In a warm up to General Synod, Wisconsin Conference becomes 'Immigrant Welcoming' with an overwhelming vote
Wisconsin Conference UCC congregations, which believe that publicly proclaiming love for their neighbors aligns with their mission, vision and values, overwhelmingly pass a resolution becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Conference.
The General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ is speaking out, condemning an attack on members of Congress Wednesday by a lone gunman with rifle who injured several people at a ballfield in Alexandria, Virginia.
Faith and pride aren't mutually exclusive.
The shooting in Alexandria, Virginia is a sobering event. As a person of faith, I pray for those affected. As a Christian I utterly reject violence as a means of dealing with my enemies. Those with whom I disagree are beloved children of God.
The Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ voted overwhelmingly to approve a resolution aimed at creating a just peace in Palestine and Israel, divesting funds from companies that either profit from Israel's 50-year-long occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, or are complicit in human rights violations in those disputed territories.
Two outstanding ministers who have provided the United Church of Christ with their vision, hope and leadership during their lives and ministries will be honored as recipients of the Antoinette Brown Trailblazer Awards during General Synod 2017.
Forty-nine bells tolled in communities across the country Monday at noon, one for each life lost in the Pulse Orlando nightclub massacre. UCC churches in 30 states publicly declared their love of neighbor, participating in this an act of solidarity and love, to build a just world for all.
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ and the denomination have been advocates for the inclusion and well-being of people with disabilities for the better part of three decades. But the experience of those with disabilities has changed in that time, so the governing body will examine a resolution that reaffirms the UCC's previous commitment, while stretching the church to do more and include persons with disabilities in its social justice witness.
One year ago today I arrived in Orlando, Fla., for what I envisioned to be a trip with a few brief board meetings for the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference and a few days of rest and relaxation. Before the plane landed I was bombarded with messages of the horrific murders of forty-nine people in the wee hours of the morning at PULSE, a popular nightclub in Orlando that catered to the LGBTQIA community. I left the airport and headed to PULSE but was unable to get close to the nightclub because it was still an active crime scene.
UCC communities around Washington D.C. are responding to acts of hate and racial intimidation, in our nation's capital specifically and around the country, to build a just world for all.