Author: First Congregational UCC

05
Jun

Me, Myself, and I – United Church of Christ

We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the purpose of building up the neighbor. For Christ did not please himself. – Romans 15:1-3 (NRSV) Recently, a reporter interviewed people in a park who weren’t wearing masks

04
Jun

More Than Enough Spirit – United Church of Christ

But Moses said to Joshua, “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!” – Numbers 11:29 (NRSV) The formerly enslaved people, led by Moses out of Pharaoh’s Egypt and through the Red Sea, will not stop complaining about their wilderness diet of dewy manna that

04
Jun

Clergy of color lead marches in Minnesota, accompanied by white colleagues

Clergy from the Twin Cities and across Minnesota took to the streets on Tuesday afternoon in a silent march and a prayful protest, first in Minneapolis and then in St. Paul. The action took hundreds to the block where George Floyd was killed in police custody. The march was organized by black church leaders in Minneapolis who invited other religious leaders to participate. “People came out from large churches and small churches.

03
Jun

How Small the Regard of the Lord?

June 3, 2020 How Small the Regard of the Lord? Quinn G. Caldwell O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. – Psalm 104:24 (NRSV) If the works of the Lord are manifold, so are the mysteries they engender. For instance: is

03
Jun

UCC Board: We condemn racist actions

The United Church of Christ Board (UCCB) stands with the UCC Officers, our Conferences, local churches and entities of the church during this moment in history. We cannot be silent as one more black person is murdered unjustly, and the nation erupts with both anger and deep sorrow. We are called to recognize once again

02
Jun

No Justice, No Peace – United Church of Christ

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” – Matthew 10:34 (NIV) The lethal asphyxiation of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, is just the latest in a series of black fatalities brought about by overzealous policing, racial profiling, and

01
Jun

I Will Not Leave You Orphaned

“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.” – John 14:18-19 (NRSV) A childhood fight with my mother sent me swirling to the attic where I madly searched for

01
Jun

As elsewhere, vandals invade peaceful protests in Cleveland; Church House escapes damage

Around the United States on Saturday, peaceful protests calling for justice in response to the death of George Floyd morphed into violent demonstrations against police in several cities, with rioters setting fires, looting businesses and destroying property in central business districts. In Cleveland, home to the United Church of Christ National Setting, the chaos prompted