New England churches work to be Styrofoam free during Mission 4/1 Earth April 22, 2014
The Styrofoam-Free Contest, an initiative of the Green Team at Newtown (Conn.) Congregational Church UCC, has been opened to all New England congregations in hopes that churches will be inspired to stop using the non-biodegradable product that wreaks havoc on the earth.
Commentary: Creation care is up to us April 22, 2014
As people of faith who remember that God created all things and called them good, we know that we cannot afford to wreck creation. Deuteronomy 30:19 calls us to “choose life so that you and your descendants may live,” to live in harmony with creation and to restore balance.
UCC leader part of panel on climate change at California church April 21, 2014
Utilizing panels of environmental experts, analysts and advocates, including the Rev. Linda Jaramillo, First Congregational Church of San Jose UCC wants to identify and explore the role the faith-based community can play in combatting climate change during a public forum on Sunday, April 27.
UCC Chaplains train to focus on PTSD, moral injury April 18, 2014
The United Church of Christ is working to give military chaplains the tools they need to counsel and support those in service to our country suffering from moral injury. To do that, the church is centering a biennial training session around an expert on the subject, the Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, to help the chaplains better minister to the brave men and women who have sustained invisible wounds while serving in the armed forces.
Commentary: Affirming Life and Justice April 17, 2014
As people living in the United States, and as Christians, we should work to understand the connection between the mining of natural resources in Guatemala and in other parts of the world, including the United States, and the greed of corporations and individuals.
UCC pastor, Boston Marathon bombing survivor runs again on Easter Monday April 17, 2014
Easter is a time of resurrection, of spiritual reflection, rebirth and renewal. For the Rev. Cheryl Kerr, who calls the south Boston area home, those concepts will fuel her determination on Easter Monday, when she lines up with 36,000 athletes to run the Boston Marathon, and finish it this time. It's something this mother of three young children says she needs to do to heal, as a commitment to a different future.
Peace Corps alum working toward ministry at Andover Newton April 15, 2014
A United Church of Christ seminary has reached out to proven leaders who were ready to answer a new call, and as a result Andover Newton Theological School has three seminarians who are former Peace Corps volunteers.
Andover Newton was the first seminary in the country to acknowledge the valuable life experience of those former volunteers, partnering with the Peace Corps to offer them Paul D. Coverdell Fellowships for graduate study.
Gay marriage decision in Ohio celebrated by UCC Cleveland families April 15, 2014
True to his word, a federal judge in Ohio leveled the playing field for wedded people in the state, ordering Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states. The ruling, being celebrated by gay rights supporters, has special significance to several employees at the UCC national offices in Cleveland and their spouses.
UCC president opens Holy Week at White House Easter Prayer Breakfast April 15, 2014
The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black has a deepened appreciation for Holy Week after spending a few hours at an ecumenical gathering at the White House. The UCC general minister and president joined about 150 faith leaders in the East Room on Monday, April 14, welcomed by President Barack Obama at his annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast.
Pennsylvania church gathers community in support after stabbing at school April 11, 2014
Following an attack on more than 20 people stabbed or slashed at a Pennsylvania high school, Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ is taking the lead in community support, bringing together faith partners, and local businesses to brainstorm different ways to help students recover from the trauma.
Advocates applaud decision to release Senate investigation on use of torture April 11, 2014
Advocates from the United Church of Christ joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture on Friday, April 11, in celebrating the decision to publicly release the U.S. Senate’s findings about the CIA's use of torture. The Rev. Michael Neuroth, UCC policy advocate for international issues, feels that making public the findings of government-sanctioned use of torture during interrogation will lead to the eventual closing of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba.
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.