Almost everything is online now and the national setting is making a particular effort to make the offerings available to all who wish to join. Notices of these opportunities come often; sometimes too late for eNEWS and there is no guarantee that they are even all on the KO Facebook Page. So check the offerings often. All require registration but there is no charge for participating. These opportunities for learning, renewal and engagement are possible because of your continuing support of OCWM.
Below are just three to take note of:
JUNE 11 Thursday for the Soul
WHEN: June 11, 2020 at 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Is It Safe To Sing? In Our Sanctuaries, Our Streets, On Social Media
Join songwriters and singing leaders Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey, Lea Morris and Andra Moran as they share their insights and gifts of song, the complexities of leading the practice of singing from congregations in quarantine to simple singing as a spiritual practice, to chanting in protest, the science and safety precautions of breath and sound.
Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey is Minister For Congregation and Community Engagement for the National Setting of the UCC. She is also a songwriter, producer, activist and minister.
Lea Morris is a highly celebrated singer songwriter who has shared the stage with luminaries including Odetta, Mavis Staples, Dar Williams and Anthony Hamilton.
Andra Moran lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she works as a songwriter, singer, author, worship designer and freelance touring musician. Andra works actively in ecumenical settings, and in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ.
Live closed captioning is provided.
UCC Church Wide Event: Juneteenth 2020:And Still We Rise
WHEN: June 19; 11:00am-12:30 (Central)
Juneteenth marks the official end of slavery in the U.S. The original legal declaration was signed into law by Abraham Lincoln which instituted Emancipation Proclamation. Also called: Freedom Day or Emancipation Day Observances: Exploration & celebration of African-American history and heritage Next time: June 19, 2020 Several national staff members are gathering to plan a Church-wide event to mark an annual event entitled, Juneteenth.
The event will take place Friday, June 19, 2020 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm. The attached document explains the significance of this very important moment in the life of African descended people. The national staff are meeting regularly to finalize the day’s events. Many former UCC clergy, national and ecumenical partners, and UCC congregations will participate. More details are forthcoming.
UCC Church Wide Event: Juneteenth 2020 Event Description
UCC Webinar: Protest during a Pandemic
WHEN: Wednesday, June 24 at Noon
Instead of becoming suppressed by the pandemic, the spirit of justice has arisen with fierce determination and become embodied in countless ways. This webinar will reflect upon how protest has manifested itself during this time and the lessons that can be learned for communities of faith dedicated to answering the unrelenting call of justice. Three panelists will share what they have learned: Sophia Benrud from the Black Visions Collective in Minneapolis, Lindsay Harper from Arm-in-Arm in Atlanta, and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick from the University of San Diego.
See other Upcoming Events here: https://www.ucc.org/calendar