Here's a release my office sent out this morning. All are welcome.
The Rev. Dr. Patricia Ross and The Rev. Chuck Currie will exchange pulpits for a day on Sunday, April 20th. Both will be preaching on the environment and God’s call that we be good stewards of all creation.
Ministers in the United Church of Christ (www.ucc.org) have been encouraged to set aside a Sunday before Earth Day (Monday, April 21st) to preach on environmental stewardship issues.
Rev. Currie is the interim minister at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ in NE Portland (4715 NE 106th Ave). Dr. Ross will preach at his church during the 10 AM service. Additional information on the church can be found by visiting www.parkroseucc.org or calling 503-235-5457.
Dr. Ross is the senior minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Portland (1137 SW Park Avenue). Rev. Currie will preach at her church during the 10:25 am service. Additional information on the church can be found by visiting www.uccportland.org or calling 503-228-7219.
“On April 8, the Collegium of Officers of the United Church of Christ released a significant theological statement, ‘And Indeed It Is Very Good – A Pastoral Letter on Faith and Environment: Living in Community with God’s Creation.’ The letter offers a new prophetic word about the need to celebrate the beauty of the earth and engage in faith action on behalf of the interrelated components of creation. We want to make clear the UCC's extravagant hospitality with evangelical courage that extends to the environmental and the social, the local and the global,” states a news release issued by the UCC national offices.
More information on the UCC and environmental issues can be found at: http://www.ucc.org/earthcare/.
I'm excited to have the chance to be back at First Congregational UCC this coming Sunday morning.