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.
New York church bringing Moral Mondays to state for faithful budget February 7, 2014
The Rev. Donna Schaper and members of her congregation, Judson Memorial Church in New York City, are part of a coalition borrowing a page from a popular North Carolina movement by living out their faith with a public rally.
The Moral Mondays movement in New York begins on Feb. 10, with the first public prayer and demonstration at the offices of state representatives in Albany, N.Y.
UCC minister, LGBT activist Beach-Ferrara to speak at N.C. Moral March February 7, 2014
A United Church of Christ minister who has traveled across the south pushing for LGBT equality and the right for all citizens to marry will speak in her home state of North Carolina Saturday about the love and respect each person deserves – but is denied under state law.
UCC environmental activists encourage Keystone Pipeline opponents to keep fighting February 7, 2014
In what is considered to be a blow to environmental activists everywhere, a U.S. State Department report concluded last week that the creation of the Keystone XL Pipeline would not have significant effects on climate change. But United Church of Christ activists are calling for the pipeline's opponents to ramp up their efforts during the environmental impact report's 30-day public comment period that ends March 7.
Atlanta congregation collects GIPPY award for Mission 4/1 Earth February 7, 2014
An Atlanta congregation that went after creation care in a big way last spring is still reaping the rewards of its efforts for Mission 4/1 Earth. Kirkwood United Church of Christ has been awarded the Light Award by Georgia Interfaith Power and Light for excellence in environmental education.
Rev. William Wimer remembered for storytelling, love of art and theatre February 6, 2014
A United Church of Christ minister who served the church in various settings for seven decades, known for his love of life and creative storytelling through film, is remembered for his support of the Civil Rights Movement and opposition of the Vietnam War. The Rev. William Wimer III died on Jan. 14 at age 96.
Commentary: For Such a Time as This February 6, 2014
Joining the Moral March on Raleigh is not only for the support of justice in North Carolina. It is a voice for justice that will be heard in Florida, in South Carolina, in Georgia, and all over the world.
UCC young adult service program lauded as one of nation’s best February 6, 2014
At its core, the UCC's Young Adult Service Communities program is all about changing lives and changing the world. Through the year-long program, interns have an opportunity to change the lives of people around them through their commitment to service, while changing their own lives by blending service work with their faith.
Fast for Families Across America unveils list of bus tour stops February 5, 2014
Fast for Families Across America has finalized the list of cities in which the bus tour will stop during its 66-day trek across the country for immigration reform, and interested UCC congregations are already making plans to take part.
UCC officers, seminarians and churches to march for 'justice, love, mercy' in North Carolina February 3, 2014
Three officers of the United Church of Christ plan to stand with several thousand citizens of North Carolina on Saturday, at the forefront of a grassroots effort for change. Together they and other members of the wider church join a call for justice and fairness from the North Carolina legislature, as part of a Moral March on Raleigh the morning of Feb. 8.
Turning the church faith formation model on its ear February 3, 2014
The Rev. Ivy Beckwith, team leader of the UCC Faith Formation Ministry, thinks everybody has it within them to radically change the church approach to faith formation. She shares her ideas in this conversation.
Remembering a UCC pioneer for disability ministries, Virginia Kreyer January 31, 2014
The woman who helped found what is known today as the United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries lives on in the minds of those who knew her as a groundbreaker, a woman of courage and passion. She happened to live with Cerebral Palsy, but taught those around her that people with disabilities are worthy of a place in the church.
Photo exhibit a path to marriage equality for Oregon congregations January 31, 2014
On the surface, the open house event for a photo exhibit at Lake Oswego United Church of Christ in Oregon may not seem like an essential step toward marriage equality. However, the Rev. Jennie Ott, pastor at Lake Oswego UCC, believes each opportunity to discuss the freedom to marry for all people is vital and will pay off during the election season. That’s when LGBT supporters have the chance to vote the state’s same-sex marriage ban out of the constitution.