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.
UCC environmental advocates oppose Sandpiper Pipeline May 29, 2014
UCC Justice and Witness Ministries has issued an action alert calling for members to express their concerns about the Sandpiper Pipeline to the Minnesota Department of Commerce before the public comment period for the pipeline's proposal ends on Friday, May 30.
Commentary: Caring for the Good Gift of Sexuality May 29, 2014
Comprehensive sexuality education is all about honoring and valuing the good gift of our sexuality, and equipping one another with the information we need to make healthy decisions that impact our entire lives.
Connecticut church’s Field of Flags to honor U.S. military heroes one last time May 27, 2014
After eight years as a visible memorial to the fallen, the Field of Flags is returning to Somers Congregational Church United Church of Christ to be displayed for the final time. The traveling memorial, which has paid tribute to scores of men and women who have served the United States military and have given their lives for freedom, will be retired on June 1.
Eden Theological Seminary wins lawsuit to control use of former library building May 23, 2014
For one of the only times in its 164-year history, Eden Theological Seminary filed a lawsuit in September 2013, suing the City of Webster Groves, Mo. after city council denied the use of a former library building as anything other than a library, and never offered an explanation why. On Wednesday, May 21, Eden won that lawsuit, and seminary leaders are grateful that the judicial system preserved the balance of power.
Global Ministries mission trip to Palestine-Israel plants seeds of awareness, justice May 22, 2014
For the fourth time this decade, the Rev. Nancy Fowler is leading a mission trip of people from Southern California to Palestine-Israel to walk with Global Ministries’ partners, to experience the challenges of peace in the Holy Land. But the real challenge begins when the group returns, as Fowler and the others work to raise awareness of the Middle East conflict with their friends and allies at home.
UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns changing name, advocating core mission May 22, 2014
To strengthen the commitment to its Open and Affirming program, the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns will undergo a name change next year. However, that change won’t alter the Coalition’s core mission and identity as advocates for and with LGBTQ communities in the UCC.
Commentary: Our Warming Earth May 22, 2014
Climate change, once a debated possibility, is no longer so. Rather, it is a present reality that is already having an impact on weather, crops, water, energy, health, etc. at the national and global levels.
United Church of Christ Board seeking 12 nominees May 21, 2014
The General Synod Nominating Committee will soon select a dozen new leaders who have the enthusiasm to guide the mission and set the priorities of the national setting of the United Church of Christ. Those 12 individuals, with diverse gifts and abilities, are now being sought to serve on the United Church of Christ Board of Directors beginning in 2015.
Pennsylvania judge tosses same-sex marriage ban May 20, 2014
United Church of Christ leaders in Pennsylvania are hailing a federal judge’s decision to overturn the state’s same-sex marriage ban, allowing LGBT couples to be fully included in the life of the church.
Central Pacific Conference celebrates 'the dream' of marriage equality in Oregon May 19, 2014
For almost two decades, clergy and members of the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ voiced their support for same-sex marriage in Oregon. It wasn’t until today, May 19, that the dream of marriage equality became law after a federal judge tossed out yet another state ban against same-sex marriage because it violated the U.S. Constitution.
National Council of Churches to set new path at Christian Unity Gathering May 15, 2014
More than a dozen leaders and members from the United Church of Christ are ready to help drive the work of a restructured National Council of Churches. During the NCC’s 2014 Christian Unity Gathering, the ecumenical organization will welcome its 37 partner churches to faithfully set the stage and direction for its future.