Geoffrey Black plans to retire in 2015 August 18, 2014
With a deep sense of gratitude, serving the United Church of Christ during a time that he’s called both a challenge and a privilege, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the denomination’s general minister and president, has announced he plans to retire early.
Going for gold, UCC staffer medals at Gay Games August 15, 2014
As Gay Games 9 winds down to a conclusion this weekend, a national staff member of the United Church of Christ competing in the pool is taking home some hardware for his trophy case.
Church leadership applauds Mideast ceasefire, urges continued peace negotiations August 14, 2014
With lasting peace in the region as a goal, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black joined an interfaith group of religious leaders from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions, calling on the United States government and the international community to continue brokering a peace agreement between the warring sides.
Commentary: Antidote for Apathy August 14, 2014
The historically low public approval ratings for Congress reflect the country's frustration, and the fear is that apathy and cynicism will garner the most votes in November.
UCC, faith leaders call for open dialogue to end violence in St. Louis suburb August 12, 2014
An unarmed 18-year old teenager in a St. Louis suburb was shot and killed, the police department is under fire for its aggressiveness and tactics, and the town of Ferguson, Mo., is engulfed in riots as citizens take to the streets to violently protest this turn of events for a third straight day.
World faith community focusing attention and prayers on Northern Iraq August 8, 2014
Hearing a cry for help from Christians and other vulnerable religious and ethnic communities in Northern Iraq, leaders from United Church of Christ are focusing attention on the intimidation and tyranny against minority groups in the region, calling for prayers and advocacy from congregants nationwide.
Unexpected evangelism turns casual conversation to sacred ceremony August 5, 2014
On occasion, the Rev. Holly MillerShank works late at the United Church of Christ national office. Never did she imagine that the extra hours she puts in would lead to one of the best evangelism stories of her ministry, where a young man and his bride-to-be discovered the welcome and hospitality of the UCC, and MillerShank discovered an unexpected place to live out her faith.
UCC coordinated response moves quickly to fund assistance for displaced children August 4, 2014
Through the generosity of its members, the United Church of Christ is very much involved in offering compassion and care to displaced refugee children from Mexico and Central America, working on the ground with congregations in the southern border states helping to meet early needs of the refugees, providing for the children as they are moved through all 50 states to be reunited with their families, and advocating to influence federal government funding and deportation policies.
UCC 'matching grant' maximizes contributions of CWS School Kits August 4, 2014
Thanks to an imaginative "matching grant" challenge, United Church of Christ congregations across the United States are outdoing themselves to make CWS School Kits – urgently needed by Church World Service to meet demand in countries around the world.