Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ (UCC). Two-thirds of the NIN offering goes to support Justice and Ministries and one-third to support the Council for American Indian Ministry. The Council for American Indian Ministries continues to support pastors and key program crucial to the life of the UCC.
Justice and Witness Ministries continues to strive for justice and peace for all of God’s people. No matter where they are, members throughout the UCC demonstrate their compassion and commitment. Every setting of the church works daily to address injustice in their communities, the nation, and in the world. Relationships with local churches, associations, conferences, and partners of other faith communities are strong. For example, powerful coalitions of faith and non-religious communities are addressing the crisis of global poverty, human trafficking, and climate change.
The Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing Program (Justice LED) is receiving rave reviews. This year, volunteer national and regional certified trainers have trained local church facilitators. The program is now moving into congregational life. As planned for this third year of implementation, as evaluation process is being developed with a group of advisers. The goal is to adapt a curriculum to meet the needs of the users.
The UCC continues to take justice ministry closer to the the people from the offices at Franklinton Center at Bricks in North Carolina, Centro Romero in Southern California, Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. and the UCC’s National Offices in Cleveland. In addition, the UCC Center for Environmental Justice at Pilgrim Firs Conference Center opened on September 24, 2011, in the Pacific Northwest Conference. The first official training on the enviromentsl justice curriculum was delivered in April 2012 with more to come.
The Mission 1! Campaign that ended in November 2011 was an amazing success as thousands of UCC supporters came together as One Church to address hunger. The campaign contributions far surpassed the goal of $111,111; at this writing $189,000. has been received.
REMEMBER TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS
October 7, 2012 Old First will observe
NEIGHBORS IN NEED SUNDAY