Conference News & Events
In this issue: The Opioid Epidemic and the Role of Your Church, SELF-CARE: Who are your Caring “Cs”?, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Loneliness and Isolation and more.
#GivingTuesday is November 27th, 2018. We invite you to work with us to support individuals entering the United States in search of asylum, protection or sanctuary.
The United Church of Christ Board formally ratifies realigned leadership structure, approves 2019 budget, and looks toward General Synod elections.
Mark Behle has served Global Ministries, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and the United Church of Christ faithfully for thirty-three years and is finally concluding his service. The last terms have been with the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa where he worked with the church in Maseru as planning officer. Mark’s home church is in Arizona at Church of the Palms UCC, Sun City.
As a part of the [Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)] Arizona Regional Assembly, we will be celebrating Mark’s service in Tucson, Arizona at Saguaro Christian Church with a Global Ministries lunch at noon on Saturday, November 3.
We are heartbroken for our Jewish siblings by the horrific shooting at Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh. This is a list of prayer vigils this week honor the eleven victims who lost their lives at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Please take a few moments this month to thank your pastors and the clergy that you know for all of the ways they minister to us individually, to their church, to the Conference, and to our community. Let them know what a blessing they are!
[From Rev. Trayce L, Stewart, Minister for Youth and Young Adult Engagement, Faith INFO (Faith Education, Innovation, and Formation)]
As we take to the task of revamping the youth and young adult ministries of the national UCC setting there are several projects that are in the works. One of those is to offer a 2019 Lenten devotion which will be available for download early next year. I am seeking a total of 46 writers between the ages of 12 and 30 (give or take a year or two) and trying to reserve half of those spaces for youth and young adults of color to highlight our commitment to diversity.
Financial news about a global market plunge like we experienced last week can be unsettling. Last week we asked Richard Johnson, Principal/Financial Advisor with Bernstein Private Wealth Management, for his perspective on what’s happening in the markets right now. Richard partners with the SWC Endowment Fund Management Committee as we strive to be excellent stewards of our conference resources. Here is what Richard had to say.
Within the family of our clergy accountability and oversight trainings called “Healthy Ministry Modules,” is now added a new version of what was formerly known as “retired clergy boundary training.”