UCC headquarters to welcome Fuller Center cyclists June 13, 2014
Having partnered together for natural disaster recovery, the United Church of Christ will welcome bicyclists riding for the Fuller Center as part of a fundraising trip to help the affected families of future disasters. More than 40 volunteers from the Fuller Center for Housing will stop at the UCC’s national offices in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday, June 18.
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.
First UCC asylum seeker now a U.S. citizen June 12, 2014
A phone call in 2008 changed his life and her church forever. Linford Cunningham, a gay man from Jamaica who came to the United States seeking asylum and a better life was linked with Pastor Judy Hanlon at Hadwen Park Congregational United Church of Christ in Worcester, Mass. Now Cunningham, the first UCC asylum seeker, is an American citizen, and Hanlon's church and the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force it created to help people like him, has saved the lives of 83 people from 15 countries.
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.
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.