United Church of Christ

Laying the foundation to build a church culture of risk-taking, innovation and ingenuity

United Church of Christ General Minister and President John C. Dorhauer shares five initiatives, at the United Church of Christ October Board meeting, which he believes can build a church culture of risk-taking, innovation and transformation.

 


Virginia church honors lives lost to gun violence

People on the street are stopping to see why hundreds of t-shirts are planted on the lawn of an Arlington, Va., church this week. Blue, white and yellow shirts hung over crosses, with names and dates of birth and death noted, they symbolize the 155 lives lost to gun violence in the Washington, D.C., metro area in 2014. 


UCC appoints new general counsel, chief strategist

Heather Kimmel has been chosen to succeed Don Clark, Jr., as General Counsel for the UCC, assuming that role on Dec. 1, while Cheryl Joseph Williams will serve as the Chief Strategic Officer for the UCC, a new position within the national setting to begin on Nov. 16. 


Interfaith rallies trump Anti-Muslim protests

Peace-filled interfaith rallies replaced publicized hateful Anti-Islam demonstrations when protestors were no-shows. Three UCC pastors were front and center in the Pacific Northwest.


Urgent Call for UCC Response to Anti-Muslim Rallies

The General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. John C. Dorhauer, is issuing a call to the denomination's local congregations to stand with Muslim people in response to planned anti-Muslim rallies across the country this weekend.


Historic document paves way for renewed relationship between Boy Scouts, United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ and the Boy Scouts of America re-established a formal relationship today (Oct. 5) with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding regarding local UCC congregations chartering Scout troops. 


NYE 2016 promises faith-nurturing, fun experiences for all

To underscore the importance of National Youth Event 2016, the United Church of Christ has assigned General Synod planners and staff to the effort in order to insure that NYE 2016 is a memorable, faith-filled experience for attendees.


'Crazy, awesome' youth ministry in Massachusetts counts 650 members

A congregation of 650 people with 500 active members is pretty impressive, no matter what your faith tradition. At Old South Union Church in Weymouth, Mass., those numbers describe not the church, but the size of the youth group! 


Everett C. Parker, the UCC's trailblazing broadcast reformer, dies at 102

The Rev. Everett C. Parker, a pioneering broadcast reformer, died Sept. 17, 2015 in White Plains, N.Y., at the age of 102.


Facebook removes CTS message calling out racism

Chicago Theological Seminary posted a message on racism on social media on August 18th, only to have it taken down for "violating Facebook Community Standards".