Mission 1 – A Denomination Addresses Hunger

In April, I wrote about  Mission 1: a denomination wide initiative of the United Church of Christ to address hunger.  Capitalizing on the number one, the event began on 11/1/11 and ended on 11/11/11.  During that time, those within the denomination worked together to feed the hungry and address food-related injustice.  The results include: 1.28 million items of food donated (exceeding the goal of 1 million) Over 35,000 letters to Congress (exceeding the goal of 11,111) Over $92,000 Read More …

Prayers of the People – A Different Approach

At Naples United Church of Christ the pastoral prayer follows the same basic pattern each week: Pastor provides a prayer focus and invites people to pray Time of silent prayer Pastor offers the prayers of the people Musical response Yesterday, we chose to do things differently. The Rev. Catherine O'Connell, Associate Pastor, and I co-wrote then co-led the prayers of the people, which included a congregational response.  The pattern we used was: Pastor provides a prayer focus Read More …

Mission 1: Feeding the Hungry and Confronting Food-Related Injustice

The one million member United Church of Christ may be best known by its incredibly successful multi-year "God is still speaking" campaign. Perhaps you have heard the message: No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. We believe in extravagant welcome. (For more information read The Language of God and Uniquely UCC then watch some of the original television commercials.) The United Church of Christ originated as the result of mergers that ultimately Read More …