A big day for love and the UCC in Oklahoma October 7, 2014
Marriage equality was celebrated 14 different ways at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City on Monday, Oct. 6, just hours after the United States Supreme Court refused to take up the issue of same-sex marriage.
‘Parables’ addresses accessible and inclusive worship October 7, 2014
A UCC church in Minnesota is offering a unique opportunity to experience a worship idea that opens doors to all people. Wayzata Community United Church of Christ is inviting everyone to take part, by finding new ways to reinvigorate their congregations, actively including people with disabilities.
How One Read is building momentum for UCC literacy work in Illinois October 7, 2014
The time to act is now. That belief is fueling the Rev. Peggy McClanahan, pastor of Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn, Ill., to take the lead on literacy work during One Read – a six week all-church campaign to bring the denomination together, through reading and discussion, to make people of faith aware of illiteracy and act as agents for change in their community.
Andover Newton inaugurates 10th president October 6, 2014
Messages of humility and hope marked the inauguration of Andover Newton Theological School's 10th president, the Rev. Martin B. Copenhaver, during a special service Sunday, Oct. 5, at Old South Church in Boston.
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.
How a Colorado church recaptures creativity by embracing the arts October 4, 2014
Let Them All Come, a UCC Stillspeaking Worship Institute event, to be held Nov. 8 and 9 in Denver, will explore and reflect on intergenerational worship and building use at Washington Park UCC. Saturday evening includes a concert and discussion of how Washington Park UCC has opened its building to neighborhood artists and musicians.
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.
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.
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.
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.