Category: October 2021 (Page 2 of 2)

First Congregational Church of Houston Offers Invite to Sylvia Richards Memorial Lecture – October 16th

Submitted by Mary Harper

FCC Houston would like to invite local, area, and national UCC folks to the Inaugural Sylvia Richards Memorial lecture to be given by renowned speaker Dr. Jill Carroll at 4:00 pm CST on October 16, 2021.

She’ll discuss “The Faults in Our Stars (and Stripes): What 2020 Can Teach Us About Who We Are & Who We Might Become as a Nation.” Dr. Carroll is a recognized expert on issues of religious tolerance, American religion, and religion in public life.

Please join us for a stimulating talk, either in person at First Congregational Church of Houston, 10840 Beinhorn Rd, Houston, TX 77024 or livestream on YouTube. 

Tickets are available on Eventbrite. 
$20 (includes a reception and opportunity to meet Jill) 
$5 for livestream on YouTube

Eventbrite (in person)

Eventbrite (virtual via YouTube)

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You’re Invited to Join the First Congregational Church of Houston at their October 8-10, 2021 Retreat at Slumber Falls

Houston Association Church, First Congregational Church is having their annual All Church Retreat at Slumber Falls the weekend of October 8-10th.

They would like to open this retreat to any and all SCC churches who would like to participate. If you have ever wanted to attend a retreat at Slumber Falls but your church couldn’t meet the minimum number requirement to reserve a facility….this is your opportunity!

If you have any questions about the retreat or would like to register, please contact Sue Earl at

UCC Webinar – Movement Lessons: The First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit 30 Years Later – October 13th

Submitted by Rev. Brooks Berndt, UCC National Office

One of the best resources of the environmental justice movement today is its own history. Leading scholars in the field of environmental justice have described the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit as one of the most significant events in the movement’s history. It was an event hosted and organized by the UCC’s Commission for Racial Justice. In 1991, this summit literally re-defined the word “environment.”

No longer did the word refer to remote wilderness areas and pristine natural landscapes as was often the case for largely white environmental organizations. The environment became where one lived, worked, studied, played, and prayed. It became the water one drinks in one’s home. It became the air one breathes in one’s neighborhood. It became the safety of one’s workplace. The summit produced the landmark 17 Environmental Justice Principles that are still used as a source of moral guidance for environmental organizations to this day. The ripple effects of the summit continue to be felt today.

In this webinar, we will learn from three key participants in the summit: Charles Lee, Vernice Miller-Travis, and Richard Moore. Even if you can’t make the scheduled time of 1 pm ET on Wednesday, October 13th, still sign-up, and we will send you a recording. Register now!

Alpine Odyssey Tour of the Oberammergau Passion Play Begins September 5, 2022

Submitted by Rev. Jerry Carpenter, Retired SCC Clergy

Where will you be on September 5, 2022? You could be starting the journey of a lifetime as we travel to Germany to experience the once each decade presentation of the Oberammergau Passion Play presented by the villagers of Oberammergau, Germany. You may remember this tour was originally scheduled for September 2020 but had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

I am leading a tour to Germany and Austria in 2022 through the tour organization Educational Opportunities. You can travel from your closest airport to connect with our tour group in New York and then travel on to Munich where we will all be together for a week to tour and see the Passion Play. 

The link below will take you to the brochure that describes the tour in full but if you would also like to receive a printed brochure that contains this information, please let me know and give me your mailing address and I will send one to you. I have led groups to Oberammergau in 2000 and 2010 and I am excited to lead this one in 2022.

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