What's New, and What's Brief
CLEVELAND (12/04/2013) -- The United Church of Christ makes scholarship aid available to UCC students, both those attending UCC-related educational institutions and those studying at other colleges and universities.
Some of the programs support students at particular schools, particularly those founded by the American Missionary Association, while others facilitate the education of those coming from UCC overseas partners. The United Church of Christ Undergraduate Scholarship is available to second, third, and fourth year students who are members of UCC churches.
Follow the link below for descriptions of the UCC's scholarship aid programs for undergraduate and theological education, as well as other programs including pastoral continuing education, new church start support, and grants to victims of sexual abuse in the church.
GREENWICH (11/13/2013) -- The Rev. Maxwell Grant, senior minister of Second Congregational United Church of Christ (2CC) in Greenwich, is the featured speaker Dec. 15 and 22 on "Day 1" with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org.
Grant, who came to 2CC in February 2012, is a 2006 graduate of Yale Divinity School, where he was awarded the Mersick Prize for Preaching. Before coming to 2CC, he was the pastor of Community Church of the Pelhams UCC in Pelham, New York, and the chair of the Executive Committee of the New York Conference of the UCC.
Grant has also served as the chaplain for pediatrics and obstetrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, and as school chaplain and religion department head at Collegiate School, an independent day school in New York City.
His sermon for Dec. 15, the 3rd Sunday of Advent, drawing from Matthew 11:2-11, is entitled "Looking for Christmas?" "Is what we want really so different than a world in which 'the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them'? I don't know about you, but I think that's exactly what we want," he says. "What we want is the very world that John the Baptist had been looking for his whole life long."
Grant's sermon for Dec. 22, the 4th Sunday of Advent, based on Matthew 1:18-25, is entitled "Expecting Christmas." "Expectations can be so exhausting," he says. "I think that's why the season of Advent, these weeks before Christmas, seem so full of counter-cultural potential. They imagine such a different way of preparing for the birth of Jesus -- one that can't be rushed or shoehorned in between trips to the mall. The time comes when it comes, and it unfolds as it unfolds -- and it's an invitation for each of us to stop rushing, and for something within each of us to unfold slowly, too."
Each program includes interviews with Grant conducted by Wallace, who is executive producer.
"Day 1," has been broadcast every week for more than 68 years, formerly as "The Protestant Hour." Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, "Day 1" is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Georgia.