UCC pastor, Boston Marathon bombing survivor runs again on Easter Monday April 17, 2014
Easter is a time of resurrection, of spiritual reflection, rebirth and renewal. For the Rev. Cheryl Kerr, who calls the south Boston area home, those concepts will fuel her determination on Easter Monday, when she lines up with 36,000 athletes to run the Boston Marathon, and finish it this time. It's something this mother of three young children says she needs to do to heal, as a commitment to a different future.
UCC president opens Holy Week at White House Easter Prayer Breakfast April 15, 2014
The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black has a deepened appreciation for Holy Week after spending a few hours at an ecumenical gathering at the White House. The UCC general minister and president joined about 150 faith leaders in the East Room on Monday, April 14, welcomed by President Barack Obama at his annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast.
Peace Corps alum working toward ministry at Andover Newton April 15, 2014
A United Church of Christ seminary has reached out to proven leaders who were ready to answer a new call, and as a result Andover Newton Theological School has three seminarians who are former Peace Corps volunteers.
Andover Newton was the first seminary in the country to acknowledge the valuable life experience of those former volunteers, partnering with the Peace Corps to offer them Paul D. Coverdell Fellowships for graduate study.
Gay marriage decision in Ohio celebrated by UCC Cleveland families April 15, 2014
True to his word, a federal judge in Ohio leveled the playing field for wedded people in the state, ordering Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states. The ruling, being celebrated by gay rights supporters, has special significance to several employees at the UCC national offices in Cleveland and their spouses.
Advocates applaud decision to release Senate investigation on use of torture April 11, 2014
Advocates from the United Church of Christ joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture on Friday, April 11, in celebrating the decision to publicly release the U.S. Senate’s findings about the CIA's use of torture. The Rev. Michael Neuroth, UCC policy advocate for international issues, feels that making public the findings of government-sanctioned use of torture during interrogation will lead to the eventual closing of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba.
Pennsylvania church gathers community in support after stabbing at school April 11, 2014
Following an attack on more than 20 people stabbed or slashed at a Pennsylvania high school, Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ is taking the lead in community support, bringing together faith partners, and local businesses to brainstorm different ways to help students recover from the trauma.
UCC grants help grow new ways of being ‘church’ April 10, 2014
This February, Local Church Ministries received and reviewed 21 applications for New, Renewing and Multiplying Church Funding, and 16 ministries were chosen to receive $20,000 each during an 18-month period, for a total of $320,000.
Standing in solidarity, restoring hope through the Congo Initiative April 8, 2014
Thanks to the efforts of Global Ministries, a shared ministry between the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), churches and leaders in both denominations recognized the pleas of the Congolese and are standing in solidarity with them through the ongoing Congo Initiative.
Next Generation Leadership Initiative an investment in church of the future April 4, 2014
A transformational leadership program administered by The Pension Boards United Church of Christ, which uses gifts from our forbearers to bring together young clergy dedicated to parish ministry and train them to lead the church of the future, is seeing an explosion of interest in 2014.
Oklahoma City church continues legacy of dedicated member April 4, 2014
Stephanie Telleen chose to remember Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in her will when she passed away, leaving her half-million dollar estate to the church. Now the Oklahoma City church will use that estate to remember Telleen for her selflessness and generosity by funding two missions close to her heart.
UCC begins coordinating Washington mudslide disaster relief efforts April 4, 2014
As crews begin the second week of search-and-rescue work to find more victims of the mudslide that devastated the community of Oso, Wash., on March 22, the United Church of Christ's Disaster Ministries is in the early stages of coordinating its relief efforts.