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Commentary: Tuvalu tells us, ignoring climate change won’t make the problem go away

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:00pm

Ignoring climate change won't make the problem go away.

New endowment launched at Synod to strengthen future ministry

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 3:50pm

To strengthen the United Church of Christ's ability to pursue its vision of a just world for all, the denomination is launching the public phase of a campaign that will support the diverse and life-changing work of the church.

Adoptees rights resolution falls short of required votes

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 3:36pm

Delegates to General Synod 2017 voted against a resolution calling churches to identify the difference in rights of adult adoptees as a human and civil rights issue.

Delegates Approve Economic Justice Resolution and $15 Minimum Wage

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 3:10pm

Delegates to the United Church of Christ's General Synod 2017 voted in favor of a resolution advocating for economic justice, including calling for churches to support legislation that raises the minimum wages to $15 per hour. 

Synod ASL Interpreters Help Deaf Delegates and Guests

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 1:36pm

There are more than 730 delegates to General Synod 2017. They are the voting representatives of the governing body of the denomination, and they listen to reports, resolutions, sermons, Speak Outs from other delegates, and even presentations from youth at Synod. But two people in the Plenary Hall have worked as a team to listen to every single spoken word of the five-day gathering.

Delegates hope to celebrate “Interdependence Day” with fireworks at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 12:57pm

If all goes according to the plans of organizers, the climax of General Synod 2017 will come with Baltimore's traditional Fourth of July celebration at the Inner Harbor.

General Synod endorses actions to serve adult survivors of child abuse and neglect

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 12:39pm

Noting that the Creator "implores us" to "open our mouths, judge righteously and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy," the United Church of Christ’s General Synod 2017 called on the various settings of the church to publicly address "the healing needs of adult survivors of child abuse."

Youth voices lead the way on gun violence resolution

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 12:09pm

Guided in large part by the voices of youth, General Synod 2017 enthusiastically passed a resolution of witness Monday urging the recognition of gun violence as a public health emergency deserving of federal funding for scientific research.

Vasquez-Levy: ‘Our well-being depends on the well-being of everyone else on the planet’

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 11:51am

Get in the river, Naaman — and we, too, must get in and get wet to get well.

Synod delegates reshape UCC leadership with constitution and bylaws changes

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 9:17am

After two lengthy years of conversation, deliberation and collaboration, delegates to General Synod 2017 approved a set of changes to the United Church of Christ's Constitution and Bylaws that will reshape the leadership of the church.

Declaring the Earth is the Lord’s, UCC calls for environmental imperatives for a new moral era

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 8:27am

The United Church of Christ, noting both the urgency of climate change and the continued debate over its existence, is "raising its prophetic voice" to urge the "healing of the Earth.

Three Great Loves initiative launched to 'embody love and incarnate justice' to build a just world

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 9:39pm

To follow God's call to build a just world for all as a united church, United Church of Christ General Minister and President John C. Dorhauer is calling the entire denomination to pull together under a new, shared mission — the Three Great Loves initiative.

Embrace the spirit of the Caribbean Initiative

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 9:13pm

The Rev. Jim Moos, co-executive of Global Ministries for the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Jose Ortega Dopico, president of the Cuban Council of Churches, Monday encouraged General Synod 2017 attendees to join in the Global Ministries Caribbean Initiative, an 18-month program that supports partners in seven Caribbean countries.

Purrfect Project Pleases Pets

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 9:12pm

In a special service project at their General Synod this weekend in Baltimore, members of the United Church of Christ are making a few extra Best Friends.

Climate change threatens to drown the homeland of a General Synod international guest

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 8:13pm

Calling attention to the problem of climate change is a critical mission for an international guest at General Synod.

UCC marchers demand immigration justice

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 7:25pm

In its first action as an Immigrant Welcoming Church, the United Church of Christ marched with the family and friends of an Annapolis, Md., artist and grandfather, seized outside his home on his way to work and detained the past three months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Love for planet earth sprouting up on church lawns

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 6:03pm

The United Church of Christ General Synod has just overwhelmingly approved the resolution on climate calling on clergy and congregations across the denomination to take action to protect the environment, and churches are lining up to stand behind it publicly.

Aaron Mair: I am here because you connected the dots

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:55pm

A 30-year-old report by the UCC Commission for Racial Justice, "Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States," "lit the fuse for environmental change" when it focused national attention on the link between communities of color and the location of hazardous waste sites, according to Aaron Mair, the first black president of the Sierra Club.

Moving from talk to action on divestment

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:55pm

As she listened to an update Sunday on a resolution passed four years ago urging all settings of the church to divest from fossil fuel companies, Laura Keating texted her pastor, asking if their church had divested.

Medical aid in dying fails to win approval of Synod delegates by just a few votes

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:45pm

The "Resolution of Witness in Support of Legislation Authorizing Medical Aid in Dying" narrowly failed to achieve the required support of two-thirds of the 737 delegates, and was not adopted by General Synod 2017.