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Chicago new church start attracts national attention before first worship service

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:00pm

A brand new church in the Chicago neighborhood of Rogers Park has not yet celebrated its first weekly worship service, but it is already attracting a lot of people and attention.

As support for sanctuary movement grows in UCC, questions arise

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 1:24pm

The United Church of Christ is seeing a growing interest among congregations in sanctuary, in learning more about the sanctuary movement. Just ask UCC General Counsel Heather Kimmel. Since the presidential election, she’s been answering a lot of questions about it.

Commentary: Accessible and Affordable Healthcare: It's a Moral Imperative

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 1:00pm

Jesus wept. Jesus also healed.

UCC among 100 religious groups supporting limits to church political activity

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 4:08pm

Partisan politics have no place in the pulpit. And the United Church of Christ, along with nearly 100 other religious organizations, wants to keep it that way by urging Congress to preserve the "Johnson Amendment" limiting churches' political activities.

UCC backs effort in Ohio to ban discrimination at work, housing or in public

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 6:00pm

The United Church of Christ national office is joining other Ohio corporations and businesses in a coalition working to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the state where the church is headquartered.

Central Atlantic Conference rolls out welcome mat with General Synod special events

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:51am

The Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ is planning to welcome the wider church to General Synod 31 like never before. The conference is offering six special events that take place before or after General Synod 2017 in Baltimore June 30 through July 4, as a way to introduce people to all that the Maryland area has to offer.

Buffalo congregation offers immigrants refuge and resources to start over in Canada

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 8:00am

A UCC congregation in Buffalo, New York is heeding the call to build a just world for all as a place of sanctuary, enabling immigrants to find refuge and resources on their way to new lives in Canada.

Denominational leaders offer prayers for UAA during a time of transition

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:54pm

An ecumenical partner of the United Church of Christ is undergoing a sudden change in leadership, prompting prayers from denominational leaders for the Unitarian Universalist Association. Its president, the Rev. Peter Morales, announced he is stepping down on April 1.

Denominational leaders offer prayers for UUA during a time of transition

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:54pm

An ecumenical partner of the United Church of Christ is undergoing a sudden change in leadership, prompting prayers from denominational leaders for the Unitarian Universalist Association. Its president, the Rev. Peter Morales, announced he is stepping down on April 1.

First Virginia Kreyer scholarship 'a blessing' to Michigan seminarian

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 9:02am

Melanie Johnson refuses to let her disability slow her down or keep her from helping others in the same way she did before her injury, during years working as an emergency medical technician. With her determination, and the grace of God, Johnson is on a path to help people through ministry.

Commentary: Republic of Fear

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 9:14am

Increasingly, the land of the brave is becoming the republic of fear.

Michigan congregation's 'Blessing Bags' bless others at Easter

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 9:09am

A Michigan congregation of the United Church of Christ is counting their blessings during Lent to bless others at Easter.

UCC leaders: The earth is the Lord's

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:55pm

The national leadership of the United Church of Christ is speaking out for God's creation. After President Donald Trump abdicated responsibility for climate change with a March 28 executive order that undoes the past the administration's climate policies, revives the fossil fuel industry, cuts the EPA's budget and eliminates many climate research programs, this faith community will not stay silent.

Four Reformation churches celebrate 20 years of communion

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 1:50pm

Setting aside their different viewpoints, and focusing on what they share in common, four Protestant churches in the United States have embraced a shared journey during the last two decades as part of their commitment to reconciling the separated branches of the Church of Jesus Christ.

Moral Movement leader William Barber to keynote General Synod gala

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:24am

To help call attention to the ways people can counteract injustice and establish equality, General Synod will feature acclaimed activist, the Rev. William Barber II, at its Gala banquet to speak about what it takes to create a just world for all.

UCC sends assistance to South Sudan and other African countries

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:48am

The United Church of Christ responds to the emergency in South Sudan and three other African countries, sending an initial $85,000 in aid to combat a crisis fueled by drought, famine and massive food shortages.

UCC calling Creation care advocates to the Peoples Climate March in Washington D.C

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:00pm

With creation care and climate change topping the list of priorities United Church of Christ members believe the church needs to focus on in the future, expect a huge contingent of UCC earth care advocates in Washington D.C. next month for the People's Climate March.

Commentary: That "Adorable" Special Interest Group

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:00pm

A move is afoot in certain sectors of our society to put a permanent muffler on a special interest group that has been variously labeled as "whiney" and "obnoxiously persistent." 

Idaho church explosion severely injures moderator and his wife

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:58pm

A very small congregation in Southeast Idaho praying for two of their own has the support of their entire community, after an explosion and fire in the church boiler room severely injures the moderator and his wife.

Faith leaders rally on Capitol Hill to save health care

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 9:05pm

A day before the expected vote March 23 by lawmakers on a bill to overhaul the health care system, faith leaders rallied the public in a march on Capitol Hill, delivering copies of sacred texts to the offices of House Speaker Paul Ryan — sharing the stories of how Christ, the Great Physician, healed the sick and the poor.