United Church of Christ News

UCC builds on relationships, welcomes Japanese churches

Building on a longstanding relationship with churches from Japan, leaders of the United Church of Christ welcomed five international guests from the country’s Christian churches during a historic visit to the denomination's national offices in Cleveland.


Young Adult Service Community interns advocate for Seattle's homeless population

Young adults get a first-hand look at the problem of homelessness in the Seattle area through their roles as Young Adult Service Community interns.


Amistad Chapel grows to full UCC congregation

What started as a chapel for United Church of Christ visitors and national office staff has flourished into a local worship and mission community in the heart of downtown Cleveland.


UCC groups urge community dialogue after more acts of Black Lives Matter banner vandalism

United Church of Christ congregations and conferences, responding to backlash over posted Black Lives Matter banners, are using the hostile acts as inspiration for positive action in a search for common ground


Faithful and Welcoming Churches forge closer bond with Cleveland

To set the stage for greater visibility within the United Church of Christ, a group of 70 Faithful and Welcoming Churches are planning a presence at the upcoming General Synod this summer by working with the church’s national setting.


A Pastoral Letter on Racism: A New Awakening

The national leaders of the United Church of Christ have released a thoughtful reflection and call to action about racism in our country.


UCC executive Linda Jaramillo to retire in September

The Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo’s passion for justice still burns brightly. But this fall, the national officer of the United Church of Christ and Portland, Ore., native will put that passion to work back home.


"Black Lives Matter" banners evoke hostility in New York communities

Two New York churches are subjected to hostility because of a bold proclamation which is interpreted as anti-police. See how Black Lives Matter banners touched a nerve, and what the congregations are doing about it.


Worship led by children as a foundation for faith formation

Children are the future. But United Church of Chapel Hill and the Faith Formation Team of the United Church of Christ are working to help make the gifts of children a contributing part of the congregation today. That's why the Faith Formation Team and United Church of Chapel Hill, in Chapel Hill, N.C., are partnering to share ways to use the gifts children bring to worship in an Inspiring Model of Ministry: And The Children Shall Lead Them on February 21-22, 2015. 


New Florida conference minister has high hopes

The Rev. John Vertigan has high hopes for the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ. The greatest of those hopes for Vertigan, the incoming conference minister, is that the conference continues to embody a covenant of welcome, mutual respect, and engagement in the church and in society.