Improvements on line for UCC Yearbook January 14, 2014
Each year, reports from every one of the United Church of Christ’s 5,000 congregations and 38 conferences are funneled together to create the newest edition of the UCC Yearbook. But this year, conferences and congregations have online tools at their fingertips to make the process quicker and easier.
Join UCC leaders in prayer circle to close Guantanamo January 10, 2014
It’s been 12 years since the first detainees were imprisoned at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba. That’s been far too long, according to the Rev. Mike Neuroth, UCC policy advocate for international issues, especially after the realization that government-sanctioned torture has taken place there and prisoners have been held without trial.
Commentary: A Resolution for the Common Good January 9, 2014
The new year prompts many of us once again to make personal resolutions. While personal change is important, change in our social systems can only be achieved by a collective commitment to do things differently.
UCC activists confident of marriage equality’s return to Utah January 8, 2014
LGBT activists from the United Church of Christ see the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily halt same-sex marriages in Utah as a “disappointing” setback. But their belief is that justice and fairness will prevail in the appeals process, once again giving all people in the state the freedom to marry the person they love.
Minnesota pastor preaches peace, community after mugging January 7, 2014
The message that the Rev. Oby Ballinger is sharing with his neighbors in St. Paul, Minn., is not unique to ministers or Christians. Ballinger, pastor at Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park, wants those around him to seek out the other, to welcome the stranger in 2014.
UCC leaders remember Sam Loliger as activist, art lover January 4, 2014
Colleagues from the United Church of Christ are celebrating the life and ministry of Sam Lolinger, the former national coordinator for the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns, with memories of his drive for LGBT diversity and inclusiveness. Lolinger, 76, died Thursday, Jan. 2, in Buffalo, N.Y.
Lilly Endowment awards grants to UCC seminaries January 3, 2014
To help address the economic challenges that seminarians face upon graduation, two United Church of Christ-related seminaries have been awarded grants from Lilly Endowment Inc. totaling almost $425,000.
UCC activists laud Boy Scouts milestone of member inclusivity January 2, 2014
The Boy Scouts of America wasn’t looking for any type of celebration on Jan. 1 when the organization began allowing gays to join as members for the first time in its history. Still, LGBT rights activists from the United Church of Christ took a moment to mark the occasion as a positive step for LGBT equality. But they also reiterated that this is just a small step in a battle for the full inclusivity.
The 2013 UCNews top 10 stories December 31, 2013
What defines a ‘top story of the year’ for the purpose of this list? It comes down to the number of readers with interest in a story.
So, counting down from 10 to 1, here are the UC News stories that garnered the most interest in 2013:
Environmental issues front and center for the UCC in 2013 December 30, 2013
The move toward divestment, one of several strategies to reduce fossil fuel use and our carbon footprint, is just part of the UCC's many wide-ranging efforts, initiatives and campaigns that placed environmental concerns front and center in 2013.
The UCC effectively joins faith and action in 2013 December 30, 2013
The United Church of Christ accomplished much as a denomination in 2013, living into a new reality of unified governance, lifting up a bold public voice around issues of marriage equality and climate care, and reaching out to assist the people of the Philippines devastated by a super typhoon through the aid of the greatest on-line giving response the church has ever experienced.