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'Keeping You e-Posted' is a weekly, coordinated e-zine of news, featured items, resources, worship materials, and justice-action items e-mailed each Tuesday. If you have a UCC related news item for inclusion in KYeP please send to Connie Larkman at email@example.com
8-26-2014 LABOR DAY HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE
UCC congregations interested in ensuring every worker is treated fairly and with dignity can make a commitment to improving wages and working conditions using the resources of the Economic Justice Covenant Program.
8-19-2014 A COMING CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP
Citing the ever-evolving needs and momentum of a more focused United Church of Christ, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, UCC general minister and president, decides to retire following General Synod 30, as the UCC Board moves quickly to name his successor.
8-12-2014 IT'S YOU BABY
It's up to you to change the world. That's the message of love, inclusivity and extravagant welcome the United Church of Christ shared with Gay Games visitors at a special service at the Amistad Chapel in Cleveland.
8-5-2014 SUPPORTING THE STRANGER
As the UCC moves quickly to meet the needs of displaced young refugees, the conference minister of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the UCC is moved to lead a pilgrimage for children's justice to Nogales, Ariz.
7-29-2014 DISPLACED CHILDREN DESERVE COMPASSION AND CARE
In a unified voice, the national and regional leaders of the United Church of Christ call for action to assist the thousands of young refugees who have come to our country in search of a better life, lifting up this as a unique moment that tests the church's commitment for justice and peace.
7-22-2014 REINTERPRETING WORSHIP AND COMMUNITY
Reinvigorate your worship and expand outreach in your community through the Stillspeaking Worship Institute. The inaugural events kick off this fall.
7-15-2014 READING CHANGES LIVES
Think about everything the ability to read brings into your life — the doors literacy opens. Join us in changing lives, fighting illiteracy, by participating in the UCC all-church initiative One Read of the inspirational book, Hot Dogs & Hamburgers: Unlocking Life's Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age, in September.
7-8-2014 CALLED TO CARE FOR THE LEAST OF THESE
As the United States government struggles to deal with waves of children from Central America coming to the United States seeking refuge, UCC congregations around the country are stepping up to do what they can to help these children in need.
7-1-2014 A VISIBLE WITNESS
Events celebrating LGBT Pride took place around the country in June and United Church of Christ congregations are embracing the opportunity to publicly show their welcoming inclusion of all.
6-24-2014 A CALL FOR INSPIRATIONAL IDEAS
If you have a great idea that can be shared successfully with congregations around the country and want to bring it to General Synod 30 in Cleveland, organizers are now taking applications for next summer's workshops. While General Synod 30 registration doesn't open until Sept. 8, 2014, the deadline for workshop applications is Aug. 1.
6-17-2014 MARRIAGE MONDAY
UCC advocates deliver 30,000 signed petitions to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper on Monday, opposing Amendment One and other discriminatory marriage laws that violate the First Amendment right to religious freedom.
6-10-2014 THE DARKNESS WILL NOT OVERCOME US
The United Church of Christ has an ecumenical partner entrenched in the struggle for religious freedom in Nigeria. Despite the escalating deadly violence, the people of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria believe emphatically in the power of prayer.
6-3-2014 READING CHANGES LIVES
As one church, the United Church of Christ wants to make a difference around literacy. Here’s the latest information on the UCC’s third all-church initiative, Reading Changes Lives, and ways you can participate.
5-27-2014 A MOVING TRIBUTE COMING TO AN END
This week following Memorial Day, a Connecticut church’s Field of Flags, created as a visible memorial in honor of recent U.S. military heroes, will be displayed for the final time.
5-20-2014 A STRONG COMMITMENT TO RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
The UCC gains strong support from the Alliance of Baptists and scores of individuals for its groundbreaking lawsuit standing for First Amendment freedoms in North Carolina.
5-13-2014 BRING BACK OUR GIRLS
The United Church of Christ continues prayers for each of the kidnapped Nigerian girls as their kidnappers release a video offering proof of life, and urges advocacy against gender-based violence in countries around the world.
5-6-2014 TWO PEOPLE, AN OPEN HEART AND A SECOND CHANCE
That’s all it takes to change a life through reading. Meet author Rob Shindler, who helped his son through a struggle with illiteracy, and is now using reading to change lives, one person at a time. His book, "Hot Dogs & Hamburgers," kicks off the UCC one-church literacy initiative, Reading Changes Lives, in September.
4-29-2014 I DO SUPPORT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The United Church of Christ files a groundbreaking lawsuit against North Carolina to protect the First Amendment rights of clergy and the principal of freedom of religion.
4-22-2014 NO MORE STYROFOAM
New England churches work to be Styrofoam free during a regional Mission 4/1 Earth initiative. On this Earth Day, the movement to help protect our fragile planet provides food for thought.
4-15-2014 HOLY SEASONS, CALL FOR PRAYER
The presidents and general ministers of the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ offer prayers this Holy Week for those affected by deadly shootings in Kansas, as they speak out against crime carried out under religious pretense.
4-8-2014 SPIRIT OF THE CONGO
Global Ministries shares the progress made to assist the people of the Congo, as United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ churches recognize the pleas of the Congolese and stand in solidarity with them through the Congo Initiative, which is helping nurse the sick, provide education and save lives.
4-1-2014 A BOLD PUBLIC VOICE
A much-needed Christian voice for justice, peace and inclusion of all people. That's the topic explored by the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black as the UCC general minister and president kicks off of a new monthly commentary series called "Reflections."
3-25-2014 IT'S ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE
Reading Changes Lives is the United Church of Christ's Christian response to the literacy issues that plague all communities. Exposing the problem is the first step to a solution — learn how you can be a part of it.
3-18-2014 UNEXPECTED PLACES
The United Church of Christ Board picks a location for General Synod 2017, and approves the theme of General Synod 2015 — where was the last time you encountered the Stillspeaking God in a place you didn't expect?
3-11-2014 FINDING UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
Bruce was alone on the streets of Philadelphia, but God led him to the warm embrace of a local UCC congregation. Hear how unconditional love changed him.
3-4-2014 HOW WILL YOU MARCH FORTH TODAY?
