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12
May

Belonging – United Church of Christ

Now Elimelek, Naomi’s’ husband, died and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. – Ruth 1:3-4 (NIV) Naomi’s sons married a little but not a lot outside their tribe. Then again, maybe her sons’ marriages paved the way for Naomi to become a belonger

12
May

UCC ministries collaborate to offer pandemic relief loans to churches

United Church of Christ congregations needing help with cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic now have an added place to apply for loans, thanks to a cooperative effort by national ministries and participating Conferences.  Seeded by dollars from the national setting and administered by the United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund, the new Pandemic Relief Loan Program offers loans of $5,000 to $20,000 at

11
May

He Fell on His Face

Leaders of the congregation, chosen from the assembly… assembled against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, “You have gone too far! … Why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?” When Moses heard it, he fell on his face. – Numbers 16:2b, 3-4 (NRSV) He fell on his face. Wow.

11
May

UCC Board begins process to renominate AGM Traci Blackmon

The United Church of Christ Board of Directors is beginning the renomination process for the Rev. Traci Blackmon as UCC Associate General Minister, and is inviting members of the wider church to offer comments on her leadership. Rev. Blackmon completes her first four-year term in office on July 20, 2021. Following UCCB Standing Rules, a UCCB

10
May

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” – John 14:1 (KJV) Troubling times. Troubled minds. News reports full of trouble. Health care systems in dire trouble. A deeply troubled economy. Trouble on every side. Jesus knew something about trouble. According to John 13:21, Jesus had a troubled spirit

10
May

Free Them All – United Church of Christ

For decades, the United States has normalized the brutal and dehumanizing treatment of incarcerated people – from making solitary confinement commonplace (a practice detrimental physiologically as well as mentally and emotionally), to charging exorbitant amounts for phone calls to maintain contact with loved ones, to normalizing the crisis of rampant sexual assault. In addition to

09
May

In Your Hands – United Church of Christ

My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. – Psalm 31:15 (NRSV) In a time of distress and division, our fears are accentuated by the constant questioning of who – people or institutions or media – we should and should not trust. In case we believe this

08
May

Previously On… – United Church of Christ

Stephen replied, “…The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran.” – Acts 7:2 (NRSV) We’re catching up on a lot of TV right now, thankful for every new season that drops during quarantine. And thankful, especially, for a good “previously on.” Having watched the

08
May

Free Them All – United Church of Christ

For decades, the United States has normalized the brutal and dehumanizing treatment of incarcerated people – from making solitary confinement commonplace (a practice detrimental physiologically as well as mentally and emotionally), to charging exorbitant amounts for phone calls to maintain contact with loved ones, to normalizing the crisis of rampant sexual assault. In addition to