United Church of Christ News

Music and art converge near U.S.-Mexico border to highlight immigration issues

Arts and immigration justice will intersect in Arizona for three days during the "Common Ground on the Border" festival. In its third year, the March 17-19 event gathers a multicultural community of musicians, artists, writers, lecturers, actors, and dancers of all ages at The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, in the United States-Mexico borderlands, for conversation and creativity.


Commentary: Silence = Death. Let’s raise our voices!

As citizens of this great republic, we know that one way to ensure our voices are heard is in the voting booth.


Guess leaving Local Church Ministries for CHHSM vice-presidency

The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, executive minister of the United Church of Christ's Local Church Ministries, is resigning his position as national officer on April 8, 2016, to assume a new role as vice president of the UCC's Council for Health and Human Service Ministries.


UCC advocates for Cuba celebrate coming return of commercial flights, call for end to embargo

As the United States decides how to open up more opportunities to get Americans to Cuba, advocates in the United Church of Christ are calling on Congress to open up trade with the island nation.


New church assessment coordinator inspired to support congregations

The national office of the United Church of Christ is welcoming a new individual who will serve and support the 5,000-plus congregations of the denomination as they seek to grow in witness, outreach and welcome. The Rev. Chris Davies began her role as the coordinator for the Congregational Assessment, Support and Advancement (CASA) Ministry in Local Church Ministries on Tuesday, Feb. 16.


Kindness abounds during Lent in Silver City

Anticipating Easter, members of a small but mighty New Mexico church are working to bring more kindness to their community, taking on good works in God’s name during Lent instead of giving up something.


Commentary: Civil rights activists, not terrorists

When our church banner proclaiming Black Lives Matter disappeared, I didn't expect the officer responding to our report would indict the civil rights movement.


Musical performers Glocal, Tribe of Judah to perform throughout NYE this summer

Innovation. A range of music. And worship sounds that come from across the planet. Such are the promises from the two worship teams — Tribe of Judah and Glocal — who will provide the harmony and soundtrack to this summer's National Youth Event.


Commentary: Wisdom over power: a political lesson from a Mayan community

I am sure that most of us stayed awake until late hours waiting for the U.S. Presidential primary results.


Unity, diversity converge on Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday and Black History Month are both opportunities for reclamation. While they can seem unrelated, United Church of Christ executive the Rev. Traci Blackmon believes both events are an important part of envisioning a God of inclusion.