The United Church of Christ is calling you to join today's one-day initiative to March Forth with simple acts of justice work. For one day, your way—you pick the issue and the action. Be an advocate during the next 24 hours to better the lives of people in your community, the nation, or the world.
2-25-2014 LIVE WITH LESS DURING LENT
Join UCC congregations in the carbon fast and resolve to reduce your consumption of fossil fuels during Lent. Recognize this time of repentance, fasting, and prayer with actions that benefit Mother Earth.
2-18-2014 HOW WILL YOU MARCH FORTH?
Mark your calendars to be part of this one-day, one-church effort, as we march forth with simple acts of justice work, so we can make a difference in the world around us.
2-11-2014 I FEEL LOVE
She had no religion, until she embraced extravagant welcome. Hear the meaningful way she found her Christian faith through the United Church of Christ.
2-4-2014 STANDING IN SOLIDARITY FOR JUSTICE, LOVE & MERCY
UCC national officers and New England seminary students will join North Carolina churches in a moral march for justice. Tens of thousands will gather on Saturday to hold state lawmakers accountable to the people.
1-28-2014 FAST FOR FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA
Raising the volume on the immigration reform debate, advocates kick off a 66-day bus tour across the country to continue pressuring Congress for change.
1-21-2014 WE HAVE A WINNER!
The United Church of Christ announces the winner in the "My Faith, My World, My Voice" video contest. The work of Rashad Jackson of Detroit’s Fellowship Chapel UCC is the chosen favorite.
1-14-2014 ACTING ON FAITH
Pick the winner in the UCC Stillspeaking Ministry's video contest. Which young adult answered the question — How does my faith transform, connect, or touch the world? — best to you? One vote per device — choose carefully.
1-7-2014 ACTING ON FAITH
A Minnesota pastor preaches peace, community after he was mugged and beaten steps away from his home.
12-31-2013 JOINING FAITH AND ACTION IN 2013
Unified governance, a one-church effort around earth care, a public push for marriage equality, and an unprecedented relief response for neighbors overseas furthered the UCC’s core purpose in 2013.
12-24-2013 GIVING BACK AT CHRISTMAS
Their church burned to the ground, but a Maryland congregation rises from the ashes to welcome Christmas.
12-17-2013 SHARING THE TRUE MESSAGE OF JESUS
A nativity scene controversy over inclusivity and extravagant welcome stirs up spirited support for a small town Kentucky pastor.
12-10-2013 THERE'S ROOM FOR YOU HERE
All are welcome in God's house — and in the United Church of Christ. Blessings to all of our family, friends, partners and people of the world during this sacred holiday season.
12-03-2013 GIVE A GIFT THAT GIVES BACK
It’s a much appreciated tradition of giving that spans more than 100 years. This holiday, recognize and honor those who have served the UCC with a gift to The Christmas Fund.
11-26-2013 FAITH IN ACTION AT THANKSGIVING
A Pennsylvania church celebrates 20 years showing love for community at Thanksgiving. On the menu: Faith, food and fellowship.
11-19-2013 A GIFT OF A LIFETIME
A member of First Congregational UCC in Sarasota finds a special way to give thanks and give back to his congregation with Christmas ornaments.
11-12-2013 YOU ARE NOT ALONE
God welcomes all people, God claims all people, and so do we. Hear how the United Church of Christ is changing lives, even saving lives, through its distinctive witness in the world.
11-05-2013 'TIS THE SEASON FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
Alternative Gift Fairs become a calling and a career for Washington UCC volunteer.
10-29-2013 RELIEF AFTER SANDY BUILDS RELATIONSHIPS
UCC relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy helped build relationships - Disaster Ministries still at work, one year later.
10-22-2013 GROW CLOSER TO GOD THROUGH LIFE EXPERIENCES
The Rev. Ivy Beckwith, nationally known author and teacher, is the new team leader of the UCC Faith Formation Ministry.
10-15-2013 BATTLING MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS
A Utah woman with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder finds support at church and spends 54 days on a kayak to share her story.
10-08-2013 PERFECT TIMING IN OCTOBER
Faith leaders use D.C. immigration reform summit to pray, push Congress for change now.
10-01-2013 PLAYING POLITICS MAY IMPACT MILLIONS
Tell your lawmakers that the federal government shutdown is not a game—especially to the people directly affected.
09-24-2013 GARDENING FOR GOOD
Maine church garden planted with love, to feed neighbors in need.
09-17-2013 CHANGING LIVES THROUGH EARTH CARE IN KENYA
As a result of Mission 4/1 Earth, two New England churches are helping villagers plant nearly 9,000 trees in Kenya.
09-10-2013 MEDIATION, NOT MISSILES
Faith leaders appeal for diplomacy, as President Obama makes a case for military action against Syria.
09-03-2013 AVOID MILITARY STRIKES IN SYRIA
UCC leaders issue call for prayers and diplomacy to end the crisis in Syria.
08-27-2013 A RENEWED CALL TO JUSTICE
UCC members call for equality at D.C. rally and march - a gathering much more than a sentimental remembrance and commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington.
08-20-2013 PUTTING RESOURCES TO WORK
A new UCC initiative offers churches a way to turn untapped resources into a revenue stream. Find out more about 'Partners In Vision.'
08-13-2013 PEACE VILLAGE
The UCC hopes an intergenerational experience that advocates understanding of other religions will help promote peace.
08-06-2013 EXPLORE THE CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES OF JAZZ
Join the Rev. Geoffrey Black in 'Jazz for the Journey' to discover the spirituality and transformative power of jazz music.
07-30-2013 CONTINUING TESTIMONY!
The UCC's grassroots fundraising effort for new and renewing churches gears up.
07-23-2013 A PROPHETIC CRY FOR JUSTICE AND LIFE
A Long Island church marks the massacre in Newtown, Conn., with a visible call for tougher gun legislation.
07-16-2013 WE AIM TO SEE PEOPLE OTHERS CANNOT SEE
Check out the video highlights of General Synod 2013, and share the video with your family and friends.
