Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, Which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 [NIV])
Sisters and Brothers of the Southern Conference: I greet you in the words of Jesus, "Peace be unto you!"
Do you feel it? Can you hear it? Do you see it? I ask these questions as a response to the chaos, confusion, and calamity that is happening all around us. We are being bombarded by news after news that leaves us spent and exhausted, and creates a drain on our stamina necessary to live an empowered life.
The news of countless events: the warring going on in the Middle East; the tensions surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Missouri; the senseless violence happening in Chicago; the issues of immigration, deportation, human trafficking, educational deficiencies, and confidence in our public officials is at an all time low. And (not to mention) we are mindful of the numerous issues people are facing politically, economically, and socially here in our own Conference, which have developed a culture of fear and worry that threatens our emotional, psychological, and spiritual well being.
My response to all of this is, let us pray! I submit that we are no longer a praying nation, but a tolerant nation. For this, the Apostle Paul wrote a prescription in Philippians 4:6-7, when he said "be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let our requests be known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus." As the songwriter reminds us "Oh what peace we often forfeit, and oh what needless pains we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer." We -- as a Conference and people of God -- need to stay on the other side of not being anxious and begin to start praying constantly. Read more
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Photo Slide Show Index
1. Rev. Geoffrey Black, UCC General Minister and President, engages in "face time" with SOC members at Calvary UCC (Durham, NC) and First UCC (Salisbury, NC) on Aug. 23, 2014
2. Elizabeth Schiemann and Rev. William Sowers
3. Rev. Lisa Gaul
4. Revs. Jeremiah Wright & Edward Davis
5. Revs. Yvonne Delk & Jill Edens
6. Rev. Craig Schaub
7. EVA Youth Event at Association. Mtg.
8. Revs. Chris Ayers (Wedgewood) & Harold Holste (Retired)
[photos by Rev. C. L. "Curly" Stumb]
E V E N T S
Rev. Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, plans visit to Southern Conference.
Gatherings in Durham and Salisbury will offer town meeting settings for a conversation between this National Church representative and members of Southern Conference.
In response to a request from pastors and churches who have objected to the UCC's lawsuit vs. the State of North Carolina, The Rev. Geoffrey Black (General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ) has graciously accepted an invitation from the Southern Conference Board of Directors to come to North Carolina on August 23 and 24, 2014, to share his insights and to hear the concerns of members of Southern Conference. The meetings will be open to anyone with the primary purpose of hearing from those who feel that the UCC lawsuit symbolizes their exclusion from influence and decision-making in the UCC.
The first meeting (ENCA) will be held at Mt. Calvary UCC in Durham, NC on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Mt. Calvary is located at 1725 Athens Avenue, Durham, NC 27707.
The second meeting (WNCA) will be held at First UCC in Salisbury, NC at 2:00 p.m. on August 23, 2014. First UCC is located at 207 West Horah Street, Salisbury, NC 28144.
Rev. Black will also preach on Sunday, August 24, 2014, in the 11:00 a.m. traditional service at Corinth Reformed Church (UCC) in Hickory, NC, at the invitation of their Board of Elders. Corinth Church issues an open invitation to all who are able to attend. Corinth Reformed is located at 150 Sixteenth Ave. NW, Hickory, NC 28601.
Mission Trip Opportunities in Southern Conference
Opportunities to serve as Disaster Recovery Volunteers are posted on UCC Volunteer Ministries Site
Stay up to date of the Southern Conference's actions at Moral March on the Facebook Page of this movement.
Churches within the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ are post their involvement with the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina. A Facebook Page documents how faith meets action in support of those whose voices are unheard.