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  • Title: The United Church of Christ | The church where God is still speaking,
    Descriptive info: .. x.. ABOUT US.. Who We Are.. What We Believe.. God is still speaking,.. United Church of Christ Board.. Officers of the Church.. Ecumenical & Interfaith Partners.. Annual Reports.. Branding Guidelines.. History & Polity Resources.. Vision Plan.. FIND A.. CHURCH.. ADVOCATE.. FOR JUSTICE.. Children.. Disabilities.. Economic Justice.. Environment.. Immigration.. Healthcare.. HIV/AIDS.. LGBTQ.. Media.. Mental Illness.. Public Education.. Race/Ethnicity.. Sexuality.. Women.. Other Issues.. CHANGE.. THE WORLD.. Get Involved.. Sponsor a Child.. Respond to Disaster.. Be Informed.. Volunteer.. Be a Leader.. Vote.. Give a Gift.. NEWS.. AND EVENTS.. United Church News.. Keeping You Posted.. General Synod.. Calendar of Events.. Press.. Newsfeed.. CONTACT.. US.. Contact Us.. Conference Directory.. Association Directory.. National Staff Directory.. Our Wider Mission.. Hear Our Stories.. Feed Your Spirit.. Grow Your Church.. Faith Formation.. Typhoon Haiyan.. The United Church of Christ issued an appeal to church members and friends for $250,000 to support Typhoon Haiyan response efforts.. A Church of Extravagant Welcome.. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here — to explore your faith, to meet new people, and to strengthen your personal relationship with God.. Changing Lives One at a Time.. Through countless opportunities, people like you can learn and grow as members of a vital faith community that proclaims its faith in a Stillspeaking God.. Live your faith, Love your community, and Heal the world.. Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church  ...   find a church.. The United Church of Christ has more than 5,100 churches across the U.. S.. Locate a church near you.. advocate for justice.. Do justice, seek peace, and help to change the world through these programs and ministries.. feed your spirit.. Your spirit needs to be fed on a daily basis with devotionals, prayer, and even laughter.. Nourish your soul.. subscribe.. / receive weekly news and updates on our ministries.. Spam Control Text:.. Please leave this field empty.. latest news.. Pennsylvania minister leads Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial service.. November 20, 2013.. UCC gloves on the ground help clean up after Midwest tornados.. Oregon church members take pledge against sexual violence on Speak Out Sunday.. November 19, 2013.. UCC fall grants double investment in new, renewing churches.. Florida UCC member gives thanks, gives back to his congregation with Christmas ornaments.. November 18, 2013.. UCC advocate hails WCC’s call to Just Peace.. November 15, 2013.. Complete News Archive.. daily devotional.. Steward.. All our power and all our wealth is derivative, held in trust and exercised on behalf of the one to whom it belongs: Jesus.. Quinn G.. Caldwell.. Read More >>.. quick links.. GENERAL SYNOD.. WORSHIP RESOURCES.. MINISTERIAL RESOURCES.. GLOBAL MINISTRIES.. INDEX BY SUBJECT.. Home.. Site Map.. Privacy Policy.. About Us.. KYeP Signup.. Donate.. ESPAÑOL.. OPPORTUNITIES.. User Profile.. Copyright 2013.. United Church of Christ.. All rights reserved.. 700 Prospect Ave.. Cleveland, OH 44115.. nonprofit software..