07-09-2013 MY FAITH, MY WORLD, MY VOICE
Innovative video contest calls on UCC young adults to illustrate how Christian faith connects us to the world.
07-02-2013 ANOTHER 'FIRST' FOR THE UCC
Church becomes first major religious body in the U.S. to vote to divest from fossil fuel companies.
07-01-2013 A SHINING MOMENT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY
UCC General Synod celebrates marriage of local pastor.
06-30-2013 CHARTING OUR COURSE
UCC National Officers share "Bold, Inspirational Goals" that chart the course of the church into the future.
06-29-2013 A CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY
From a rally drawing hundreds, to an affirmation of the 2005 vote for same-sex marriage, the UCC stands for love and inclusion.
06-28-2013 GOD'S VISION FOR THE UCC TAKING SHAPE IN CALIFORNIA
General Synod 2013 marks a time of transition, celebration and renewal.
06-25-2013 A GENERAL SYNOD 2013 'DON'T MISS' LIST
Joining us in Long Beach? Check these suggestions for events with a mix of the flair of Southern California, along with the advocacy and spiritual lift of General Synod.
06-18-2013 JOINING US IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA? REGISTER TODAY!
Advance registration for General Synod 2013 closes tomorrow at midnight.
06-11-2013 TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR TRAVEL TO SYNOD
Continue the UCC earth care initiative by calculating your trip's carbon footprint and offsetting the impact on the environment.
06-04-2013 A NEW DEBUT
The first issue of the "refreshed and reimagined" StillSpeaking magazine is on its way to subscribers today.
05-28-2013 CARING FOR GOD'S CREATION
As we celebrate great successes during Mission 4/1 Earth, our churches continue to report progress made on behalf of the planet.
05-21-2013 UNITED AS ONE CHURCH, 4/1 EARTH
The UCC celebrates the victories of the 50-day initiative of environmental care and advocacy as we continue to work on behalf of planet Earth.
05-14-2013 MOTHER NATURE DEFERS COLORADO TREE PLANTING PROJECT
Despite the church's advance planning, snow stops work 4/1 Earth - temporarily.
05-07-2013 PRAYERS AT THE CITY DUMP
A Connecticut congregation plans to celebrate successes of Mission 4/1 Earth with vespers at the community landfill.
04-30-2013 THE GREEN CLEAN TEAM
California UCC starts green business to help the earth and economy.
04-23-2013 CLEVELAND DIGS IN 4/1 EARTH
125 UCC staffers take advantage of a balmy spring day and dig in 4/1 Earth at the Church House and around Cleveland.
04-16-2013 SAVING SALAMANDERS
A Mission 4/1 Earth project has youth lining the highways in New Hampshire providing protection for successful salamander migrations.
04-09-2013 PLANT TREES IN PERU
Education is fueling the effort to save the Amazon rainforest, and there's an easy way you can contribute as part of Mission 4/1 Earth.
04-02-2013 SIMPLE PLEDGES TO SAVE THE PLANET
During Mission 4/1 Earth simple steps add up. Look at how young people at the Silver Lake Conference Center are engaging in earth care.
03-26-2013 SHARE THE MESSAGE OF MISSION 4/1 EARTH
Urge your family and friends to join us in 50 days of earth care. With just six days to go to kickoff of this one-church initiative - spread the word!
03-19-2013 OUTDOOR MINISTRIES
United Church Camps in Wisconsin working for the environment as part of Mission 4/1 Earth.
03-12-2013 REVIVING THE RIVERFRONT IN CONNECTICUT
One of the UCC's oldest churches plans a significant clean-up project for Mission 4/1 Earth.
03-05-2013 ECOLOGY PART OF THE DNA OF UCC SANTA FE
New Mexico UCC leading the charge for stewardship of the Earth heading into the UCC's Mission 4/1 Earth initiative.
02-26-2013 COUNTING EARTH CARE HOURS
Looking for some simple but effective ways to work for Mission 4/1 Earth? Here's 20 good ways to start counting those earth care hours on Easter Monday, April 1.
02-19-2013 EMBRACE EARTH CARE WITH LOVE AND JUSTICE
Are you prepared for Mission 4/1 Earth? Observe Lent by getting ready to green up, power down and shout out for the environment.
02-12-2013 TAKE TIME TO FEED YOUR SPIRIT
Have you seen the new UCC 'Feed Your Spirit' webpage? Get a spiritual lift with practical ideas and theological depth.
02-05-2013 LEADING THE FIGHT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Raised UCC, environmental activist Bill McKibben encourages the church to be a powerful and prophetic voice for Earth care.
01-29-2013 UNEARTHING HISTORY AT FRANKLINTON CENTER
A team of young volunteers uncovers an old plantation cemetery to document and honor those whose names are often lost in history.
01-22-2013 REGISTER TODAY!
Join your UCC brothers and sisters in sunny Southern California for General Synod 29, June 28 - July 2, 2013.
01-15-2013 YOUR GIFTS HELP HAITI REBUILD
Millions from the UCC put Haitians on the road to recovery three years after the deadly earthquake that leveled much of their homeland.
01-08-2013 AFTER 40 YEARS - JUSTICE!
UCC celebrates pardons of Wilmington Ten 40 years after wrongful conviction.
01-01-2013 RING IN 2013, RIGHT!
A new year brings new possibilities, new opportunities and new challenges -- so embrace two simple resolutions for 2013 as you share this holiday greeting with family and friends.
GOD'S PEACE AT CHRISTMAS
Celebrate God’s greatest gift to all of us today and every day. Share our greeting this joyous holiday with your family and friends.
TAKE TIME FOR SILENCE AND REFLECTION
A holiday message from United Church of Christ General Minister and President, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black.
A STEP BACKWARD IN THE FIGHT FOR FULL INCLUSION
United Church of Christ officers condemn the moral failure of the United States Senate on a vote against the rights of people with disabilities.
WARM WISHES FOR A BLESSED HOLIDAY
As the glorious season of Advent begins, the Officers of the UCC share a Christmas message of hope and joy.
Add Justice To Your Holiday Shopping List
The UCC Officers of the Church urge avoidance of gifts and products that contribute to continued violation of human rights and diminish the possibility of peace in the Middle East.
