United Church of Christ

United Church Board approves leadership structure changes

To further align the national setting of the United Church of Christ into a unified structure, the UCC Board of Directors approved a proposed change to the denomination's constitution that would alter the leadership of the church, and eliminate the exclusive designation of executive ministers for three covenanted ministries.


Rev. John Dorhauer approved as nominee for UCC general minister and president

The United Church of Christ Board confirms a candidate for the church’s next GMP and proposes a change in the leadership structure at the UCC national offices. 
Change in leadership structure


UCC's LGBT supporters applaud Presbyterian marriage equality approval

United Church of Christ leaders and LGBT supporters are offering congratulatory remarks and praise to their fellow mainline Protestant brothers and sisters in the Presbyterian Church (USA) after the denomination's governing body gave final approval to marry all couples regardless of gender.


UCC minister Yvette Flunder won't 'bow to threats' over Baptist college appearance

An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ says she will not be intimidated by protests or bow to threats over her speaking engagement in a Baptist college lecture series. Bishop Yvette Flunder, pastor of City of Refuge UCC in Oakland and presiding bishop of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, has every intention of fulfilling her pledge to appear today as a lecturer at American Baptist College in Nashville, Tenn.


Commentary: 'We who believe in freedom cannot rest'

"We who believe in freedom cannot rest." These lyrics from Ella's Song, written by Bernice Johnson Reagon several years ago, ring as true today as they did then. These words painfully remind us that the quest for freedom in this country is slipping through our fingers.


UCC ministers part of movement to take the church to the people on Ash Wednesday

As the holy season of Lent begins Feb. 18, some United Church of Christ pastors plan to celebrate Ash Wednesday by expressing their extravagant welcome and inviting people to be renewed in faith, where they are. Clergy will take their ministry to the streets, inviting their community members to have the cross imposed on their forehead in ashes in preparation for Easter.


Rev. John Dorhauer named candidate to become UCC's ninth general minister and president

After a months-long search, the committee charged with naming the denomination’s next leader selects the current conference minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC.


UCC builds on relationships, welcomes Japanese churches

Building on a longstanding relationship with churches from Japan, leaders of the United Church of Christ welcomed five international guests from the country’s Christian churches during a historic visit to the denomination's national offices in Cleveland.


Young Adult Service Community interns advocate for Seattle's homeless population

Young adults get a first-hand look at the problem of homelessness in the Seattle area through their roles as Young Adult Service Community interns.


Amistad Chapel grows to full UCC congregation

What started as a chapel for United Church of Christ visitors and national office staff has flourished into a local worship and mission community in the heart of downtown Cleveland.