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  • Title: UCC Typhoon Haiyan Response
    Descriptive info: >.. Disaster Response.. UCC Typhoon Haiyan Response.. Over 13.. 2 million people are affected by Typhoon Haiyan of whom over 4.. 4 million people are displaced.. Infrastructure damage is severe.. 1,071,505 houses are damaged, including 527,283 that were completely destroyed.. An estimated 2.. 5 million people are still in need of food assistance.. This figure is likely to increase following subsequent assessments.. UCC is supporting early recovery efforts, including the provision of shelter, food, drinking water, medical supplies and more.. Long-term rebuilding and community restoration work will also be supported by the UCC.. How You Can Help.. GIVE.. generously to support emergency relief and rebuilding efforts by clicking on the link to make a.. secure  ...   to Wider Church Ministries, Financial Services - 6th Floor, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.. BULLETIN INSERT.. Use this prayer in your Worship Service or other gathering.. PRAYER.. Bishop Reuel Norman O.. Marigza, General Secretary, United Church of Christ in the Philippines offers this prayer.. ASSEMBLE.. urgently needed Church World Service kits.. Updates and Stories from UCC Partners.. ACT.. Alliance.. CWS Asia/Pacific.. Global Ministries.. SECTION MENU.. National Disaster Ministries.. International Disaster Alerts.. U.. Disaster Alerts.. Technology-Caused Disasters.. OGHS Partners.. Church World Service.. ACT Alliance.. CONTACT INFO.. Ms.. Susan M.. Sanders.. Minister and Team Leader.. Cleveland,Ohio 44115.. 216-736-3210.. sanderss@ucc.. org.. Rev.. Xiaoling Zhu.. Area Executive for East Asia and Pacific - Global Ministries.. (216) 736-3226.. zhux@ucc..

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  • Title: About Us
    Descriptive info: The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.. With more than 5,100 churches and 1.. 1 million members across the U.. , the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where " they may all be one" (John 17:21).. The Church of Firsts.. Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been.. the church of firsts.. , weaving God s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace.. The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.. When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus" a demand is made upon us.. And  ...   our faith is woven into the history of our country.. Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world.. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners.. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad.. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams.. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways.. We believe in a.. God that is still speaking.. , a God that is all-loving and inclusive.. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.. We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.. UCC Firsts.. Ecumenical and Interfaith Partners.. Constitution and Bylaws.. History and Polity Resources.. Vision Plan of the UCC.. Conferences.. Associations.. Meet Our Officers.. Kimberly Whitney.. Executive Associate to the Collegium.. 216-736-2112.. whitneyk@ucc.. org..

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  • Title: Who We Are
    Descriptive info: Our faith is 2,000 years old.. Our thinking is not.. We believe in God's continuing testament.. This is why we are committed to hearing God's ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today.. We try to remain attentive to God's creative movement in the world.. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship.. We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking.. Why? Because God is still speaking,.. No matter who you are or where you  ...   for all.. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love.. We teach that evangelism offering bread to those in search of it is God's mission.. Our perspective is global, not provincial.. We work with not against people of other faiths.. Never place a period where God has placed a comma.. We believe the church's mission is to change lives individually, systemically and globally.. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace.. This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy.. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships..

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  • Title: What we believe
    Descriptive info: What we believe.. We believe in the triune God.. : Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.. We believe that each person is unique and valuable.. It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.. We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey.. and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.. We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God.. , engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.. We believe that all of the baptized 'belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.. '.. No matter who no matter what no matter where we are on life's journey notwithstanding race, gender, sexual orientation, class or creed we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith.. All persons baptized past, present and future are connected to each other and to God through the sacrament of baptism.. We baptize during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community's promise of 'love, support and care' for the baptized and we promise that we won't take it back no matter where  ...   friends who have gone before us.. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.. We believe the UCC is called to be a united and uniting church.. " (John 17:21) "In essentials unity, in nonessentials diversity, in all things charity," These UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us.. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures.. Its overarching creed is love.. UCC pastors and teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scripture and justice advocacy.. Even so, love and unity in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.. We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others.. and to be good stewards of the earth's resources.. 'To believe is to care; to care is to do.. We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church.. As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.. We believe in the power of peace.. , and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.. We are a people of possibility.. In the UCC, members, congregations and structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear.. for after all, God is still speaking,..