Stand United Against Post-Election Racism
UCC Conference Ministers call for vigilance in our commitment to racial justice and equality.
ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY, YOUR VOICE IS HEARD
Equal rights for all Americans won victories last week unimaginable a few years ago. The UCC voice, and marriage equality supported by a vote of the people in four states.
It's a right and a privilege of every American. Use your vote — you can make a difference!
Sandy SlamsThe East Coast
The struggle to return to normal begins. See how you can help.
New resources to take discussions to a deeper level, addressing issues faced in everyday life.
Take The Pledge To "Go Purple"
Take a stand against bullying on Friday Oct. 19, by taking the Spirit Day pledge. Spread the word!
Talking marriage in Minnesota
Minnesotans United organizes a faith-based campaign of education on the state’s marriage amendment issue.
Stake A Claim On Your Community
The UCC national staff shows Cleveland some serious love as part of the Faith,In project. Will you live your faith and stake a claim on your hometown?
Caring for the earth is a year-round mission of a Pennsylvania congregation. Just imagine what we can do collectively during the UCC's Mission 4/1 Earth campaign.
Pray For Peace
Share the message. Join others around the world on Sept. 21 in prayers for peace, for an end to violence in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our nations, in our world.
GOOD WORKS FOR GOD'S CREATION
Green up, Power Down and Shout out for the environment. Get ready for Mission 4/1 Earth!
PREPARE FOR NOVEMBER WITH 'OUR FAITH, OUR VOTE'
Use your vote as your voice in the 2012 elections. Join the UCC's 'Our Faith, Our Vote' campaign, with resources designed to make your vote count.
WHAT DEFINES GOD'S VISION FOR YOU?
Seeking personal testimonies and portraits for General Synod 29 theme – "God's Vision:__________".
LOVE FOR COMMUNITY GROWS GIVING GARDEN IN NEW YORK
A simple equation equals abundant giving - part of the UCC's "Faith,In" project on Long Island.
SHE'S ONE OF US
A Maine teen advocate takes on a national magazine on behalf of females of all shapes and sizes.
THE "FAITH,IN" PROJECT IS TAKING HOLD
In the 10 days since the national rollout, UCC "Faith,In" communities are popping up around the country. Has your community joined?
Ucc Youth Have "Faith,In"...
Teens attending the UCC National Youth Event embrace the "Faith,In" project as they are charged with rolling out this national initiative.
A Pastoral Letter from leaders of the United Church of Christ
Inspired by the energy and enthusiasm that is NYE, UCC leaders send a message about the future and the relevance of our denomination. Share this letter with your church family.
Paying it forward
UCC youths set out on service projects to live their faith, and show their NYE community some love.
An embracing opening experience
From welcoming prayers and twitter technology to holy hip-hop, NYE 2012 opening worship is all about hope and possibilities.
Don't Miss This At Nye!
Check your itinerary for the National Youth Event against this top 10 list of events, speakers, and service.
Planting UCC Seeds In The South
Creative poster project at South Carolina church drives home message of welcome, inclusivity.
The UCC's Franklinton Center at Bricks is re-imagining justice, with faith in a new mission, 'Just Food.'
A Long Journey For A Great Cause
UCC member and veteran Tom Skinner's mission takes him on a journey on faith, across the country.
'OWL' Provides Inspiration
The comprehensive sexuality-education program 'Our Whole Lives' helps Colorado youth figure out who they are.
Live Your Faith. Love Your Community.
Church and civic leaders loudly proclaim, 'We have faith, in Cleveland!' Learn more about the kickoff of the UCC marketing initiative about mission.
STILL SPEAKING ABOUT WHAT WE BELIEVE
The evangelism efforts of a North Carolina congregation inspired voters in their county to come out against Amendment 1.
What was Old is New Again
Illinois UCC’s mission to equip newcomers who speak different languages spreads good word of literacy among immigrants of all ages.
Changing Lives On The Border
Seeking solutions to stop sex trafficking helps build community at Centro Romero.
One Church to the Rescue
Tornado-damaged UCC church in North Carolina thankful for timely response of Insurance Board.
NEW IDEAS SPUR NEW BEGINNINGS
New ways of being church celebrated in Connecticut with large confirmation class, big mission project.
Two Congregations Come Together As One
New Orleans UCC church is living into the concept of 'one church.'
One Church to the Rescue
Tornado-damaged UCC church in North Carolina thankful for timely response of Insurance Board.
2030 Clergy Network works as one to build the church for the future from within.
Sharing Time, Talents, And God's Love Behind Bars>Working Together To Spread The Word
'The Least of These Church' making the most of bid to strengthen interfaith bonds in NYC.
That They May All Be One
UCC comes together as one church to aid Kentucky-Indiana tornado victims.
Sharing Time, Talents, And God's Love Behind Bars
Volunteers with UCC ties share key roles in prisoner visitation/support ministry.
Sharing A Way To Do Unto Others
Day laborers in suburban Washington, D.C. have the support of the UCC.
Do you care enough to reach out to your neighbor when they need you? Watch "One Great Hour to Share."
A Love for Sharing
A young member of a Pennsylvania UCC masters the art of caring and sharing her time and talents for those in need.
Working For Justice As Lent Begins
The Bread for the World 2012 Letters Campaign inspires UCC churches to think, and to act.
Think About What You Eat
The 'Just Eating' curriculum provides food for thought during the Lenten season, and beyond.
Giving Honor To God Through Art
The UCC welcomes one of the world's leading authorities on African-American art for a special Ash Wednesday worship service in Cleveland.
Celebrate Black History Month
Bookmark this resource page, and follow daily profiles of accomplished African Americans who thought boldly, acted differently, and had the courage to be themselves.
Think Boldly. Act Differently. Be You.
Black History Month, Lent Devotional keys to 'Think. Act. Be.' for UCC.
Why You Need To Be At NYE
Imagine the possibilities for faith, fun and fellowship at the 2012 UCC National Youth Event.
LEADING THE CHARGE FOR LGBT INCLUSION
The UCC Coalition at 40 forges ahead to make sure all have a voice in the religious landscape.
