What is a Global Mission Congregation?

Rock Spring adopted the identity of a Global Mission Congregation in 2012, responding to the call from the UCC and Disciples of Christ denominations by entering a covenant with Global Ministries. A Task Force worked for almost two years, drawing extensively on resources from Global Ministries. We considered many options, eventually narrowing our search to three regions where our own Central Atlantic Conference has partnerships: the Middle East, southern Africa, and Colombia.

In October 2012, on the recommendation of the Task Force, the congregation decided to become a global mission congregation, with a special focus on the Middle East. This decision emphasized partnership as a key concept in our engagement. Shortly thereafter, we extended “An Invitation to Partnership” which, with the help of the leadership of Global Ministries, quickly led to the beginning of the partnership with the Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem.

Our focus may be on Jerusalem, but Rock Spring also supports the UCC’s wider ministries through Our Church’s Wider Mission, and the UCC/Disciples Global Ministries. In particular, we continue to share in the active interest in partnerships maintained by the UCC Central Atlantic Conference (CAC).

Read more about our endeavors:

Global Ministries activities in the Middle East,

• the CAC’s engagement in Colombia, and   

• Rock Spring’s participation in a CAC mission to southern Africa to renew ties with the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa.  

Contact: 

Laura Martin

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The Church Office is closed for Asbestos removal from Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29

Rock Spring is planning a co-ed fall retreat for all interested adults in the congregation.

by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.