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3 Great Loves! Will you take part and share the Love of God?

In the fall of 2016, after dialogue between representatives across the denomination, the Board of Directors adopted refreshed purpose, vision and mission statements for the United Church of Christ. The UCC purpose statement comes from the Gospel of Matthew: To love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves. The vision: United in Christ’s love, a just world for all. And the Mission statement: United in Spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.

3 Great Loves is a denomination wide initiative to live out our purpose, vision, and mission and is a witness to our collective efforts in making a more just world for all as God’s hands and feet. Beginning at Synod 2017 and ending at Synod 2019, through the lens of the 3 Great Loves, the United Church of Christ in its many settings of ministry will discern and lift up how we act upon our Love of God in and through these 3 Great Loves; Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation. As we do so, we will tell the story of how we are impacting and transforming the world as covenantal partners united in common purpose, vision, and mission. During these upcoming two years, there will be moments of special invitation to participate in this denomination-wide undertaking. One by one we will focus on each of the 3 Great Loves in service to our communities as we continue to live out the Love of God.

One of local church pastor in California quickly recognized that so many of our churches are already doing the work of 3 Great Loves in a variety of ways. But just perhaps not calling it that. Collecting blankets and jackets or food for those in need during winter. That is 3 Great Loves in action! Organizing a letter writing campaign to local/state/federal officials around issues of immigrant, the federal budget, environmental justice, or healthcare. That is 3 Great Loves in action! Doing a yearly school supplies drive? That is 3 Great Loves in action! Taking part in the ministry of your Conference’s camp? That is 3 Great Loves in action! (See how fun this is? J)

Another local church pastor quickly realized there are creative ideas and efforts that our congregations have yet to dream up as they live out the love of God made know with and through our 3 Great Loves Initiative. The creative spirit of God’s people will dream up new and creative ways to transform the worlds with God’s love made know.

Won’t you join in and tell your story? You are already doing and being the Love of God. Let us, together, share the stories of our ministry and together see the extraordinary ways God is transforming the world into a more just place through us.

For more information about 3 Great Loves and to report the amazing work of our congregations, please visit the 3 Great Loves website at http://3greatloves.uccpages.org/

Also, in the Southern California Nevada Conference, you can reach out the Rev. Dave Sigmund for more information! He can be reached by email at: sigmundd@ucc.org

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