Justice Matters

Call on President Obama to Stop Deportations!

Today, in a massive act of civil disobedience at the White House, faith leaders and immigrant rights activists, including Rev. Linda Jaramillo, UCC Executive Minister for Justice and Witness Ministries, will risk arrest to demand that President Barack Obama end his inhumane immigration enforcement policies. In February, 30 faith leaders were... read more»

Posted by General Board of Church and Society on July 31, 2014

Harm reduction: Honoring the whole person

Injection drug use & HIV/AIDS Every year in the United States, injection-drug use accounts for one in every 10 cases of HIV. This destructive virus attacks the immune system and increases an infected person’s vulnerability to life-threatening illnesses. It can be transmitted when people share drug-preparation/injecting equipment,... read more»

Posted by Lindsay Sheets on July 23, 2014

Listening to the ‘Blues Brothers’

The walls of the Chillicothe (Ohio) Correctional Institution are imposing to say the least. Lined with barbed wire and bookended by guard towers, clearly these walls are meant to separate, punish and silence the men inside. In the United States today, more than 2.5 million adults are imprisoned behind walls like... read more»

Posted by Leigh Finnegan on July 21, 2014

Tracking Millennials: Do they — should they — care?

I posted an article last week reporting on religious and political trends among the Millennial generation. The trends of institutional disaffiliation are especially important for us in the Church to pay pay attention to. In light of the Millennials’ declining affiliation with churches, or any religious institution for that... read more»

Posted by Nico Romeijn-Stout on July 15, 2014

Vulnerability: A God who sees

The General Board of Church & Society teamed with the Horizon Prison Initiative to create a three-day prison immersion program at Chillicothe (Ohio) Correctional Institution that involved persons in prison ministry interacting with prisoners. Last week clergy and laity from across the country gathered in Chillicothe, Ohio, for a three-day... read more»

Posted by Leigh Finnegan on July 14, 2014

Children are being killed!

Jesus loved children. When the disciples came to him inquiring, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” he called a passing child to the middle of the group, and said: “Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven,”... read more»

Posted by Emilia Truluck on July 11, 2014

Tracking Millennials: Trends among emerging adults

Millennials may just be the most researched generation of all time — largely thanks to the Internet). And it's no surprise: As Millennials emerge into adulthood, they are quickly becoming the next major economic and political force in the United States. Businesses are after their money, politicians want their... read more»

Posted by Nico Romeijn-Stout on July 08, 2014

Retributive violence, collective punishment do not lead to peace

In the past few days, we've witnessed an incredible escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine. By now, you should recognize the names of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrah, the three Israeli teens who were kidnapped June 12 outside the West Bank city of Hebron and were found... read more»

Posted by Emilia Truluck on July 02, 2014

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