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Sexism and Women’s Rights

CCUCC Statement Concerning


November, 2016


It has been a long hard fight for equality for women and it is far from over.  As a progressive Christian congregation, we call for recognition of the problems cited below and for action wherever the opportunity arises.  On the world-wide scene, we can publicize and contribute to organizations which combat them, such as Amnesty International.  On a state and national level, we can support legislation that gives adequate protection against domestic violence and mandates fair employment practices.  Personally, we can speak up against treatment of women as objects and attitudes that demean women’s human dignity.  We must not rest until all humans are valued and respected equally everywhere.


As we write this:

In the United States of America:

  • A woman is beaten every 9 seconds.
  • Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of female homicide and injury-related deaths during pregnancy.
  • 98% of abused women also experience financial abuse. The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay or return to the abusive relationship is that the abuser controls their money supply.
  • Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness.
  • 10,000,000 children are exposed to domestic violence every year.
  • Women only make 79 cents to every dollar a man earns for the same jobs.
  • American women serving in Iraq or Afghanistan are more likely to be raped by a comrade than killed by an enemy.
  • In 2014, 74 colleges in the US had Title IX sexual violence investigations pending.
  • By 2018, there will be 1.4 million open technology jobs in the US and at the current rate of students graduating with degrees in technology, only 29% of applicants will be women.
  • One in five women on US college campuses have experienced sexual assault.
  • Women currently hold only 4.8% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies.


World Wide:

  • Only half or the world’s working-age women are in the labor force, compared to 77 percent of working age men.
  • 62 million girls are denied an education all over the world.
  • 15 million girls under the age of 18 are married worldwide, many with little or no say in the matter.
  • 250,000 maternal deaths and 1.7 million newborn deaths would be averted if the need for both family planning and maternal and newborn health service were met.
  • Female genital mutilation affects more than 125 million girls and women alive today.
  • At least 1000 honor killings occur in India and Pakistan each year.
  • One in three women worldwide have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.
  • Only 30% of the world’s researchers are women.

A Musical Tribute to Support Local Refugees

A concert fundraiser for the Spokane Refugee Resettlement Program of World Relief where every dollar will be matched 2 for 1 by a federal grant!

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 525 NE Campus Street, Pullman.

Accomplished local musicians perform works by refugee composers Rachmaninoff, Bartok, and Chopin, as well as music from “Schindler’s List.”

Performers include string ensemble, vocalists, pianists, clarinetist, and flutist.

Reception with ethnic food bites to follow.

Ticket cost: $25.00. At Community Congregational United Church of Christ, Neill’s Flowers and Gifts in Pullman or Bookpeople of Moscow, or at the door.  Also purchase tickets online with credit cards at Additional contributions to World Relief are welcome and tax deductible.

Contact Mary Carloye for additional information:

Amnesty International Webinar: The Global Refugee Crisis

Wednesday, January 20 at 6 pm

If you can’t make it to the Potluck Plus, you might be interested in the following.  You can participate from anywhere you have a wi-fi connection.

Dear Community Congregational members and friends,

2015 has seen the worst refugee crisis since World War II, with over 19.5 million refugees across the globe. Yet, instead of open arms for refugees desperately seeking shelter, we have seen an increase in anti-refugee rhetoric in the United States coupled with Islamophobia. This hate and fear-mongering has no place in our country—we must speak out for human rights!

Amnesty is calling for a dramatic shift in the way the international community deals with the global refugee crisis in 2016.

Register Now, join in the webinar on Wednesday, January 20th at 6:00PM (PST) and learn how you can ensure that our country is one is which human rights are upheld and refugees are welcome.

This webinar will outline the global refugee crisis and what you can do to call for changes—both at the national and local level. You can make a real and direct difference in the lives of refugees.


Tarah Demant
Senior Director, Identity and Discrimination
Amnesty International USA



World Communion/NIN Sunday

October 5, 2014

Come to worship on the first Sunday of October and celebrate with brothers and sisters around the world. We’ll also have the opportunity to support grassroots ministries around the country through the UCC’s Neighbors in Need offering.  Imagine another world is possible!

Pride 2014: Extending Our Welcome!

Each year people and organizations around the Palouse come together to show support for LGBTQ brothers and sisters.  We have had a welcoming presence at the Parade and Festival for years in order to make sure everyone knows they don’t have to give up their spiritual lives when they come out!

We’d like to extend our welcome at the Palouse Pride Festival again this year, but we need your help to do this!  When a group of us participate, it is fun and a great way to meet and greet with all kinds of people at the festival, as well as tell them about the church.  Look for the church logo on the 2014 Pride T Shirt!  The walk is easy and at the festival we have a booth, with a canopy for shade and chairs for sittin’.  We need help during the following time periods.

Set up booth at East City Park:  9:00am to 11:00am.

Walk as a group representing CCUCC in the Pride Rally:  a group of us will convene at the starting point behind Safari Pearl, 3rd and Jackson in Moscow. (park on street, not in lot)  We have a few signs and banners but you are welcome to bring your own.

Table shifts:  11:00am to 4:00pm.

Clean up and teardown:  3:30-4:00pm  break down booth, help Chip load up his RAV4 and unload at church back in Pullman.

Sign up by indicating below!  Thanks!

Your witness to God’s extravagant welcome is important!

Book Group


BOOK GROUP—Our next book for reading/discussion is “Justice:  What’s the Right Thing to Do?” by noted Harvard professor Michael J. Sandel.  Everyone is invited to join in.  We’ll begin this week by watching some video of Sandel’s class of the same name.

“Reading ‘Justice’ by Michael Sandel is an intoxicating invitation to take apart and examine how we arrive at our notions of right and wrong….This is enlivening stuff. Sandel is not looking to win an argument; he’s looking at how a citizen might best engage the public realm.”— Karen R. Long, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Here is a brief Video Introduction to his class/book.

If you are interested, please sign up using the form below, or at church, or just show up!

We’ll begin on Tuesday, October 22 and end on December 17.

Books are $12.00 each.

Extending God’s Welcome!

Each year people and organizations around the Palouse come together to show support for LGBTQ brothers and sisters.  We have had a welcoming presence at the Parade and Festival for years in order to make sure everyone knows they don’t have to give up their spiritual lives when they come out!

We had a great time at Pride again this year.