United Church of Christ News

Ohio congregation expresses love of neighbor with Family Promise

It's hard not to have a place to call home, especially at the holidays. But an Ohio church, living into the UCC's 3 Great Loves initiative, is ministering to neighboring families in their time of need.


Commentary: "Not in Our Town"

May the hope and promise of this season, of a just world for all, inspire us to take action and send a clear message to those who would perpetuate hate and violence, "Not in our town, not in our state, not in our country, not in our world."


Small Michigan church quadruples in size by ministering to its community

A small church on the shores of Lake Michigan is growing exponentially. "By dramatically increasing their footprint in the community, they have claimed their prophetic voice and embraced their diversity. This is a story of engagement, vision and revitalization."


UCC Southern California congregation vows to 'Be the Church' in wildfire recovery process

As wildfires continue to rage across large swaths of Southern California spewing smoke and ash across the landscape, the people of the UCC congregation in Ventura are making every effort to get back into their building for worship on Sunday, Christmas Eve.


Maine clergy takes on tax bill, releasing a statement of faith condemning the measure

A group of interfaith clergy in Maine comes together as one voice, speaking out in strong opposition to the tax reform bill that will go up for a vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon.


Holy Cow! Philadelphia pastor hangs on as huge cow escapes live nativity scene

He juggles a lot of responsibilities as the pastor of one of Philadelphia's oldest churches, but wrangling a huge cow on a city street in the early hours of the morning during a snowstorm is not something the Rev. Michael Caine ever thought he would be called to do.


Commentary: Working for Justice is Intergenerational

Several people spoke up – asking questions and offering help. 


Commentary: All I want for Christmas is a hot shower

For 26 years, the Congregational Church of Patchogue on Long Island, New York, has been offering soap, deodorant, wash cloths and other toiletries to homeless persons. This week, with a Mobile Shower Unit, the church began offering them an opportunity to put them to use.


'Sock It To Em Campaign' gifts scores of socks to homeless neighbors at the holidays

A couple of UCC members in Colorado built a charitable organization around their desire to help their homeless neighbors stay warm when winter comes.


At Christmas, Love Wins

In his Christmas message, UCC General Minister and President the Rev. John C. Dorhauer invites the wider church to commit to a season of 3 Great Loves, to ensure that 'Love Wins.'