Ecumenical advocates gather in Washington, D.C. March 19, 2010
Delegates from around the UCC will join over 700 policy makers, expert speakers and representatives from global regions will join church leaders and grassroots activists in reflecting on the 2010 Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference theme, "A Place to Call Home: Immigrants, Refugees, and Displaced Peoples."
Church unity movement may have found 'a new way forward' March 11, 2010
The difficult road to unity that began with the formation of the Consultation on Church Union (COCU) in 1962, and seemed to some observers on the verge of collapse just two years ago, appears to be back on track after a summit meeting of the heads of 11 denominations Feb. 17 in Baltimore.
Middle East church group supports ordination of women January 13, 2010
Ordaining women as pastors to serve Middle Eastern churches took one step closer to becoming reality today. Delegates at the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC) voted unanimously to adopt a statement in support of this change.
DisciplesWorld magazine ceases publication December 16, 2009
The staff of DisciplesWorld magazine - the journal of news, opinion and mission for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - announced today that it is ceasing publication after nearly eight years and dissolving its non-profit publishing entity, DisciplesWorld, Inc.
John Thomas joins faith leaders urging action at G-20 Summit September 21, 2009
On the eve of the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Penn., the Rev. John H. Thomas, UCC general minister and president, will join more than 25 Christian, Jewish and Islamic religious leaders for an Faith Leaders Summit to press for actions—not just words—that will help hungry and poor people lift themselves out of poverty.
New president takes helm at UCC's United Theological Seminary September 11, 2009
The Rev. Mary E. McNamara has begun her term as the seventh president of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, an ecumenical Protestant seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota. For the last decade, Rev. McNamara served as the executive vice president of Union Theological Seminary in New York, located near Columbia University, which offers a joint doctoral program with the university.
Olav Fykse Tveit elected WCC general secretary August 28, 2009
Norwegian theologian and pastor the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, 48, was elected 7th general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Thursday, Aug. 27, during its Central Committee meeting.
Lutherans lift ban on gay clergy August 22, 2009
After a long and contentious debate, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted Friday, Aug. 21, to drop a ban on partnered gay clergy and committed to let people in same-sex relationships serve as leaders of the church.