The Ukama Mission Group works to further the commitment of the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe and the New Hampshire Conference, UCC to walk together in faith and to serve together in ministry among God’s people. This effort is supported by Common Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ.
The heart of the relationship is the love of Christ and the call “That they may all be One”. John 17:21
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Ukama Mission Group will be:
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Ukama Sunday Set for October 23, 2022
The New Hampshire Conference will celebrate our partnership with the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe on Sunday, October 23. We give thanks for the relationship we have with our spiritual family in that country. Download resources for observing this celebration that take into consideration the various ways are churches are worshiping in this endemic world.
Ukama Sunday - October 24, 2021
On Sunday, October 24, the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe (UCCZ) and the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ (NHCUCC) will celebrate 25 years in a partnership known as “Ukama” -- a Shona word which describes a relationship much like family. Currently, 47 congregations in the New Hampshire Conference are partnered with a church in the UCCZ.
Ukama Sunday is a great way to affirm the blessings of this relationship, or revive a relationship which has languished. The Ukama Mission Group suggests that Ukama churches here reach out to your partner church and look for ways to share greetings as part of our celebration.
You’ll find resources for celebrating Ukama Sunday in this guide. While safety concerns have kept many churches from singing together, there are fine recordings of Shona singing available through the resource guide.
View greetings from UCCZ: https://www.facebook.com/100002649071436/videos/4453532391403437/
Welcome and Installation of UCCZ President, Rev. John Matiza, on April 25, 2021
The United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe (UCCZ) gathered on April 25th to install its new president, the Rev. John Matiza. Rev. Matiza has been serving as the church’s president since January 1, 2021. The New Hampshire Conference United Church of Christ offers a collection of blessings for Rev. Matiza and the UCCZ upon this special occasion. ( Watch the blessings video at: https://youtu.be/z222GG8rTEw ).
You can also read Rev. Matiza's Inaugural Address >>
Appeal Update February 2021
Individuals and churches have contributed over $12,000 for food relief in Zimbabwe. What an astounding expression of generosity and solidarity between NHCUCC and UCCZ! We continue to receive photos of the food distribution and share them here:
Appeal Update December 2020
Good news! We have already sent two installments of $2000 each to address the food insecurity in Zimbabwe. We’ve received photos via WhatsApp of jubilant people expressing joy and dancing around bags of mealie-meal.
Ukama Sunday Set for October 25, 2020
The New Hampshire Conference will celebrate our partnership with the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe on Sunday, October 25. We give thanks for the relationship we have with our spiritual family in that country. Download resources for observing this celebration that take into consideration the various ways we are worshiping this fall.
Bulletin/Newsletter Announcement: The Ukama Mission Group of the NHCUCC has launched an appeal to assist the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe to purchase food and seed for its members. The appeal will go from June 1st through October 31st to encompass Ukama Sunday in October, with funds transmitted periodically as travelers go to Zimbabwe or wire transmissions are deemed safe.
“ People are suffering because of hunger… Most of these people are informal workers and during these days they have nothing to live on… As a nation we are experiencing drought and the rural part of Zimbabwe is mostly affected, there is no food. “ Tennson Mucheri, UCCZ Ukama Committee Chair
Checks can be made to NHCUCC with the notation: Zimbabwe Appeal on the memo line.
Mail contributions to: NHCUCC 140 Sheep Davis Road Pembroke, NH 03275-3711
Download a flyer that may be included in mailings and newsletters.
May 27, 2020 - Update on Ukama Partners in Zimbabwe
The Ukama Mission Group held a Zoom gathering to share news about our partner churches and the overall conditions in Zimbabwe at this time. Two partners from Zimbabwe as well as Americans recently returned from Zimbabwe shared their impressions of life in that country. Fortunately, the coronavirus has not spread there to any great extent, but the country is on strict lockdown, which is worsening an already dreadful economic situation. But there is hope!
To learn more, connect, and explore ways we can support our Ukama Family watch a replay of this gathering at: https://youtu.be/GG_98yK46bQ
"Rally Your Ukama" Webinar
On August 28, 2019 the Ukama Partnership Mission Group presented a webinar featuring representatives from churches with vital, sustainable partnerships. They shared their experiences and offered practical suggestions for reviving a partnership. The webinar was recorded and is posted one the NHCUCC YouTube channel. Watch a replay of the webinar at: https://youtu.be/GFmYTEnEF54.
"Ways to Give" Webinar
On March 27, 2019 the Ukama Partnership Mission Group presented a webinar discussing ways to financially support the churches and ministries of the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe (UCCZ). The webinar was recorded and is posted one the NHCUCC YouTube channel. Watch a replay of the webinar at: https://youtu.be/bj6VFDxNMO8.
Meet the Zimbabwe Delegation who visited NH in October 2018
Rev. Dr. Menson Mpofu, Sitshengisiwe Tsododo, Abigail Sithole, Samuel Mwayingeni, and Danniford Mupangi Masunungure