UCC leaders, pastors in Arizona claim foul on religious freedom bill February 25, 2014
Members of the United Church of Christ assembled by the dozens Monday night outside the Arizona Statehouse in Phoenix, joining almost 1,500 people to deliver a clear message to their representatives and governor. Their plea is to prevent a bill presented as protection for religious freedom from becoming a doorway for discrimination.
UCC Officers, Conference Ministers hold frank discussion on finances, common vision February 24, 2014
The four national officers of the United Church of Christ are joining conference ministers from all 38 conferences of the UCC to explore a shared vision for the church in times of economic austerity. Together, for three days from Feb. 24 through 26 in Orlando, Fla., they’ll discuss ways the national setting of the church and conferences can collaborate to fund that vision of the future for the UCC.
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.
Commentary: "Suffer the Little Children" February 20, 2014
The Syrian war and the myriad calamities suffered by all God's children as a result must end. We must listen, and respond, to the people who live every day amid the horrors and hardships of this war, and those who offer welcome relief to all.
UCC advocates arrested on President's Day protesting for immigrant rights February 18, 2014
More than 50 immigrant rights advocates and members of the faith community gathered outside of the White House on Monday, Feb. 17, to ask the president for deferred action from deportation for all undocumented persons, as the administration approaches an unprecedented 2 million deportations since taking office in 2008.
UCC ministers celebrate Virginia ruling that strikes down same-sex marriage ban February 14, 2014
It comes as no surprise to United Church of Christ activists for LGBT rights that another state ban on same-sex marriage has been ruled unconstitutional in U.S. Federal Court. The latest decision, in Virginia, came late on Thursday, Feb. 13, when a district judge nixed the state ban that prohibited the freedom to marry.
Merging science and faith, UCC continues celebration on Science, Faith and Technology Sunday February 14, 2014
There are some who believe that faith and science are competing schools, that they do not intertwine. But there are others, including United Church of Christ pastors past and present, who believe the notion that faith and science can coexist and complement each other.
The Rev. Jeff Spencer, pastor at Niles Discovery Church in Fremont, Calif., is a believer of the latter.
Commentary: We Are North Carolinians February 13, 2014
On Feb. 7, I got to be part of a march through Raleigh, N.C., where more than 80,000 people from across the country and all walks of life joined together in solidarity with our North Carolinian brothers and sisters to call attention to the recent immergence of state legislative actions that will further deny basic rights to those who are already marginalized.
UCC officer lauds marriage equality progress in Kentucky February 12, 2014
Kentucky’s ban on same-gender marriages was partially struck down on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in a U.S. District Court. That ruling was welcomed by native Kentuckian and officer of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. J. Bennett Guess.
UCC, United Church of Canada start path to full communion February 12, 2014
Six delegates from the United Church of Christ will spend three days in Toronto this week working with ecumenical colleagues from the United Church of Canada to continue bringing the denominations closer together.
Virginia churches hopeful state is next in line for marriage equality February 11, 2014
The state of Virginia’s travel and tourism motto since the late 1960s has been “Virginia is For Lovers.” Central Atlantic Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. John Deckenback, would like to see that motto become more of a reality as a federal judge considers the merits of a case that could overturn the state’s ban against same-sex marriage.
UCC leaders celebrate FCC caps on prison phone rates February 11, 2014
United Church of Christ leaders and the denomination's media justice arm, the Office of Communication, Inc. (OC, Inc.) are celebrating a victory that was a decade in the making. A new rate cap on prison phone calls took effect on Tuesday, Feb. 11, giving UCC leaders and activists a chance to pause and celebrate the milestone.