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.
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.
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.
Commentary: Why We Can't Give Up on Preventing Gun Violence March 20, 2014
It is time to reclaim our streets, schools, and workplaces from the threat of gun violence, and it is time to reclaim the power of our vote from narrow special interests that seek to block even modest, common-sense measures to prevent gun violence.
One Great Hour of Sharing beneficiary of Connecticut youth fast March 20, 2014
If you take a group of committed young church members, and add ingenuity and cooperation to a 30-hour fast, the equation equals a great gift of more than $5,000 to the UCC One Great Hour of Sharing Offering from First Church, Simsbury, Conn. United Church of Christ.
UCC unfurls painting displayed at 1964 World’s Fair March 19, 2014
The UCC’s national offices in Cleveland have been in possession of a painting, possibly since the 1960s, that shares a message of love and faith, which was displayed at the World’s Fair 50 years ago.
UCC Board joins church officers to define mission of national setting March 18, 2014
National leaders of the United Church of Christ have diligently worked to reduce a deficit of more than $2.3 million in 2014, and now they’ll have some guidance along the way. The United Church of Christ Board, which recently concluded three days of meetings in Cleveland, is stepping in to work alongside the UCC officers to prioritize the mission of the national setting of the denomination into the future.
Arizona UCC hosts multicultural celebration of music, art on the border March 13, 2014
The first annual Common Ground on the Border, taking place March 13-15, will utilize visual art, lectures, film, song, and the written word to highlight the intersection of the faith world and the folk world and stimulate conversations that will lead attendees to a common ground.
Commentary: An 'AH-HA' Moment March 13, 2014
I had an epiphany during the season of Epiphany, that post-Christmas celebration in the Christian calendar which acknowledges the arrival of the Magi at the place where Jesus was born.
Immigration reform bus tour makes a stop at Colorado church March 11, 2014
The Fast for Families Across America bus tour will stop in Aurora on March 12 for a press conference at Mountain View United Church UCC followed by a community meeting at the immigrant-rights organization Rights for All People later that evening.
CHHSM exec Sickbert to retire at year’s end March 7, 2014
After more than 20 years of leading the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Services Ministries, the Rev. Bryan Sickbert has announced his retirement as president and CEO of the ministry at the end of 2014.
OC Inc., Newseum partner to host historic 2014 Parker Lecture March 6, 2014
In commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Rev. Everett Parker’s petition to the FCC, event organizers from the United Church of Christ’s Office of Communication, Inc., will partner with the Newseum for this year’s Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture.
Commentary: Thank you, Mr. President March 6, 2014
Recently, President Barack Obama announced a new White House initiative to benefit young men and boys of color named "My Brother's Keeper," which may radically change their lives - and this nation - for the better.
New Jersey church fights hunger during Lent March 6, 2014
Each year, the children, parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents of First Congregational Church in Westfield, N.J. spend the six weeks of Lent focusing on fighting hunger and ending poverty by partnering with Heifer International.