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UCC national leaders, executives explore immigration and race issues during European trip

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:20pm

Almost a dozen executives and leaders from the United Church of Christ, recently returned from a 17-day trip in Europe, spent the journey exploring questions about what it means to be a reforming church in today's world.

UCC general minister and president responds to grief of a community, nation, after Las Vegas shooting

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 11:35am

The leader of the United Church of Christ, saddened and sickened over the loss of life in a mass shooting Sunday night in Las Vegas, offers prayers for those killed, the injured, their families, the first responders, and those who continue to provide physical and pastoral care in that community.

Commentary: No Ban, No Raids, No Wall: Sanctuary for All

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 1:00pm

"No ban, no raids, no wall."

UCC sending first round of assistance to partners in Puerto Rico

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:44pm

The United Church of Christ is sending the first of many grants to church partners in Puerto Rico on Friday, to get drinking water, first aid, and fuel to as many people as possible on the hurricane-ravaged island where life-saving supplies seem to be limited.

UCC leaders angered by White House decision to slash refugee admissions by half

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 2:06pm

United Church of Christ leaders are sharply criticizing the plan as one that lacks moral reasoning, while pledging that the denomination will continue to support refugees in the future, just as it has welcomed neighbors previously.

Clean up bucket collaboration puts more than 1000 kits in the hands of hurricane victims

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:15am

United Church of Christ congregations across the country are collaborating with other churches, businesses and organizations around emergency clean-up buckets, to make sure the much-needed supplies get to the people who need them in Texas, Florida and beyond.

UCC poised to offer long-term assistance in Puerto Rico

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 1:35pm

The United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries and other relief agencies are poised to assist the people of Puerto Rico, in an effort to stem the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the U.S. commonwealth following the massive devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria five days ago.

UCC's White Privilege curriculum gets ecumenical audience in Rhode Island

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:21am

An ecumenical body in the New England region, the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, is using the UCC's White Privilege curriculum, sharing it with churches to engage in bold, safe and meaningful conversations of race with the intent of helping dismantle privilege and racism.

Brooklyn church takes a knee to call out racial injustice

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 4:08pm

The continuing debate about professional athletes protesting social inequality on the field of play remains in the American spotlight, and this week a Brooklyn congregation of the United Church of Christ is taking a stand — or a knee, rather — in support of those athletes and team owners publicly calling attention to racial injustice.

Wisconsin church to donate fall festival proceeds to hurricane recovery

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:47pm

The members of Windsor United Church of Christ are changing up how best to use the money raised from its annual Fall Festival. Typically, those dollars are used toward the church's expenses — helping pay bills and offsetting the other ministry costs. But this year, after a series of hurricanes rocked the southern United States and the Caribbean, the small Wisconsin congregation wants to share the dollars it collects this weekend, earmarking the money for relief and recovery in an effort to create a just world for all.

Colorado UCC church to celebrate 30 years of ONA

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:42pm

A Colorado congregation of the United Church of Christ will celebrate the 30th anniversary next month of its Open and Affirming designation, which embraces the church's full inclusion and affirmation of all people.

Commentary: Rising Up for Equality

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 1:15pm

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from thwarting the exercise of certain individual freedoms: such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition. It's the last two items that have been on my mind lately.

Mass. Conference selects interim minister to succeed Jim Antal

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:42am

The Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors announced Sept. 18 that the Rev. Don Remick will serve as the Transitional Interim Minister and President upon the Rev. Jim Antal's retirement in July 2018.

A Tiny House aims to provide big solutions for South Carolina LGBTQ community

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:58pm

When LGBTQ individuals near the campus of Clemson University, in the areas of upstate South Carolina unexpectedly find themselves without a home or a place to feel safe, Peace Congregational United Church of Christ will be ready to meet them.


Love Them Back to Life

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 3:38pm

First Harvey, then Irma. The two Category 4 Hurricanes making landfall in the United States two weeks apart — in Texas, in Florida and in the Caribbean — spurred a massive call to action in the United Church of Christ.

North Carolina church reluctantly accepts pastor's unexpected resignation

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 1:40pm

A rural North Carolina congregation has reluctantly voted to accept the resignation of its pastor, a descendant of General Robert E. Lee who unexpectedly left his position after speaking out against white supremacy during an appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards in late August.

UCC continues push to ban work, housing and public discrimination in Ohio

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 1:33pm

Driven by love of neighbor, the United Church of Christ national setting, working alongside a coalition of Ohio corporations and businesses, is continuing its push to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the state where the denomination is headquartered.

Disaster Ministries prepares pastoral planning mission in Texas, Florida

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 8:00am

A Disaster Ministries team from the United Church of Christ is traveling this week (Sept. 20-26) to parts of the country ravaged by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to get an up close and personal look at the mission work in which local churches are involved, and to plot long-term recovery plans.

Early assessment in Florida finds damage to two UCC churches

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:36pm

Following one of the strongest storms in U.S. history, many Floridians are getting back to their homes and neighborhoods, coming face-to-face with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Because of destruction, flooding and loss of power to millions statewide, leaders of the United Church of Christ are just beginning to learn about the storm's impact on the UCC community.

Commentary: Our Displaced Neighbors

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 1:00pm

It has been so sad to watch the destruction Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have wreaked on Houston, coastal Texas, the Gulf coast, and the islands of the Caribbean.