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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.

Commentary: Your gifts support love and justice

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:50pm

What do the Amistad and the Deaconess Sisters have in common?

Justice grant helps Alabama church open safe space to LGBT teens

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 3:31pm

Open Table, with the help of an LGBT-advocacy organization in the state and a $10,000 grant from UCC Justice and Witness Ministries, is showing LGBT teens in Mobile, Ala., that there is a place where they can be themselves.

Kansas City faith community helps pass sales tax to fund inner-city economic development

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:00pm

In Kansas City, Missouri, two UCC ministers and a coalition of churches, civil rights organizations, and activists organized a remarkable political victory; a city sales tax increase that benefits the people of the inner city.

UCC leaders caution executive order won't be final word on religious liberty

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:29pm

United Church of Christ leaders believe the distinction between church and state became murkier on Thursday after the latest White House executive order directed the IRS to look the other way when churches endorse political candidates — which is prohibited by U.S. tax law.

Reformed Churches' new UCC affiliation expands ministry in New York

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 9:49pm

In an affirmation of inclusiveness and ecumenism, the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ has welcomed eight newly-affiliated congregations to the life of the denomination this week.

Commentary: Do not deny care to our neighbor

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:50am

The vote by the House of Representatives did not demonstrate Jesus' call to love thy neighbor. Instead, writes the Rev. Traci Blackmon, elected officials abandoned their responsibility to serve all the people, to care for all the people, to protect all the people.

ACA replacement 'disheartening,' UCC advocates ready to fight another day

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 9:35am

Health care advocates of the United Church of Christ are disappointed with Thursday's action in Congress, with lawmakers taking the first step in rolling back the Affordable Care Act. But they aren't defeated.

Commentary: A Reluctant Marcher

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 1:00pm

We've all been doing a lot of marching lately. There have been so many major witnesses in DC this year that the running joke is that "protest is the new brunch." 

What's next after the People's Climate March?

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:54pm

How will the 200 UCC activists counted among the 200,000 who turned out in Washington, D.C. to march for environmental justice on April 29 continue to express their resolve for U.S action that combats climate change?

Williams, Lowes tapped as moderators of 2019 General Synod

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:04am

Norman Williams and the Rev. Penny Lowes were selected to serve as the moderator and assistant moderator of General Synod 2019 in Milwaukee.

Church volunteers show love of neighbor with commitment to refugee resettlement in Maryland

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 3:00pm

A Maryland UCC congregation is showing love of their neighbors in several ways, supporting refugee families and helping them find their way in a new country, a new culture and a new community.

General Synod to once again address constitution and bylaw changes

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:51am

The Board of Directors of the United Church of Christ is bringing a new set of proposed amendments to the UCC Constitution and Bylaws that include altering the structure of the leadership of the denomination. Those amendments are designed to give the national setting of the church more flexibility to be more collaborative and responsive to shifts across the religious landscape.

General Synod resolution seeks end of ill-treatment of Palestinian children

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:41am

Each year, an estimated 500 to 700 Palestinian children are arrested by Israeli military personnel, charged with a crime and prosecuted in a military court system instead of a civilian court. A group of United Church of Christ congregations, along with a network of Israel-Palestine peace advocates, seek to end what they say is a "traumatic" practice and will ask the denomination to speak out on behalf of children of Palestine.

Journalist 'Covering the Movements that are Changing America' speaks at D.C. Church

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:37am

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C., hosted Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman for a thought-provoking dialogue just a few hours after the People's Climate March, which drew 200,000 to the streets from the Capitol to the White House.

UCC advocates show love for creation at People's Climate March in D.C.

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 1:45pm

Tend to the earth, fight against global warming.

A partnership to pierce the cycle of poverty in Illinois

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 9:24am

Rather than demolishing a nearby home to make more room for parking, an Illinois congregation of the United Church of Christ instead responded to its calling and renovated the property into housing for marginalized families — hoping to transform their lives and break the cycle of poverty by giving working families a path to home-ownership.