UCC officers, seminarians and churches to march for 'justice, love, mercy' in North Carolina February 3, 2014
Three officers of the United Church of Christ plan to stand with several thousand citizens of North Carolina on Saturday, at the forefront of a grassroots effort for change. Together they and other members of the wider church join a call for justice and fairness from the North Carolina legislature, as part of a Moral March on Raleigh the morning of Feb. 8.
Turning the church faith formation model on its ear February 3, 2014
The Rev. Ivy Beckwith, team leader of the UCC Faith Formation Ministry, thinks everybody has it within them to radically change the church approach to faith formation. She shares her ideas in this conversation.
Commentary: Looking Out for Each Other January 31, 2014
In the midst of these weather crises, I am heartened to see the extraordinary response of thousands of people who have reached out to care for their neighbors who need assistance, many of whom are the most vulnerable in our communities.
Photo exhibit a path to marriage equality for Oregon congregations January 31, 2014
On the surface, the open house event for a photo exhibit at Lake Oswego United Church of Christ in Oregon may not seem like an essential step toward marriage equality. However, the Rev. Jennie Ott, pastor at Lake Oswego UCC, believes each opportunity to discuss the freedom to marry for all people is vital and will pay off during the election season. That’s when LGBT supporters have the chance to vote the state’s same-sex marriage ban out of the constitution.
Remembering a UCC pioneer for disability ministries, Virginia Kreyer January 31, 2014
The woman who helped found what is known today as the United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries lives on in the minds of those who knew her as a groundbreaker, a woman of courage and passion. She happened to live with Cerebral Palsy, but taught those around her that people with disabilities are worthy of a place in the church.
UCC officers: Bridging the Divide January 28, 2014
It is our hope that President Obama, members of Congress, and national leaders will reach across partisan and political divides to heal the divides in our common life.
Advocates take immigration reform on the road January 28, 2014
Immigration advocates are taking their advocacy campaign to the people of the United States, hitting the road with Fast for Families Across America, a 66-day bus tour across the country.
Philippine recovery effort shifts from relief to reconstruction January 22, 2014
Visiting the Philippines recently, Xiaoling Zhu of Global Ministries – a shared ministry between the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – witnessed firsthand the destructive power of the typhoon that battered the island nation. But as he worshipped with Filipino churches, Zhu also witnessed their resolve to reclaim and rebuild their land with the help of international aid.
Detroit filmmaker wins UCC video contest January 21, 2014
Rashad Jackson, a member of Fellowship Chapel UCC in Detroit, Mich., is the winner of the $5,000 prize. His video, “Awake, Alive, Aware,” came out on top, collecting the largest number of the 4,500 votes cast.
UCC advocates urge Congress to reject new sanctions on Iran January 21, 2014
The once-tenuous political relationship between the United States and Iran has taken a slight turn for the better recently, as Iran begins complying with an international agreement to reduce nuclear production. But United Church of Christ advocates for peace in the Middle East are urging members of Congress to pull back on their proposed sanctions and allow for a diplomatic solution that would lead to improved relations and a chance for peace.
What would be different had MLK lived? January 21, 2014
How often is this question considered on MLK Day: In what ways would the world be different had King not been assassinated? UCC pastors offer their thoughts.
UCC congregations, pastors celebrate legacy of MLK January 17, 2014
As people around the country reflect on the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend, celebrating his accomplishments during the Civil Rights Era, one United Church of Christ congregation will ask youth members to think what the world would look like if history had unfolded another way.