United Church of Christ News

Call to General Synod 31 — Join us in Baltimore!

General Synod promises to be an inspiring and engaging event. Our keynote speakers include Aaron Mair, environmentalist and the first African American president of the Sierra Club, and Glennon Doyle Melton, activist, philanthropist, and author of the best-selling Carry On, Warrior and Love Warrior.


A Post-Election Letter from the Collegium

What shall we do post-election?


Commentary: Standing Rock and the Four Stages of Moral Maturation

From my days as a college student 20 years ago, I can recall reading about the real or imaginary efficacy of moral appeals in seeking social change. 


United Churches converge in Vancouver

A spontaneous Skype call and the Holy Spirit brought the leaders of four progressive Christian churches from around the world together for a serious discussion on collaboration.


UCC conference bringing immigrant welcoming resolution to General Synod

UCC churches in Minnesota are calling on the denomination to welcome immigrants, wholeheartedly supporting an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation resolution that could come before General Synod 31 in 2017.


Standing Rock allies call on supportive citizens across the country to pick up the pen and the phone

As thousands of religious leaders, clergy, chaplains and military veterans plan to converge in North Dakota Dec. 4 for a day of prayer at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, UCC allies call for continued advocacy in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline in the form of phone calls and petitions.


Making December, and Advent, a time to welcome refugees

Embracing Syrian refugees through education, fundraising and advocacy is the focus of the UCC’s ‘Our Still Speaking Voice’ initiative in December.


Bethlehem pastor, Synod preacher feature in Middle East Initiative webinar

During the final month of the Middle East Initiative, Palestinian theologian and pastor the Rev. Mitri Raheb, a General Synod 2015 preacher, will participate in a webinar that reveals the ongoing challenges of the Palestinian Christian community, which today lives under Israeli occupation, and the prospects for peace in Israel-Palestine.


Commentary: Thanksgiving or Thanks-taking?

A Native American speaker I heard recently suggested the day should be called Thanks-taking, for Native American land and identity continues to be stolen.


Renewed Pennsylvania Congregation renovates parsonage to welcome refugees

Pennsylvania church members  renovating a vacant parsonage to welcome refugee families  find themselves renewed in the process.