Next Generation Leadership Initiative an investment in church of the future April 4, 2014
A transformational leadership program administered by The Pension Boards United Church of Christ, which uses gifts from our forbearers to bring together young clergy dedicated to parish ministry and train them to lead the church of the future, is seeing an explosion of interest in 2014.
Oklahoma City church continues legacy of dedicated member April 4, 2014
Stephanie Telleen chose to remember Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in her will when she passed away, leaving her half-million dollar estate to the church. Now the Oklahoma City church will use that estate to remember Telleen for her selflessness and generosity by funding two missions close to her heart.
UCC chaplain at Fort Hood ministers to soldiers after shooting April 3, 2014
A United Church of Christ chaplain stationed at Fort Hood Army base in Texas was at work well into the night, bravely doing her best to comfort and assist as she ministered to fellow soldiers following a deadly shooting left three dead and 16 others injured.
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.
Commentary: Honoring an American Hero April 3, 2014
March 31 marked the birthday of Cesar Estrada Chavez. His commitment is remembered today among organizations that have joined together in an advocacy campaign for just wages.
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.
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.
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.
$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.