UCC advocates arrested on President's Day protesting for immigrant rights February 18, 2014
More than 50 immigrant rights advocates and members of the faith community gathered outside of the White House on Monday, Feb. 17, to ask the president for deferred action from deportation for all undocumented persons, as the administration approaches an unprecedented 2 million deportations since taking office in 2008.
Merging science and faith, UCC continues celebration on Science, Faith and Technology Sunday February 14, 2014
There are some who believe that faith and science are competing schools, that they do not intertwine. But there are others, including United Church of Christ pastors past and present, who believe the notion that faith and science can coexist and complement each other.
The Rev. Jeff Spencer, pastor at Niles Discovery Church in Fremont, Calif., is a believer of the latter.
UCC ministers celebrate Virginia ruling that strikes down same-sex marriage ban February 14, 2014
It comes as no surprise to United Church of Christ activists for LGBT rights that another state ban on same-sex marriage has been ruled unconstitutional in U.S. Federal Court. The latest decision, in Virginia, came late on Thursday, Feb. 13, when a district judge nixed the state ban that prohibited the freedom to marry.
Commentary: We Are North Carolinians February 13, 2014
On Feb. 7, I got to be part of a march through Raleigh, N.C., where more than 80,000 people from across the country and all walks of life joined together in solidarity with our North Carolinian brothers and sisters to call attention to the recent immergence of state legislative actions that will further deny basic rights to those who are already marginalized.
UCC officer lauds marriage equality progress in Kentucky February 12, 2014
Kentucky’s ban on same-gender marriages was partially struck down on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in a U.S. District Court. That ruling was welcomed by native Kentuckian and officer of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. J. Bennett Guess.
UCC, United Church of Canada start path to full communion February 12, 2014
Six delegates from the United Church of Christ will spend three days in Toronto this week working with ecumenical colleagues from the United Church of Canada to continue bringing the denominations closer together.
Virginia churches hopeful state is next in line for marriage equality February 11, 2014
The state of Virginia’s travel and tourism motto since the late 1960s has been “Virginia is For Lovers.” Central Atlantic Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. John Deckenback, would like to see that motto become more of a reality as a federal judge considers the merits of a case that could overturn the state’s ban against same-sex marriage.
UCC leaders celebrate FCC caps on prison phone rates February 11, 2014
United Church of Christ leaders and the denomination's media justice arm, the Office of Communication, Inc. (OC, Inc.) are celebrating a victory that was a decade in the making. A new rate cap on prison phone calls took effect on Tuesday, Feb. 11, giving UCC leaders and activists a chance to pause and celebrate the milestone.
Atlanta congregation collects GIPPY award for Mission 4/1 Earth February 7, 2014
An Atlanta congregation that went after creation care in a big way last spring is still reaping the rewards of its efforts for Mission 4/1 Earth. Kirkwood United Church of Christ has been awarded the Light Award by Georgia Interfaith Power and Light for excellence in environmental education.
New York church bringing Moral Mondays to state for faithful budget February 7, 2014
The Rev. Donna Schaper and members of her congregation, Judson Memorial Church in New York City, are part of a coalition borrowing a page from a popular North Carolina movement by living out their faith with a public rally.
The Moral Mondays movement in New York begins on Feb. 10, with the first public prayer and demonstration at the offices of state representatives in Albany, N.Y.
UCC environmental activists encourage Keystone Pipeline opponents to keep fighting February 7, 2014
In what is considered to be a blow to environmental activists everywhere, a U.S. State Department report concluded last week that the creation of the Keystone XL Pipeline would not have significant effects on climate change. But United Church of Christ activists are calling for the pipeline's opponents to ramp up their efforts during the environmental impact report's 30-day public comment period that ends March 7.
UCC minister, LGBT activist Beach-Ferrara to speak at N.C. Moral March February 7, 2014
A United Church of Christ minister who has traveled across the south pushing for LGBT equality and the right for all citizens to marry will speak in her home state of North Carolina Saturday about the love and respect each person deserves – but is denied under state law.
Rev. William Wimer remembered for storytelling, love of art and theatre February 6, 2014
A United Church of Christ minister who served the church in various settings for seven decades, known for his love of life and creative storytelling through film, is remembered for his support of the Civil Rights Movement and opposition of the Vietnam War. The Rev. William Wimer III died on Jan. 14 at age 96.
UCC young adult service program lauded as one of nation’s best February 6, 2014
At its core, the UCC's Young Adult Service Communities program is all about changing lives and changing the world. Through the year-long program, interns have an opportunity to change the lives of people around them through their commitment to service, while changing their own lives by blending service work with their faith.
Commentary: For Such a Time as This February 6, 2014
Joining the Moral March on Raleigh is not only for the support of justice in North Carolina. It is a voice for justice that will be heard in Florida, in South Carolina, in Georgia, and all over the world.
Fast for Families Across America unveils list of bus tour stops February 5, 2014
Fast for Families Across America has finalized the list of cities in which the bus tour will stop during its 66-day trek across the country for immigration reform, and interested UCC congregations are already making plans to take part.