Our Core Values
We are working to make the world a better place through Continuing Testament, Extravagant Welcome and Changing Lives.
Blessings For The New Year
Share UCC wishes for a wonderful 2012 with family and friends.
An Even Greater Joy
A Christmas reflection from UCC General Minister and President, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black.
Season's Greetings From The Church House
Share God's message of love, hope and transformation this Christmas.
An Inspirational Response
UCC's Council for Health and Human Service Ministries' members eager to share what they have, so others don't go hungry.
Mission:1 Goals - All Accomplished!
Thank you for living into Mission:1. We celebrate, as one church, a successful campaign against hunger.
Living Into Mission:1 At Thanksgiving
Mission:1 inspires Iowa church to reach high for the holidays.
MISSION: 1 ACCOMPLISHED!
Mission:1 energizes outreach and advocacy in UCC churches in every conference in the country.
THE FACES OF HUNGER HIT HOME
Church youth groups in Connecticut take hunger on in church, in school and in the community.
RUN IN SUPPORT OF MISSION: 1
A Pennsylvania pastor is running to connect church with community in the fight against hunger.
YOUTH GROUPS RALLY AROUND MISSION:1
Counting the contributions of young UCC members around the country, embracing the fight against hunger.
Check out the weekly blog from the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black. His first installment speaks out against religiously-motivated violence.
UCC U.S. Attorney reaches compromise with 11 interfaith leaders banned from the Capitol as a penalty for praying for poor people.
WALKING TO STOP HUNGER
UCC churches include Crop Walks as part of their Mission:1 plan of action.
It's A Mission:1 Throwdown!
Ohio UCC churches to aid Mission:1 with spaghetti-and-meatball 'Throwdown.'
Huge Focus On Hunger
Ambitious New Hampshire UCC kicks off a multi-tiered effort to feed the hungry through Mission:1. for all.
Economic Justice Covenant Churches
North Carolina churches examine the relationship between faithful living and economic justice for all.
Adding More Mission To 'Mission: 1'
Goals expanded to include $111,111 church-wide appeal for East Africa famine relief. hunger.
Small Church Thinking Big For Mission: 1
Ohio congregation already at work to make big dreams reality in our church campaign against hunger.
Hunger + Justice = M:1
Justice prompts Long Island UCC pastor's plans to walk 111 miles as part of 'Mission:1'.
Hunger-Busting - 11 Days, More Than 11 Ways
UCC national staff announces plans to target hunger during Mission:1.
Here's a Mission: 1 Manual
Download a strategy guide to ideas and resources to help marshal your congregation around Mission: 1.
Market Magic For Mission: 1
New Jersey super shopper stockpiles food for Mission: 1, thanks to coupons!
A Multifaceted 'Mission:1' Plan
A Florida pastor is marshaling his creative congregation - turning ideas into action around the UCC's 'Mission:1' project.
Youth Changing Lives
In this video produced by UCC Youth, see how our young people are changing lives now.
7-5-2011 Guess, Moos, Clark Ready To Imagine What's Possible
Synod delegates elect new officers to Collegium.
7-4-2011 Embrace Our Place In The World
Worship invites UCC to become a movement for 'living water change.'
7-3-2011 Maybe We're Not Crazy Enough
Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. challenges UCC to shed predictability and make headlines for social justice.
7-2-2011 New Churches Rock Synod
Energy, optimism permeates celebration of healthy number of new church starts.
7-1-2011 Youth Start With Service
Youth volunteers lend a hand in Tampa.
6-28-2011 An 'Ecumenical Milestone' Up For A Vote
Delegates to General Synod will deliberate 'Mutual Recognition of Baptism' agreement with U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Presbyterian Church-USA, Reformed Church in America and Christian Reformed Church.
6-21-2011 It's Up To Our Members
The frequency of UCC General Synod will come up for debate at GS 28.
6-14-2011 General Synod On-Line Registration Ends Monday June 20
Register now, and avoid the lines in Tampa!
6-7-2011 EXPANDING HORIZONS
New York City church finds new possibilities with United Church of Christ affiliation.
5-31-2011 Helping U.S. Storm Survivors Rebuild Their Lives
While not a 'first responder,' the UCC plans long term disaster response efforts. You can help.
5-24-2011 High Praise For Stillspeaking!
Award-winning magazine with a 'compelling Christian voice' focuses on healing, missionary work, and miracle-making in its spring 2011 issue.
5-17-2011 Collaboration At The Conference Level Puzzle people
UCC Conferences consider a variety of resource sharing options to put more money into mission.
5-10-2011 Go Forth And Multiply
The UCC awards grants to a dozen new, renewing and multiplying churches nationwide.
5-3-2011 A Call to Prayer
The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, UCC general minister and president, reflects on the killing of Osama bin Laden by American military forces.
4-26-2011 Are You Ready For Synod?
We'll be gathering in Tampa for General Synod 28 before you know it. Register online today so you're ready July 1.
4-19-2011 Share the Good News!
Share this Easter greeting from the 'church of firsts' with family and friends.
4-12-2011 Wild Attainable Dreams
Celebrating more than 150 memorable stories and announcing six winners in Synod's 'Imagine What's Possible' contest.
4-5-2011 Lay-Led Worship Invigorates Iowa Congregation
With pastor on sabbatical, church members create new ways of being church.
3-29-2011 Hope Is Alive In Japan
A UCC missionary in devastated Japan describes the community involvement in the grass-roots recovery effort.
3-22-2011 11 Days - One Shared Mission
Learn all about your role in Mission: 1, the UCC's church-wide mission campaign coming in November.
3-15-2011 First Word Back From Partners In The Pacific
Global Ministry partners check in after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
3-8-2011 Lent - A Lost Tradition?
Most people can tell you today is Fat Tuesday, but has the party overshadowed the reason for the season?
3-1-2011 Engaging And Amazing!
More than a dozen reasons why General Synod's Suncoast Saturday will be the place to be in Tampa.
2-22-2011 'Your Church, Your Voice' Feeds Your Personal Spirit
New book series and weekly e-newsletter to focus on personal spiritual growth.
