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.
With media coverage that swivels its focus at a dizzying speed, the attention span of adults has become a shrinking phenomenon when it comes to the pressing events of the day. Arguably, there is a positive side to some of this. Out of concern for those in the Caribbean and Florida, this past weekend I found myself repeatedly checking for live updates on the destructive path of Hurricane Irma. I was grateful for the minute-by-minute reports, but I also realize there is a significant downside to current media trends, and I fear the children affected by hurricanes may be among those who suffer the most.
On the second Sunday of the month after worship, a half-dozen women from an Olympia, Wash., congregation have committed to spending an hour in the car to devote several more hours sitting along a grassy strip outside the ICE Detention Center in Tacoma.
UCC ministers and mission teams deployed around the community of Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday had a job to do - to offer hospitality, love and care in the church, on the streets and in the hospital.
A small United Church of Christ congregation in Virginia is showing that its size is determined more by its heart than the number of members. Through a 3 Great Loves mission project making quilts for distribution in the surrounding community, Mt. Calvary UCC is visibly demonstrating its love for children.
Ohio congregations provide safety education in a community project inspired by the Holy Spirit. Watch the video!
The UCC was well represented at multifaith march in a Minneapolis neighborhood Thursday evening, where hundreds gathered to pray, mourn and demand justice for the people around the country killed by police, including 40-year old Justine Damond, fatally shot by a Minneapolis officer last weekend.
A 22 year old lesbian from Africa, escaping persecution and brutality at the hands of her father and her husband, was supported by her faith family at a Batavia, N.Y. federal detention center as she faced an immigration judge, who granted her asylum in the United States.
This church camp kingdom of God in Lincoln Park embodies two of UCC's Three Great Loves.
It's been just over three weeks since Woodside Church in Flint, Mich., offered to pay water bills for neighbors in need. After writing more than 150 checks, over $50,000, the church is tapped out.