• Free Webinar on Deportations and Sanctuary

    Fox Valley Association Justice and Witness Committee invites you to a free webinar led by Rev. Sara Wohlleb of the Illinois Conference UCC Immigration Taskforce. What’s going on with “deportation” and “Sanctuary” in Illinois? Will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 p.m.–1:00pm. Click here for instructions on how to join via

  • A Word from the Stewardship Ministry

    It’s the beginning of Lent. In Mark’s article last week, we were reminded that people sometimes give something up or take something on as an act of spiritual mindfulness during this time. While we think of these practices during Lent, the Stewardship Ministry thanks you for honoring them last fall

  • Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greetings Friends, And so Lent beings. With the imposition of ashes on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday, we are reminded of our fragility, of our limitations, and our mortality. The imposition of ashes on the forehead, with the ancient confession, “Remember you are made of dust, and to dust you

  • 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