One of the great things about belonging to a denomination like the United Church of Christ is that you get a sense of being a part of something much larger than yourself, larger than your community. It’s an experience of belonging to the body of Christ and an awareness that we each — as individuals and as a church — have a role to play in manifesting the kingdom of God in our place and time.
The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns invites you to attend a Coalition ONA Gathering in Oakland from Friday evening of June 4, 2014, and continuing through Sunday afternoon June 8, 2014. Spearheaded by Coalition Leadership Team members Yvette Flunder and Phil Porter, most of the event will take place at the new location of City of Refuge UCC (where Bishop Flunder is the founding pastor) near the Oakland Airport.
There will be a special pre-conference event taking place Friday during the day. (The topic will be announced later.) Coalition Executive Director Andy Lang will meet with area UCC LGBT leaders and friends on Thursday, June 5, at 7:00 pm at First Church Berkeley, where Phil Porter serves as Minister of Art and Communication.
Please take a moment to remember in your prayers all those who have been effected by last year’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon. May they know that “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7, NRSV), and may they be nourished by the love we hold in our hearts for lives filled with the grace of God, by whatever names they may know her. As runners take to the starting line this year, let us renew our commitment to the principles for which Jesus lived and died and lives again, principles of peace and love and compassion.
If you happen to be in the Boston area Easter Sunday, visit Old South Church in Boston, a United Church of Christ congregation and one of the most historically significant churches in the United States. During Easter services, all 2014 Marathoners are invited to receive blessings “that they be kept safe from harm or injury, that they might serve as an example of peaceful international competition, and that God grant them the stamina to finish the race.” Visit the Old South Church in Boston website for more details.
Project Homeless Connect staff and volunteers will be scooping ice cream for Free Cone Day from 12 – 8 PM on Tuesday, April 8th at the Haight – Ashbury Ben & Jerry’s!
Come down to Ben & Jerry’s at 1480 Haight and receive a free scoop of ice cream for your support of Project Homeless Connect. 100% of the donations received on that day will go directly to Project Homeless Connect. We hope to see you there!