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“Open the gates of justice! I will enter and tell the Lord how thankful I am.” Psalm 118:19
In America, the topic of race continues to be difficult to discuss in many social settings. Very few Christian churches are leading bold and courageous conversations, engaging in direct social activism, and participating in civil disobedience as a way to bring attention to and disrupt racist systems and structures.
The call to be a multiracial and multicultural church is an acknowledgement that racial justice is the inclusiveness of all humans and never excludes anyone based on skin color, culture or ethnic origin. The United Church of Christ stands in solidarity with the creation narrative in Genesis 1:26-27, which clearly outlines what matters to God—all of humankind and a just world for all. God created humankind in God’s image and likeness, women and men are image bearers, sharing equal status as human beings. God did not create race, racism, superior groups of humans, and hierarchical and hegemonic social structures.
Support for Hurricane Ida disaster efforts
Your support of the United Church of Christ’s USA Emergency Fund keeps up poised to help those left in need after hurricane devastation. We are grateful for your previous gifts that have assisted thousands of individuals and communities in recovering and rebuilding from tremendous loss. We ask that you extend your generosity to those in the southern US affected by Hurricane Ida.
United Church of Christ clergy, congregants, and disaster teams are waiting to learn more about the destruction left behind by Hurricane Ida. The Category 4 storm barreled into the Louisiana Gulf Coast on Sunday, Aug. 29, swamping New Orleans and taking down the power grid.
It also brought torrential rains, high winds, and floodwaters to parts of Alabama and Mississippi. The storm arrived 16 years after Hurricane Katrina slammed that same area, leaving 1,800 people dead.
"It’s heartbreaking," said Lesli Remaly, minister for disaster response and recovery with the UCC’s Global H.O.P.E. team. "Raising money for a storm this size certainly makes good sense, as we know long-term recovery and rebuilding will be necessary," Remaly said.
Four deaths have been confirmed. Reports of injuries and deaths are expected to climb as communication returns.
The president of the power company Entergy said more than 2,000 miles of transmission lines are out of service across Louisiana. More than 1 million customers in Louisiana and Mississippi, including all of New Orleans, were left in the dark. And it may be weeks, in some spots, before the power comes back.
The flood threat in Ida’s aftermath stretches from the Gulf into the northeast. Some 71 million people were under a flash flood watch or warning as of Tuesday morning. Torrential rains are expected as the storm moves north.
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THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST has a vision of a just world for all. In this world all are welcomed, everyone is loved and justice is inherent. The 3 Great Loves is the denomination’s opportunity to express how our Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation work together to address the inequities in our current world.
3 Great Loves is a denomination- wide effort that is about engaging the UCC to take action and to show the impact of the UCC, working together as one church, with one voice and one vision – a vision of a A Just World for All.
Beginning at Synod 2017 and ending at Synod 2019, through the lens of the 3 Great Loves, the United Church of Christ in its many settings of ministry will discern and lift up how we act upon these 3 Great Loves. As we do so, we will tell the story of how we are impacting and transforming the world, as covenantal partners united in common purpose and mission.
There’s never been a greater need for love – 3 Great Loves is how we can partner together as one voice, one church to live into our vision: A Just World for All.
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