2-15-2011 Call On Faith. Anytime. Anywhere.
Did you know there's an app for your phone where you can see videos like this one for Black History Month? Check out this UCC partner project.
2-8-2011 Give Your Church a Free Gift
Bring your faith into everyday life with Faith Practices. Try this new approach FREE - in February.
2-1-2011 Celebrate Black History Month
Bookmark this resource page, and follow the daily profiles of prominent African Americans on the UCC homepage in February.
1-25-2011 A Prize Weekend For Winning Church!
New church start Journey UCC sees top friend-raising honors as one step along 'StillSpeaking' path.
1-18-2011 What Has Your Church Made Possible?
Share the big idea your congregation imagined and made possible. It could be one of six honored in Tampa!
1-11-2011 Life After The Earthquake
As Haiti marks the first anniversary of this disaster, see how your generosity continues to change lives. UCC partners remain at work, helping earthquake survivors meet the challenge of rebuilding their futures.
A HEALTHY RESOLUTION
A new UCC wellness program is launching today to help you be healthier in 2011.
KEEPING IT REAL AT CHRISTMAS
In his Christmas message, the Rev. Geoffrey Black focuses on our diversity, and the story which draws us together.
LAST OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A GIFT IN 2010
Help change lives this tax year - give to the UCC today.
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE COLLEGIUM
Sharing favorite Christmas memories and traditions during this holiday season.
A STILLSPEAKING CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
This whimsical holiday greeting is the first of several animated messages you can expect from the Stillspeaking Ministry during the next year.
GOD'S LOVE KNOWS NO BORDERS
Want a meaningful mission experience? Consider the border ministry of Centro Romero. See how just a weekend can change your life, and your perspective.
REACHING OUT TO REFUGEES
UCC congregations offer hope and home to Iraqi refugees.
HELP BUILD UP YOUR CHURCH - GET A BONUS!
The Cornerstone Fund launches a new investment opportunity that offers you a 'gift' option tied to a great rate.
UCC CHRISTMAS STORE NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
A UCC Resources retail site that is all about Christmas - at 20% off.
GET READY FOR A TRANSFORMATIONAL WEEKEND!
UCC Friend-Raising Weekend kicks off Friday morning with new ad. Are you bringing someone to church with you on Sunday?
GET ELLEN TO SYNOD!
The UCC hopes Ellen DeGeneres will bring love, laughter and dance to General Synod 28. We need you to join the campaign!
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS WITH STILLSPEAKING MAGAZINE
'Blessing' is the focus of the second edition of this dynamic publication, to be mailed in early November.
BAPTISM A FAMILY AFFAIR AT NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SERVICE
Leadership role a perfect fit for Native American UCC member in Rhode Island.
ARE YOU USING FAITH PRACTICES IN YOUR LIFE?
Take a look at how easy and fun it can be to celebrate God every day.
The number of Our Church's Wider Mission '5 for 5' churches is growing. Don't you want your church to go '5 for 5,' too?
RAISE FRIENDS AND SPREAD THE WORD!
UCC will launch a new Stillspeaking commercial during a special 'Friend-Raising' weekend in November. Mark your calendars today!
YOUNG MEN ON A MISSION
Follow the Brooke Brothers Tour, as twins Max and Richard embark on a year of service with UCC ministries across the country.
LABOR DAY FREE-FOR-FALL
Take advantage of this 72 hour special - subscribe to StillSpeaking Magazine in time for the fall edition, and get the debut issue free!
IT'S IN THE EYES!
Want a surefire way to know if your church is experiencing revitalization? Look to the people in the pews.
SIMPLICITY WITH SUBSTANCE
Subscribing churches give an enthusiastic endorsement to 'FAITH PRACTICES' online resources, designed to revolutionize the way congregations equip their members to talk about faith.
TAKE THE UCC WITH YOU!
Here's how to get the UCC on your mobile phone
THAT'S THE SPIRIT!
Young people from around the UCC come together in celebration and fellowship at this summer's regional youth events.
SEEING LIFE FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Centro Romero 'immersion' articulates immigration debate for Coalition members.
FEED YOUR SPIRIT
Need a spiritual pick-me-up or a prayer for the day? Check out new ways to 'Feed Your Spirit' on the UCC homepage.
FAITH PRACTICES ARE ALL AROUND US
Grow your faith. Embark on a new congregational journey with 'FAITH PRACTICES,' this comprehensive new resource debuts this week!
BECOME A STILLSPEAKING VOICE!
Join the chorus of more than 2,000 people who have already opted in, and receive your free Voices pin.
EIGHT SOLUTIONS FOR EASY-TO-FIX FRUSTRATIONS
Perhaps it's crossed your mind, or maybe not, but we've got the answer.
NO MATTER WHO, NO MATTER WHERE
Congregations creatively embrace LGBT Pride celebrations as occasions to reach out and welcome.
WELCOME TO THE CHURCH HOUSE
As we celebrate 20 years in Cleveland, we look back at what brought the Church House here and to the ministry that takes place beyond our doors. Read the 2009 Annual Report.
VOICES CAMPAIGN COMING IN LOUD AND CLEAR
The volume of 'Stillspeaking Voices' is steadily on the rise.
FOCUSING ON THE FUTURE OF THE UCC
What's the most accurate way to measure growth and vitality? How do we connect with an up-and-coming generation?
'WE NEED UCC CHAPLAINS'
UCC chaplains bring openness and sensitivity to their military ministries.
STILL GOING STRONG
The 'Language of God' video message is making waves across the internet, sustaining a strong worldwide surge. Let's keep our message alive!
GOD'S LOVE KNOWS NO BORDERS
With your help, UCC will run this full-page ad in Arizona's statewide newspaper on May 29, the day when 500,000 protesters are expected to march in Phoenix.
GULF OF MEXICO OIL SPILL KEEPS DISASTER MINISTRY TEAM ON ALERT
The UCC is one of several organizations gathering today in Florida to coordinate support for disaster survivors.
HOW HAS THE SACRED CONVERSATIONS ON RACE INITIATIVE CHANGED US AS A CHURCH?
