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General Synod – There's an App for that!

5 hours 30 min ago

At General Synod 2017 in Baltimore, United Church of Christ delegates and visitors will have all the information they need about the five-day event right at their fingertips, with the General Synod Event App on their mobile device.

General Synod hotels won't be affected by Baltimore pipe blast

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:18pm

The cause of a downtown Baltimore steam pipe explosion near the Inner Harbor remains under investigation. But those traveling to the city next week for the United Church of Christ’s 2017 General Synod don't need to worry that the blast will affect their hotel accommodations.

General Synod resolution on climate fueled by change in U.S. position on Paris Accord

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:10pm

An emergency call to build a just world for all is coming to delegates of General Synod next week, in the form of a climate resolution which is quickly gaining support from leaders across the United Church of Christ.

New executive for East Asia and Pacific partnerships takes over July 3 

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:07pm

The historic relationships the United Church of Christ has forged during the last 100 years with partner churches and organizations in Eastern Asia will be in the custody of a new caretaker. Derek Duncan, with the church since 2000, begins his new role as executive of that region on July 3.

Racial justice proponents at odds with Supreme Court ruling on disparaging trademarks

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:40pm

The NFL's Washington Redskins may have the legal ground to continue using their nickname — which has come under fire because of its derogatory nature toward Native Americans. But racial justice advocates of the United Church of Christ believe the team still lacks the moral standing to keep the racially demeaning name.

UCC church, part of Omaha Tri-Faith Initiative, now under construction

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 1:50pm

A United Church of Christ church going up in Omaha will be the third worship space in an interfaith community dedicated to collaboration and peace-building, as part of a call to build a just world for all. But the Countryside Community Church, now under construction in Nebraska’s largest city, also hopes to add earth care and environmental sustainability to that mix.

Four honorees to be recognized for justice commitment at General Synod 31

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:58pm

After a brief departure from General Synod recognitions and celebrations of the United Church of Christ's grassroots justice leaders, the denomination is planning to honor a few movers and shakers during the upcoming biennial gathering for their work on the ground in creating a just world for all.

UCC General Synod to honor John Deckenback

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 1:30pm

The United Church of Christ will honor the late Rev. John Deckenback, long time spiritual leader of the Central Atlantic Conference, when the wider church assembles in Baltimore for General Synod.

In historic vote, three UCC Conferences move toward union

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 9:16am

The Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences of the United Church of Christ voted decisively to move toward forming a new combined Conference, so that they may have a stronger voice speaking for justice and may more effectively carry out mission and ministry together.

In a warm up to General Synod, Wisconsin Conference becomes 'Immigrant Welcoming' with an overwhelming vote

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 3:21pm

Wisconsin Conference UCC congregations, which believe that publicly proclaiming love for their neighbors aligns with their mission, vision and values, overwhelmingly pass a resolution becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Conference.

UCC President condemns violence spawned by political divide

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 1:37pm

The General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ is speaking out, condemning an attack on members of Congress Wednesday by a lone gunman with rifle who injured several people at a ballfield in Alexandria, Virginia.

Commentary: Rectifying injustice as we fight injustice

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 1:00pm

Faith and pride aren't mutually exclusive. 

Commentary: Love, reconciliation among enemies

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:53pm

The shooting in Alexandria, Virginia is a sobering event. As a person of faith, I pray for those affected. As a Christian I utterly reject violence as a means of dealing with my enemies. Those with whom I disagree are beloved children of God.

Minnesota Conference takes economic action toward a Just Peace in Israel-Palestine

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:18pm

The Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ voted overwhelmingly to approve a resolution aimed at creating a just peace in Palestine and Israel, divesting funds from companies that either profit from Israel's 50-year-long occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, or are complicit in human rights violations in those disputed territories.

Antoinette Brown Awards to honor two visionary leaders during General Synod 2017

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:24am

Two outstanding ministers who have provided the United Church of Christ with their vision, hope and leadership during their lives and ministries will be honored as recipients of the Antoinette Brown Trailblazer Awards during General Synod 2017.

'49 Bells' vigils remember lives lost at Orlando's Pulse nightclub

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:27pm

Forty-nine bells tolled in communities across the country Monday at noon, one for each life lost in the Pulse Orlando nightclub massacre. UCC churches in 30 states publicly declared their love of neighbor, participating in this an act of solidarity and love, to build a just world for all.

General Synod resolution calls the church to more disability justice

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 5:10pm

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ and the denomination have been advocates for the inclusion and well-being of people with disabilities for the better part of three decades. But the experience of those with disabilities has changed in that time, so the governing body will examine a resolution that reaffirms the UCC's previous commitment, while stretching the church to do more and include persons with disabilities in its social justice witness.

Commentary: Never Again

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 2:32pm

One year ago today I arrived in Orlando, Fla., for what I envisioned to be a trip with a few brief board meetings for the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference and a few days of rest and relaxation. Before the plane landed I was bombarded with messages of the horrific murders of forty-nine people in the wee hours of the morning at PULSE, a popular nightclub in Orlando that catered to the LGBTQIA community. I left the airport and headed to PULSE but was unable to get close to the nightclub because it was still an active crime scene.

UCC churches in D.C. respond to acts of hate, racial intimidation

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 11:15am

UCC communities around Washington D.C. are responding to acts of hate and racial intimidation, in our nation's capital specifically and around the country, to build a just world for all.