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UCC Southern California congregation vows to 'Be the Church' in wildfire recovery process

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 4:00pm

As wildfires continue to rage across large swaths of Southern California spewing smoke and ash across the landscape, the people of the UCC congregation in Ventura are making every effort to get back into their building for worship on Sunday, Christmas Eve.

Maine clergy takes on tax bill, releasing a statement of faith condemning the measure

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 1:30pm

A group of interfaith clergy in Maine comes together as one voice, speaking out in strong opposition to the tax reform bill that will go up for a vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon.

Holy Cow! Philadelphia pastor hangs on as huge cow escapes live nativity scene

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 5:55pm

He juggles a lot of responsibilities as the pastor of one of Philadelphia's oldest churches, but wrangling a huge cow on a city street in the early hours of the morning during a snowstorm is not something the Rev. Michael Caine ever thought he would be called to do.

Commentary: Working for Justice is Intergenerational

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 1:00pm

Several people spoke up – asking questions and offering help. 

Commentary: All I want for Christmas is a hot shower

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:12pm

For 26 years, the Congregational Church of Patchogue on Long Island, New York, has been offering soap, deodorant, wash cloths and other toiletries to homeless persons. This week, with a Mobile Shower Unit, the church began offering them an opportunity to put them to use.

'Sock It To Em Campaign' gifts scores of socks to homeless neighbors at the holidays

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:00pm

A couple of UCC members in Colorado built a charitable organization around their desire to help their homeless neighbors stay warm when winter comes.

At Christmas, Love Wins

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00pm

In his Christmas Message, United Church of Christ General Minister and President the Rev. John C. Dorhauer invites all in the wider church to commit to making sure that 'Love Wins', no matter the season. 

Southern California congregation 'under siege', surrounded by raging wildfires

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:11pm

A UCC congregation and it community are under siege in Ventura, Calif., surrounded by raging wildfires that authorities say could get worse before they get better.

Commentary: Toward a Global Compact on Migration for the Well-Being of All

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:00pm

Global movements of people always have been a reality. 

Hundreds of advocates demanding action for immigrants arrested on Capitol Hill

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 9:57am

181 people from all walks of life, including two United Church of Christ ministers, were arrested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C., staging a sit-in in support of the immigrants known as the Dreamers.

Ohio church's community Christmas gift takes neighbors back to Bethlehem

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 9:48am

The members of a United Church of Christ congregation in Newark, Ohio offered their friends, families and community an unusual and moving gift on the first Sunday of Advent. A gift of love for neighbor, and a realistic reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

UCC leaders call on U.S. Supreme Court to protect the rights of all people in Cakeshop case

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 5:00am

Leaders of the United Church of Christ are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the rights of all people, as it hears oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. Respect for religious liberty requires recognizing diverse religious beliefs, meaning businesses open to the public must serve all.

Faith leaders revive MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign as a national organizing call to end racism, poverty

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 5:03pm

On December 4, 1967, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. announced plans for a Poor People's Campaign to organize individuals around the country to action, in a movement to end poverty, racism, and militarism in America.

UCC New Hampshire church rejoices after federal judge decision halts Indonesian deportations

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:00pm

It may have come the Monday after Thanksgiving, but the decision of a federal judge in Boston is bringing a lot of joy and thanksgiving to a United Church of Christ congregation in New Hampshire.

UCC DC staff warns against 'harmful' tax cut bill up for Senate debate

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:23pm

Senate Republicans plan to bring their tax plan to a vote Thursday night in an effort to pass a key piece of legislation during President Donald Trump's first year in office. United Church of Christ leaders believe The Tax Cut and Jobs Act will cause "enormous harm" if the "irresponsible and regressive legislation" ends up on the President's desk.

Commentary: Rewriting the Story of U.S.-Philippines Relations

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:00pm

The last stop on President Trump's recent Asia tour was the Philippines, where he engaged in a friendly meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Erie community's Blizzard of Blankets, Sock Sunday wrap homeless neighbors in love

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 9:24am

A small Pennsylvania church, which lets space to an organization that opens its doors daily to people in the community without any place to call home, always shows a little extra love this time of year to make sure those neighbors stay warm.

A pre-Thanksgiving dinner at an Ohio church brings several groups together in community

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 5:00pm

A community of several types of people came together Tuesday for a Thanksgiving meal in the fellowship hall of an Ohio church.

The Price of Freedom?

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 1:00pm

Mass shootings aren’t the price of freedom, they are the cost of our society’s unwillingness to come to terms with its gun obsession.