A coming change in leadership

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August 19, 2014
Coming Change In Leadership
A COMING CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP
Citing the ever-evolving needs and momentum of a more focused United Church of Christ, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, UCC general minister and president, decides to retire following General Synod 30, as the UCC Board moves quickly to name his successor.
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FEATURES
Hands In Solidarity
Lifting Hearts and Hands In Solidarity
UCC communities and leaders mobilize to support the people of Ferguson, Mo., lifting hands and prayers for a community experiencing pain, grief, and anger following the fatal shooting of an unarmed African American teenager by a police officer. Read more >>
Transforming Lives in Faith Communities and Beyond
At the Health Ministries Association Annual Conference, Barbara Baylor, UCC Policy Advocate for Health and Wholeness Issues, will offer the keynote, "Faith Communities Working to Attain Health Equity in the 21st Century." Register by Aug. 29 for the three-day event taking place Sept. 15-17. More information >>
Building New Relationships in the Congo
They share a common language and a history — Global Ministries brings together a Haitian delegation to partner with people in the Congo to share ideas and learn how they can better support each other. Watch the video >>
Let My People Go!
Join other congregations and people around the world Sept. 21-27, the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, in a call for a just peace in the Middle East. Together, through prayer, education and advocacy, we can create a common international public witness. Learn more >>
Need a UCC History & Polity Course?
Take an online course through the Center for Progressive Renewal. This 12-week course, Sept. 3 to Dec. 3, also focuses on the emerging UCC by exploring social justice, world missions, ecumenism, and new and renewing congregational ministry.  Register today >>
HEADLINES
UNITED CHURCH NEWS
UCC executive accepts the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'
Old South Church continues peaceful tradition, sending cranes to Missouri congregation
United Church of Christ General Minister and President announces retirement
UCC, faith leaders call for open dialogue to end violence in St. Louis suburb
Church leadership applauds Mideast ceasefire, urges continued peace negotiations
Going for gold, UCC staffer medals at Gay Games
Several faith traditions affirm LGBTQ Christians at Amistad Chapel symposium
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UCC IN THE NEWS
Cleveland churches come together to welcome, include Gay Games athletes
Police in St. Louis shoot again following killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown
Ogden churches hold vigil for man killed by Missouri police
Small Iowa church, big partnership
Old South Church sends prayers, cranes to Missouri congregation
Openly-gay pastor, installed by Ohio church, says critics of homosexuality misinterpret Bible
UCC staff making a statement by competing in GG9: One strikes gold, silver and bronze
California church group talks border crisis
Pacific School of Religion names David Vásquez-Levy as 13th president
Ohio church celebrates 100th year with history-making appointment of gay pastor
Idaho church welcomes new staff member
In agonized Middle East, faith communities step into the breach
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OTHER RELIGIOUS NEWS
At church rally, community pours out support for Michael Brown's family
Across America, silent vigils mark teen's death
Hands up for Ferguson
Religion unimportant to most LGBT Americans
Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass to beatify 124 Korean martyrs
5 things to know about Pope Francis' Korea trip
Jordan's Syrian refugees
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