Faith In Action

Hawai'i UCC churches live, help, and pray through a slow motion disaster

Hawai'i UCC churches live, help, and pray through a slow motion disaster

Over the course of ten days, seventeen fissures have opened in the Puna district on big island of Hawai'i, spraying molten rock up to 250 feet in the air and disgorging slow-moving lava flows, some within residential neighborhoods. Three UCC congregations are located close to the affected area. This week, over forty religious leaders came together in nearby Hilo to coordinate their response. Prayer services and a chaplaincy rotation are coming together as the eruption continues.

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Poor People's Campaign in Taos

Poor People's Campaign in Taos

From Rev. Pamela Shepherd of Taos UCC:

Hello, Poor People’s Campaign Supporter!  Here's an update about Monday's planned Taos Event from our friend, Jai Cross. I hope you'll join me Monday on Taos Plaza at 11:30--1:00 to lift our voices against racism and economic injustice!  

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Poor People's Campaign launch

Poor People's Campaign launch

Provided by the National Council of Churches

Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will launch a season of nonviolent moral fusion direct action in Washington, DC and across the country, and we need you to join us. In communities across America—Black, white, brown and Native—we have built a Poor People’s Campaign to become what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.”
The Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation.  Each week of the 40 days of action will have an issue focus.

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Needlework for Nogales Children (N4NC) a ministry of Casas Adobes UCC - Sends a big THANK YOU

Needlework for Nogales Children (N4NC) a ministry of Casas Adobes UCC -  Sends a big THANK YOU

Thank you to all who bought crafts made by the women’s cooperative “Mujeres Unidas de HEPAC” of Nogales, Sonora at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the SW Conference.

We are grateful for your continued support. This year your purchases totaled $821. This money helps the women provide simple basic needs for their families. Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to HEPAC (Home of Hope and Peace) - A movement of women, men & children working to create peace and justice in their community.  

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Fw: UCC - Women Investing Today!

Fw: UCC - Women Investing Today!

United Church Funds (UCF) and the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization Team (MESA) will host a webinar entitled “Women Investing Today – Seeking Justice in Our Financial Lives” on Tuesday, May 22, at 3:00 PM ET.

Clergywomen and women who sit on endowment committees will benefit from this webinar by gaining a better understanding of socially responsible investing (SRI) and how they can align their faith with their church endowment.

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Poor People’s Campaign - A National Call for Moral Revival: Themes for 40 Days of Action

Poor People’s Campaign - A National Call for Moral Revival: Themes for 40 Days of Action

The week dates shown are Sunday through Saturday. Each Monday, at 2:00 p.m. in the respective time zones across the country, rallies will be held, followed by non-violent direct action from 3 – 5 p.m. With such a late start, Arizonans may or may not be prepared for a May 14 action, but this option is open for a while longer until Arizona's leadership team can decide. 

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Update: Poor People's Campaign (PPC) for Arizona

Update: Poor People's Campaign (PPC) for Arizona

A meeting of Tucson-area people interested in the Poor People's Campaign (PPC) for Arizona was held last Thursday evening, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Global Justice Center, 225 E 26th St, Tucson, 85713.


People who attended the April 23 meeting in Phoenix reviewed their notes. We discussed how we wish to proceed with PPC activities. Repairers of the Breach has recruited someone in the Phoenix area to coordinate Arizona activities at the State Capitol from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.for each of the Monday's in the campaign (May 14 through June 18). However, none of us at the meeting had received any communications about how or if we would coordinate with others in the State.

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Thinking About Climate Change and Our Beloved Earth as People of Faith and Hope

Sunday, June 3, 3:00 PM
Church of the Good Shepherd, UCC
7834 Tennyson NE, Albuquerque

Professor Larry L. Rasmussen, teacher, writer and activist, will share his thoughts on the topic “How Do We Hymn the Earth in a Time of Climate Change?” If climate change tugs at how we think about the world and envisage its uncertain future, how ought congregations enter the fray in a helpful way? How do we hymn creation in a tumultuous world? What is our work now?

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Casas Adobes: Cheer for Cheerios!

Casas Adobes: Cheer for Cheerios!

The goal was 100 boxes of Cheerios. They collected 140! The cereal will be distributed at two of the Keeling food pantries. The monthly Keeling pantry is a newly established outreach program to supplement the food available to low income families at the end of the month when food insecurity may become an issue.

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Special Screening of "And Then I Go"

Special Screening of "And Then I Go"

Join March for Our Lives Phoenix and Arizona For Gun Safety for a special screenign of the new film AND THEN I GO. In the cruel world of junior high, two friends suffer in a state of anxiety and alienation. Misunderstood by their families and demoralized at school, their fury simmers quietly until an idea for vengeance offers them a terrifying release. The film stars Justin Long, Tony Hale and Melanie Lynskey. 

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Interested in a Trip To Haiti?

From Scottsdale Congregational UCC:

Not too long ago Patrick Bentrott, Executive Director of The Foundation for International Development Assistance (FIDA), spoke to our congregation about his work and experiences in Haiti. He was inspiring, and during the Diving Deeper discussion offered the possibility of a tour of Haiti in 2019 for a small group interested.

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Shepherd of the Hills and the Mohammadi Family

Shepherd of the Hills received a special offering on May 6th to bless the Mohammadi family. The Mohammadi's, originally from Afghanistan, are a family that fled a war they did not want and left a home they had had for generations. Several members of Shepherd of the Hills have helped along the way to aid their transition. Jill Thomas or Rob Hart will share with us Sunday, May 6th prior to receiving the special offering a little more about this resilient family. The Mohammadi family will join us for Worship the following Sunday, May 13th.

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