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.
Commentary: A Third Way -- Seeking a Just Peace in Syria September 13, 2013
Over the past week, the United Church of Christ alone has generated over 3,000 letters to the President and members of Congress calling for alternatives to military strikes and the need for increased political and humanitarian responses.
A visible call for tougher gun legislation marks Long Island church July 23, 2013
On the front lawn of Sayville United Church of Christ on Long Island, N.Y., 20 backpacks and six teachers bags hang, each bearing the names and representing the 26 innocent lives that were lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. The public display is a call for tougher gun legislation.
Commentary: Every day is an anniversary July 19, 2013
Aurora and Oak Creek made headlines, but the painful truth is that every single day on the calendar is the anniversary of the terrible toll of gun violence, somewhere in America, whether or not it makes the nightly news.