Author: First Congregational UCC

08
May

Disaster Ministries recruiting volunteers for Philly flood recovery

United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is recruiting volunteers to lend a hand to 50 Philadelphia families still struggling to recover from Tropical Storm Isaias, which flooded their homes nine months ago. Philadelphia’s Eastwick neighborhood, Aug. 4, 2020 The storm dumped seven inches of torrential rain on parts of eastern Pennsylvania on Aug. 4. Philadelphia’s Eastwick neighborhood was among

08
May

Focus is on consent, welcome as church studies polyamory

“In the United Church of Christ we say often, ‘No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here,’” said Amy Johnson. “…Do we really mean that?” She was talking about something not often spoken of in church: committed romantic relationships involving more than one person. A Canadian study was

07
May

Gifts will help 3 hospitals fight COVID surge in India

Two U.S. churches are seeking donations to help partners in India fight a surge in COVID-19. The appeal will raise funds for three hospitals facing the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak. They are: COVID patients receive treatment at Christian Hospital, Mungeli, India. The appeal was issued May 5 by Global Ministries, an arm of the United

07
May

Into the Mystic: In all Circumstances….

Listen to the podcast Read the transcript While on a call with one of our denomination’s Conference Ministers last week, I was told about a meeting she was at recently in which three pastors talked about what they learned and were grateful for through this time of pandemic. It shook something free in me. I

06
May

Loving Mothers Well Means Fighting For Them

published on May 6, 2021 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. – 1 John 3:18 (NRSV) Every child of God came from a mother. Mothers literally create bodies out of their own bodies, giving us flesh, blood and breath. On Mother’s Day every year we speak

06
May

JPANet May 2021 Newsletter – United Church of Christ

published on May 6, 2021 In this month’s Getting to the Root, UCC Economic Justice Minister, Rev. Sekinah Hamlin, offers a different approach to showing our gratitude and appreciation for our mothers and caretakers, one that centers on policy and justice.  Rev. Sekinah Hamlin Loving Mothers Well Means Fighting for Them Every child of God

05
May

Meet.ucc the place for General Synod 33

In 2019, General Synod 32 was held in Milwaukee. In July, General Synod 33 will take place on meet.ucc. Meet.ucc is a multifunctional platform that will be used for registration, to direct pre-Synod events, stream worship services, deliver access to live keynote speakers, handle plenary, the parliamentary process, track optional events … and as a