Extravagance UCC ready to become a church during Lenten season March 3, 2014
The Lenten season is a time in the Christian calendar for people to connect, study, discuss, and worship. For 40 days, it will be a time for those things and more as the United Church of Christ’s geographically dispersed community of faith, Extravagance UCC, begins gathering this week in a new way of defining church in the 21st century.
Women’s Week celebration takes N.Y. church online, outside walls March 1, 2014
United Church of Christ leaders planning Women’s Week are inviting women across the church to use social media to reach beyond the walls of their congregation, out to the wider world. That’s how Pilgrim-St. Luke UCC in Buffalo, N.Y., will celebrate women as part of its mission of becoming a church without walls, ministering to people wherever they are.
Colorado UCCs, UUAs March Forth for marriage equality February 28, 2014
Members of the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association will stand in a public display of support for Colorado's same-sex couples and their right to marry the person they love during an ecumenical March Forth action on Tuesday, March 4.
CHHSM looks to the future at 76th annual meeting in Arizona February 28, 2014
When the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Services Ministry celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, CHHSM leadership promised another strong 75 years of service. At the 76th annual meeting this month, CHHSM will explore that future with two keynote speakers guiding the gathering through discussions of cross-generation diversity and non-profit fundraising.
Texas judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban February 27, 2014
Support for marriage equality in Texas may be small in scope compared with other regions of the country, but for select leaders of the United Church of Christ, Wednesday was a great day for equality of all Texans.
Commentary: March Forth for Justice February 27, 2014
March Forth on March 4 for justice in this country and around the world. Join the United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as we call attention to the testimonies of many who have boldly expressed their religious conviction for justice and the common good.
UCC leaders, pastors in Arizona claim foul on religious freedom bill February 25, 2014
Members of the United Church of Christ assembled by the dozens Monday night outside the Arizona Statehouse in Phoenix, joining almost 1,500 people to deliver a clear message to their representatives and governor. Their plea is to prevent a bill presented as protection for religious freedom from becoming a doorway for discrimination.
UCC Officers, Conference Ministers hold frank discussion on finances, common vision February 24, 2014
The four national officers of the United Church of Christ are joining conference ministers from all 38 conferences of the UCC to explore a shared vision for the church in times of economic austerity. Together, for three days from Feb. 24 through 26 in Orlando, Fla., they’ll discuss ways the national setting of the church and conferences can collaborate to fund that vision of the future for the UCC.
UCC assists lost congregations rediscover a new beginning February 24, 2014
As some congregations struggle with financing their ministry, they can lose sight of their mission as the focus becomes centered on survival. The path to regaining that focus can be hard to find, but it is not something congregations will have to navigate on their own any longer.
Commentary: "Suffer the Little Children" February 20, 2014
The Syrian war and the myriad calamities suffered by all God's children as a result must end. We must listen, and respond, to the people who live every day amid the horrors and hardships of this war, and those who offer welcome relief to all.
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.