Massachusetts UCC, Jewish neighbors to celebrate Thanksgiving-Hanukkah holiday November 26, 2013
For the first time in more than a century, Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah fall the same day, Nov. 28. In celebration, a United Church of Christ congregation in Massachusetts is inviting its Christian and Jewish neighbors for an interfaith service to lift up the rare occasion.
Chicago Theological Seminary offers online path to ministry November 25, 2013
Two different paths lead down the same road: a calling to ministry, to learn to help people in spiritual ways. A pair of women are following their call and are completing their second semester at Chicago Theological Seminary, one of seven United Church of Christ-related seminaries.
Faith, food and fellowship on the menu at Thanksgiving November 25, 2013
At Thanksgiving, St. Stephen United Church of Christ in New Holland, Pa. is the little congregation that could. This church of less than 100 attendees will feed four times that many people in two hours on Thursday, Nov. 28, with free food and a side of fellowship.
Prayer, advocacy on climate change supports Typhoon relief efforts November 22, 2013
People in the United States still seeking to help victims of a destructive typhoon in the Philippines should turn to prayer and advocacy for the environment. That’s what one first responder in the affected area told Matt Fehse, an intern with Global Ministries.
Pennsylvania minister leads Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial service November 20, 2013
The Rev. Barbara Peronteau is hopeful the Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial service will raise awareness about transgender people and the challenges they face, and pay respects to the 71 transgender people who have been killed in the U.S. this year out of hate, ignorance and fear.
Oregon church members take pledge against sexual violence on Speak Out Sunday November 19, 2013
On Speak Out Sunday, Nov. 24, members of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem, Ore., will together recite a pledge promising to speak out against sexual violence, stand in solidarity with those most vulnerable, and support laws that promote justice and enable healthy relationships.
UCC fall grants double investment in new, renewing churches November 19, 2013
The United Church of Christ is doubling its investment in the future this fall in new and renewing churches. UCC Local Church Ministries is funding 27 new, renewing and multiplying congregations with grants totaling $458,000 – which is twice the number of congregations and money invested by LCM in previous biannual funding cycles – to plant progressive faith communities in different corners of the country and support young churches early in their ministry.
Florida UCC member gives thanks, gives back to his congregation with Christmas ornaments November 18, 2013
While parting with his beloved collection of Christmas décor from throughout the world was difficult, the ornament sale Nov. 14-16 was the only way Michael Nitzsche was sure he would be able to thank his congregation for the unwavering emotional, physical and financial support members provided him during his recent battle with cancer.
UCC partner in Philippines describes ‘chaotic’ post-typhoon conditions November 15, 2013
Food supplies are scarce, there’s massive hoarding and fuel is quickly becoming limited in the Philippines. That’s merely a glimpse of the situation almost a week after a typhoon slammed the island nation, a scenario one of the leaders of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines described as“quite chaotic.”
UCC advocate hails WCC’s call to Just Peace November 15, 2013
Just Peace churches from the UCC can soon walk with others from across the globe, boldly proclaiming a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church, after the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly affirmed Just Peace as a direction its member churches will move toward.
New York church supports immigrants during deportation process November 14, 2013
Created in 2011 in partnership with Judson Memorial Church UCC in New York City and the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, the Accompaniment Project provides moral support and pastoral care to immigrants who are in the deportation process at their court hearings and required periodic check-ins with ICE.
Restructured National Council of Churches calls new general secretary November 14, 2013
As the National Council of Churches prepares to step into a new future next week under new leadership, two United Church of Christ executives are expressing an ecumenical commitment of support for the council as it moves forward at a critical time in its ministry.
Quick support funding UCC’s typhoon relief effort November 13, 2013
Though the UCC Disaster Ministries team is expressing gratitude for the early donations that have come in to fund the $250,000 appeal to support those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, they understand that recovery assistance will be needed long term.
Hawaii to become 16th state to support marriage equality November 12, 2013
The growing list of states in the U.S. is set to add another, as Hawaii became 16th state in America – and the sixth this year alone – to allow marriage equality. It’s news that advocates in the United Church of Christ can celebrate.
Coming together in communion at the WCC Assembly November 12, 2013
In the United Church of Christ all are welcome at the table, so UCC church leaders participating at the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly found a way around being unable to celebrate communion together as a global gathering.
Hawaiian traditions take center stage in South Korea November 12, 2013
During a Nov. 7 presentation during the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly in Busan, South Korea, Kenneth Makuakāne sang and played the ukulele, while Yuka "Pili Aloha" Sanada, a student from Japan, danced.