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.
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).
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.
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.
Commentary: We Are All Affected December 4, 2014
For those of us who do not live in Missouri, we may feel as though Ferguson is miles away. But if we think that we are unaffected, we need only wait a while because each of us will be in one way or the other.
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.
Moral Injury Conference continues work of Synod resolution to welcome veterans December 3, 2014
As part of a promise to make people aware of veterans in their local communities, the United Church of Christ, working with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is partnering with the United States Veterans Administration. Together, they will educate the San Diego community on ways churches can welcome veterans when they complete their military duty.
Bringing light to others through the Christmas Fund December 2, 2014
As we wait for the coming of the light of the world at Christmas, the Pension Boards United Church of Christ is hoping you will take some time this Advent to put a little light in someone else’s life by giving to The Christmas Fund.
UCC leaders to speak against re-militarization of Japan December 2, 2014
Called to speak out against the re-arming of the Japanese military, and the importance of recognizing human rights, the Rev. Jim Moos and the Rev. Xiaoling Zhu are representing the United Church of Christ and Global Ministries at an international conference aimed at building peace between nations, and between humans.
UCC minister calls to end stigma on World AIDS Day December 1, 2014
United Church of Christ minister the Rev. Yvette Flunder shared a powerful message at the White House on World AIDS Day: To end the AIDS epidemic, we must first end the stigma of people with AIDS.