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  • Title: The Stillspeaking Ministry
    Descriptive info: God Is Still Speaking.. The Stillspeaking Ministry.. Stillspeaking.. It's the shorter form of "God is still speaking," a campaign by the United Church of Christ to remind us that God still has a lot more to say.. Since 2004, Stillspeaking has worked with thousands of UCC churches and individuals across the country to make religion relevant again and to extend an extravagant welcome to all.. because no matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here.. Here at the United Church of Christ.. In 2004, it was concluded that there was a present and real need for the United Church of Christ to spread its message of extravagant welcome which continues to historically re-shape our understanding of the Christian  ...   faith and be blessed to reach out to others with their God-given gifts and talents.. Today, under one collective identity, we can enthusiastically lift up that the UCC is a welcoming, justice-minded Christian community.. At a time when religion is too often portrayed as narrow-minded and exclusive, many are raising their VOICES for an alternate vision:.. - Where God is all-loving and inclusive.. - Where the Church of Jesus Christ welcomes and accepts everyone as they are.. - Where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.. - Where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary.. - Where together we grow a just and peaceful world.. About Stillspeaking.. Ad Campaigns.. Animated Greetings.. Resources.. Sign Up to be a Stillspeaking Church.. Support Stillspeaking.. Stillspeaking Store..

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  • Title: United Church of Christ Board of Directors
    Descriptive info: United Church of Christ Board of Directors.. AT-LARGE MEMBERS.. Bernard Wilson.. ,.. Chair.. Dr.. Wilson is the Senior Pastor of Norfield Congregational UCC in Weston, Connecticut and holds Ministerial Authorization with a D.. Min.. Prior to his call at Norfield, he served as Executive Minister, the Riverside Church in New York.. Mr.. Wilson is a retired Captain-US Navy; concluding his chaplaincy as the Navy Director of Religious Ministries.. Wilson served as the Chair of the UGov Group that brought the new governance structure.. He served as the Vice-chair of the Executive Council.. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at both Howard University and at New Brunswick Theological Seminary.. (Class of 2015).. Dale Bonds.. Vice-Chair.. Bonds is a member of Central St.. Matthew UCC in New Orleans and is retired from the IBM Corporation as a Systems Availability Engineer with a BA in mathematics.. Bonds in a Katrina survivor, rebuilding her home after the storm and instrumental in combining two devastated congregations into the vibrant Central St.. Matthew.. Bonds is the President of the Board of Directors of the UCC Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi.. She served as Assistant Moderator of General Synod 29.. (Class of 2017).. Maritza Angulo de Gonzalez.. Anguola de Gonzalez is the Pastor of Manantial de Gracia UCC in New Britain, Connecticut.. Holding an Ed.. D.. , with emphasis on counseling, Ms.. Angulo de Gonzalez has worked in the mental health field for the past 20 years as a counselor, administrator and program director at various mental health agencies and in private practice.. She serves on the boards of directors of several counseling agencies and shelters.. (Class of 2019).. Pat Barnes-McConnell.. Barnes-McConnell is a member of St.. Stephen s Community UCC in Lansing, Michigan and holds a Ph.. in Developmental Psychology.. She is a retired Professor from Michigan State University where she served as director for an international agricultural program for 20 years.. Barnes-McConnell served as a member of the Office of General Ministries Board of Directors and served on the Governance Implementation Taskforce.. Joyce Bathke.. Bathke is a member of Faith United Church of Christ in Wentzville, Missouri.. She is a Regional Chief Administrative Officer for the American Red Cross and before that, served a local hospital.. Bathke holds a Nursing Degree.. Bathke served on the Wider Church Ministries Board of Directors and as Chair of its Budget and Audit Committees.. Bathke sits on the Global Ministries Board of Directors, Co-chair of its Finance Committee.. Caroline Belsom.. Belsom is a member of Waiola UCC in Lahaina, Hawaii.. Belsom is in private practice as an attorney after formerly serving as General Counsel to Kapalua Land Company.. She is a former Assistant U.. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.. Prior to her law career, she was a school teacher and holds a Master s Degree in Physics.. Belsom is a former Assistant Moderator of the General Synod and served on its Executive Council.. Lynda Bigler.. Bigler is a member of Ainsworth UCC in Portland, Oregon and holds Ministerial Authorization with an M.. Div.. Bigler serves on the United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries and is the Vice-chair of the Virginia Kryer Scholarship Fund for Theological Studies, benefiting students with disabilities.. Prior to entering the ministry Ms.. Bigler was a banker.. She served as the Pension and Investment Banking Operations Officer of Bankers Trust in New York and served other banks in New York, Pittsburgh and Providence, Rhode Island.. Frank