United Church of Christ News

Commentary: Racial Justice

Racial justice is the systemic fair treatment of all people that results in equal opportunities and outcomes for everyone.

NYE organizers announce update to event registration

Organizers of the United Church of Christ’s upcoming National Youth Event are making a revision to the registration window to ensure youth participants have the first rights to register for the July gathering, before opening registration to reasonably accommodate families that hope to take part in the event.

Pension Boards joins worker justice call for poultry employees

The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc., is joining faith-based investors in the quest for fair treatment of Arkansas poultry workers through shareholder advocacy efforts, calling on Tyson Foods leadership to make their workplace safe and to pay their employees a respectable living wage.

UCC advocates encouraged by President Obama's plan to close Guantanamo

Advocates in the United Church of Christ and other faith communities are lauding President Barack Obama's long-awaited plan to close down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The president, who sent his proposal to Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 23, made it clear that keeping the prison open is "contrary to our values."

UCC disaster response to Fiji cyclone will help thousands in temporary shelters

As the death toll from the strongest cyclone to make landfall climbs again today and the full scope of the disaster in Fiji begins to unfold, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is responding with $7,000 to help put tens of thousands of affected people on the Pacific island nation back on their feet. 

Make March a time to highlight, understand Israeli-Palestinian conflict

During the month of March, when Lent concludes with the Easter celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the UCC will raise the voices of Israelis and Palestinians who seek peace and justice in the region where our Savior once walked. This third multimedia campaign tied to the church’s core mission encourages all to advocate for peace.

Dynamic duo will lead charge for One Great Hour of Sharing endowment

Both the Rev. Barbara Kershner Daniel and the Rev. Kenneth Daniel grew up understanding the importance of the United Church of Christ's One Great Hour of Sharing program and how it changes and saves lives. When the couple was approached about supporting the work of One Great Hour of Sharing, they stepped up to serve as national spokespersons for an OGHS endowment fund established two years ago that aims to deepen and expand the work of the church and its partners.

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.