Global Ministries board to focus on Congo, strategic vision April 3, 2014
Just as the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) share in their overseas work as Global Ministries, the upcoming Common Global Ministries Board meeting will give board and staff members a chance to share in the continuous aligning of the vision of the ministry with the advocacy and relief work that is done around the world.
Young adults work to establish a living wage in Seattle April 2, 2014
As President Obama urges Congress to increase the federal minimum wage, and state legislators across the U.S. debate the issue, two young women in Seattle are making significant strides toward helping workers throughout the city earn a living that will provide them the quality of life all people deserve.
First Testimony! disbursement headed to N.C. church March 31, 2014
Naples United Church of Christ and Land of the Sky United Church of Christ aren’t close in geography, or in membership. Naples UCC, in Naples, Fla., has about 1,200 members, while Land of the Sky UCC, in Asheville, N.C., has almost 150. But both congregations share the same heart, a passion for justice and community outreach, and the pursuit of excellence in everything they do. The two are linked further by Naples UCC’s contribution of $5,000 to Land of the Sky through the UCC’s Testimony! campaign.
UCC leader honored as Chicago Theological Seminary distinguished alum March 28, 2014
As a local church pastor, a communicator and a leader in the United Church of Christ, the Rev. J. Bennett Guess has long been a prophetic witness to society for justice and equality. Those reasons inspired Chicago Theological Seminary to present Guess with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.
MESA team guides members discerning God’s call March 28, 2014
The UCC's Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization team welcomed about 50 Eastern Region Members in Discernment to Cleveland, reminding them that no matter where they are in life’s journey, they are welcome at the UCC national setting.
Commentary: Upholding the Worth and Dignity of Every Child of God March 27, 2014
An essential task is for religious leadership to create safe spaces for dialogue about sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity to build understanding and to hold each other accountable to respect the dignity and worth of every child of God.
Pension Boards president to step down in 2015 March 27, 2014
After 35 years of service to the United Church of Christ, Michael A. Downs will conclude his ministry in 2015 when he steps down as president and CEO of The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ.
$100K contribution launches endowment for One Great Hour of Sharing March 26, 2014
With the help of up to a $100,000 contribution from Donald C. Clark Jr., the UCC general counsel, a newly-launched endowment fund will provide stability and increased resources to One Great Hour of Sharing for years to come, assisting UCC Wider Church Ministries in saving the lives of people affected by future natural disasters or wartime conflict.
UCC focuses on literacy as justice issue with Reading Changes Lives March 25, 2014
Reading Changes Lives, an initiative of the national setting of the UCC, will allow churches from across the denomination to participate first-hand in community service projects aimed at improving literacy rates among both children and adults, and begin to raise even more awareness about how illiteracy can directly impact a range of social justice issues.
Wisconsin church members hear the difference with new technology March 21, 2014
The installation of an audio hearing system inside First Congregational United Church of Christ, a 185-member congregation in Madison, Wis., came with a hefty price tag. But the fact that several members with hearing problems can now hear the worship service more clearly than ever before has made it worthwhile, as it helps First Congregational fulfill its quest of being a place that is accessible to everyone.
UCC statement acknowledges death of Fred Phelps March 21, 2014
A United Church of Christ executive who is a tireless advocate for inclusivity has several thoughts on the death of the founding pastor of a church known for its anti-gay stance and public witness against UCC values.
Peacebuilding and change a focus of Ecumenical Advocacy Days March 21, 2014
The UCC Justice and Witness Ministries office in Washington, D.C., has participated in Ecumenical Advocacy Days since the event began 12 years ago. This year, the office once again has an important role to play, as it convenes UCC members and the ecumenical community to up a vision of a peaceful world.