Commentary: "Do Not Be Afraid" December 18, 2014
It is hard to feel not afraid in a world so in need of hope, of peace, but let me offer what I experience as a sign of hope for all of us. That chorus of angels is filling the streets of Ferguson and New York.
Pension Boards enhances coverage of gender identity services December 17, 2014
A decision by the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc., will allow the transgender community access to broader insurance coverage at the turn of the New Year. The new benefit will make the United Church of Christ one of the first mainline churches to offer coverage for transgender-specific health services and other treatment related to gender transition.
UCC churches in D.C. light up the night for justice December 12, 2014
Churches of the United Church of Christ in the Washington, D.C., area are assembling with ecumenical partners on Friday night to join arms in a massive prayer vigil of love and light for justice.
NY clergy call for police reform to rebuild trust with community December 11, 2014
New York-area ministers of the United Church of Christ are part of an ecumenical community voice calling for justice and end to police violence. A pastoral letter to the mayor and city council, signed by 109 faith leaders from New York, takes aim at a lack of accountability and implores elected leaders to reform the police department to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the public.
Commentary: The Gift of God December 11, 2014
If God had waited for a perfect world to come to us incarnate, God would still be waiting. That is the miracle.
UCC steps in to help Philippines through latest disaster December 10, 2014
A little more than a year after a typhoon killed more than 6,000 people in the Phillippines, the island nation is recovering from another in Typhoon Hagupit. As in 2013, the United Church of Christ is already stepping in to assist the relief and recovery effort.
UCC joins faith community in condemning U.S. torture tactics December 10, 2014
Following the belief that torture is a violation of the image of God and it is never justified, leaders of the United Church of Christ are joining countless voices from the faith community condemning the CIA’s sanction of the brutal use of torture—in some cases nearly drowning and depriving detainees of sleep, sometimes for days and weeks at a time.
Commentary: The power and importance of a shared voice December 10, 2014
During the course of the Authorizing Ministry for the 21st Century (AM21) gathering in Savannah, it became apparent that not only were we engaged with ministry matters (noun) but also that ministry matters (verb).
General Synod schedule includes 24 workshops December 9, 2014
Next summer, delegates and visitors attending General Synod 2015, June 26-30 in Cleveland, can learn about a variety of topics through the biennial event’s 24 different workshops.
An Advent Call for Accountability December 9, 2014
During an Advent gathering to envision the future of ministry in the 21st century, 140 leaders of the United Church of Christ released a letter to the church addressing the racism they see in cases in Ferguson, New York and Cleveland. A message of outrage this holy season calling for accountability and justice for all people.
UCC legal team turns to music to talk clergy ethics December 5, 2014
All the world is a stage. United Church of Christ legal counselors Don Clark and Heather Kimmel have taken that idea by Shakespeare to heart, writing and producing a musical to creatively engage their audience and communicate an important message.
New York churches plan major focus on human rights after grand jury ruling December 4, 2014
After a New York grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer—whose chokehold led to the death of an unarmed black man—United Church of Christ congregations and ecumenical partners in New York City are turning a primary focus to civil rights—making human rights a top priority in the future.