Awareness, Fellowship, Service: Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Commemoration

The San Diego Partnership of UCC (United Church of Christ) Churches is pleased to present “Awareness, Fellowship, Service: Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Commemoration.

Commencing Saturday, January 13, 2018, its opening program will feature the movie Get Out (R-rated), followed by discussion of the film’s message. Time: 2:00pm. Place: Kensington United Church of Christ, 4773 Marlborough Drive, San Diego, CA 92116 (619-284-1129, Cost: Free.

On Sunday, January 14, a Jazz Vespers Service will be held at Christian Fellowship Congregational UCC at 5:00pm. 1601 Kelton Road, San Diego 92114 (619-262-8094, Cost: Free

Monday, January 15 will feature The MLK Jr. Day of Interfaith Community Service at the west end of Balboa Park (corner of Quince & Balboa Drive). Registration begins at 8:15am; opening Ceremony at 9:15am and music & complimentary lunch at 11:30am. Come prepared to work. Children under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Cost: Free.

Consult for further information.

New Testament scholar speaking at Irvine

Irvine United Congregational Church is excited to announce that we will be hosting Prof. Amy-Jill Levine, noted New Testament scholar and in-demand speaker, on March 9, 2018!
I know it’s early, and holiday planning takes priority. But I hope you’ll begin to make this information available to your members, so you and they can be sure to “save the date.”
More information will come after Jan. 1st, as well as being publicized on our website,, and through an “Event” on our Facebook page.
Prof. Levine will also be speaking at Chapman University for Founders Day on March 10, and we are grateful for their cooperation in making her presence possible.
I’ve heard Prof. Levine speak, and you simply won’t want to miss her! Make plans now for a weekend with Amy-Jill Levine, filled with insight and humor.
I look forward to seeing you!
Steve Swope


The Board of Directors of the United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries (UCCDM) is accepting submissions of written daily devotionals in our campaign to raise awareness and educate through stories by people living with disabilities and those who care for and about them. The devotionals are to be stories, preferably taken from life experiences, meant to illuminate as well as inspire through a Bible scripture that relates in some way. Lay people and clergy are welcome to participate. Writers may submit as many stories as they like. Please note that not all submissions will be used. Content will be reviewed and determined appropriate for print and sharing by the UCCDM Board of Directors. In making a submission you are granting UCCDM permission to publish your devotional as well as share it with our United Church of Christ partners.


(Adapted from the UCC Still Speaking Writer’s Group Daily Devotionals Guidelines)

Use the devotional to illuminate how your experience with disability informs your personal theology or spiritual experience. These devotionals are meant to be an evangelism tool that helps foster greater understanding of and compassion for people living with disability, so it is important that we write them in a welcoming and supportive tone. Although not all readers may be members of the United Church of Christ, the devotionals may also serve to highlight the importance of wide-ranging inclusion in churches of the UCC.

The Title. Your title is your first opportunity to capture the reader’s attention. Titles should be chosen for relatability and potential to keep the reader reading.

Do not assume the reader has access to an open Bible while reading. The short Bible excerpt may be all the scripture the reader has to go by. Keep it simple.

Have a sharp focus. Be concise but thorough in telling the story. Concentrate on one theme.

Write for understanding by lay people, and include clergy. And not the other way around. Your work may be read by people with varying reading and comprehension levels so please do not use words or acronyms that you need a seminary degree to understand. You do not want to frustrate and ultimately lose a reader.

Devotionals are not propaganda. Do not promote programs or agendas. People turn to devotional pieces to be inspired, possibly provoked into thought or action, and ultimately drawn closer to God.

Be timely. If your story refers to a specific date or season be sure to submit it in plenty of time to be edited.

Please proofread your own work. Before submitting your work, please proofread for clarity and typos. We are all volunteers wanting to offer the highest quality product we can to our readers.


The United Church Christ and Disabilities Ministries are committed to the usage of inclusive language with respect to God and people. For more information please refer to

Length: No more than 500 words, INCLUDING date, title, your name, scripture, story, prayer.
Title: Must have one.
Format tips: (please put everything in the order stated above)
  • Minimum of 12 point type for everything.
  • Use italics for emphasis and book titles.
  • Use quotation marks around scripture.
  • Scripture citation goes after the verse.
Submissions should be sent to

Wanted: Your Pilgrim Pines Story

Do you have wonderful memories of Summer Camp? Funny stories of your adventures there? Did you discover new depths of faith? Set new goals? Make special friends? Share a never to be forgotten moment? Learn something new and exciting?

Whatever your highlight moment or moments, Connecting Voices, the e-magazine of the Southern California Nevada Conference (SCNC) of the UCC, wants to hear your story! We’re planning a series of articles and mini-articles the share the story of our beloved Pilgrim Pines. Articles may be a paragraph or two or as long as you need to tell the tale and share the wonder.

Send to: Mary Domb Mikkelson, Senior Editor, Connecting Voices, or 4558 Aragon Drive, San Diego, CA 92115.

Questions? Please call 619-265-2698. Photos (ones taken at camp would be great) also wanted (all identifiable people shown must be willing to sign releases for use of the photos). Hoping to hear from you soon!

Does your church have an event, or concern that you would like the rest of the Association to know about? Please submit as a WORD file. Email