Unexpected evangelism turns casual conversation to sacred ceremony August 5, 2014
On occasion, the Rev. Holly MillerShank works late at the United Church of Christ national office. Never did she imagine that the extra hours she puts in would lead to one of the best evangelism stories of her ministry, where a young man and his bride-to-be discovered the welcome and hospitality of the UCC, and MillerShank discovered an unexpected place to live out her faith.
Reinterpreting worship and community through the Stillspeaking Worship Institute July 22, 2014
Two experiential and reflective worship education events in Minnesota and Colorado, will be the inaugural events for the UCC's Stillspeaking Worship Institute, aiming to bring together pastors, worship leaders and lay leaders to network and create around outreach to special needs families and outreach to the arts and music.
UCC grants help grow new ways of being ‘church’ April 10, 2014
This February, Local Church Ministries received and reviewed 21 applications for New, Renewing and Multiplying Church Funding, and 16 ministries were chosen to receive $20,000 each during an 18-month period, for a total of $320,000.
First Testimony! disbursement headed to N.C. church March 31, 2014
Naples United Church of Christ and Land of the Sky United Church of Christ aren’t close in geography, or in membership. Naples UCC, in Naples, Fla., has about 1,200 members, while Land of the Sky UCC, in Asheville, N.C., has almost 150. But both congregations share the same heart, a passion for justice and community outreach, and the pursuit of excellence in everything they do. The two are linked further by Naples UCC’s contribution of $5,000 to Land of the Sky through the UCC’s Testimony! campaign.
MESA team guides members discerning God’s call March 28, 2014
The UCC's Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization team welcomed about 50 Eastern Region Members in Discernment to Cleveland, reminding them that no matter where they are in life’s journey, they are welcome at the UCC national setting.
UCC leader honored as Chicago Theological Seminary distinguished alum March 28, 2014
As a local church pastor, a communicator and a leader in the United Church of Christ, the Rev. J. Bennett Guess has long been a prophetic witness to society for justice and equality. Those reasons inspired Chicago Theological Seminary to present Guess with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.
UCC assists lost congregations rediscover a new beginning February 24, 2014
As some congregations struggle with financing their ministry, they can lose sight of their mission as the focus becomes centered on survival. The path to regaining that focus can be hard to find, but it is not something congregations will have to navigate on their own any longer.