UCC voice: 'Our labor has worth in the eyes of God' April 7, 2011
Proclaiming a visible UCC justice message, church member and union worker Dennis Landaw (left) and Kathie Capriolo, a high school teacher, were featured in a front-page photo in the Akron Beacon Journal. The rally was in protest of Ohio’s Senate Bill 5, a measure signed into law on March 31 that limits the collective bargaining rights of 350,000 Ohio public employees.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days focuses on federal budget April 4, 2011
Nearly 150 people of faith gathered March 28 across from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to hold in prayer issues concerning the country's federal budget and their effect potential effect on the nation's most vulnerable populations.
Opinion: First class attitudes March 4, 2011
As I boarded a plane today, I was confronted by what I call a first class attitude. A passenger had put his/her fairly large bag in the overhead bin where it did not fit. It was simply too long, and it was left sticking out beyond possibility of the bin closing.
Conference Minister testifies on behalf of Maryland marriage equality legislation March 2, 2011
As legislation allowing same-gender marriage comes closer to approval in Maryland, the Rev. John. R. Deckenback, UCC Central Atlantic Conference Minister, delivered testimony to the Maryland House of Delegates Judiciary Committee Feb. 25 in support of the bill. He was invited by Equality Maryland as one of many leaders offering testimony at the hearing.
UCC clergy, members rally in support of workers' rights March 2, 2011
As tensions over collective bargaining rights for unions and state workers escalate in locations around the country, UCC members and clergy have added their voices - along with declarations of the UCC's General Synod - decrying legislative efforts underway to strip workers of their negotiating power.
UCC, Disciples engage issues of immigration policy, border ministry February 23, 2011
Inspired by the theme "Turning Walls Into Tables," constituents of the UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) met Feb. 10-13 at Iglesia Cristiana Casa De Oracion in San Diego for a border conference to dialogue about immigration policies and border ministry.
Nominations being accepted for Justice awards at General Synod January 25, 2011
In keeping with the spirit of former national agencies of the United Church of Christ, the Board of Directors of Justice and Witness Ministries has approved a recommendation to nominate candidates to honor with JWM General Synod Awards for exemplary work in the area of justice.
Bread for the World launches 2011 letters campaign January 19, 2011
Citing the hard work of poor people themselves as one of the principal factors in improving their lives, the Rev. David Beckmann says Bread for the World's current letter-writing campaign will help put the impoverished into motion toward a brighter future.
Passage of Low Power FM legislation led by UCC media advocates December 22, 2010
The U.S. House and Senate have both approved, and President Obama is expected to sign, legislation that clears the way for community radio broadcasts on the Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcast spectrum. The Local Community Radio Act has long been seen by advocates as a way for localized communities to connect and communicate using the public airwaves.