submitted by Karen Richardson Dunn
facilitator for the Southern Conference Creation Justice Network Team / e-mail contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
One month from today, on September 20th, youth around the world will lead a climate strike - walking out of their classes and jobs to call for action on the climate crisis.
The timing is meant to influence the U.N. Youth Climate Summit on September 21st and U.N. Climate Action Summit on September 23rd in New York City. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who began the global climate strike movement will be arriving via sailboat to New York that week. Find out how you can support the climate strikers.
Life's Journey United Church of Christ invites fellow UCC churches and clergy, together with community partners, to join the congregation on Sunday September 22nd, at 3:00 PM, for installation of Rev. Micah B. Royal as pastor, with a reception to follow. The church is located at 2121 Edgewood Avenue, Burlington, NC 27215 . Clergy should arrive early with red stoles, to process in together.
JOHNS RIVER VALLEY CAMP plans SCAT Reunion
COLLETTSVILLE, N.C. - Remember these times and these people?.....Register today for the SCAT Reunion, September 27-29. Summer workers from all eras are invited to a time of re-connecting and remembering. To register, go to our website at www.jrvc.org. Go to our retreats section and download the registration form. If you want to register through PayPal simply contact Phil Hardy at email@example.com. Help us out by sharing this post and the event with former SCAT team members.
Eastern Virginia Association will offer Church Security Seminar
Justice and Witness Commission of Eastern Virginia Association, UCC
When: September 28, 2019
Where: First United Church of Christ
2017 Todds Lane, Hampton, VA 23666
Time: 09:00 am-12:00 pm
Bob Chauncey, cpp, cism, cit
Director of Church Security Institute, Virginia Beach
Certified protection professional
Critical incident stress management
Church security institute, consultant
Mount Calvary UCC (Durham), at 4:00 pm on September 29, will host the Ordination/Installation Service for its new pastor, Rev. Raymond S. Watkins. The entire SOC family is invited to attend this wonderful occasion! The church is located at 1715 Athens Avenue in Durham.
Registration open for the 2019 biennial UCC Southern Region Women's Retreat
Fill out your Registration Form and send it to the Registrar before the deadline (early bird deadline is August 30th). (Note: You only need to send back pages 2 and 3 of the 3 page Registration packet).
Download Official Invitation and Planning Team Bios Download Registration Packet
Save the Date -
October 18-20, 2019 -
The 2019 biennial UCC Southern Region Women's Retreat (SRWR) will be hosted by the Church Women of the Southern Conference (CWSC) at Blowing Rock Conference Center (BRCC) in Blowing Rock, NC. This retreat is open to lay and clergy women from the following UCC Conferences: Southern, Florida, South Central and Southeast.
Practicing Benedictine Spirituality Outside the Cloister
Saturday & Sunday, October 19- & 20, 2019
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C.: Ashley Series Lecturer, the Rev. Molly T. Marshall (Ph.D.), President and Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation at Central Baptist Seminary in Shawnee, KS will deliver two public lectures and speak at two Sunday services at First Congregational UCC (Hendersonville). For more details, and ticket information, see fcchendersonville.org/ashley-lecture-series.
Saturday morning, 10 a.m.: The Quest for Community: Stability and Conversatio Morum (conversion of life)
Saturday afternoon, 1 p.m.: The Quest for a New Name
Sunday morning, 9 a.m.: The Quest for Balance: Prayer, Work, and Holy Leisure
Sunday morning worship at 10:30 - Molly Marshall preaching
Union Chapel UCC celebrates 25th Pastoral Anniversary honoring Rev. Ervin Milton
11:00 am guest preacher: Rev. Paul H. Milton
2:30 pm guest preacher: Rev. Gregory E. Milton
"We've come this far By Faith"
WNCA Fellowship with African American Pastors ACM will host Pastors & Specialized Ministers on September 14
WNCA African American church pastors and specialized ministers are invited to gather on Saturday, Sept 14 from 10am—noon for a time of fellowship and conversation hosted by The Rev. Colleen Samson, WNCA Associate Conference Minister, and Congregational UCC at 401 Gordon St in High Point. Many thanks to The Rev. Angela Roberson and The Rev. William Vanderburg for helping to organize this gathering.
WNCA Ecclesiastical Councils are scheduled for three Members in Discernment - Cheri Dennis, Gregg Walker and Brian Russell - at Holy Covenant UCC in Charlotte. The presentations will begin at 2:30 pm, and WNCA churches are asked to select and schedule their delegates to attend, along with clergy. Download Ecclesiastical Council resource which includes schedule for day and list of eight established Marks of Ministry.
Land of the Sky UCC to host Collaborative Event -- Register Now
When: September 19 - 21
Where: Land of the Sky UCC, 15 Overbrook Place, Asheville, N.C. 28805
Hotel 10% discount ends soon...
Hotel discount code: southernconference
Clergy scholarships (full & partial) available thanks to a United Church Funds Brown Grant
The Congregational Church, UCC, in Tryon N.C will host cellist Judith Glixon
who returns to WNC for Tour Supporting Creation Care and Climate Action. Judith Glixon, a former Asheville resident who was once the principal cellist with the Asheville Symphony and the Brevard Chamber Orchestra, is returning to Western North Carolina to perform a series of solo cello concerts highlighting the urgency of climate change. Proceeds will support the work of the Creation Care Alliance of WNC, a program that empowers faith organizations to act on climate change. Read more
Join us to hear J. Dana Trent, author of One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community, and Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk.Rev. J. Dana Trent is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and professor of World Religions and Critical Thinking at Wake Tech Community College. Her work has been featured on Time.com, Religion News Service, Religion Dispatches, as well as in Sojourners and The Christian Century. Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life is her fourth book (Chalice Press, September 2019).