The call to action continues - we want your input; and if you haven't yet, become part of the conversation.
A SOUL STIRRING DEBUT FOR STILLSPEAKING MAGAZINE!
The first edition of the UCC's new magazine has readers already looking forward to the fall issue.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
A weekend packed with memorable events, from the internet message to the installation and everything in between.
READY FOR A FRIDAY RELEASE? WE NEED YOU TO SHARE IT!
The United Church of Christ is releasing its new 90-second commercial, titled "The Language of God," this Friday, April 16.
SHARING HOPE IN HAITI
The Rev. Geoffrey Black, UCC general minister and president, returns from a mission trip astounded by the need and bolstered by the hope of the Haitian people.
LAST CHANCE TO BE FIRST
If you haven't subscribed to StillSpeaking Magazine by April 5, you'll miss out on the delivery of the debut edition. Take advantage of this special offer for premiere subscribers today!
WHAT'S THE STILLSPEAKING AD ALL ABOUT?
Check out the answers to your questions about the April 16th ad launch, and get a preview of some of the video's images.
COUNTING DOWN TO A NEW CAMPAIGN
The big day is a month away! Mark your calendars. We're 30 days from the debut of Stillspeaking's new ad. Be ready to send it to your friends!
COMMEMORATING 200 YEARS OF GLOBAL MISSION
Recognizing the 200th anniversary of America's first foreign mission society, the United Church of Christ has planned a two-year observation of the ABCFM, a historic predecessor to Wider Church Ministries.
IT'S EVEN BETTER IN BULK
Plan ahead to receive greatly discounted bulk copies of the new'StillSpeaking Magazine' for your church. Premiering in late April, StillSpeaking will be an 88-page, full-color publication focused on lives changed in the UCC. It's the perfect gift for church visitors and potential members
A SURVIVOR'S STORY
A UCC partner describes his rescue after 55 hours trapped in the rubble of the earthquake in Haiti.
A HISTORY OF CONNECTING THE DOTS
In his reflection for Black History Month, UCC General Minister and President Geoffrey Black stresses the importance of embracing black history and our religious history by "connecting the dots."
STILLSPEAKING LAUNCHING NEW AD CAMPAIGN
Mark your calendars for April 16! We are counting on you to help spiral our message around the world
CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Use these resources during the month of February to remember how the United Church of Christ is entwined in this history, from the Amistad to the presidency.
DON'T MISS THE DEBUT
Arrive early. Be one of the first subscribers to the UCC's new 'StillSpeaking Magazine.' The premiere issue is in production, so get your subscription at a special introductory rate. The discount expires July 1, so don't wait.
A strong response to earthquake relief - UCC's online giving for Haiti surpasses all previous records.
BE INTENTIONAL IN 2010
Rev. Geoffrey Black shares a way to keep doing God's work in a troubled economy.
A Lasting Legacy Follows Almost Four Centuries of Service
The congregation of a closed Massachusetts church ensures the ministry will continue in 2010.
Making A Difference Around The World One Church At A Time
It's a mission that gives meaning to the true spirit of Christmas. Chicago's Epiphany UCC is helping children living in the margins in Romania.
A Christmas Letter From Rev. Black
United Church of Christ General Minister and President Geoffrey A. Black sends a message of thanks, holy anticipation and joy this holiday season.
Embrace What You Love This Christmas
Wishes for a holiday season filled with love, hope and renewal from your friends at the Church House in Cleveland.
Great Gifts For You During This Season Of Giving
This week, get this special keepsake 'UCC @ 50 Our History - Our Future' . Just pay postage. And there are more gifts to come.
God's Grace At Thanksgiving
Remember to keep it personal. Give thanks for the blessings you've received--and be a giver of grace yourself this holiday season. Read why "every lost opportunity to help one person rebuffs Christ."
For Such A Time As This
As a church we need to work even harder during tough economic times. Help is available in this Bible study focusing on how to keep doing mission even when money is tight. Download the Bible study FREE during the next 24 hours.
Holy Joe's Café Extends Extravagant Welcome To Troops
UCC churches and chaplains reach out to our military personnel overseas, while keeping them supplied with coffee.
Honoring our Veterans
As our nation readies to mark Veterans Day, congregations are already caring for those who served their country.
Meet Your New G.M.P.!
How did Geoffrey Black come to the UCC, and what does he hope to accomplish as our General Minister and President? Listen in, to get to know your G.M.P.
Work and Worship in the Wilderness
Spend your summer doing God's work in a truly awe-inspiring natural setting! Apply now for Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP), an interdenominational ministry for young people that extends the Christian message to those who live, work, and vacation in America's national parks.
A 20th Anniversary Thank You
The UCC national staff gives back to Cleveland in celebration of 20 years as the Church House home city.
Help Major Disaster Victims
Help the UCC raise $250,000 to send aid to disaster victims in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Pray With Geoffrey Black
RSVP now to join a nationwide call-in prayer service for Geoffrey Black at noon (ET) on Thursday, Oct. 1, his first day as new General Minister and President.
Meet Our Soon-To-Be General Minister And President!
Geoffrey Black is asking church members to share with him their hopes, ideas and visions for the denomination.
100,000 for Health Care: Four days left to rally support!
We have just a few more days to work a miracle. On Friday evening, the UCC's health care petitions will be delivered to the U.S. House Speaker's office. Is your name among the thousands who have already signed?
100,000 for Health Care-in 10 days!
Together, let's work a miracle. Join and promote the UCC's 10-day mobilization to gather 100,000 petition signatures that will be delivered to Congressional leaders on Sept. 18. 100,000 signatures in 10 days is no easy task! Can we count on you?
Global Ministries Child Sponsors Visit Israel
Follow the journey to the Holy Land as more than a dozen child sponsors and Global Mission staff members go to meet their sponsored children.
Parker Lecture Marks 50 Years Of Media Justice
Commemorating its 50th anniversary, the UCC's Office of Communication, Inc will hold its 27th annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture and Awards Program on Sept. 30 at The Riverside Church in New York City.
Calling all Volunteers!
Join our disaster recovery mission trips to help rebuild Galveston, Texas.
