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Commentary: Black History Month: Why it still matters.

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:00pm

There is an African proverb that states, “If the lions do not write their own history, then the hunters will get all the credit.” Simply stated, it is important for Black people to tell our truths, our stories, our histories. We can never forget.

Long Island congregations create memorials honoring Florida school shooting victims

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:50am

A UCC congregation in Sayville, New York, has set up a visual memorial to the victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting and is offering to help other faith groups do the same.

United Seminary of the Twin Cities planning move to better serve students, mission

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:00pm

In an effort to better serve its students and its mission, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities will be relocating to a new home by years end, selling the campus on which it was founded in 1962 to a local charter school.

Students, faith communities call for change in gun laws after Parkland school shootings

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:26pm

As the survivors of the massacre in Parkland, Fla., step up to advocate for gun legislation to prevent another school shooting, students and faith communities from across the U.S. are standing with them in the call for action.

Traci Blackmon: How are the children?

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:22am

The Rev. Traci Blackmon asks, "How are the children?" A question that seeks to reframe the conversation around serious gun control.

Commentary: Reclaiming God’s Love & Justice through Sacred Conversations to End Racism

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:30pm

As people of faith we can reclaim God’s love and justice to dismantle and eradicate racism, xenophobia, and white skin privilege and supremacy. And we can start by entering into a covenant through a forthcoming United Church of Christ curriculum entitled, Sacred Conversations to End Racism.

UCC leaders grieve, urge activism after another deadly school shooting in South Florida

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:27am

UCC leaders believe it's past time to stand up to the gun lobbies and advocate for Jesus’ way of peace after another deadly school shooting in South Florida.


Kansas pastor, community fights for return of neighbor spirited out of the country by ICE

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:45pm

As a Kansas community rallies around the family of an almost-deported professor and works to see him returned home, an involved UCC minister is providing pastoral care, and voicing her outrage and concern with ICE.

Short stay in sanctuary for Arizona father of five after ICE reverses deportation order

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:20am

A father of five with a son battling cancer, welcomed into sanctuary by a UCC congregation in Phoenix on Friday, will be allowed to stay in the United States temporarily after ICE reverses a decision to deport him to Mexico.

UCC, United Church of Canada launch joint commitment to UN Decade for People of African Descent

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:42am

The United Church of Christ and the United Church of Canada launch a joint commitment to celebrate the contributions of people of African descent worldwide, with an introductory video released during Black History Month.

'From the Ground Up: Re-imagining Theological Formation' already asking thought-provoking questions

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:00am

Organizers of the UCC's two-day summit on theological formation, planned for April, are asking participants to come prepared to dive into a thought-provoking conversation around the values and beliefs that form and focus the denomination.

Commentary: What we learned serving on a UCC disaster recovery team

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:00am

A UCC disaster recovery work team shares experience and advice after working in a Harvey-battered neighborhood of Houston.

Commentary: Wise as Serpents, Gentle as Doves

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:30pm

Our ability to be in relationship with those with whom we disagree is a mark of our faith, and it can also makes us more effective as advocates.

Boards of three UCC Conferences in Southern New England move forward on becoming one

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 9:11am

After spending two hours going over documents detailing the future operation of a new, unified conference, the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conference Boards of Directors enthusiastically gave their stamp of approval to moving forward with the process.

UCC interns making their mark in Connecticut community

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 7:00am

Three young women spending a year in service, hosted by a Connecticut congregation, are already injecting new ideas, life and love into the church and its community.

UCC mourns the loss of theologian, teacher, author, activist Gabe Fackre

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:00pm

The United Church of Christ is mourning the loss of an eminent theologian, respected teacher, prolific author and passionate activist with the death of the Rev. Gabe Fackre on January 31.

Pennsylvania lay leader creates traveling road show around UCC's 3 Great Loves

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 9:19am

A UCC lay leader in Pennsylvania is on a spiritual journey, spending his Sundays with several different congregations, spreading the word about the 3 Great Loves (3GL) initiative.

Commentary: Shutting Down Did Not Shut Us Up

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 12:30pm

Our government shut down long ago. But we who believe ...will not stop crying aloud.

Commentary: Time to give ourselves to the struggle until the end

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:10am

UCC Executive Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries the Rev. Traci Blackmon shares a story of struggle, and issues a call to action. Join the effort to build a just world for all people.

UCC leaders respond to first Trump State of the Union Address

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:15pm

UCC leaders respond to the first State of the Union address of President Donald Trump, concerned with his policies and his speech Tuesday evening.