Join us at CCP on Saturday, August 17 at 7:00 pm for a FREE screening of
Paris To Pittsburgh, offering inspiring stories of the local, private sector, and community leaders across the U.S. who are continuing to take action to transition to a clean energy economy - regardless of federal inaction. It's a must see for people of faith concerned about the future of U.S. climate action. Join us! Bring your own snacks & drinks!
Free screening is made possible by Interfaith Power and Light in partnership with Bloomberg and Radical Media.
2121 Edgewood Avenue, Burlington, N.C.,
Life's Journey UCC will be hosting an interfaith vigil against racist violence in partnership with the Burlington Masjid, and in connection with other community faith leaders. Download flyer with details. Rev. Micah B. Royal can be contacted by phone at 336-223-4910,
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Glixon returns to WNC for Tour Supporting Creation Care and Climate Action. Judith Glixon, a former Asheville resident who was once the principal cellist with the Asheville Symphony and the Brevard Chamber Orchestra, is returning to Western North Carolina to perform a series of solo cello concerts highlighting the urgency of climate change. Proceeds will support the work of the Creation Care Alliance of WNC, a program that empowers faith organizations to act on climate change. Read more
Greensboro Historical Museum, Community members have organized a March for Our Lives. "Help us honor victims of gun violence and show our reps that it is time for change. No longer will we stand idly by while this senseless violence occurs in our backyards." Read more
Catawba College's Youth Theology Institute
July 7-12, 14-19, or 21-26
Registration is now open!
SALISBURY - Catawba College's Youth Theology Institute, Discover, seeks to engage youth around theological reflection and vocational discernment. This summer we are offering two weeks for high school students (July 7-12 or 14-19) and one for middle school students (July 21-26) at Black Lake Retreat Center. There is a $25 registration fee but the cost of the program is covered by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. We would love to have recommendations from church leaders on youth who would thrive in such an environment. Please direct questions to Shannon Axtell Martin at 704-637-4725.
General Synod 32 - We gather to be more, do more, become more
Revisiting a [Southern Conference sponsored] General Synod 31 Resolution - Bringing Down the Walls in the Caribbean: Ending the United States Embargo on Cuba
Details for 54th Annual Southern Conference Gathering Announced
Dreaming...What's Possible with No Limit!
"But Jesus looked at them and said,
"For mortals it is impossible,
but for God all things are possible."
This is your Official Call Letter inviting you to attend and participate in the Southern Conference 54th Annual Gathering, June 13-15, 2019 hosted by the Eastern North Carolina Association. This year's event will be held at the beautiful Canterbury School in Greensboro, NC. The meeting will be a celebration of what God has done and is doing in the life of the Southern Conference. Every Local Church and related Institutions is invited to attend.
Read More: https://www.soc-ucc.org/annual-gathering
We will be gathering on Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Peace UCC in Greensboro, North Carolina. Our lodging will be at the TBD Hotel (s) in Greensboro which you will need to contact directly to make reservations. (Information on hotels and registration will be provided at a later date). On Thursday evening our closing Worship service will be held at the Canterbury School in Greensboro which will be a joint service with the Southern Conference Annual Meeting being held Thursday, June 13 through Saturday June 15, 2019. The two events are being coordinated near each other, held back-to-back, and you are invited to attend just the Women's gathering or both gatherings. -- BG
You are invited to join us in welcoming our New Pastor, Rev. Micah Royal!
Please take time to join us in worship as we take this bold step together at Life’s Journey on Sunday, June 2nd in our sanctuary on Edgewood Avenue or on June 9th at our Annual Lake Side Service at Lake Mackintosh.
Sister Circle of the Southern Conference
May 20, 2019 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Registration OPENS April 20 (Instructions forthcoming)
An Invitation is extended to all of the Southern Conference to Join this event via WEBINAR for a 2nd Event
"I am an African American Minister: So What If I am a Woman?"
Featuring Rev. Sharon Ellis-Davis (D.Min.)
Julia O'Brien (PH.D), Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary (Lancaster, PA), will offer two lectures on "The Message of the Prophets" at First Reformed United Church of Christ in Burlington, NC.
Seminar fee of $10.00 (per person) is due by May 12.
On-line registration: http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-4716535/o-brien
or complete the Registration Form and mail with a check to the church.
For additional information, please contact Rev. Phil Myers at either email@example.com or 336-226-7346.
Self-Care Women's Retreat
will be held at Virginia Beach, Va. Registration is open at www.SheBuildsaVineyard.com (click Women's Retreat). For more information please contact Rev. Willie Mae Hawkins (D.Min.) at ShebuildsaVineyard@gmail.com or DrWillieMaeHawkins@gmail.com or call (919) 307.9980. Vendors are welcome. Download flyer
Melfield United Church of Christ has planned special services to honor The Reverend Dannie T. Williams (Ed.D), who has served Melfield UCC for 23 years, and is marking 44 Years of total Ministry.
11:00 a.m.: Guests will be Pastor Donathan Muldrow with Choir and Congregation of the New Life Outreach Ministry Franklinton, N.C.
Fellowship lunch: immediately following the 11:00am service
2:30 p.m. service: Guests will be Pastor Christi Dye, with the Choir and Congregation of the United Methodist Church of Swepsonville, N.C.
Each year, thousands of congregations set aside a day to pray, learn, and act near Earth Day, which falls on April 22. In 2019, Earth Day falls close to Easter. Earth Day Sunday can be celebrated April 28 or another day convenient for your faith community Read more:Read more: Creation Justice Ministries resources and ideas