Pennsylvania congregation’s Pet Therapy program is perfect 3 Great Loves ministry

This story is from United Church of Christ News. Written by Connie Larkman and posted on March 13. The story features St. James UCC, Havertown.   A ‘small but mighty’ Pennsylvania congregation is showing love to its neighbors young and old, by going to the dogs. Using pet therapy, St. James United Church of Christ […]

PSEC Helps In Hurricane Maria Long Term Recovery in Philadelphia

On Saturday, March 17, the Conference Consistory approved the Conference’s membership in the Greater Philadelphia Long Term Recovery Committee.  The purpose of the GPLTRC is to help residents of Puerto Rico who’ve relocated to the Philadelphia area (whether temporarily or permanently) as a result of Hurricane Maria devastating the island in September 2017. ​Many of […]

Trans woman and her PA church share story of love, acceptance with national audience

This story is from United Church of Christ News. Written by Connie Larkman and posted on March 9. The story features Love in Action UCC (previously “United Church of Christ Warminster”).   A Philadelphia-area church and one of its members will soon be featured on a national video program that has been giving a voice […]

Winter Resources from Disaster Ministries

The PSEC Disaster Coordinator, Rev. Karl Jones Jr., has several valuable resources to share with conferences churches and leaders. Please check out these recommended resources: Learn how to help in emergencies Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast. Emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately.  Click […]

Trinity Reformed UCC, Collegeville becomes ONA

Congratulations to the United Church of Christ’s newest Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation — Trinity Reformed Church, United Church of Christ in Collegeville — and pastor, Rev. Dr. Martha Kriebel. On December 10, a congregational vote was held by ballot in worship, with 109 people voting. The decision to adopt the ONA Covenant was unanimous! […]

From Bucks County Herald: On the scene by Rev. David Green

Nativity scenes pop up everywhere this time of year. Most are static depictions of the array of characters who attended the birth of Jesus. Living Hope Community Church in Perkasie stages an impressive re-enactment featuring live people and critters. It comes complete with a traffic jam on Route 313 that would’ve flabbergasted the original Holy […]

From Reading Eagle: The Rev. Kim Kendrick is the chaplain at Bethany Children’s Home

by Bruce Posten in The Reading Eagle The greater public issue of giving children freedom of choice versus an institutional belief in mandatory worship services became intertwined last spring at Bethany Children’s Home near Womelsdorf. The Rev. Kim Kendrick, 48, Bethany’s chaplain for more than two years, didn’t have a written invitation to the table […]