United Church of Christ News

Commentary: No Ban, No Raids, No Wall: Sanctuary for All

"No ban, no raids, no wall."


UCC sending first round of assistance to partners in Puerto Rico

The United Church of Christ is sending the first of many grants to church partners in Puerto Rico on Friday, to get drinking water, first aid, and fuel to as many people as possible on the hurricane-ravaged island where life-saving supplies seem to be limited.


UCC leaders angered by White House decision to slash refugee admissions by half

United Church of Christ leaders are sharply criticizing the plan as one that lacks moral reasoning, while pledging that the denomination will continue to support refugees in the future, just as it has welcomed neighbors previously.


Clean up bucket collaboration puts more than 1000 kits in the hands of hurricane victims

United Church of Christ congregations across the country are collaborating with other churches, businesses and organizations around emergency clean-up buckets, to make sure the much-needed supplies get to the people who need them in Texas, Florida and beyond.


UCC poised to offer long-term assistance in Puerto Rico

The United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries and other relief agencies are poised to assist the people of Puerto Rico, in an effort to stem the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the U.S. commonwealth following the massive devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria five days ago.


UCC's White Privilege curriculum gets ecumenical audience in Rhode Island

An ecumenical body in the New England region, the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, is using the UCC's White Privilege curriculum, sharing it with churches to engage in bold, safe and meaningful conversations of race with the intent of helping dismantle privilege and racism.


Brooklyn church takes a knee to call out racial injustice

The continuing debate about professional athletes protesting social inequality on the field of play remains in the American spotlight, and this week a Brooklyn congregation of the United Church of Christ is taking a stand — or a knee, rather — in support of those athletes and team owners publicly calling attention to racial injustice.


Wisconsin church to donate fall festival proceeds to hurricane recovery

The members of Windsor United Church of Christ are changing up how best to use the money raised from its annual Fall Festival. Typically, those dollars are used toward the church's expenses — helping pay bills and offsetting the other ministry costs. But this year, after a series of hurricanes rocked the southern United States and the Caribbean, the small Wisconsin congregation wants to share the dollars it collects this weekend, earmarking the money for relief and recovery in an effort to create a just world for all.


Colorado UCC church to celebrate 30 years of ONA

A Colorado congregation of the United Church of Christ will celebrate the 30th anniversary next month of its Open and Affirming designation, which embraces the church's full inclusion and affirmation of all people.


Commentary: Rising Up for Equality

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from thwarting the exercise of certain individual freedoms: such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition. It's the last two items that have been on my mind lately.