In my 5 months with you, I’ve come to respect and treasure the many gifts Rev. Alex brings to this conference and have had the distinct honor of working with him and our CAC Board to create a path through which Alex becomes CAC’s newest full-time employee as Acting Associate Conference Minister–effective July 1, 2017.
In 2001, the UCC Central Atlantic Conference (CAC) entered into an agreement with the UCC’s Board of Homeland Ministries to endow an Academic Chair at Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD) in honor of the American Missionary Association. The Board granted half a million dollars to endow the academic chair in support of a proposed Ph.D. ...
A panel of leading Baltimore officials and activists will share their perspectives on racism and poverty in the city and how the death of Freddie Gray served as a tipping point for the rest of the country in a program scheduled for the eve of the biennial national gathering of the United Church of Christ.
The program, “Baltimore: Before and After Freddie Gray,” will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the Holiday Inn-Baltimore Inner Harbor, 301 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD. The program is free and open to the public.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, June 19, struck down a law that prohibits the government from registering offensive trademarks because it infringes on free speech. The ruling is expected to help the NFL team's legal battle over its nickname.
The Rev. Alex Vishio, assistant minister for social justice and witness with the Central Atlantic Conference, believes the Supreme Court's ruling raises questions about the distinction between speech that offends and speech that has been shown to be harmful.
The Rev. John Deckenback, who died suddenly last July, will be remembered Friday evening, June 30 at the Ecumenical and Interfaith dinner, sponsored by the Office of the General Minister and President and at a Crab Feast, named in his honor, scheduled for Monday afternoon, July 3.
Update: The slides, audio and video used during the Friday morning tribute are available for viewing on YouTube.
During the dinner Friday evening, the Avery D. Post Ecumenical Award will be presented posthumously to Deckenback, who served as Conference Minister for the Central Atlantic Conference UCC (CAC) for 24 years.
When a vandal hit Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale in April with vile messages of intolerance little did we know this property’s remarkable backstory.
Church pastor David Lindsey says, “On the one hand I was shocked and mortified by what had happened and was worried about how am I going to minister to the church and to the community in the midst of this moment. I also wasn’t surprised because we’ve been through this before.”
Every two years, General Synod brings together thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ for formal church witness, inspirational worship, and fellowship with friends (new and old). Justice and Witness Ministries is especially excited to connect with you while you're at Synod. We have opportunities for justice-centered fellowship, prayer, education and fun. If you are coming to Baltimore, please consider joining our staff and partners at these events.
CAC representatives Rev. Alexander Vishio, Ellen Jennings, Alice Foltz, Art Brown, Alexis Kassim, and Laura Martin, attended a march which signified the launch of a network of more than 60 congregations from 17 religious traditions — Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and more — in the D.C-Maryland-Virginia area, Sanctuary DMV, that will work to provide support to those in their communities and pews who fear being profiled, detained, or deported.