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May

No Good Christians – United Church of Christ

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of good works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8 (NRSV) I sometimes hear people say that Christianity is all about being a good person, or becoming

21
May

Clothed with Power – United Church of Christ

“Wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.” – Luke 24:49 (WEB) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is much in the news right now. From grocery clerks to medical staff, bus drivers to nursing home aides, essential workers need protective clothing, goggles, and other gear to ward off the

21
May

Conference Ministers urge caution, prayer as churches create processes to discern when to reopen

United Church of Christ regional leaders have begun releasing recommendations to local churches about eventually reopening, as states around the country phase in a return to activities shuttered by the novel coronavirus. These pandemic protocols offer congregations guidelines for deciding about when to return to in-person gatherings as areas of the U.S. gradually come out

20
May

Exactly – United Church of Christ

The LORD leads me beside still waters;they restore my soul.They lead me in right pathsfor their name’s sake.– Psalm 23:1-3 (NRSV, adapted) My son and I hike along, looking for the next flash of color. Those who knew the way through this forest have gone ahead of us, painting blue blazes on the trees to

20
May

Should Churches Return to Worship in Their Sanctuaries?

A Pastoral letter from the Leadership of the Wider United Church of Christ    As the country debates how, when, and under what circumstances life might return to normal, leaders in every setting of the church are deliberating about returning to their sanctuaries for worship. As leaders in the United Church of Christ, we want to

19
May

The Power of Patience – United Church of Christ

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. – James 5:7 (NIV) “No mom. I can do it.” Of course I knew it all at five. After relentlessly telling my mom I

19
May

National Youth Event, postponed until 2022, now offering interactive digital experiences

Every four years for four decades, the United Church of Christ’s National Youth Event has attracted young people from all over the denomination for high-energy inspiration, faith-building and educational activities, community service, and in-the-moment actions for social justice. Now, like so many other events in the Year of the Coronavirus, the live event has been

18
May

The Same Boat – United Church of Christ

The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners … but the centurion ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, and the rest to follow, some on planks and others on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land. – Acts 27:42-44,