Bolden.. Bolden is a member of Christ Church UCC in Summit, New Jersey.. Bolden is retired from the Johnson Johnson Company where he served as Corporate Secretary, Associate General Counsel and Vice-president for Diversity.. Prior to his work at Johnson Johnson, he was in private practice.. Bolden is a former Army Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer.. He previously served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont and on the Board of Trustees of Atlantic Healthcare System.. Geoffrey Brace.. Brace is a member of Zion Reformed UCC in Allentown, Pennsylvania and serves as Legislative Aide to Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Schlossberg.. He holds a Master s Degree in Public Policy.. Before joining the legislative staff Mr.. Brace served as the Executive Director of the Kutztown Community Partnership.. He currently serves as the Penn Northeast Conference Moderator.. He served on the Justice and Witness Ministries Board of Directors and the Governance Implementation Taskforce.. Faith Burgess.. Burgess is a member of San Carlos Community UCC in San Carlos, California and is a retired special education school teacher.. She holds a Master s Degree in Special Education and has taught in Hawaii and in various districts in and around San Francisco.. She has served as the Vice-moderator of the Pacific Islander and Asian American Ministries.. She served on the Wider Church Ministries Board of Directors.. Robbie Carlson.. Carlson is a member of Faith UCC in Windsor, Colorado and serves as Director of Christian Education.. He served two terms as a Youth Representative to the Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Directors and served on the search committee for its Conference Minister.. Carlson served on the Local Church Ministries Board of Directors.. Tom Croner.. Croner is a member of Trinity UCC in Berlin, Pennsylvania and owns and operates a hay and grain farm.. He holds a BS in Agricultural Economics.. He served on the Board of Directors of the company that owned Birds Eye Foods and has represented the dairy industry lobbying in Washington and at the state level.. Croner worked as a Special Projects Manager for Snyder of Berlin Potato, a large regional potato chip company.. He has experience in seven mergers and consolidations in banks and cooperatives.. Croner serves as the Penn West Conference Treasurer.. Croner was a member of the Office of General Ministries Board of Directors.. Kevin Finley.. Finley is a member of New Town UCC in New Town, North Dakota and currently serves as the Chair of the Council for American Indian Ministries.. Finley has a degree in behavioral sciences and currently serves as a Tribal Recreation Director.. He volunteers as a 5th and 6th grade football coach and volunteers at local correctional facilities Mr.. Finley is a recent recipient of the Community Service Award from the City of Bismarck, North Dakota.. Robert Frieberg.. Frieberg is a member of Beresford UCC in Beresford, South Dakota.. He is the Senior and Managing Partner of Frieberg, Nelson and Ask LLP and sits on the governing body of the American Bar Association.. He is a lobbyist at the state level of government.. He is the past President of the South Dakota State Board of Education and sits on the University of South Dakota Foundation Board of Directors.. Frieberg is a former Assistant Moderator of  ...   Council.. Ernesto Reyes.. Reyes is a member of First Congregational UCC in Glendale, California and holds Ministerial Authorization with an M.. He is the Assistant Administrator and Chaplain of Los Angeles Hospice, Inc.. He previously served local churches.. After serving active duty in the enlisted ranks of the US Army, he was commissioned a Captain in the Army Chaplaincy and served in the US Army Reserves for nine years.. Reyes currently serves as the Vice-moderator of the Pacific Islander Asian American Ministries.. Dwayne Royster.. Royster is the Pastor of Living Waters UCC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and holds Ministerial Authorization with a MAR after receiving the Privilege of Call through the Philadelphia Association of the Penn Southeast Conference.. In addition to his pastoral duties, Mr.. Royster serves as an elected Councilperson in Norristown, Pennsylvania and is the Executive Director of a multi-faith neighborhood organizing agency.. Royster was a Program Director and Director of Social Services at social service agencies.. He was a member of the Executive Council.. Carol Shipley.. Shipley is a member of First Congregational UCC in Great Falls, Montana and is a special education public school teacher, holding an M.. She She served on the General Synod Nominating Committee, 2003-2009 and as its Chair 2007-2009.. Shipley was instrumental in transforming the nominating process to the well-organized Synod function that it is today.. Shipley is a past Honored Lay Woman at the 2001 General Synod, and served as a General Synod delegate in 1993 and 1995.. She is a volunteer for her local 4-H Chapter and for her community adult literacy program.. Nevan Strobelt-McCann.. Strobelt-McCann is a high school student but has begun early classes through the Post-Secondary Program at the University of Akron (Ohio).. He is a member of Archwood UCC in Cleveland.. He served on the church Search Committee that called its new pastor and now serves on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee.. He is a member of the Council for Youth and Young Adult Ministries.. Strobelt-McCann is the President of his local 4-H Chapter, volunteers at his local food bank and for a program called Let s Grow Akron.. Noah Jensen Tabor.. Tabor is a member of Maquoketa UCC in Maquoketa, Iowa and is a law school student at St.. