UCC officers lobby for faithful, fair budget on Capitol Hill November 29, 2012
UCC General Minister and President, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, and Executive Minister for Justice and Witness Ministries, the Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo, joined other senior religious leaders from across the country on Capitol Hill Thursday, Nov. 29, to ask the Obama Administration and Congress not to place the burden of the nation’s debt on the shoulders of the poor.
UCC Conferences move toward shared resources November 29, 2012
Good things can happen when people come together. That’s what several United Church of Christ Conferences, in two regions of the country are working toward as they look for ways to combine their talents and resources for a common good. Conferences in the south and the southwest have discussed the possibilities of sharing staff and teaming together to increase the awareness of the UCC and its churches in those regions.
Six-year-old raises $1,300 for Hurricane Sandy relief November 28, 2012
With a shoebox, some art supplies, and the generosity of family, neighbors and his congregation, the young member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Red Lion, Pa., has raised nearly $1,300 for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
New vision, name, location for Authorizing Ministry in 21st Century event November 27, 2012
New Orleans, a city that reinvented itself after hurricane Katrina, is the perfect setting for the reinvention of the former Search and Call gathering of the United Church of Christ. From Dec. 4-7, the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Ministry Team of the UCC will be hosting a gathering of conference staff from across the denomination. This biennial gathering, formally known as Search and Call, has been renamed and re-envisioned as Authorizing Ministry for the 21st Century (AM21).
World AIDS Day: Let's seize the moment November 27, 2012
People of faith play a vital role in "Getting to Zero," reducing the cases of HIV/AIDS. The UCC's Executive Director of the HIV & AIDS Network spells out that role in his statement for World AIDS Day 2012.
Penn. UCC church to host concert for scholarship, LGBTQ awareness November 26, 2012
In its commitment to be an open and welcoming space, and to make schools in the Philadelphia area safer and accepting of LGBTQ students, Ascension United Church of Christ in Jeffersonville, Pa., is hosting a scholarship concert and art exhibit for students working for LGBTQ advocacy.
Let us respond to Christ's message of hope with justice and peace November 21, 2012
The UCC national officers, in an Advent pastoral letter, urge us as responsible Christians to avoid purchasing gifts and products that contribute to the continued violation of human rights and diminish the possibility of peace in the Middle East.
UCC member hopes memoir of her mother's death helps others to heal November 21, 2012
Despite her grief, Linda Campanella, member of Asylum Hill UCC in Hartford, Conn., vowed to make her mother's remaining days as blessed and joyful as she knew how, and chronicled the ups and downs of her mother's last year of life in her memoir When All That's Left of Me is Love.
Interfaith worship part of Thanksgiving weekend services November 20, 2012
As part of Thanksgiving celebrations, several congregations and clergy from the United Church of Christ are reaching out to other faiths, from corners in the Midwest to the shores in Florida, gathering together to give thanks for their blessings.
Minnesota church plans to be carbon neutral by 2030 November 19, 2012
The capital campaign was called "Seeds of Hope” - exactly what the Rev. Gretchen Deeg wanted to plant when she introduced the idea of becoming a carbon neutral church to her congregation.
UCC churches celebrate 14th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance November 16, 2012
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to memorialize those who have died as a result of their transgendered status or their perceived sexual identity, and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
United Church Funds using economic leverage to support UCC values November 15, 2012
The Board of Directors of United Church Funds (UCF) will continue to use its position as an investor to create constructive dialogue, shareholder action, positive investment and, as a last resort, reducing its assets to support issues that concern the United Church of Christ. The board announced the updated “Statement of Position Concerning the Use of Economic Leverage” at its board meeting in late October.
Retirement Housing Foundation pledges to double donations for Sandy recovery November 14, 2012
Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), a member of the UCC's Council for Health and Human Services Ministries (CHHSM) is pledging to match all donations it receives for Hurricane Sandy before Dec. 1 – up to $50,000. The goal of RHF: to send as much as 100 thousand dollars to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) for Hurricane Sandy relief.
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