Churches ready to kick off UCC literacy initiative with One Read September 2, 2014
Congregations across the United Church of Christ are gearing up for the all-church literacy initiative, which begins next week, and runs through General Synod 2015. The denomination is kicking off the project with ‘One Read’ on Sept. 8, 2014, National Literacy Day, as a commitment to helping adults and children overcome illiteracy and make the most of life’s opportunities.
Massive UCC turnout expected at the People's Climate March in NYC September 1, 2014
The United Church of Christ will be represented at the People's Climate March in full force, with thousands of members and leaders expected to make the journey to Manhattan to raise their voices and concerns about the fate of the planet during the Sept. 21 event.
Love wins at LGBT-friendly New Hampshire church August 29, 2014
Love trumps all. The Rev. Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy, pastor of First Church Congregational United Church of Christ, wants to spread that message far and wide as a way to say thank you to supporters around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.