Extravagant Welcome

Michael J. Readinger

It has been a couple of years since the United Church of Christ migrated away from the branding and marketing language that included Extravagant Welcome. But, as we finalize our preparations for the CHHSM Annual Gathering in St. Louis from March 1-3, 2018, it is clear that this language still applies whenever we gather as […]

From Foster Child to Ministry: DiPina to Bring Powerful Message to CHHSM Opening Worship and Consecration of UCC’s Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis


When the Rev. Toni DiPina begins her sermon during the service consecrating the United Church of Christ-related Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis, she will be — in one sense — coming full circle. But, as she often stresses, it will be the beginning of a new important phase, not only for her, […]

United Church of Christ’s Deaconess Nurse Ministry Making a Difference in Lives of Marginalized Seniors in Jefferson County, Mo.

Simple blood pressure checks by Deaconess Faith Community Nurses can save lives.

A small group of health professionals in the United Church of Christ’s Deaconess Nurse Ministry are changing life for the better for senior citizens in Jefferson County, Mo. Through its Community Outreach Program, Deaconess Nurse Ministry is able to offer innovative programs at area food pantries that help seniors stay healthy. Thanks to a grant […]

New Memory Care Expansion Brings Comfort, Safety to Florida Residents of UCC’s Plymouth Harbor


Plymouth Harbor, a United Church of Christ senior living community in Sarasota Fla., recently opened its new assisted living and memory care residences. Called Northwest Garden, the new building houses two distinct “neighborhoods” dedicated to assisted living with enhanced memory care, plus new independent living apartments. Partially the result of a $3.3-million “Commitment to Memory” […]

United Church Funds’ Beyond Fossil Fuel Funds Celebrate Third Anniversary


Howard W. Hawkins III, director of business development for United Church Funds, says that Beyond Fossil Fuel Funds (BFF) — the Beyond Fossil Fuels Fund and Beyond Fossil Fuels Balanced Fund — celebrated its third anniversary in November 2017. Since its introduction, the Beyond Fossil Fuels Fund outperformed its respective benchmark for one and three […]

In Covenant, Effecting Change


Micah 6:8 tells us that we are required “to do justice, love kindness and to walk humble.” I have had the pleasure of having positions in my career that I considered to be a ministry: a ministry of touching people’s lives. My own life experiences, along with my work in the nonprofit sector, keep me […]