Commentary: Upholding the Worth and Dignity of Every Child of God March 27, 2014
An essential task is for religious leadership to create safe spaces for dialogue about sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity to build understanding and to hold each other accountable to respect the dignity and worth of every child of God.
Pension Boards president to step down in 2015 March 27, 2014
After 35 years of service to the United Church of Christ, Michael A. Downs will conclude his ministry in 2015 when he steps down as president and CEO of The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ.
$100K contribution launches endowment for One Great Hour of Sharing March 26, 2014
With the help of up to a $100,000 contribution from Donald C. Clark Jr., the UCC general counsel, a newly-launched endowment fund will provide stability and increased resources to One Great Hour of Sharing for years to come, assisting UCC Wider Church Ministries in saving the lives of people affected by future natural disasters or wartime conflict.
UCC focuses on literacy as justice issue with Reading Changes Lives March 25, 2014
Reading Changes Lives, an initiative of the national setting of the UCC, will allow churches from across the denomination to participate first-hand in community service projects aimed at improving literacy rates among both children and adults, and begin to raise even more awareness about how illiteracy can directly impact a range of social justice issues.
Wisconsin church members hear the difference with new technology March 21, 2014
The installation of an audio hearing system inside First Congregational United Church of Christ, a 185-member congregation in Madison, Wis., came with a hefty price tag. But the fact that several members with hearing problems can now hear the worship service more clearly than ever before has made it worthwhile, as it helps First Congregational fulfill its quest of being a place that is accessible to everyone.
UCC statement acknowledges death of Fred Phelps March 21, 2014
A United Church of Christ executive who is a tireless advocate for inclusivity has several thoughts on the death of the founding pastor of a church known for its anti-gay stance and public witness against UCC values.
Peacebuilding and change a focus of Ecumenical Advocacy Days March 21, 2014
The UCC Justice and Witness Ministries office in Washington, D.C., has participated in Ecumenical Advocacy Days since the event began 12 years ago. This year, the office once again has an important role to play, as it convenes UCC members and the ecumenical community to up a vision of a peaceful world.
Commentary: Why We Can't Give Up on Preventing Gun Violence March 20, 2014
It is time to reclaim our streets, schools, and workplaces from the threat of gun violence, and it is time to reclaim the power of our vote from narrow special interests that seek to block even modest, common-sense measures to prevent gun violence.
One Great Hour of Sharing beneficiary of Connecticut youth fast March 20, 2014
If you take a group of committed young church members, and add ingenuity and cooperation to a 30-hour fast, the equation equals a great gift of more than $5,000 to the UCC One Great Hour of Sharing Offering from First Church, Simsbury, Conn. United Church of Christ.
UCC unfurls painting displayed at 1964 World’s Fair March 19, 2014
The UCC’s national offices in Cleveland have been in possession of a painting, possibly since the 1960s, that shares a message of love and faith, which was displayed at the World’s Fair 50 years ago.
UCC Board joins church officers to define mission of national setting March 18, 2014
National leaders of the United Church of Christ have diligently worked to reduce a deficit of more than $2.3 million in 2014, and now they’ll have some guidance along the way. The United Church of Christ Board, which recently concluded three days of meetings in Cleveland, is stepping in to work alongside the UCC officers to prioritize the mission of the national setting of the denomination into the future.
Commentary: An 'AH-HA' Moment March 13, 2014
I had an epiphany during the season of Epiphany, that post-Christmas celebration in the Christian calendar which acknowledges the arrival of the Magi at the place where Jesus was born.
Arizona UCC hosts multicultural celebration of music, art on the border March 13, 2014
The first annual Common Ground on the Border, taking place March 13-15, will utilize visual art, lectures, film, song, and the written word to highlight the intersection of the faith world and the folk world and stimulate conversations that will lead attendees to a common ground.