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Commentary: Sanctuary Rising: Lifting up hope in times of fear and hate

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 1:00pm

Every day we face a new story of a family being separated and children torn from their parent.

As Wendy's defies joining Fair Food Program, General Synod to consider boycott for farmworker justice

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:38pm

Wendy's acquiesced to a teenager's request for a year of free chicken nuggets. But the fast-food chain won't pay an extra cent per pound of tomatoes to support low-wage farm workers.

A clergy network facilitated safe abortions years before Roe v. Wade

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:40am

A network of clergy acted out of faith 50 years ago this month to help connect women seeking an abortion with doctors who could safely provide them. In celebrating the formation of the Clergy Consultation Service in New York City, there was something obvious to those who were part of the network — 50 years later, their work still isn't complete.

DMV Sanctuary group works for release of mother of two detained by ICE in Virginia 

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 8:35pm

As a group of almost two dozen people, faith leaders and immigration activists, stood in solidarity outside the Fairfax, Va., ICE office on Thursday morning, a mother of two young children and a resident of Virginia for more than a decade was detained and moved to a detention center, so she can be deported.

CHHSM Vice President J. Bennett Guess Leaving to Become ACLU of Ohio Executive Director

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 6:51pm

The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, Vice President of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, is leaving to become the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.

Faith community speaks out as FCC begins rollback of open internet rules

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 1:18pm

The Federal Communications Commission is beginning to roll back the internet neutrality rules that regulate Internet service providers, and the faith community is pushing back. The rules provide strict oversight of internet provider companies — something that United Church of Christ advocates on the issue say is necessary to ensure equal access to the internet.

Synod resolutions seek to enhance UCC giving model with modern approaches

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:37pm

Philanthropy has evolved since the formation of the United Church of Christ 60 years ago, but the denomination's policy and patterns around giving have not. That could soon change.

Commentary: The “other” is not actually the problem!

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:00pm

A couple of months ago, African students living in Delhi, India had to bear the brunt of angry mobs. 

Pennsylvania congregation calls attention to opioid epidemic in highly visible way

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:20pm

A UCC congregation interested in doing something about the opioid epidemic touching families in Western Pennsylvania set aside this week to raise awareness of the problem, in a highly visible and sobering way.

Pilot project promotes partnership between UCC climate justice teams and 350.org

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:30pm

A pilot project to build a partnership centered on climate justice is inviting green teams of UCC congregations to affiliate with the grassroots organization 350.org.

General Synod resolution seeks national study of gun violence

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:44pm

Bolstered by the belief that gun violence has reached a crisis point in the United States, the Council for Health and Human Services Ministries is asking General Synod of the United Church of Christ to proclaim gun violence as a public health concern.

Commentary: A call to action opposing mandatory minimums for drug crimes

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 9:33pm

The United Church of Christ remains a faithful witness and advocate for criminal justice reforms and an end to the disproportionate number of people of color within the prison industrial complex.

Jeanette Vizguerra leaves sanctuary just in time for Mother's Day

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:25pm

A Colorado mother of four who has been living in sanctuary in Denver churches for 86 days in fear of deportation, is now able to return home to her family, just in time for Mother's Day.

Racial justice proponents reject new Department of Justice guidelines on criminal punishment

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:26pm

Critical of new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Justice outlining tougher punishments for nonviolent drug offenders, United Church of Christ racial justice leaders are calling on the wider church to protect vulnerable communities and to renew their commitment to justice to create a just world for all.

Commentary: The disconnect

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:57pm

We talk about covenant a lot in the United Church of Christ. Rather than a "what's in it for us" question, I wonder how we might move to "What can we do together that we cannot accomplish by ourselves?" Can you imagine what it would look like for all of the members of the UCC to move as one people?

Blindsided by neighbor's deportation, angry UCC clergy in Phoenix take on ICE

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:28pm

UCC activists, working to build a just world for all, are standing vigil outside the Phoenix Immigration and Customs Enforcement Offices, calling for justice for Marco Tulio Coss, a Mexican immigrant who was snatched under false pretenses, arrested and deported.

General Synod resolution seeks rights for adoptees

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:25am

Adoptees sometimes ask the question, "Who am I?" To help them discover part of that answer, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ will consider a resolution this summer that urges states to give adult adoptees the right to access to their original birth certificates.

Commentary: Moving from Lament to Hope

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 1:00pm

This Sunday, May 14 is Mother's Day.

Flint church offers to pay delinquent water bills of neighbors in need

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 2:00pm

The Woodside Church is helping to pay the water bills of families in Flint, Mich., whose service has been shut off. As pastor the Rev. Deb Conrad said, "Piece by piece we are doing what we can for our neighbors."

UCC ministers join Texas faith leaders in condemning anti-sanctuary law

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:51am

A dozen United Church of Christ ministers in Texas are part of an interfaith coalition of 200 religious leaders who have sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott condemning a recently-signed law that targets sanctuary cities.