UCC News

UCC Scholarship Applications Now Open

The UCC has a wealth of scholarships for individuals in the denomination who are engaged in education, leadership, and ministry. Applications are accepted Dec. 1-March 15. Scholarships are currently available in the following areas:

Ministry Education Scholarships-Scholarships for those preparing for ministry in the UCC and for support for ministers in financial or personal crisis. 

Leadership Development Scholarships- Scholarships that help to support UCC undergraduate students, future seminary professors, African-American laywomen, and gifted persons with disabilities, among others.

 

The Genesis Fund- The Genesis Fund will accept applications for faith-based projects that are innovative or experimental, represent a new initiative in Christian mission, or that may be deemed controversial. Funds are available for domestic and international projects. UCC local churches, associations, conferences, national bodies, UCC-related institutions, and overseas/global partner UCC churches are eligible to apply.


Support Global Ministries Through IRA Charitable Rollovers

In December 2015, Congress enacted a permanent extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover. Under the now permanent law, if you are 70 ½ or older and have an IRA, the IRA Charitable Rollover provides you with a unique opportunity to make charitable gifts to the charitable organization of your choice, including Wider Church Ministries (UCC) and Division of Overseas Ministries (Disciples), the two fiscal entities that make up Global Ministries. Such gifts are sent directly to the charity by your plan administrator, and count toward your required annual distribution from your IRA, with the advantage that you do not pay income tax on the gift amounts. Gifts through IRA Charitable Rollovers can be a tax-smart way to provide important resources for the work of Global Ministries.


White Privilege: Let's Talk. Let's Do Something.

The UCC now offers a new adult curriculum — “White Privilege: Let's Talk — that's designed to encourage church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive and bold conversations on race. There are webinars, a discussion forum and the opportunity to move beyond just talking about white privilege to actually doing something about this injustice. Plus, this resource is a downloadable PDF that's free of charge.


2017 IKC Health & Dental Insurance Rates

The 2017 insurance rates are now available. For the 2017 plan year, the Non-Medicare Plan and the Medicare Supplement Plan with Rx will experience a rate increase of 9%. There is no change to deductibles or pharmacy co-pays. There will be a 4% increase to the Dental Plan. The Vision Plan remains unchanged from 2016 levels. Click here to read more.

 

New E-Newsletter For Chaplains & Ministers In Specialized Settings

The national office is preparing a new monthly e-newsletter to support chaplains and ministers in specialized settings, as well as those who support them through judicatory work. “Chapbook” will launch in September as a direct communication from Stephen Boyd, MESA’s Minister to Chaplains & Ministers in Specialized Settings and the UCC’s Ecclesiastical Endorser, sharing resources and connections critical to those in ministry beyond the walls of local churches. Ministers serving in specialized settings are encouraged to sign up for “Chapbook” at http://www.ucc.org/ministers_specialized-ministry.

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