Author: First Congregational UCC

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Aug

Valerie Russell lecturer shares ‘truth, hidden in plain sight’

It was a phrase that Dr. Joy DeGruy came back to again and again while delivering the Valerie Russell Lecture to General Synod on July 17: “the truth, hidden in plain sight.”  Dr. Joy DeGruy speaks as the the Valerie Russell lecturer at General Synod 33. DeGruy, a nationally and internationally renowned researcher and educator whose research focuses

01
Aug

Black Leadership in the UCC

Church leaders are shaped in memorable ways. Michael Collin Murphy (1952-2014) attended DePaul University, obtained a counseling degree at Michigan State University, and earned a Masters’ degree and Doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1984, but in 1987 his ministerial journey and social justice work led

31
Jul

Traci Blackmon reelected as associate general minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries

Rev. Traci Blackmon speaking to the General Synod on July 11 from Eden Theological Seminary. Associate General Minister Traci Blackmon was reelected to a second four-year team by the delegates of the United Church of Christ ‘Special Edition’ General Synod on Sunday evening, July 18.  Blackmon, executive for Justice and Local Church Ministries, was affirmed

29
Jul

Community Support(ed) – United Church of Christ

Executive Associate, JLCM Many of the “Witness for Justice” opinion editorials authored by our team take a form of advocacy, protest, and/or witness to highlight an injustice in some corner of our global community. Often, it is a clarion call to the members our churches, as well as to our neighbors in town squares across