The immigration crisis in Europe and in the American Southwest have generated powerful, polarized reactions. Two churches, one in Arizona, the other in Italy are working together to help migrants from across their respective borders. Global Ministries Volunteer Marta Bernardini, from the Waldensian Church in Italy and Mediterranean Hope, and the Rev. Randy Mayer, pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, in Sahuarita, AZ, were interviewed recently and their interview was aired on "Here and Now."Read more
On April 24, 2016, St. Paul United Church of Christ (UCC), Old Blue Rock Road, Cincinnati held their fifth annual Armenian Martyr’s Day Remembrance Service. The service is to commemorate the onset of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 1915.Read more
Working and getting to know one of the European borders, the island of Lampedusa, allows you to get a true sense of what is happening in the world during this historic time. More people are fleeing their homeland and their homes than at any time since World War II. Therefore, it is not a transitory or emergency situation, but rather an epoch-making, global event that calls into question the whole world and therefore, requires an equally global response.Read more
Last Tuesday, seven women from Country Club Christian Church met, as they do many Tuesday mornings, in our church parking lot to make the 20-minute trip to Northeast Kansas City. We are a few members of the volunteer team from our congregation that partners with Della Lamb Social Services, a refugee resettlement agency, to ready houses for refugee families. As it happened, the family of seven scheduled to arrive the next day would be the first Syrian refugee family to arrive in the United States as part of the surge program to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States in the next few months.Read more
The Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries is offering another unique experience for Disciples seminarians to be engaged in a ministry of Critical Presence – timely and appropriately meeting God’s people and creation at the point of deepest need – spiritually, physically, emotionally, or economically.Read more
Two Special Offerings help to financially support the work of Global Ministries: The United Church of Christ's One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Week of Compassion offering. Both suggested offering dates happen early in the year. The 2016 suggested offering date for Week of Compassion is February 21-28 and for OGHS is March 6. For worship resources and other material related to the 2016 offering, please go to the Week of Compassion resources webpage or the OGHS resources webpage.Read more
The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO)* organized the 1st International Conference of Muslim Councils in the West - a major initiative for Muslims in Western nations - in Washington, D.C., February 1-3 in Arlington, Va.
This conference was the first of its kind to bring Muslim leaders around the world together to exchange experiences and to discuss common issues of concern to our communities.Read more
By Cathy Wirt, January 2016
My earliest memory of Lillian comes from the late 1970s when in my early 20s. By then she was almost 40, already about ten years into the job she started BEFORE SHE WAS even 30 years old, interpreting the life and times of the CC (DOC). She was leaning forward in her chair, with her vivid red hair, wearing BRIGHT lipstick, big jewelry, with an earnest look on her face, and sporting a wild orange bolero vest and skirt to match.
She was talking about the importance of telling our story as a church body. She explained that the passion with which we speak our story is what engages listeners. Listening to a story without passion behind it is hard to do, she told us.Read more
The United Church of Christ is looking to turn to a fresh page by finding ways to offer more support for refugee-welcoming congregations across the wider church. The project became even more important Wednesday, Jan. 20, when a bill that would have paused the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq was blocked by the Senate, opening the doors to thousands who are fleeing persecution in their home countries.Read more
Advent and Christmas are magical times for children. It is difficult to sometimes separate the anticipation and fantasy of the secular Christmas with the deep mystery and beauty of the birth of Jesus. So as educators of children we try our best to “tell the Biblical story” surrounded by spiritual awe and wonder, but I sometimes wonder how close does that resonate to a fantasy, that perhaps surrounds Santa. One of them is real.Read more