Minnesota pastor preaches peace, community after mugging January 7, 2014
The message that the Rev. Oby Ballinger is sharing with his neighbors in St. Paul, Minn., is not unique to ministers or Christians. Ballinger, pastor at Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park, wants those around him to seek out the other, to welcome the stranger in 2014.
UCC leaders remember Sam Loliger as activist, art lover January 4, 2014
Colleagues from the United Church of Christ are celebrating the life and ministry of Sam Lolinger, the former national coordinator for the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns, with memories of his drive for LGBT diversity and inclusiveness. Lolinger, 76, died Thursday, Jan. 2, in Buffalo, N.Y.
Lilly Endowment awards grants to UCC seminaries January 3, 2014
To help address the economic challenges that seminarians face upon graduation, two United Church of Christ-related seminaries have been awarded grants from Lilly Endowment Inc. totaling almost $425,000.
UCC activists laud Boy Scouts milestone of member inclusivity January 2, 2014
The Boy Scouts of America wasn’t looking for any type of celebration on Jan. 1 when the organization began allowing gays to join as members for the first time in its history. Still, LGBT rights activists from the United Church of Christ took a moment to mark the occasion as a positive step for LGBT equality. But they also reiterated that this is just a small step in a battle for the full inclusivity.
The 2013 UCNews top 10 stories December 31, 2013
What defines a ‘top story of the year’ for the purpose of this list? It comes down to the number of readers with interest in a story.
So, counting down from 10 to 1, here are the UC News stories that garnered the most interest in 2013:
Environmental issues front and center for the UCC in 2013 December 30, 2013
The move toward divestment, one of several strategies to reduce fossil fuel use and our carbon footprint, is just part of the UCC's many wide-ranging efforts, initiatives and campaigns that placed environmental concerns front and center in 2013.
The UCC effectively joins faith and action in 2013 December 30, 2013
The United Church of Christ accomplished much as a denomination in 2013, living into a new reality of unified governance, lifting up a bold public voice around issues of marriage equality and climate care, and reaching out to assist the people of the Philippines devastated by a super typhoon through the aid of the greatest on-line giving response the church has ever experienced.
UCC discontinues Calendar of Prayer December 26, 2013
The New Year often brings change, and in 2014 that means the discontinuation of the United Church of Christ Calendar of Prayer (COP).
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.