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.. He Mr.. Tabor is a graduate of St.. Olaf College where he majored in religion and in political science.. He volunteers legal advice to his local Huntington s Disease Youth Organization.. He served on the Wider Church Ministries Board of Directors and on the board s Organizational Life Committee and Disaster Relief Committee.. William Tanner.. Tanner is a member of First Congregational UCC in Santa Cruz, California, and is a seminary student.. Tanner has served as a camp director, supervising a staff of 20.. Tanner was a member of the UGov Group that brought the new governance structure, and he has a passion for the technical theatre.. He is a volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society s fund raising efforts.. Jeanne Tyler.. Tyler is a member of First Congregational UCC in Madison, Wisconsin and holds Ministerial Authorization with an M.. She retired from active ministry after serving local churches in Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska.. She serves on the National Council of Churches Committee on Disability and on its Leadership Team.. She serves as the Co-chair of the UCC Disabilities Ministries and was instrumental in the creation of the Virginia Kryer Scholarship Fund for Theological Studies, benefiting students with disabilities.. Dean Wakuzawa.. Wakuzawa is a member of Kailua Christian Church UCC in Kailua and serves as a CPA and Comptroller.. He.. He is a Trustee of the Hawaii Conference and is the Chair of its Investment Committee.. Wakuzawa currently works as the Comptroller of a food service company and previously served as Assistant Vice-president and Tax Supervisor for the Bank of Hawaii Investment Services Group.. Wakuzawa volunteered and served as the Treasurer of the local PTA while his children attended elementary school.. Elizabeth Walker.. Walker is a member of Old First Reformed UCC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and serves as an attorney.. She is the Leader of the Employment Practices Litigation Team for Zurich North American Insurance Group and has been a trial attorney for the past 27 years.. She worked in commercial banking while attending law school.. She is the Moderator of the Philadelphia Association of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference and serves on the Consistory of her church.. Walker served on the Local Church Ministries Board of Directors and serves on the UCC Cornerstone Fund Board of Directors.. Kimberly Wood.. Wood the Pastor of First Congregational UCC in Ottawa, Illinois and holds Ministerial Authorization with an M.. She previously owned two home-based businesses.. Wood has served on the Illinois Conference Personnel Committee, served as the Chair of the Metropolitan (Chicago) Association Minister Search Committee and as the Moderator of the Fox Valley Association.. Wood is a sports enthusiast as both a spectator and participant and enjoys music.. She serves as an Open and Affirming consultant and was a God Is Still Speaking Trainer.. Wood is a former social worker.. She is involved in her local school district and PTA chapter.. EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS.. Geoffrey A.. Black.. General Minister and President.. Linda Jaramillo.. Executive Minister, Justice Witness Ministries.. James Moos.. Executive Minister, Wider Church Ministries.. J.. Bennett Guess.. Executive Minister, Local Church Ministries.. Michael Downs.. President CEO, Pensions Boards United Church of Christ.. Don Hart.. President, United Church Funds.. Bryan Sickbert.. President CEO, Council for Health Human Services Ministries (CHHSM).. David Gaeski.. Conference Minister, New York Conference.. Rich Pleva.. Conference Minister, Iowa Conference.. Hon.. Bryan Holman.. General Synod Moderator.. The Honorable Brian Holeman is a member of People's Congregational UCC in Washington, D.. C.. and serves as a judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.. Holeman served as assistant moderator of General Synod 29 and on Executive Council.. He has also served on the Office of General Ministries Board of Directors and United Church Funds Board of Directors.. He was previously a trustee to UCC-related Chicago Theological Seminary.. Before he was confirmed to his judgeship in 2003, Holeman practiced law in the insurance industry.. Sue Artt.. General Synod Assistant Moderator.. Artt is pastor of St.. Paul UCC in Nashville, Illinois, and has served this congregation since 2006.. Artt has served on the UCC s Governance Implementation Task Force and as a member the Local Church Ministries Board of Directors.. Before entering ministry, Sue was an executive for Mobile Oil Corporation.. Mike Denton.. Conference Minister, Pacific Northwest Conference.. Gary Schulte.. Conference Minister, New Hampshire Conference.. Edward Davis.. Conference Minister, Southern Conference.. Sheldon Culver.. Conference Minister, Illinois-South Conference.. Designate.. Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).. Lee Foley.. Acting Chief Administrative Officer.. 216-736-2192.. foleyl@ucc..

