United Church of Christ

Commentary: Time to stand as one church with the transgender community

Looking toward Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, the national officers of the United Church of Christ and the leadership of the the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ are urging congregations to renew their commitment to welcome and advocate for the transgender community.


Pension Boards–United Church of Christ introduces socially responsible investment option to members

A new investment fund option for the 22,000 UCC Pension Boards members is coming Nov. 2 that will help United Church of Christ investors meet their retirement goals while investing in the well-being of the planet.


Andover Newton bringing people of faith together to 'say no' to gun culture

Andover Newton Theological School, a seminary of the United Church of Christ, is hosting a two-day summit this week that will bring together religious, civic and academic leaders in discussion on increasing gun violence it says is raging through American cities.


Traci Blackmon to lead UCC Justice and Witness Ministries

The Rev. Traci Blackmon, a prominent community leader, gifted preacher and much-loved pastor and teacher,has been appointed as the acting executive of UCC Justice and Witness Ministries.


UCC, United Church of Canada formalize full communion through worship, word and sacrament

Leaders from the United Church of Christ and The United Church of Canada came together to share worship, word and communion, fulfilling Jesus' prayer that "They may all be one" in celebration of their new partnership. The governing bodies of both denominations approved a full communion agreement this summer, formally culminating with a Saturday night Oct. 17 worship service, celebration and document-signing by leaders from both denominations.


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.