Illinois pastor preaches from a tree for Mission 4/1 Earth May 15, 2013
As the culmination of his congregation's Mission 4/1 Earth efforts, the Rev. Frank Rodgers of St. Paul Community Church UCC in Homewood, Ill., will preach from the limbs of a buckeye tree, more than 30 feet above the ground.
Connecticut group reclaims beachfront devastated by Hurricane Sandy May 15, 2013
In a symbolic gesture of solidarity, more than 3,000 New Englanders will formerly reclaim the shore that was decimated by last year's Hurricane Sandy and recognize the hard work that has gone into repairing the beachfront in time for all to enjoy this summer.
Jaramillo, Darkwood Brew to close out Mission 4/1 Earth May 15, 2013
The finish line for the United Church of Christ’s all-church environmental campaign is approaching, but the conclusion of Mission 4/1 Earth on Pentecost Sunday, May 19, doesn’t signal the end of the denomination’s earth care and advocacy focus.
Pacific Northwest Conference takes a stand against coal mining May 13, 2013
Taking a public stand to stop the impending pollution, the Pacific Northwest Conference voted nearly unanimously for a conference resolution opposing the proposed construction of coal export terminals and the transport of coal via trains that spew toxic dust throughout the region.
UCC general minister calls for closing of ‘Gitmo’ prison May 10, 2013
UCC General Minister and President the Rev. Geoffrey Black signed his name to a letter to the White House, joining other faith leaders in calling on President Barack Obama to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and end a dark chapter in the inhumane treatment of prisoners.
Bolstered by efforts of UCC pastors, Minnesota approaching marriage equality May 10, 2013
On Thursday, May 9, Minnesota cleared its biggest hurdle in becoming the next state to support marriage equality when the Minnesota House voted in favor of a bill that would permit same-sex marriages. The rapid shift of public opinion shows how quickly change can happen, said the Rev. Obadiah (Oby) Ballinger, a United Church of Christ minister in St. Paul, Minn.
Park Hill UCC planting 4/1 Earth postponed but not deterred by Mother Nature May 10, 2013
The community of Park Hill Congregational UCC, in Denver, Colo., has spent a lot of time working 4/1 Earth this Eastertide. In fact, 3,950 earth care hours to be exact, mostly worship and project preparation, as noted in the pastor's first Mission 4/1 Earth report May 2. But all of the advance planning in the world couldn't prepare the Rev. David Bahr for a curve ball from Mother Nature.
Spring brings new congregations to the UCC May 9, 2013
Promise UCC in Dallas and ANEW UCC in South Dakota are just two of several congregations that have joined the United Church of Christ or have been planted in the last 12 months. That number is sure to grow as the UCC's Local Church Ministries continues to tally the total as conferences report new churches following annual meetings this spring.
UCC leaders, pastors celebrate another win for marriage equality in Delaware May 8, 2013
Another state has voted against discrimination, choosing love and inclusion for all couples who want to marry, with leaders from the United Church of Christ celebrating another historic moment in the movement for full marriage equality. On Tuesday May 7, Delaware became the 11th state to pass a law extending marriage equality to all citizens.
Saturday a California sun and fun day at General Synod 2013 May 3, 2013
Can't imagine heading to the West Coast for business, without spending a day in the California sun?
No worries. The General Synod 2013 Local Planning Committee of the UCC Southern California Nevada Conference has found a way to combine sun and fun on Saturday, June 29, with an afternoon festival and evening luau.