Featuring More Fun on myUCC
Now you can share documents, add a status update, and see what your friends have been up to.
UCCIB Has You Covered!
The UCC Insurance Board has changed for the better, weathering a financial crisis and emerging with more options for our churches.
Health Care Reform Is Up To You!
UCC leaders issue a pastoral letter calling for personal advocacy in the campaign for health care reform.
Changing Lives is Our Church's Wider Mission, But what does that mean?
Watch this easy to understand, entertaining explanation of Our Church's Wider Mission, and share it with your church family. It's OCWM in Plain Talk.
Bring Betty Broadband
Join UCC's campaign to bring attention to inequity in internet access. Increasingly, the fundamental right to communicate is meaningless without broadband service.
General Synod 27 - It's a wrap!
A new president, stimulating sermons and a spirited call for health care for all. Here's a review of five days of worship and work in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Keep Up With Daily GS 27 News Online
The UCC's communication team is gearing up to cover General Synod with an array of traditional resources and new technologies.
6-16-09The Cobb Challenge
Food for thought heading into General Synod. Noted theologian, the Rev. John B. Cobb Jr., issues a challenge to all members of our church.
6-9-09UCC homepage has updated look, expanded content!
Find what you are looking for more quickly. Check out new features on our revamped homepage. 6-2-09Stillspeaking Making its Mark in Michigan
Hello Grand Rapids! Billboards, TV commercials, newspaper ads are all part of a huge get-out-the-word campaign about the UCC and GS 27.
5-26-09UCC Going Green at General Synod
Living into our commitment to preserve our planet means changes in the way we do business at GS 27 in Grand Rapids.
5-19-09Changing Lives: UCC Annual Report Offers a Look Back at Ministry Highlights From 2008
Our green-friendly report offers downloadable reports, video clips, and financial documents.
5-19-09Young People to Take Synod by Storm!
'Youth @ General Synod' will be a mission experience, service project, social event and spiritual gathering - all rolled into one. Join us June 24-30 in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the time of your life.
5-05-09Synod Resolutions Address Single Governance Plan
Three Conferences and one Association submit GS 27 resolutions requesting a continuation of the process that would lead to a single governing board for the UCC's covenanted ministries.
4-28-09UCC News Online Has A New Look!
Check out the new page for news on UCC.org. It's all about keeping you better connected, with top stories, opinions, and blog highlights all in one place!
4-21-09How Will You Observe Earth Day?
What is the right way to preserve the earth and restore the integrity of creation? Reflections from our ecumenical partner, the Rev. Petra Bosse-Huber, Vice-President of the Evangelical Church of the Rhineland.
4-14-09Sing God's Praise!
It's always Easter. Lift your praise for years to come with UCC's new song book, Sing! Prayer and Praise, coming this June. Pre-orders receive steep discount.
4-07-09Break Bread with Bigwigs
General Synod 'Sponsored Meals' offer extra treats for big learning and great fun. Hear U.N. Assistant Secretary General Robert Orr talk about global mission or Wellesley College Professor Emily Buchholtz talk about science, evolution and faith. Pore over the menu and get your tickets!
3-31-09MyUCC is Blasting Off. Join the Launch!
You're invited to be part of our uniquely UCC social networking community. Sign up now!
3-24-09Throw Your Whole Self In
Get soaking wet - no matter how you define it - and send us the photo! We're building a photo mosaic for General Synod to showcase all the ways that UCC members 'immerse' themselves.
3-17-09UCC Public Policy Briefing Book
The United Church of Christ has a longstanding history of responding to urgent policy needs within our world - learn how by using this valuable resource.
3-10-09Pre-Synod Events - Something for Everyone
Discover more about UCC history and theology. Immerse yourself in holy water and prayer partnerships. Or join a strategy session on shaping immigration policy. How about drumming and dancing at the Multicultural Family Festival?
3-03-09Meet the Candidate
The Reverend Geoffrey A. Black is nominated to be the next General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.
2-24-09Keep on Pushing!
The Rev. Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity UCC in Chicago, celebrates Black History Month with UCC's national staff.
2-17-09It's Award Nomination Time
Who should we honor at Synod? You choose!
2-10-09One Stop Shopping on UCC.org
Visit our new e-commerce site: one store + one password = a streamlined shopping experience!
2-03-09'myUCC' is Coming Soon!
Coming this spring, you can help build something great at ucc.org. Watch for the launch of our new social networking community .
1-27-09Heavy Hitters planned for Synod
Eugene Robinson, columnist for the Washington Post and commentator for MSNBC is part of a incredible cast of accomplished presenters for GS27
UCC churches commemorate the inauguration of President Barack Obama with events around Washington, D.C.
1-13-09Middle East Prayers
UCC's John Thomas and ecumenical partner from Britain share updates, concerns and prayers for those suffering in Gaza.
1-06-09Middle East Crisis
UCC offers its prayers, offerings and advocacy to urge peace for Israel-Palestine.
Christ is the light of the world! Celebrate the gifts of the magi and the baptism of Jesus.
A message from United Church of Christ National Offices.
A Christmas message from United Church of Christ General Minister and President John H. Thomas.
Spare Kids the Ads
UCC's media watchdog group launches new campaign to underscore growing intrusion of 'embedded advertising.' Bring attention to the issue by sending these funny-yet-informative holiday e-cards.
No longer a stranger.
Christmas calls us to welcome the stranger in our midst. Read more in the December issue of United Church News.
'World AIDS Day' turns 20.
On Monday, Dec. 1, mark the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day with remembrance, prevention, education and activism.
It's time to prepare for advent
Download our guides to Advent family celebrations in the home. Sing along with our Christmas 'karaoke' send free Christmas e-cards to your friends, and join us for real-time daily prayer on i.UCC.
Creative 'Tents of Hope' to stand on Washington Mall to focus nation's attention on Darfur, Sudan.
In address to Cleveland's City Club, the Rev. John H. Thomas offers reflections on 'piety and politics on the road to the White House.'
Now is the time to talk about race.
No matter the outcome of next week's presidential election, race will be an issue. A brand new resource guide for leading a 'sacred conversation on race' is ready for you.