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  • Title: Meet Our Officers
    Descriptive info: The Rev.. was elected General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ in June 2009.. Prior to that, he served as Conference Minister of the UCC's New York Conference for nine years beginning in 2000.. Geoffrey Black previously served as a Minister for Church Life and Leadership with the then-Office for Church Life and Leadership (currently Parish Life and Leadership), a national agency of the United Church of Christ housed at the UCC's national offices in Cleveland, Ohio.. Prior to joining the staff of OCLL in 1994, he served as Pastor of the Congregational UCC of South Hempstead (N.. Y.. ).. During his years in ministry, Black also has served as assistant chaplain at Brown University, associate minister at St.. Albans Congregational UCC in Queens, Lecturer in the Field Education Department at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and Protestant chaplain at Adelphi University.. In his capacity as Minister for Church Life and Leadership, Black was active in several key aspects of the ministry.. In addition to engaging in the work common to all OCLL staff such as ministerial authorization and search and call, he devoted special attention to ecclesiastical endorsement, ministerial formation, congregational life and the development of resources for the multiracial/multicultural church.. During his tenure as a local church pastor, Black also was active in Association and Conference life, serving on several committees and holding a number of elected offices.. He served on the Ordination and Standing Committee and the Committee on Church in the Metropolitan Community of the New York Metropolitan Association.. He was chairperson of the New York Conference Commission on Mission Priorities and he served as moderator of the Conference.. Ecumenical commitment, concern for equal justice, African-American empowerment, and community improvement have shaped Black's ministry in the church and in the communities in which he has lived.. This has resulted in his work with organizations such as the Nassau Coalition for Safety and Justice, The Long Island Interracial Alliance for a Common Future, and the Amistad Cultural Center of Long Island, which he co-founded.. While living in Ohio, he has been an active member of Caring Communities of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Partnership 2000 of the Shaker Public schools.. Black is married to Patricia Williams-Black.. They have one daughter, Makeda Black, who resides in Hyattsville, Maryland.. is Executive Minister of the United Church of Christ's Local Church Ministries and a member of the UCC's four-person Collegium of Officers.. Nominated by the 55-member Local Church Ministries' board of directors, Guess was elected by General Synod delegates in July 2011.. He is the first openly gay person to serve as a national officer of the church.. Local Church Ministries' purpose is to encourage and support congregations in the fulfillment of God's mission, especially in parish life and leadership; book, curricula and resource production; and congregational vitality and discipleship, including evangelism, stewardship and church finances, worship and education, and church buildings and loans.. Guess has worked for the UCC's national setting since 2000, first as Justice and Witness Ministries' communications minister and, later, as editor of United Church News and the UCC's news director.. In 2007, he was named the UCC's communication director, where he helped steer the UCC's Stillspeaking Ministry; United Church News; video, web, and social media; print design and production; marketing and distribution; special events, including General Synod; and the denomination's historic  ...   in Columbus, Ohio, in recognition of his life-long commitment to justice advocacy.. Guess and his spouse, Jim Therrien, are members of Pilgrim Congregational UCC in Cleveland.. M.. is executive minister of the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries, responsible for the church's work on human rights and social, racial and economic justice.. Jaramillo has been active in various UCC settings; as a member of the Commission for Racial Justice and the board of the Coordinating Center for Women; as a member and moderator of Ainsworth UCC in Portland, Ore.. ; as moderator, vice-moderator, treasurer and search committee chair in the Central Pacific Conference; as a member and committee chair of the Executive Council; and as assistant moderator of General Synod.. In 2002, she was a UCC delegate to the World Council of Churches Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1998.. She is a former president and vice-president of the Council for Hispanic Ministries and former co-convener of the Council of Racial and Ethnic Ministries.. Jaramillo has over 30 years of management experience working with state, county, and federally funded programs in Oregon, including Head Start, migrant services, child welfare, violence prevention, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, and adult community-based education.. She received a B.. in Business Administration from Portland (Ore.. ) State University and a Master of Divinity degree from UCC-related Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif.. