Making the case for the United Church of Christ May 1, 2014
There are about 70 marriage equality cases moving through the judicial system in the United States, but the lawsuit brought by the representative body of the United Church of Christ is distinct.
Awaiting religious freedom, North Carolina couples bus to Washington to wed April 30, 2014
This week the Rev. Nancy Ellett Allison, pastor of Holy Covenant UCC in Charlotte, North Carolina has participated in a landmark UCC lawsuit challenging North Carolina's marriage laws, hosted a media conference that focused the national spotlight on her congregation and is preparing for a road-trip to Washington, D.C. to lead an interfaith ceremony, wedding six same-sex couples who are banned from marrying in their home state.
Commentary: Taking Freedom of Religion Seriously April 29, 2014
The courageous legal action taken by the United Church of Christ protects the free religious exercise of United Church of Christ clergy, whether or not they agree with the church's affirmation of equal marriage rights.
UCC regional leaders explore ecumenical working relationships in western U.S. April 25, 2014
A two-day gathering will bring regional leaders from the United Church of Christ together with their counterparts from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Presbyterian Church (USA) to examine the challenges in ministry in the western United States, and to discuss ways to strengthen their work other across denominational lines.
UCC, DoC leaders share grief with Korea after ferry disaster April 24, 2014
As South Korean families recover those lost at sea and bury their dead in the aftermath of the ferry sinking, United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) leaders have sent written condolences, continuing to offer prayers to support their ecumenical partners.
Commentary: Creation care is up to us April 22, 2014
As people of faith who remember that God created all things and called them good, we know that we cannot afford to wreck creation. Deuteronomy 30:19 calls us to “choose life so that you and your descendants may live,” to live in harmony with creation and to restore balance.
New England churches work to be Styrofoam free during Mission 4/1 Earth April 22, 2014
The Styrofoam-Free Contest, an initiative of the Green Team at Newtown (Conn.) Congregational Church UCC, has been opened to all New England congregations in hopes that churches will be inspired to stop using the non-biodegradable product that wreaks havoc on the earth.
UCC leader part of panel on climate change at California church April 21, 2014
Utilizing panels of environmental experts, analysts and advocates, including the Rev. Linda Jaramillo, First Congregational Church of San Jose UCC wants to identify and explore the role the faith-based community can play in combatting climate change during a public forum on Sunday, April 27.
UCC Chaplains train to focus on PTSD, moral injury April 18, 2014
The United Church of Christ is working to give military chaplains the tools they need to counsel and support those in service to our country suffering from moral injury. To do that, the church is centering a biennial training session around an expert on the subject, the Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, to help the chaplains better minister to the brave men and women who have sustained invisible wounds while serving in the armed forces.
UCC pastor, Boston Marathon bombing survivor runs again on Easter Monday April 17, 2014
Easter is a time of resurrection, of spiritual reflection, rebirth and renewal. For the Rev. Cheryl Kerr, who calls the south Boston area home, those concepts will fuel her determination on Easter Monday, when she lines up with 36,000 athletes to run the Boston Marathon, and finish it this time. It's something this mother of three young children says she needs to do to heal, as a commitment to a different future.
Commentary: Affirming Life and Justice April 17, 2014
As people living in the United States, and as Christians, we should work to understand the connection between the mining of natural resources in Guatemala and in other parts of the world, including the United States, and the greed of corporations and individuals.