Peacebuilding and change a focus of Ecumenical Advocacy Days March 21, 2014
The UCC Justice and Witness Ministries office in Washington, D.C., has participated in Ecumenical Advocacy Days since the event began 12 years ago. This year, the office once again has an important role to play, as it convenes UCC members and the ecumenical community to up a vision of a peaceful world.
What would be different had MLK lived? January 21, 2014
How often is this question considered on MLK Day: In what ways would the world be different had King not been assassinated? UCC pastors offer their thoughts.
UCC advocates urge Congress to reject new sanctions on Iran January 21, 2014
The once-tenuous political relationship between the United States and Iran has taken a slight turn for the better recently, as Iran begins complying with an international agreement to reduce nuclear production. But United Church of Christ advocates for peace in the Middle East are urging members of Congress to pull back on their proposed sanctions and allow for a diplomatic solution that would lead to improved relations and a chance for peace.
Join UCC leaders in prayer circle to close Guantanamo January 10, 2014
It’s been 12 years since the first detainees were imprisoned at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba. That’s been far too long, according to the Rev. Mike Neuroth, UCC policy advocate for international issues, especially after the realization that government-sanctioned torture has taken place there and prisoners have been held without trial.
Where will gun reform lead UCC activists in 2014? December 14, 2013
The 2013 calendar year escalated a contentious debate on gun reform in the United States, spurred by the death of 26 schoolchildren and administrators in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, and the ‘not guilty’ verdict in July against George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black Florida teenager.
What the 2013 calendar year didn’t note was a change to any federal gun legislation.
Remembering the tragedy in Newtown to honor those lost December 9, 2013
It was a Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A normal December morning, until gunshots rang out, causing chaos and panic. By day's end 26 innocent people, most young children, had lost their lives.
UCC advocate hails WCC’s call to Just Peace November 15, 2013
Just Peace churches from the UCC can soon walk with others from across the globe, boldly proclaiming a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church, after the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly affirmed Just Peace as a direction its member churches will move toward.
Maine church garden feeds neighbors in need September 24, 2013
With assistance of a grant from the United Church of Christ Neighbors in Need program, a congregation in Maine is living into the Rev. Kelli Whitman’s mission of community, spurred by a sermon that encouraged her members to help the less fortunate.