United Church of Christ News

NYC immigration activists rally around Haitian UCC member under threat of deportation

Faith leaders, immigration activists and elected officials will march silently around a federal building in New York City on Thursday to proclaim "Justice for Jean" in solidarity with Jean Montrevil — a longtime green-card holder from Haiti and member of a United Church of Christ congregation.


White Privilege curriculum sparks awareness, change in small Iowa community

The United Church of Christ's adult curriculum on white privilege, released less than a year ago, is sparking change across an entire community in Iowa, bringing joy to the local UCC pastor who got the ball rolling.


UCC ministers oppose toxic waste dumping in East Chicago

A United Church of Christ minister is adding her voice to the activists and Indiana residents angered at a plan to move dredged waste to a toxic disposal facility located near communities of color in their state.


Church camp in Chicago provides a place for all God's children

This church camp kingdom of God in Lincoln Park embodies two of UCC's Three Great Loves.


Traci Blackmon among clergy arrested in D.C. denouncing 'sinful and immoral' health care reform

The Rev. Traci Blackmon is one of several faith leaders who put their bodies on the line for love of neighbors, their health care and for the sake of justice Thursday morning at the Capitol. The national officer, Executive Minister of the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries was arrested alongside Moral Movement leader the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Jennifer Butler from Faith in Public Life, as they, other clergy and dozens of supporters marched against pending healthcare reform that proposes to deny coverage to 22 million people.


Commentary: The Intersection of HIV Stigma and Hope

Stigma kills.


UCC one of five Christian denominations opposing any change to Bears Ears National Monument

In a letter dated July 10, the final day of a 45-day review process ordered by President Trump calling on the Department of Interior to "review" national monuments established since 1996 and assess whether they should be reduced or eliminated, the religious leaders of Episcopal, Lutheran, Mennonite, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ denominations sent a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to "reverse course, and listen to the Bears Ears Commission and to the thousands of supporters for the Bears Ears Monument."


Synod youth stewards help keep business running smoothly

The delegates at the United Church of Christ General Synod had a good number of resolutions to deliberate in Baltimore last week, and a group of thirteen people from the host conference helped ensure the process ran smoothly.


Synod 2017's final preacher urges gathering to 'Start now'

The Rev. Kim Kendrick, final preacher during the UCC's 2017 General Synod, told the gathering that the vision for a just world for all has been cast, and the work starts now.


General Synod addresses need to promote opportunities for people with disabilities, advocate for migrant worker rights

Reminding the denomination that all people are created in God's image, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ called on churches and congregants to "commit itself to disability justice," including advocacy of agreements among nations to protect and promote opportunities for people with disabilities, and to advocate for the rights of migrant farm workers.