Philippine recovery effort shifts from relief to reconstruction January 22, 2014
Visiting the Philippines recently, Xiaoling Zhu of Global Ministries – a shared ministry between the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – witnessed firsthand the destructive power of the typhoon that battered the island nation. But as he worshipped with Filipino churches, Zhu also witnessed their resolve to reclaim and rebuild their land with the help of international aid.
UCC advocates urge Congress to reject new sanctions on Iran January 21, 2014
The once-tenuous political relationship between the United States and Iran has taken a slight turn for the better recently, as Iran begins complying with an international agreement to reduce nuclear production. But United Church of Christ advocates for peace in the Middle East are urging members of Congress to pull back on their proposed sanctions and allow for a diplomatic solution that would lead to improved relations and a chance for peace.
Detroit filmmaker wins UCC video contest January 21, 2014
Rashad Jackson, a member of Fellowship Chapel UCC in Detroit, Mich., is the winner of the $5,000 prize. His video, “Awake, Alive, Aware,” came out on top, collecting the largest number of the 4,500 votes cast.
What would be different had MLK lived? January 21, 2014
How often is this question considered on MLK Day: In what ways would the world be different had King not been assassinated? UCC pastors offer their thoughts.
Noted physicist, UCC member Ian Barbour linked science and religion January 17, 2014
A notable physics scholar and UCC member t is being remembered for his tremendous impact in molding together science and religion. Ian Barbour bridged together two schools of thought, science and religion, which were considered incompatible. He died Dec. 24 in Minneapolis at the age of 90.
UCC congregations, pastors celebrate legacy of MLK January 17, 2014
As people around the country reflect on the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend, celebrating his accomplishments during the Civil Rights Era, one United Church of Christ congregation will ask youth members to think what the world would look like if history had unfolded another way.
Improvements on line for UCC Yearbook January 14, 2014
Each year, reports from every one of the United Church of Christ’s 5,000 congregations and 38 conferences are funneled together to create the newest edition of the UCC Yearbook. But this year, conferences and congregations have online tools at their fingertips to make the process quicker and easier.
Join UCC leaders in prayer circle to close Guantanamo January 10, 2014
It’s been 12 years since the first detainees were imprisoned at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba. That’s been far too long, according to the Rev. Mike Neuroth, UCC policy advocate for international issues, especially after the realization that government-sanctioned torture has taken place there and prisoners have been held without trial.
Commentary: A Resolution for the Common Good January 9, 2014
The new year prompts many of us once again to make personal resolutions. While personal change is important, change in our social systems can only be achieved by a collective commitment to do things differently.
UCC activists confident of marriage equality’s return to Utah January 8, 2014
LGBT activists from the United Church of Christ see the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily halt same-sex marriages in Utah as a “disappointing” setback. But their belief is that justice and fairness will prevail in the appeals process, once again giving all people in the state the freedom to marry the person they love.
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.