ucc justice revival header smJustice & Witness Ministries with the Central Pacific & Pacific Northwest UCC Conferences invite you to a time of inspiring worship, preaching, and training to fan the flames of justice in the Northwest. We seek hearts aglow with the fire of the Holy Spirit! We come together to pray and proclaim, to sing and rejoice, to receive an abundance of grace in our lives, our ministries and our churches. Like the disciples after Pentecost, we gather to be re-inspired to be Christ’s Church in the world.

First Congregational United Church of Christ, Vancouver, WA
1220 NE 68th St., Vancouver, WA
Saturday, November 8, 2014 — 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM


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Male and Female Created He Them: Living as a Female Body

It’s not always about sex, or is it?

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by Jeanine Elliott, Bethel Congregational UCC, Beaverton, OR                                                     Female and male are created equal in the image of God.  So says the first chapter of the first book of the Old Testament. By the third chapter of the story, the explanations begin as to why there are inequities between women and men.  Today, inside and outside our faith traditions, we are still negotiating the relationships between and among men and women.[1]    While women’s perspectives are more likely to be incorporated into our public thinking,  I often want more discussion of what it means to live as a female body. Examples follow (italics are my thoughts):