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Jan
Into the Mystic: The Long Goodbye

Into the Mystic: The Long Goodbye

Listen to the podcast Read the transcript As I sat at home over the holiday break, I knew first of all that once it ended I would be returning for a final run to the finish line of my tenure as General Minister and President; but also that this last season would feel different to

15
Jan
In 2023, UCC strives ‘to make all things new’

In 2023, UCC strives ‘to make all things new’

It’s a new year, and the national ministries of the United Church of Christ are looking toward what it means “to make all things new.” Those words from Isaiah 43:18-19 comprise the theme for this year’s General Synod and for much of what the national setting has planned in 2023. Advocating for the most vulnerable

14
Jan
AM21 considers how church is ‘breaking open’

AM21 considers how church is ‘breaking open’

It was a gathering four years in the making. When the Authorizing Ministry for the 21st Century gathering took place in December, it was the first time since 2018 that Conference staffers, the Local Church Ministries Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization team, and other national staff could come together in one place. The wider church

13
Jan
UCC celebrates law limiting prison phone rates

UCC celebrates law limiting prison phone rates

After more than five years of lobbying and a decade of work on the issue, UCC Media Justice (formerly OC Inc.) celebrated a major victory Jan. 5 when President Joe Biden signed a law to limit the rates that communications providers serving prisons, jails and detention centers can charge incarcerated persons and their family members.  

13
Jan
Getting Started with the 118th Congress

Getting Started with the 118th Congress

published on Jan 11, 2023 In the political world, the turning of the calendar to January means a new Congress. The 118th Congress gaveled in on January 3, with new members and a new majority party. You may now live in a new district because of redistricting following the 2020 census. As the new Congress starts,

12
Jan

Asylum is a Human Right

On December 24th, while many of us were focused on our Christmas Eve services, dozens of migrants seeking asylum showed up at Vice President Kamala Harris’s door in Washington, DC in the middle of the cold night. They had been sent by Texas Governor Gregg Abbott. While we celebrated the Christmas story of a refugee