A Supreme Court shift toward marriage equality June 26, 2013
It’s a major step forward for marriage equality, one that members of the United Church of Christ are celebrating across the country. The Supreme Court of the United States struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, ruling it unconstitutional because it denied benefits to all legally married couples.
UCCers in Cleveland rally for equality at City Hall June 26, 2013
On the steps of Cleveland City Hall on a bright afternoon, a group of United Church of Christ staff and members were among the crowd of about 50 people gathered to support LGBT equality and celebrate a pair of Supreme Court decisions.
UCC leaders celebrate marriage equality’s return to California June 26, 2013
Leaders from the United Church of Christ are ready to feel the love from California, now that Supreme Court of the United States cleared the way for marriage equality to return to the state. As members from across the church gather this week in Southern California for General Synod 2013, they’ll certainly have cause to celebrate the court’s ruling.
Voting rights ruling ‘deeply disappointing’ to UCC leaders June 25, 2013
If voting is at the heart of the democratic process, activists from the United Church of Christ want to do everything in their power to protect that right and empower voters, instead of creating more obstacles in the process.
UCC member witnesses humanitarian crisis in Syria June 25, 2013
Elizabeth Ferris, a United Church of Christ member in Maryland, believes as horrible as the crisis is in Syria because of the ongoing civil war, many people familiar with the struggle in the region believe worse days lie ahead.
CHHSM resolution to seek advocacy for quality affordable housing June 25, 2013
Responding to the growing need for more affordable housing for seniors, low-income families and people with disabilities, the Council for Health and Human Ministries is asking that all settings of United Church of Christ, in an act of hospitality, call on Congress in the immediate future to resume funding those housing programs so vulnerable people and families aren’t left without a home.
Don’t miss these events at General Synod 2013 June 24, 2013
There are so many activities and events during the United Church of Christ’s General Synod 2013 that demand attention, it can be challenging to take in everything that is offered. Here are some don’t-miss suggestions for the week.
General Synod honors hotel worker boycott in Long Beach June 24, 2013
General Synod delegates and visitors may have to build in a little more daily travel time to and from hotels and the Long Beach Convention Center this week, because General Synod is standing with a group of union hotel workers and honoring their boycott of the Hilton and the Hyatt hotels.
Proposed Synod resolution affirms full equality of women June 20, 2013
A resolution from the Connecticut Conference calls upon General Synod 2013 to “reaffirm the belief that societal distinctions which create an inferior-superior relationship between genders is contrary to the will of God.
Resolution asks General Synod to call for tax reform June 20, 2013
With constant changes to the United States tax code, the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries is asking delegates at General Synod 2013 to pass a resolution calling on all settings of the church to advocate, pray and work toward a tax system that is progressive, fair and redistributive for the benefit of all American citizens.
Justice abounds at Southern Conference annual meeting June 20, 2013
It’s fitting that justice is the theme for the annual gathering of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, since hundreds in that faith community can be counted in the crowds of North Carolina citizens who rally weekly on ‘Moral Mondays’ to express disapproval with the direction of the state legislature.