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I. GLOBAL PARTNER SEARCHING FOR A HOST
One of the UCC's Global Partners, the Waldensian Church in Italy, is looking to become more involved with the UCC.
In particular, they are seeking a host-congregation for Rev. Anne Zell and her daughter, Myriam, for Feb-March 2016. Anne and her daughter are traveling from Italy to the U.S. through the EFFE Program.
The host congregation would support Anne and Myriam in their transition to the U.S., help them become immersed in the culture, and eventually allow Anne to preach within the congregation.
If your congregation is interested, please email Peter Makari, the UCC's Executive for the Middle East and Europe.
While at General Synod in Cleveland this week, the UCC passed a resolution regarding the Washington Redskins NFL team. This resolution was then picked up by the Washington Post. From the article:
“'The use of the term ‘Redskins’ for the team mascot and nickname of the Washington football team is offensive and causes direct harmful effects to the public health and well-being of the Native American population,' the Rev. Linda Jaramillo, a national officer of the church, said in a statement."
III. PRAYERS FOR CHARLESTON, SC
In the aftermath of the recent shooting in Charleston, leaders within the UCC have spoken out and called for prayer.
Below are two open letters from UCC clergy, one of which was written by Rev. Waltrina Middleton, a cousin of one of the victims.