• Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greetings Friends, In a couple of weeks, it’ll be the beginning of Lent, which means it’s time again to give Bibles to our third graders! We started doing this a few years ago, and I’m really excited about it. The kids seem to really enjoy getting their own Bible. I

  • Host families are needed for guests from the Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola (IECA)

    The Illinois Conference has been in partnership with IECA for 13 years. During that time we have worked on several common projects including building a school in Waku Kungo which is now built, running and flourishing! Now IECA is working on opening its own university and four professors are coming

  • Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greetings Friends, I was recently talking with the parent of a high schooler, who said that bullying incidents tied to the election of Donald Trump have been noticeable around Central high school. The parent noted that school officials seem hesitant to speak out against the behavior. I haven’t talked to

  • A Word from Community Life

    It somehow seems very fitting that we celebrated Caring Sunday this past week at our church, just one week after our annual meeting. Witnessing the many members who showed up to our town hall and annual meeting, hearing the impassioned voices, and seeing so many people step up to fill

  • Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Hello friends, Several of us have heard from our partners in refugee ministry, World Relief, about a meeting this Thursday. I’d like to share the information with you in case you’re interested in going. (Note: the original location (World Relief offices in Wheaton) has changed to the Compass Church on

  • Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greetings friends, Hear ye, hear ye, the 183rd Annual Meeting of First Congregational United Church of Christ is this Sunday after church! I know the word “meeting” is in the same category as “root canal” for some of you, and many of you already come to a lot of church

  • Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greetings Friends, I think a lot about the issue of power—how it’s used, by whom, for what purposes, etc. How we understand power and its use according to certain ethical guidelines, but also according to what’s possible or not, are often, in my humble opinion, related to how we understand

  • A Word from the Missions and Social Action Ministry

    CALL TO COMMUNITY There has never been a more urgent time for us ALL to answer this call. Right now. We must UNITE and ACT. We can no longer stand idly by and watch. I know. It seems overwhelming, even depressing at times. I get it. That’s why YOUR Missions

  • Call to Community from Missions and Social Action

    Support Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide – See more

  • Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greetings friends, Christmas is my favorite holiday, my favorite part of the church year, but as I get older, and go through more and more Christmases, I run the risk of getting jaded, thinking it’s “just another Christmas.” So I hope each year for a moment when I really catch