Authorized Ministerial Updates May 2014 June 12, 2014
Ministerial changes reported in the Data Hub—the UCC's information system for ministers and churches—for ministerial transition in 2014 (as updated in the system in May 2014).
Defendants in UCC v. Cooper lawsuit reject motion for preliminary injunction June 12, 2014
Plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper want immediate restoration of their First Amendment rights. The defendants in the case, including North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, would prefer to play the waiting game rather than quickly guarantee religious freedom to clergy.
Commentary: Witnessing Faith June 12, 2014
Evangelism and justice are not at opposite ends of a competing spectrum; they are interchangeable expressions of how we speak to and live out reconciliation in the world.
UCC welcomes additional co-plaintiffs in lawsuit against North Carolina June 5, 2014
The United Church of Christ welcomed new allies in its quest for religious freedom, as three religious organizations joined the UCC's First Amendment lawsuit against the state of North Carolina. The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, a national officer of the church, stood with the additional plaintiffs during a news conference in Durham, N.C. on Thursday, and applauded their stance as people of faith committed to preserving equality.
Sudanese woman on death row standing for religious freedom June 3, 2014
Will Sudanese authorities free a woman who was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce Christianity, or will Meriam Yehya Ibrahim lose her battle for religious freedom and remain locked inside a cell with her children on death row in Khartoum until a date is set for her execution?
Illinois pastors celebrate arrival of marriage equality June 2, 2014
Little by little, the wedding calendars for United Church of Christ pastors and congregations in Illinois are filling in with ceremonies for same-sex weddings now that the state’s new marriage law has taken effect.
Commentary: Caring for the Good Gift of Sexuality May 29, 2014
Comprehensive sexuality education is all about honoring and valuing the good gift of our sexuality, and equipping one another with the information we need to make healthy decisions that impact our entire lives.
UCC environmental advocates oppose Sandpiper Pipeline May 29, 2014
UCC Justice and Witness Ministries has issued an action alert calling for members to express their concerns about the Sandpiper Pipeline to the Minnesota Department of Commerce before the public comment period for the pipeline's proposal ends on Friday, May 30.