UCC welcomes additional co-plaintiffs in lawsuit against North Carolina June 5, 2014
The United Church of Christ welcomed new allies in its quest for religious freedom, as three religious organizations joined the UCC's First Amendment lawsuit against the state of North Carolina. The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, a national officer of the church, stood with the additional plaintiffs during a news conference in Durham, N.C. on Thursday, and applauded their stance as people of faith committed to preserving equality.
Sudanese woman on death row standing for religious freedom June 3, 2014
Will Sudanese authorities free a woman who was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce Christianity, or will Meriam Yehya Ibrahim lose her battle for religious freedom and remain locked inside a cell with her children on death row in Khartoum until a date is set for her execution?
Illinois pastors celebrate arrival of marriage equality June 2, 2014
Little by little, the wedding calendars for United Church of Christ pastors and congregations in Illinois are filling in with ceremonies for same-sex weddings now that the state’s new marriage law has taken effect.
UCC environmental advocates oppose Sandpiper Pipeline May 29, 2014
UCC Justice and Witness Ministries has issued an action alert calling for members to express their concerns about the Sandpiper Pipeline to the Minnesota Department of Commerce before the public comment period for the pipeline's proposal ends on Friday, May 30.
Commentary: Caring for the Good Gift of Sexuality May 29, 2014
Comprehensive sexuality education is all about honoring and valuing the good gift of our sexuality, and equipping one another with the information we need to make healthy decisions that impact our entire lives.
Connecticut church’s Field of Flags to honor U.S. military heroes one last time May 27, 2014
After eight years as a visible memorial to the fallen, the Field of Flags is returning to Somers Congregational Church United Church of Christ to be displayed for the final time. The traveling memorial, which has paid tribute to scores of men and women who have served the United States military and have given their lives for freedom, will be retired on June 1.
Eden Theological Seminary wins lawsuit to control use of former library building May 23, 2014
For one of the only times in its 164-year history, Eden Theological Seminary filed a lawsuit in September 2013, suing the City of Webster Groves, Mo. after city council denied the use of a former library building as anything other than a library, and never offered an explanation why. On Wednesday, May 21, Eden won that lawsuit, and seminary leaders are grateful that the judicial system preserved the balance of power.