UCC delegates to WCC Assembly met by protests October 30, 2013
There was an unnerving moment for representatives of the United Church of Christ attending the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly in Busan, South Korea. A throng of conservative Korean church members that numbered several hundred people gathered in protest of the WCC gathering as delegates arrived on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and there was a bomb threat reported at Busan Exhibition and Convention Center.
Canton Sunday Picnic draws hundreds to community meal October 28, 2013
Rather than sitting around complaining about the problems of poverty, UCC churches in Canton, Ohio host a community meal that draws hundreds of people to a local park for lunch every Sunday at 1 p.m.
UCC president kicks off symposium celebrating Jazz as liturgy October 25, 2013
UCC President and General Minister the Rev. Geoffrey Black extended an extravagant welcome to jazz enthusiasts from across the country who came to Cleveland for Jazz for the Journey, a national symposium on jazz music in worship. Sixty-two people gathered at the UCC’s headquarters Thursday evening, Oct. 24, to kick off the three-day event.
Two dozen from UCC embark on world pilgrimage to South Korea October 24, 2013
Twenty-three representatives from across the life of the United Church of Christ traveling to the Republic of Korea for the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly. The intent for those representatives is to enhance UCC relationships with existing ecumenical partners, and forge new relationships.
UCC activist works for LGBT rights in Ecuador October 24, 2013
Mónica Maher, member of First Church in Cambridge Congregational United Church of Christ in Cambridge, Mass., hopes to change perceptions of the LGBT community by turning the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ecuador into a safe space and a progressive voice for LGBT groups and their supporters.
Tree of Life conference works for peace in Palestine-Israel October 23, 2013
The purpose of the Tree of Life Conference, started by First Congregational United Church of Christ in Old Lyme, Conn., hasn’t changed since it began almost a decade ago. Tree of Life provides an interfaith gathering to educate participants on how to make the world a more peaceful place.
What has changed is the magnitude of the Tree of Life event. This fall, the three-week series of conferences, which began on Oct. 13 and ends Nov. 3, set out again to raise awareness around the social and human rights issues of the people of Palestine-Israel, and ways to help broker peace in the conflict.
UCC advocates hopeful immigration reform will retake center stage in Washington October 22, 2013
Emboldened by President Barack Obama's pledge to make immigration reform a top priority now that Congress has ended the partial government shutdown and passed short-term solutions to the budget and debt ceiling issues, UCC advocates hope comprehensive immigration reform legislation will become a reality sooner rather than later.