Children's Advocacy

Build your library with ‘triumphant book’

Eloise Greenfield is an award-winning poet and author of more than 40 children’s books. She was born in California, but grew up in Washington, D.C., and has lived there since. Greenfield After years of submitting poetry, Greenfield’s first published poem was in the Hartford Times in 1962.... read more»

Posted by Tura Foster Gillespie on February 23, 2015

Build your library with an icon of hope

Black History Month (February) is an invitation to recognize the human dignity of and celebrate the contributions of African Americans and people of the African diaspora. The images that surround us — television shows, magazines, Facebook friends and posts, teachers, preachers and other community leaders — shape how we see... read more»

Posted by Tura Foster Gillespie on February 16, 2015

Build your library: Children’s books teach black history all year

Black History Month is an invitation to recognize the human dignity of and celebrate the contributions of African Americans and people of the African diaspora. The images that surround us — television shows, magazines, Facebook friends and posts, teachers, preachers and other community leaders — shape how we see and... read more»

Posted by Tura Foster Gillespie on February 06, 2015

Let’s Be the Church that Models Human Dignity

Growing up in North Carolina and south Georgia, one of our family pastimes was watching sports, especially basketball, baseball and football. Sitting in my grandfather’s lap, I heard endless stories about great players whom he respected because they were giving back to the community. Football games were gathering... read more»

Posted by Susan Burton on January 30, 2015

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

Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18, Psalm 56:8)

Mary Magdalene's devotion to Jesus is demonstrated all throughout Scripture. She is one of the women with Jesus and the 12 disciples from the onset of the ministry in Galilee; she is at the cross during the crucifixion, and she is at the tomb where we find her for this... read more»

Posted by Rose Farhat on April 09, 2014

The woman with the issue of blood (Luke 8:43-48, Micah 6:8)

This passage is another illustration of Christ’s powerful use of silence and the spoken word. Christ’s compassion goes out to one who became desperate as she faced circumstances that caused her to want to be invisible: not seen, heard or noticed. As though she does not... read more»

Posted by Rose Farhat on April 04, 2014

The woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Indeed, with the tongue, we can acknowledge the common dignity all humans bear, and we can break the silence that enables fear, intimidation and the drawing of deep lines of separation. Similarly, silence, as we shall see Jesus demonstrate, can... read more»

Posted by Rose Farhat on March 30, 2014

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