Exceptional Mission Giving

The United Church of Christ regularly honors congregations who contribute $50 or more per capita to special mission offerings.  This recognition is part of our Changing Lives mission/identity program.  You can watch “Changing Lives” testimonials at: http://www.ucc.org/changing-lives/.  Two of our received this honor and were recognized by General Synod 28, and also in the

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Comma Care for Cancer

Comma tattoo

Written by Jay Sanderson

The comma, and the slogan “God is Still Speaking” has a new significance for me since August of this year.  In mid-August, I was diagnosed with a rare cancer.  The oncologists told me that it was a very aggressive one.  The name of it was Post Transplant Lympho-proliferative Disorder (PTLD).

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UCC Young Adult Service Communities

Young Adult Services

Transform your Life – Transform the World

What is the 21st century relationship of the church and world?  Across the country, interns reflect together as part of the UCC Young Adult Service Communities (YASC) and Summer Communities of Service (UCC and Alliance of Baptists).  Picture yourself among them next year.

UCC Young

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National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Newsletter – Capsules

Greetings from the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Programs. Just in time for the holidays, we wish to share this edition of our e-newsletter Capsules.

Inside Capsules, learn about NCC’s recent congressional briefing on chemical policy, read about a pastor’s quest to educate his congregation about healthy aging, watch our latest webinar on

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Follow the UCC through Geoffrey Black’s Eyes

Just Geoffrey – a blog

UCC President and General Minister Geoffrey Black stepped into the blogosphere last month.  You can subscribe and read his reflections on life with the UCC at:



First Congregational UCC, Salem, has called Joanne Swenson as their interim, part-time associate pastor, beginning in November, 2011.

For Your Christmas Reading


“Atkinson: Pioneer Oregon Educator”

A new book by Donald J. Sevetson, former Conference Minister of the CPC-UCC

Inspired by the Second Great Awakening to become a missionary, Massachusetts native George Henry Atkinson arrived in Oregon City during the summer that Congress established the Oregon Territory. Called by early historians “The Father of Public Education

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Huffmans in the News

Submitted by Jeane Doane

Ted and Susan Huffman served as co-pastors of Wright Congregational UCC in Boise, ID from 1985-1995.  They were very active in the Central Pacific Conference, and missed when they left for a new call.  Susan and Ted were recently featured in a news article for the Mission 1 hunger work

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Washington County (OR) Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect logo

Submitted by Kim Marshall

Local Pastors -  Please join us in supporting the 6th Annual Washington County Project Homeless Connect.  This is an important event that connects our homeless neighbors to needs, services and support, and raises awareness of this issue in our community.

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Churches Help Occupy Movement Survive Crackdowns, Winter

On Faith: A Conversation on Religion and Politics is a blog of the Washington Post.  This afternoon, a post by Josef Kuhn explored the ways churches, synagogues, and mosques are opening their doors in support of the Occupy movement.  The UCC is prominent in the article.

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Connecticut Pastor Leads Trip to Holy Land


Dear UCC Pastors,

I am sending you this initial information about the next journey to the Holy Land planned by a church that has an amazing involvement there. You will have a fantastic trip seeing the holy sites, but also meeting people who are peacemakers on both sides of the wall there.

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Technical skill is mastery of complexity while creativity is mastery of simplicity. E. C. Zeeman

Tagged to the emails of Mark Schmidt, the architect that designed the Activity Center at Camp Adams.

Progressive Christianity.org

The title asks, “Is a New World Around the Corner?”  The lead article, by Fred Plumer, a fellow UCC minister and director of the Center for Progressive Christianity, restates the question for churches and clergy, “Leaders or Obstructionists?

Fred acknowledges the activist clergy that spoke out on Civil Rights and Vietnam.  He continues, Clergy learned

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A Personal Note


photo by Leah Penn Boris

This December, I’ll be making a number of appearances as St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra.  This Saturday, I’ll fly to Boise to meet with the Pilgrim Cove Foundation.  On Sunday, Nicholas

will be the children’s sermon at Wright Congregational UCC.  The following week, Nicholas will be the preacher at

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UCC Mission 1 is NOW!!


‘Mission 1’ is here!  The tote board at www.ucc.org just went live this afternoon.

Remember, in addition to collecting food, making donations, and writing letters, we need everyone to be diligent in reporting their activities during the coming 11 days.  A “report your efforts” tab is prominently displayed on the M1 tote

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