by Aleita Hass-Holcombe, First Congregational UCC, Corvallis, OR

just peace church thistlewaiteDid you know that the UCC celebrates 30 years as a Just Peace Church movement in 2015? ( Just Peace Pronouncement ) What does that really mean? For those of you who attended the social justice revival held in Vancouver, WA on November 8, 2014, there was a wonderful opportunity to hear about the legacy of the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries. The national staff was awesome and did a great job of “Stoking the Fires of Justice: A Revival for Social Change”.

In particular, the workshop with Michael Neuroth (National Policy Advocate for International Issues), Denise Andersen (Clackamas UCC Pastor) and Chuck Currie (Director of the Pacific University Center for Peace and Spirituality) was especially informative about the value of intentionally identifying as a Just Peace Church. 

Occupying Our Faith

by Will Fuller, Kairos-Milwaukie UCC

Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Portland have received a lot of attention, but their meaning for the faith community has not. As a denomination committed to social justice, the United Church of Christ is intimately involved in the issues and precedent-setting nature of Occupy, and so we need to reflect on our role, responsibilities and relationship with this evolving social phenomenon.

Rev’s Chuck Currie and Kate Lore at Occupy Portland