than others, but not a one of us escaped the effects of that massive storm. Through it, and after it, I have remembered the words of Jesus when he promised his disciples, "I will not leave you desolate." It's a promise from which we can take heart as we move into the recovery phase of this event. I recall an announcer on news radio remarking that "the hurricane was the scary part; now we get into the tough part." -> Read more! ->


Hurricane Harvey prompts UCC emergency appeal

August 28, 2017

The United Church of Christ has launched an emergency appeal to help with long term recovery following Hurricane Harvey — a monster storm that has already displaced thousands of Texans and left five people dead. -> Read more | Donate now ->


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