UCC Creation Justice news

The recording of the UCC's second annual Earth Summit is now available on YouTube: The Entire Summit The Jim Antal Keynote with Bill McKibben The Profile of Church of Christ at Dartmouth College The Panel on the Struggle against Formosa Plastics In May, we have a full slate of special online events: May 1st: UCC Climate Action Assembly with Judith Enck from Beyond Plastics May 4th: The Award Ceremony for the Children and Youth Art Contest May 29th: Black Churches Leading with Solar: Incentives, Financing, and Stewardship Below you will find links shared in the chat during the event. Stay…
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Camp Tamarack Volunteers Needed

Come to Camp Tamarack and make a difference God’s grace is laid before us to honor, love and praise The mountains, trees, the birds, the bees All play their parts…come see The shining faces of children, muddied by dirt and sweat The small stuff tomorrow, Today please commit To open air and laughter, to sunshine, fun and prayer. Commit to our future leaders, to their spirit, they are our heirs To the promise of progressive faith, bold and proud We stand together, so let us all lend, not just our voices, but our hands. K. S. Lindsey Camp Tamarack Needs…
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United in Spirit

JOIN US SATURDAY & SUNDAY JUNE 29-30, 2024! Save the date, register today, and organize your congregation to participate with us in San Francisco Pride, one of the largest LGBTQ+ parades & celebrations in the world. For nearly three decades, LGBTQ-inclusive congregations and affirming clergy from Northern California have proudly marched together, UNITED IN SPIRIT, as a collective testament to God's extravagant, inclusive love. Bring your congregational banners to the parade and join us in showcasing our unity amidst diversity, and with a vibrant rainbow-themed "God is Love" booth at the Civic Center Celebration, providing a welcoming space for the LGBTQ+ community to…
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Annual Gathering Keynote Speaker Rev. Casey Tinnin

Pastor Casey has served as a UCC Minister for 9 years, 7 as pastor of Loomis UCC. He is an outspoken pastor and prophet in conservative Placer County. He is the cohost of Irenicast, a podcast for recovering evangelicals and ex-fundamentalists, and the host of The Queerly Faithful Podcast. 7 years ago he and his church founded The Landing Spot which is a peer support group for LGBTQ youth and their adult caregivers. Last year Pastor Casey and his church were attacked by local conservative mega churches and Project Veritas (a right wing fake news organization). In this moment where…
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Black Wealth Builder Update

By Jeanne Strauss, Bay Association Moderator Representatives from at least 14 churches attended the BWB Information Session on January 16, where we shared ideas and plans for implementation of the Black Wealth Builders Resolution. If you were among the attendees, you may receive a follow-up phone call from Rev Barry Cammer (925-352-7101). Whether or not you were there, please feel free to reach out to Barry for more information. The process for becoming a BWB Congregation is explained in this document. In short, the primary requirements are: ·  Undertaking church-wide study and education on systemic racism in our country and its ongoing economic…
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Who’s Your Neighbor? Being Church at BART

SPIRITUAL TOUCHSTONE Being Church at BART by Rev. Dr. Melinda V. McLain On Ash Wednesday, a local group of clergy braved the rain and wind to offer the blessing of ashes at BART during the evening rush hour. Since I came to Mira Vista (now The Good Table UCC) in 2014, this is only the third time we have gathered at El Cerrito Del Norte station to offer ashes to commuters because pandemic concerns made us stop this public offering for three years. This year, we were one Lutheran, one Presbyterian and two UCC pastors. I heard on the clergy…
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The Importance of Black History

By Diana Madoshi History matters! We need to know who is included and who has been left out. We need to know and examine historical myths and historical facts. It is imperative that we as citizens explore and examine the terrain of the past and present. It is a useful tool to explore pathways toward a better future for all of us. Because “Yes, Virginia, history often repeats itself!”   To begin with, we as a people must stop listening to the nonsense that history is archaic and has no bearing on our future. As many young people of today say,…
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The Ozempic God

Ozempic is currently all the rage. For those of us, like me, who have struggled with “weight issues” all of their lives, it is touted as a miracle drug. I’ve read articles and seen the reporting on how it has made life more tolerable for many and a so-called easy fix for those who have never been able to reach and/or maintain their weight goals. Ozempic users say they look better, feel more confident, happy, and willing to go out into the world feeling good about themselves. I reached my weight goal once. I was 42 years old, constantly working…
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Have You Heard? You could be the Keynote Speaker at Annual Gathering!

The 2024 NCNC UCC Annual Gathering will take place at First Congregational UCC (“The Big Red Church”) in Fresno on June 6 to 8, 2024. We’re currently accepting proposals from those who would like to be the Keynote Speaker for this exciting event.  Our 2024 theme “Making All Things New" is based on Isaiah 43:18-19. (Please submit only your own name.) Based on our theme please submit the following information: Your Name Contact information Affiliation with UCC Home Church Short Bio Give a description of what you do, what makes you credible to be the keynote speaker, and how you…
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