Giving Back

A look at the United Church of Christ's community service programs at its 2009 General Synod provides tips and suggestions for launching programs of your own.

Sometimes you look out into the world and see something that ends up changing your life. That's what happened one day 17 years ago when the Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss stood looking out a window watching Bishop Desmond Tutu sandbag the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis, Mo.

The river was rising and threatening to flood the city. Bishop Tutu, who was the guest speaker at the United Church

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