Marking history for the UCC and women in ministry November 10, 2014
In the tiny town of Oberlin, Ohio, a few hundred feet from the entrance to First Church of Oberlin United Church of Christ, there now stands a historic plaque commemorating the life and work of the Rev. Antoinette Brown—the first woman ordained as a Christian minister since the times of the New Testament.
UCC revival bringing wood to fires of justice in Northwest U.S. November 6, 2014
To reignite the fires of justice and fan the flames outward in the wider church, United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries is partnering with the Central Pacific and Pacific Northwest conferences of the UCC in a “justice revival” on Saturday, Nov. 8.
$67,000 from UCC at work in Africa against Ebola November 3, 2014
In the past several weeks, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries has stepped up financial assistance to medical partners dealing with the Ebola virus in Africa— in the hope that an early response will have a greater impact in containing the outbreak of the disease.
$20 million launches United Church Funds fossil-fuel free fund October 31, 2014
United Church Funds announced the Beyond Fossil Fuels Fund in July, and since then it has gained the momentum—and the necessary investments—from UCC churches, conferences and agencies putting their financial weight behind their push for the good of the environment.
Commentary: “Human” Rights October 30, 2014
Why have we not made more progress in the human rights arena? Part of the answer is that, while there is a broadly shared understanding of “rights,” our understanding of “human” remains ill formed.
UCC attorney Don Clark recognized as top counsel in Cleveland October 29, 2014
Don Clark is one of 20 attorneys in the greater Cleveland area that will be honored by Crain's Cleveland Business on Nov. 20, as the publication recognizes the best legal minds in the region, representing public, private, nonprofit and government organizations.
Pumpkin patch fundraiser brings people together in New Jersey and beyond October 27, 2014
At first glance, it looked more like a pumpkin patch than a church lawn –until the sale started at the First Congregational Church of River Edge (FCCRE) in early October. The Pumpkin Patch Project – 3,000 pumpkins, a farmer's market and a slew of volunteers make up this annual fundraiser for the River Edge, N.J., church that brings the congregation together and helps boost the economy of the Navajo people.
Commentary: Race Matters: The U.S. Narrative Continues October 23, 2014
More than two months have passed since the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and no indictment has been issued against Officer Darren Wilson despite recent testimony before a grand jury.