UCC activists in Rhode Island ask media to focus on love August 2, 2013
An interfaith group of churches in Rhode Island asked the media to focus on love, not hate on the first day same-gender couples could file for marriage licenses, August 1. As a result, most local news coverage focused attention on the couples who were marrying and not picketers from Westboro Baptist Church.
Geoffrey Black talks justice advocacy on Internet radio August 2, 2013
The past and present of the United Church of Christ’s social justice advocacy work became the topic of discussion on internet radio as the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, general minister and President of the UCC, joined the Rev. Carolyn L. Boyd’s show as a guest Wednesday, July 31.
Minnesota church camera catches vandalism suspect in the act July 31, 2013
Police hope the fourth time is the charm in Maple Grove, Minn. Pilgrims United Church of Christ has been defaced four times in the last few months, but there now is a sense of relief and hope after a man was caught on tape on Sunday, throwing eggs at the building.
Franklinton Center Day to celebrate history, welcome community July 30, 2013
The Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, N.C., is extending an extravagant welcome to its neighbors for a fun-filled Franklinton Center Day on Saturday, August 3, an annual event that celebrates the institution's legacy of racial and economic justice.
Testimony! grassroots fundraising effort gears up July 30, 2013
The United Church of Christ is embarking on the most significant church-building campaign in 20 years, and is hoping that a new video will be a valuable tool in a grassroots fundraising effort.
S.D. Conference Minister Elect the Rev. Marc Wessels dies at 59 July 29, 2013
The Rev. Marc Wessels, 59, associate conference minister of the UCC Missouri MidSouth Conference, died suddenly in St. Louis on Friday, July 26, just weeks before his installation as conference minister of the South Dakota Conference of the United Church of Christ.
A visible call for tougher gun legislation marks Long Island church July 23, 2013
On the front lawn of Sayville United Church of Christ on Long Island, N.Y., 20 backpacks and six teachers bags hang, each bearing the names and representing the 26 innocent lives that were lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. The public display is a call for tougher gun legislation.
Commentary: Every day is an anniversary July 19, 2013
Aurora and Oak Creek made headlines, but the painful truth is that every single day on the calendar is the anniversary of the terrible toll of gun violence, somewhere in America, whether or not it makes the nightly news.