Labor Day highlights need for economic justice August 26, 2014
As we approach Labor Sunday, Aug. 31 on the 2014 calendar, United Church of Christ members, ministers and leaders are preparing liturgy and worship services to lift up workers, celebrate their contributions and support their struggles. UCC Justice and Witness Ministries is also lifting up the Labor Day holiday as a time for congregations to consider a commitment to improving wages and working conditions through the Economic Justice Covenant Program, so that every worker is treated fairly and with dignity.
Global Ministries heads to Africa to witness the progress of Congo Initiative August 26, 2014
The trip by Global Ministries executives this week to the Congo will reinforce the work of the Congo Initiative, the 18-month long program of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that has focused resources, attention and assistance on the African nation. After more than a year of advocacy, prayer and solidarity, the Rev. James Moos and the Rev. Sandra Gourdet are ready to witness the fruits of that labor – and they both promise the care of their Congolese friends and partners will continue into the future.
Support and solidarity with Ferguson August 21, 2014
Walking from tent to tent in the Ferguson, Mo., neighborhood where 18-year old Michael Brown lived and died, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black witnessed firsthand the strong presence of local pastors reaching out to heal a community that is hurting, but thirsting for justice.
Celebration to mark conclusion of disaster recovery in Joplin August 21, 2014
South Joplin Christian Church will celebrate the closing of the Mission Station, which played an integral role in housing UCC and Disciples volunteers, with Disciples and UCC regional and conference ministers, volunteers and friends.
UCC executive accepts the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' August 19, 2014
The Rev. J. Bennett Guess accepted the "Ice Bucket Challenge", a campaign to raise money and awareness for ALS, dumped a bucket of freezing cold water on his head and passed the challenge on to three other ministers in the denomination.
Geoffrey Black invited to preach, pray in Ferguson August 19, 2014
As the nation keeps a watchful eye on the events in Ferguson, Mo., the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black will join local United Church of Christ ministers on the ground to give pastoral support to the community.
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.