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Washington women offer love and listen during ICE Detention Center vigils

5 hours 21 min ago

On the second Sunday of the month after worship, a half-dozen women from an Olympia, Wash., congregation have committed to spending an hour in the car to devote several more hours sitting along a grassy strip outside the ICE Detention Center in Tacoma.

UCC immigration activists take fight for immigrant youth to White House

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 5:19pm

Starting today, the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries is joining with faith and education organizations to maintain a 24-hour presence near the White House, telling the current administration to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and protect young immigrant children from deportation.

At solidarity vigils for Charlottesville, UCC clergy lead the way

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:04pm

In the aftermath of the protests and violence on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., resulting in the death of one person and the injury of 19 others who were deliberately struck by a car that drove into a group of demonstrators, people of faith are speaking out at vigils in different parts of the country.

Sharing love of neighbor in Charlottesville

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:59am

UCC ministers and mission teams deployed around the community of Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday had a job to do - to offer hospitality, love and care in the church, on the streets and in the hospital.

UCC Pastoral Letter condemns racist violence in Charlottesville, demands equality for all

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 9:54am

As a response to the violent clashes between white supremacists and counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., that left a woman dead and 19 injured, the national leadership of the United Church of Christ issued this Pastoral Letter.

UCC shows up in Charlottesville

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:35pm

The presence of the United Church of Christ was strong and widespread in Charlottesville, Va. this weekend as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed with counter-demonstrators in the streets of that university community, killing one woman and injuring 19 others.

Public art project 'Love is the key' shares UCC values across Ohio community

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:11am

A UCC church in Ohio is celebrating love to mark its 200th anniversary. Through a public art project 'Love is the Key,' doors, designed and decorated by more than 31 artists, are being installed in outdoor locations all around the community on the south shores of Lake Erie.

Charlottesville state of emergency ends 'Unite the Right' rally 

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 5:24pm

A state of emergency has been declared in the usually tranquil university community of Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday after clashes between white nationalists and demonstrators gathered to oppose their hate-fueled 'Unite the Right' rally brought an end to the event less than an hour before it was scheduled to begin.

Prayer service gathers clergy, community activists to stand against white supremacy in Virginia

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 2:19pm

The UCC's Rev. Traci Blackmon is one of several prominent interfaith leaders and community organizers mobilizing against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia the weekend of Aug. 11-12.

Commentary: A Radical Engagement with Racism in Contested Spaces

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 1:00pm

I reluctantly open news apps on my cell phone and laptop computer because I anticipate the headlines of the day will feature more verbal threats from the Attorney General, and some members of Congress who stand with the elected sitting president daily working to erode our civil and human rights.

Just Peace advocates issue interfaith call to de-escalate threats between U.S. and N. Korea

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:02am

Faith leaders from the United Church of Christ and across the international religious landscape are speaking out against the rapid escalation of hostile language between the United States and North Korea, and urging the two sides to ease tensions to avoid a military strike.

UCC president's response frames Synod remarks

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 8:59pm

he Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president, offers a public apology for language used during a presentation that caused a listener to be hurt by it.

Director of UCC's analytics and data team appointed co-chair to interfaith research group

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:00pm

United Church of Christ minister the Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi was nominated and unanimously elected to serve as the first co-chair of the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership (CCSP), a multi-faith group of religious researchers representing more than two dozen different religious partners.

Virginia church shows love of children by stitching together small quilts

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:52am

A small United Church of Christ congregation in Virginia is showing that its size is determined more by its heart than the number of members. Through a 3 Great Loves mission project making quilts for distribution in the surrounding community, Mt. Calvary UCC is visibly demonstrating its love for children.

UCC clergy answering the call to oppose Alt-Right rally in Virginia

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 2:54pm

Hoping to gather 1,000 clergy and people of faith in Charlottesville, Va., next week, a group of anti-racism organizers joined by a national officer of the United Church of Christ will stand against racial hatred opposite a white supremacist rally in the city on Aug. 12.

Ohio church holds Safety Town for refugee children

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 1:57pm

A newspaper article and the Holy Spirit inspired an Ohio pastor to create a community project that embraces two of the United Church of Christ's Three Great Loves.

Commentary: Running with Perseverance

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 1:00pm

For faith advocates working to bring the voices and concerns of the most vulnerable in our communities to the center of public policy decision-making, the last several months have felt like an advocacy marathon. 

Youth and young adults drive Just Peace work in southern Indiana congregations

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 10:12am

A UCC pastor in rural Southern Indiana helped turn the tide in the Sri Lanka peace process several years ago with Just Peacemaking practices. The youth and young adults in his congregrations follow in his footsteps.

UCC opposes bills that would criminally penalize economic leverage

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 9:57am

The United Church of Christ wants Congress to know that it plans to manage its finances as an extension of its faith as a means of pursuing peace in Israel-Palestine. The denomination is urging people of faith to voice their concerns about a pair of bills that would criminalize attempted boycotts of Israel.

UCC advocates celebrate Senate inability to pass 'skinny repeal' health care legislation

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:25pm

UCC clergy and health care advocates are offering joyous prayers of thanks after the U.S. Senate is unable to pass 'skinny repeal' health care legislation.