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she is the first Hispanic to serve as a member of the Collegium.. is Executive Minister of the UCC's Wider Church Ministries and Co-executive of UCC/Disciples' Global Ministries.. Following his ordination in 1986, Moos was called to Adams County Parish, UCC, where he served until 1991.. Moos then became senior pastor at Bismarck (N.. ) UCC, serving 15 years before accepting the call as executive minister of UCC Wider Church Ministries.. Moos' involvement at the Conference and national levels includes serving as chair of the Northern Plains Conference council (1990-1991), multiple periods of service with the Conference's Church and Ministry Committee and Mission and Outreach Committee; and on the Wider Church Ministries/Common Global Ministries Board of Directors (1999-2005).. A Global Ministries short-term volunteer to East Timor in 2002, Moos has served as president of the East Timor Education Foundation, a funding agency for Global Ministries, from 2004 to the present.. In 2005, Moos began a six-year stint on the UCC Executive Council, including two years as its chair.. Moos enlisted in the U.. Air Force in 1976 and was on active duty until 1980.. Five years later, he became a reserve chaplain for the Air Force and served for 18 years.. Growing up on a farm near Streeter, North Dakota, Moos went on to earn his bachelor of arts degree at Seattle Pacific University in 1983 before obtaining both his M.. (1986) and Ph.. (1996) from Princeton Theological Seminary.. Moos is married to Sharon Moos, whose career is in the health-care administration field.. Jim has been deeply engaged with Global Ministries in support of its partnership with the Protestant Church in East Timor.. He brings experience in administration and finance, a commitment to the prophetic witness of the United Church of Christ, a passion for connecting local churches to the global body of Christ, and an understanding of the collegial and ecumenical nature of serving as Executive Minister of Wider Church Ministries and Co-Executive of the UCC/Disciples' Global Ministries..

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  • Title: Ecumenical and Interfaith Partners
    Descriptive info: Our commitment to the unity of Christ's church is affirmed by the words of our symbol "That They May All Be One.. " (John 17:21).. Itself a union of several Christian traditions, the United Church of Christ is actively engaged in ecumenical relationships that seek to heal the broken unity of the Body of Christ.. The division of the church is a result of human sin, and all Christians have a responsibility to work for the day when, as Jesus prayed, "they may all be one.. " Ecumenical relations helps us to learn from the spiritual traditions of other churches.. They help us to serve the world more  ...   united church, there is an even greater diversity in the Body of Christ that can make us whole.. Our ecumenical commitments affect us no matter where we live and worship.. They are as near as the neighboring church down the street and as far as the communities of Christians who live the Gospel in the poorest countries of Africa and Asia, the Pacific and the Americas.. On these pages you will learn more about these commitments as well as the broader dialogue between Christians and the followers of other religions.. Ecumenical Resources.. Ecumenical Partnerships.. Ecumenical Councils.. Interfaith Relations.. Karen Georgia Thompson.. Minister for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.. 216-736-2191.. thompsonk@ucc..

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  • Title: Annual Reports
    Descriptive info: 2011 Annual Report.. 2010 Annual Report.. 2009 Annual Report.. 2008 Annual Report.. 2007 Annual Report.. 2006 Annual Report.. 2005 Annual Report.. 2004 Annual Report.. 2003 Annual Report.. 2002 Annual Report.. 2001 Annual Report.. 2000 Annual Report..

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