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.
UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns changing name, advocating core mission May 22, 2014
To strengthen the commitment to its Open and Affirming program, the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns will undergo a name change next year. However, that change won’t alter the Coalition’s core mission and identity as advocates for and with LGBTQ communities in the UCC.
Global Ministries mission trip to Palestine-Israel plants seeds of awareness, justice May 22, 2014
For the fourth time this decade, the Rev. Nancy Fowler is leading a mission trip of people from Southern California to Palestine-Israel to walk with Global Ministries’ partners, to experience the challenges of peace in the Holy Land. But the real challenge begins when the group returns, as Fowler and the others work to raise awareness of the Middle East conflict with their friends and allies at home.
Commentary: Our Warming Earth May 22, 2014
Climate change, once a debated possibility, is no longer so. Rather, it is a present reality that is already having an impact on weather, crops, water, energy, health, etc. at the national and global levels.
United Church of Christ Board seeking 12 nominees May 21, 2014
The General Synod Nominating Committee will soon select a dozen new leaders who have the enthusiasm to guide the mission and set the priorities of the national setting of the United Church of Christ. Those 12 individuals, with diverse gifts and abilities, are now being sought to serve on the United Church of Christ Board of Directors beginning in 2015.
Pennsylvania judge tosses same-sex marriage ban May 20, 2014
United Church of Christ leaders in Pennsylvania are hailing a federal judge’s decision to overturn the state’s same-sex marriage ban, allowing LGBT couples to be fully included in the life of the church.
Central Pacific Conference celebrates 'the dream' of marriage equality in Oregon May 19, 2014
For almost two decades, clergy and members of the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ voiced their support for same-sex marriage in Oregon. It wasn’t until today, May 19, that the dream of marriage equality became law after a federal judge tossed out yet another state ban against same-sex marriage because it violated the U.S. Constitution.
OC, Inc. takes fight for free and open internet to FCC May 15, 2014
Hundreds of orange-clad supporters beating drums rallied en force on May 15, outside the offices of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., calling for a free and open internet. The demonstration wouldn’t have been possible without the historic groundwork laid by the United Church of Christ’s media justice ministry, the Office of Communications, Inc., during the Civil Rights Movement.
Commentary: A Woman's Worth May 15, 2014
We're quick to point the finger at cultures and religions in faraway lands that we see as oppressive to women, but we're slow to turn the mirror on ourselves.
National Council of Churches to set new path at Christian Unity Gathering May 15, 2014
More than a dozen leaders and members from the United Church of Christ are ready to help drive the work of a restructured National Council of Churches. During the NCC’s 2014 Christian Unity Gathering, the ecumenical organization will welcome its 37 partner churches to faithfully set the stage and direction for its future.
North Carolina asks for extension in UCC lawsuit, citing ‘complex issues’ and ‘significant public interest’ May 15, 2014
The plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper have waited 14 days for a response from North Carolina to the claim that the state’s marriage laws violate their constitutional rights and wrongly criminalize clergy. On Thursday, May 15, the defendants in the case filed motions for a 30-day extension to respond to the lawsuit today in U.S. District Court in Charlotte.
UCC general counsel to address graduating seminarians in Chicago May 14, 2014
Donald C. Clark, UCC general counsel, plans to share a message - cherish life’s journey - with the newest generation of theological leaders. Clark will deliver the commencement address during Chicago Theological Seminary’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 17
OC, Inc. rallies to keep Internet accessible May 14, 2014
The Office of Communications, Inc. is speaking out for neutrality on the Internet, working with allies to persuade the FCC to stop a proposal that would permit large corporations to pay to receive preferential treatment on the Internet.
Pension Boards, UCF engage in shareholder activism with fossil fuel companies May 14, 2014
With many of the major oil, gas and utility companies holding their annual shareholder meetings during the month of May, the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ and United Church Funds are engaged in various levels of shareholder activism, continuing the UCC's mission to combat climate change in bold, strategic ways.