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.
Milton leaves rich legacy after 16 years at Franklinton Center November 3, 2010
Grateful for opportunities pursued and blessings received over the past 16 years, the Rev. Ervin E. Milton will step down, effective Dec. 31, from his position as director and team leader of the UCC's Franklinton Center at Bricks.
Indiana conference sets tone for 2011 international peace summit September 3, 2010
Led by Justice and Witness Ministries board and staff representatives, 10 UCC members were among more than 150 participants in late July at an ecumenical peace conference titled "Peace Among the Peoples: An Ecumenical Peace Conference on Overcoming the Spirit, Logic and Practice of Violence."