Supreme Court ruling means marriage equality in five states, maybe more October 6, 2014
The United States Supreme Court decided on Monday, Oct. 6, that it will not rule on marriage equality bans, allowing appeals court decisions in favor of same-sex marriage to stand in five states --a move celebrated by LGBT advocates of the United Church of Christ as a great victory and another step toward equality for all couples.
Immigration advocates applaud Obama plan to welcome refugee children October 3, 2014
After reviewing a plan by the White House that would aid young children fleeing Central America and seeking refuge in the United States, immigration advocates of the United Church of Christ acknowledged it as a compassionate response and positive step in the midst of a crisis.
Congregations get creative to stretch grant dollars for school kits October 2, 2014
When the Disaster Ministries team of the United Church of Christ put out the call to congregations, looking for assistance in assembling school kits for children in impoverished global communities, church members stepped up to create almost 4,500 school kits for Church World Service.
Commentary: Never Give Up October 2, 2014
It is one thing to hear news reports about conditions in Palestinian refugee camps, but it is quite another to actually be there in person.
An important opportunity to inspire women in the West Bank September 26, 2014
When the Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo learned of the chance to lend her voice to empower women in Israel-Palestine, she jumped at the opportunity. The executive minister of the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries believes it will be a powerful moment, to come together at the invitation of the YWCA of Palestine to discuss the issues women face around the world.
Commentary: Holding the U.S. Accountable for Racial Discrimination September 25, 2014
Last month a United Nations committee published its concluding observations regarding the United States’ compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), commonly known as the race convention.
UCC builds philanthropy and stewardship team September 24, 2014
Five new faces have joined the Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship of the United Church of Christ, and together the team will work to advance the philanthropy efforts and the mission of the denomination.
UCC marchers part of 400,000 advocating for climate justice September 23, 2014
Hundreds of UCC members, part of the 400,000 earth care advocates from several faith traditions, all walks of life, and scores of communities across the country who converged on the streets of New York City calling on world leaders to act at this week’s United Nations summit meeting on climate change.
Global Ministries delegation heads to Middle East to meet with partners in moment for peace September 22, 2014
With the Middle East seemingly in a state of constant conflict, a delegation from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will make it's way through the region over the next two weeks carrying a banner of peace. The Rev. Shari Prestemon believes that the trip represents an important opportunity to stand alongside partners in Israel-Palestine, and other parts of the Middle East, as they face violence that makes the reality of peace seem distant.
United Church of Christ to receive HRC Torch Award September 19, 2014
For decades, the United Church of Christ has been a leader and torch-bearer for LGBT equality. In recognition of that leadership, the Cleveland Chapter of the Human Rights Campaign is honoring the entire denomination, and its Open and Affirming Coalition, with Torch Awards.
Commentary: Love Never Fails September 18, 2014
Today marks the anniversary of Margaret Smith’s historic election in 1948 as Maine’s first woman U.S. Senator, a position she would keep until 1973, making her the longest-serving Republican woman in the Senate.
OC, Inc. continues the fight for net neutrality September 17, 2014
The Office of Communication, Inc. (OC, Inc.) spearheaded the latest action on behalf of faith-based groups in asking the Federal Communications Commission to adopt the strongest possible rules that would prohibit any pay-for-priority access online.
Solar panels at Mexican hospice could help care for patients September 15, 2014
The ministers of A Church Alive United Church of Christ in North Hollywood, Calif., came up with a plan to install solar panels at the facility to cut down on utility costs, freeing up funds to feed and provide medication to patients.