Justice & The UCC

 

UCC “3 Great Loves” Initiative

The theme of our St. John’s Fall Bible Study Wednesdays at 7:30 pm for 5 weeks starting October 11, 2017 in the church library, led by Rev. Sue..

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.  

Over the course of the next two years, through the lens of the 3 Great Loves, the United Church of Christ tells the story of how we are impacting and transforming the world, united in common purpose and mission.

During these upcoming two years, there will be moments of special invitation to participate in this denomination-wide undertaking. One by one we will focus on each of the 3 Great Loves in service to our communities.

Our expression of love, is and will be our living testimony.

What would it look like for an entire denomination to commit to a shared mission? How much impact could an entire denomination have if it worked as one on a mission that mattered?

We’re about to find out. We have done this before, and not that long ago. Five years ago, the United Church of Christ launched Mission One – an initiative to help alleviate hunger. Four years ago, we launched Mission 4/1 Earth – a concentrated effort toward restoring health to the planet.

This year, and for the next two years until General Synod 2019, we call the faith communities of the United Church of Christ to engage in the Three Great Loves mission campaign.

In response to our Purpose statement – a call to love our neighbor as ourselves; and to our Vision statement – to build a just world for all: we are asking our congregations to seek ways to live out a commitment in mission to the love of children, the love of neighbor, and the love of creation.

How does your church embody its love for children?

How does your church incarnate the love of Jesus in seeking to love your neighbor?

How does your church uphold the mandate to steward the Earth by demonstrating a love for creation?

Together, we can change the world.

United in God’s spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we can love all, welcome all, and seek justice for all: for the children, for our neighbors, and for creation.

We can, we will, we must make a difference.

Let our love light the way to a better world, a more just world – for the children, for our neighbor, for creation.

John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President

           From the OPEN AND AFFIRMING COALITION OF THE UCC:

Many Christians know that kneeling is not a sign of disrespect for the altar or the cross! For centuries, kneeling has been a sign of RESPECT and PENITENCE. It’s no disrespect to the flag to use this ancient gesture to affirm that our nation has sins to confess and wounds to heal. We respect the flag, and those who died to defend it, when we kneel praying for the nation to return to the God who hates injustice and loves mercy. #TakeaKnee – Andy Lang

Special St. John’s UCC Event: “Dialoguing with our Muslim Neighbors”


Following the 10:15 worship service on March 26, 2017, we had an opportunity to learn from and dialogue with Muhammad Fazili, Mohammad Aziz and other members from the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge. Muhammad Fazili is an electrical engineer who is married to a physician and is father of five children. Mr. Fazili is a former member and chair of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge and currently directs the weekend school at the mosque where he worships. Mr. Fazili and those who came with him offered a brief presentation and then opened things up for questions and conversation.  St. John’s members will share a lunch & discussion with them at their mosque on Sunday, October 22, 2017 – see Pastor Sue for information.

“Despite a revised version of the White House’s executive order on travel restrictions for citizens of six predominately Muslim-majority nations, United Church of Christ leaders remain committed to keeping America’s doors open to refugees and immigrants.”  Statement on the UCC Facebook Page 3-7-2017

 pastoralletter_FB.jpg“United in Spirit, and inspired by God’s grace, we love all, welcome all, and seek justice for all.”

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St. John’s is a member of the United Church of Christ denomination, which has over 1.1 million members.  Within the individual churches, and with individual members, there are differences of opinion on issues that affect us socially and politically, but the UCC and its predecessors have always stood up for Justice in the name of Jesus Christ.

On this website page we will link recent articles from the UCC website which discuss the UCC news and opinions on topical issues.  Not all of our members agree with the UCC opinions, but please respect that these are the views of the denomination and of many in our congregation.

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“What does God require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:8

For the latest articlesClick here to go to the UCC Justice webpage

13603564_10153696188701787_8070227696252274086_oLinks to recent UCC articles & commentaries from the UCC website or UCC Facebook page:

http://www.ucc.org/news_reorganization_around_mission_realigns_ucc_national_setting_10062017

http://www.ucc.org/news_ucc_clergy_part_of_interfaith_prayer_vigil_in_las_vegas_mourn_59_lives_lost_to_gun_violence_10032017

http://www.ucc.org/news_ucc_general_minister_president_responds_to_grief_of_community_nation_after_las_vegas_shooting_10022017?utm_campaign=kyp_oct3_17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist

http://www.ucc.org/commentary_it_is_up_to_us_to_stop_gun_violence_10022017

http://www.ucc.org/news_ucc_clergy_part_of_interfaith_prayer_vigil_in_las_vegas_mourn_59_lives_lost_to_gun_violence_10032017?utm_campaign=kyp_oct3_17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist

http://www.ucc.org/news_irma_makes_devastating_impact_on_south_florida_091117?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UnitedChurchOfChrist+%28United+Church+of+Christ+News%29

http://www.ucc.org/news_north_carolina_churches_stand_against_hate_spurs_sanctuary_discussion_09132017

http://www.ucc.org/news_texas_church_washed_out_in_2016_flooded_by_hurricane_harvey_08292017?utm_campaign=kyp_aug29_17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist

http://www.ucc.org/news_people_of_faith_in_phoenix_hold_peaceful_protest_during_trump_visit_08232017?utm_campaign=kyp_aug29_17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist

http://www.ucc.org/news_at_solidarity_vigils_for_charlottesville_ucc_clergy_lead_the_way_08152017?utm_campaign=kyp_aug15_17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist

http://www.ucc.org/news_sharing_love_of_neighbor_in_charlottesville_08152017?utm_campaign=kyp_aug15_17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist

http://www.ucc.org/commentary_three_great_loves_07272017

http://www.ucc.org/news_ucc_leaders_ona_coalition_stand_with_trans_americans_who_want_to_serve_their_country_07262017

http://www.ucc.org/news_ucc_condemns_trump_s_inappropriate_political_message_at_boy_scout_jamboree_07262017

http://www.ucc.org/news_justice_grant_helps_alabama_church_open_safe_space_to_lgbt_teens_05082017?utm_campaign=kyp_may9_17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist

http://www.ucc.org/news_what_s_next_after_the_people_s_climate_march_05032017?utm_campaign=kyp_may9_17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist

http://www.ucc.org/news_journalist_covering_the_movements_that_are_changing_america_speaks_at_d_c_church_05012017

http://www.ucc.org/news_ucc_advocates_show_love_for_creation_at_peoples_climate_march_in_dc_04302017

http://www.ucc.org/news_a_partnership_to_pierce_the_cycle_of_poverty_in_illinois_07282017

http://www.ucc.org/commentary_three_great_loves_04272017

 

 

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