Maryland congregation rises from the ashes to serve community at Christmas December 24, 2013
Rather than grieve the loss of their church building to a fire, Lazarus United Church of Christ and their pastor are looking past their own troubles. The 200 members of the congregation are coming together to give back to the Lineboro, Md., community this Christmas by helping the less fortunate during the season of giving.
2013 a banner year for LGBT equality December 23, 2013
This year was a monumental swing in the quest for marriage equality in the United States, with victories in courthouses and statehouses of seven states.
Arizona pastor gives shoes to at-risk youth this Christmas December 20, 2013
This is the fourth Advent season that the Rev. Jeffrey Dirrim is busy collecting shoes – specifically Converse sneakers, in countless sizes and colors, which will be given to about 100 at-risk LGBTQ youth on Christmas morning.
UCC new church starts forge strong bond despite distance, geography December 18, 2013
What bonds a United Church of Christ congregation that started in the kitchen of a rural Iowa farm house to a Massachusetts Congregational church that meets in the conference room of a seasonal community marketplace? The pastors will tell you it’s love of God, and a newsletter article.
UCC immigration reform advocates carry fight into 2014 December 18, 2013
The UCC has a long history of affirming the dignity of immigrants and working for comprehensive U.S. immigration policy, and advocates approached the issue with more urgency, optimism and collaboration in 2013.
Commentary: A Word on Freedom December 15, 2013
Oscar Lopez Rivera's 32 years in prison are inhumane. Our appeal to President Obama is to release him with a small stroke of his pen so we can join the whole world who has taken notice of him as well.
Where will gun reform lead UCC activists in 2014? December 14, 2013
The 2013 calendar year escalated a contentious debate on gun reform in the United States, spurred by the death of 26 schoolchildren and administrators in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, and the ‘not guilty’ verdict in July against George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black Florida teenager.
What the 2013 calendar year didn’t note was a change to any federal gun legislation.
Cathedral of Hope Advent ads extend extravagant welcome December 12, 2013
During the season of Advent, television commercials usually advertise Coke, new cars, and the latest gift ideas and where to buy them. You don't often see advertisements for church, though, so the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas, is changing that this Christmas season.
UCC minister part of a prayer wave to end global hunger December 10, 2013
The Rev. Diane Ford Dessables, an ordained United Church of Christ minister and senior associate for national church relations for Bread for the World, was one ripple in the ecumenical "wave of prayer" to end hunger that made its way around the world.
Remembering the tragedy in Newtown to honor those lost December 9, 2013
It was a Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A normal December morning, until gunshots rang out, causing chaos and panic. By day's end 26 innocent people, most young children, had lost their lives.
Illinois UCC houses homeless family during Christmas season December 6, 2013
During the season of giving, one United Church of Christ congregation is providing a family a place to live after their home was damaged in November's tornados. St. Paul’s UCC in Nashville, Ill. has an unused parsonage, and decided to put it use to help put a roof over their heads.
UCC exceeds $250K goal for Typhoon Haiyan relief December 6, 2013
Donations came in rapidly and in large numbers to assist people in the Philippines put their lives back together after Typhoon Haiyan. Those generous gifts from a multitude of contributors enabled the United Church of Christ and the Disaster Ministries team to raise more than a quarter million dollars in just weeks. With gratitude, the UCC announced it surpassed its $250,000 goal on Friday, Dec. 6, with $250,641 to date.
UCC leaders evoke the inspiration, dignity and legacy of Nelson Mandela December 6, 2013
A man who shed bitterness and anger to instill reconciliation for an entire country. An icon for change and equality. A leader who persevered in a decades-long quest for justice.
Those are just a few ways justice leaders, past and present, from the United Church of Christ are evoking the lasting legacy Nelson Mandela.