Our congregation’s ministry doesn’t end simply at our front steps, or even at the edges of our town and local region. As a part of the United Church of Christ and working with other regional, national, and world partners, our work and witness reach all around the world.
Our Church’s Wider Mission through the United Church of Christ
Storrs Congregational Church UCC is a proud and active part of a vital, historic, and innovative denominational body known as the United Church of Christ. Formed in 1957 through the union of two of our nation’s oldest faith traditions — the Congregational Christian Churches (our background) and the Evangelical and Reformed Church — in contemporary times the United Church of Christ has been a leader in social justice witness, respectful and effective worldwide missions work, and ministries of mercy and hope in all places.
Storrs Congregational actively participates in the activities and work of the United Church of Christ here in Connecticut through the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ. In times past and present, both our clergy and our members have been active with projects, committees, and programs at the Conference setting. The Connecticut Conference’s work includes faith-based, justice-seeking legislative advocacy at our state capitol, organizing for witness around important moments in our society, and networking among congregations, helping share resources and ideas to more effectively minister in Christ’s name.
We also actively participate in a wide-ranging body of ministry all around our country and our world through the national setting of the United Church of Christ. This work includes resource development for our faith tradition, leadership development for our congregation and like it, church revitalization and new-church-start ministries so that our Christian voice continues to be heard in new places and vital ways, disaster relief assistance all across the United States and the world, long-term mission partnerships with communities around the world through our Common Global Ministries, policy education and legislative advocacy around justice issues, and more.
All of these amazing works of faith are made possible, in part, through our congregation’s financial support of Our Church’s Wider Mission, the wider-mission funding of the United Church of Christ.
Church World Service
Even more wider ministry outreach here at Storrs Congregational happens through Church World Service (CWS), one of the nation’s largest ecumenical mission organizations. CWS works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world.
Our congregation’s participation with CWS includes the area CROP Walk, participation in the Blankets+ special offering, and preparing a variety of CWS kits (school kits, hygene kits, and baby care kits) for sending all around the world.
The Tree of Life Educational Fund
A newer avenue for wider mission outreach for us here at Storrs Congregational Church UCC has been working with the Tree of Life Educational Fund (TOLEF) around issues of peace and justice in Israel-Palestine. TOLEF is a non-profit corporation that was established by The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme following the 9/11 attacks to provide cross-cultural and transnational travel experiences, interfaith conferences, and educational opportunities to help participants to become more enlightened and more engaged in making this a more just and peaceful world in which to live.