United Church of Christ

Cleveland congregation offering sanctuary, one of three in NE Ohio keeping families together

A UCC congregation in Cleveland is providing sanctuary to a married father of four from Guatemala who wants to be here in this country as his children grow up. Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ is part of a growing movement in Northeast Ohio, where three churches are now sheltering immigrants.


UCC advocates in Flint protest water distribution center shutdown

UCC church members in Flint, Michigan continued the call for safe drinking water for all of people in their community this week, condemning state leaders for shutting down local drinking water distribution centers.


UCC Board begins Dorhauer renomination process

The United Church of Christ Board of Directors is beginning the renomination process for Rev. John Dorhauer as UCC General Minister and President, and is inviting members of the wider church to offer comments on his leadership.


UCC leaders influenced by James Hal Cone mourn founder of Black Liberation Theology

Leaders of the United Church of Christ are mourning the passing of a spiritual giant with the death of the Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone, the founder of Black Liberation Theology.


UCC Pastor: We need to be present to effect change

You can only imagine my surprise at receiving an invitation to be present at a table of high-level business executives talking about how to interest a large corporation in locating in Dallas, Texas. 


Southwest Conference churches feed children, welcome families, support educators during walkout

Love of children and love of neighbor are both evident across the Southwest Conference United Church of Christ (SWC) this week, with people stepping up to feed children and assist families impacted by the statewide Arizona teachers walkout.


Two Cleveland congregations partner in 'Sacred Conversations to End Racism' pilot project

Two United Church of Christ congregations in Greater Cleveland, partners in a pilot program using the denomination's latest race relations resource, are providing valuable feedback as they work together through the Sacred Conversations to End Racism (SC2ER) curriculum.


Commentary: Graceful Engagement

I'm sometimes asked why there are 1,500 Open and Affirming (ONA) congregations in the United Church of Christ.


Ecumenical Advocacy Days work for a world without borders or boundaries

More than 750 people of faith converged on Washington, D.C., for Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2018, to stand with brothers and sisters who have been uprooted in this country and around the world, and to gain the tools necessary to push for just policies to change and better the lives of immigrants and refugees living in the United States.

 

 


Michigan church 'Honors thy Mother' on Earth Day

A Michigan UCC congregation had a pretty hands-on way of celebrating Earth Day. After their pastor preached an award-winning sermon about how people of faith are called to be caretakers of God's creation, members immediately put that call into action, continuing Sunday worship outdoors using their hands and feet.