Three Great Loves

Michael J. Readinger

If you are wondering about the name of this column, I assure you that it is intentional. Yes, we have been talking about the 3 Great Loves for more than two years now. And, I am happy to say, the United Church of Christ has committed to continuing with this initiative for the next biennium! […]

UCC’s Cedar Community Resident-Led Group Explores and Fosters Diversity

Cedar Community Diversity Group members and West Bend Multicultural Group members share opinions and ideas.

UCC-related Cedar Community in West Bend, Wis., began hosting an annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in 2015, an event originally organized by resident the Rev. Ralph Faisst. That celebration sparked the interest of then ministry director, the Rev. Kathryn Kuhn, who was interested in further exploring racial diversity and issues surrounding the topic. After […]

Young and Old Alike Find Joy in Intergenerational Art Program with UCC-related Brewster Place

The "Brewster Buddies" work with the students on a variety of art projects.

A one-week summer school camp has blossomed into a new intergenerational program for residents of UCC-related Brewster Place — an older adult community in Topeka, Kan. — and nearby Quincy Elementary School. Last summer, students in the summer program at Quincy came to Brewster Place for STEAM-themed (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities. They […]

UCC’s Hoyleton Family and Youth Services Workshops Help Youth Make Wise Life Choices and Avoid Substance Abuse

Youth participating in Hoyleton's Substance Abuse Prevention Program participate in a number of activities, including #DearFutureMe, designed for middle schoolers.

This past September, 6th-grade students in various Southern Illinois schools discovered a different sort of curriculum on their class schedules, thanks to UCC-related Hoyleton Youth and Family Services: a life skills curriculum geared toward substance abuse prevention. The in-school partnership between Fairview Heights-based CHHSM ministry and the schools allows Hoyleton’s substance abuse Prevention Specialists to […]