United Church of Christ News

UCC Task Force opens survey to learn motivations on why people give

A task force studying giving and philanthropy, made up of 18 people from across the life of the United Church of Christ, wants to examine some of the values and motivations on how people make decisions when donating to the church. The end goal is the creation of a proposed model of giving that would generate more resources for the mission of the UCC.


Ruined rainbow flag triggers strong social media support

A Facebook post about a burned rainbow flag is striking a chord with people around the United Church of Christ and has set a record number of reactions on the ONA social media site.


UCC advocates for children rally in Missouri

The well being of children took center stage in Missouri this week, with United Church of Christ advocates leading the charge. Deaconess Foundation, a UCC ministry in St. Louis, loaded buses with 175 church members, clergy, community leaders, parents, and young people and headed to Jefferson City for a march, rally, and conversations with legislators on the 34th Annual Missouri Child Advocacy Day.


Japanese ecumenical partners share stories of recovery from 2011 tsunami, nuclear disasters

Obstacles overcome, obstacles that still lay ahead and hope for the future. Themes that are woven through the stories of two ministry partners visiting the United Church of Christ from Christian churches in Japan. The pair shared life experiences resulting from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown that struck that nation on March 11, 2011.


Old South Church to proclaim 'One Boston' on third anniversary of marathon bombing

On April 15, "One Boston Day," a message of strength will be publicly proclaimed when one of the United Church of Christ's most historic congregations, Old South Church, hosts an interfaith service of resiliency to commemorate the third anniversary of the deadly attack on one of the country's most iconic events.


Youth to design, lead church camp in Ohio in summer pilot

What do you think would make "The. Best. Camp. Ever." for high school students in the United Church of Christ? That question is sure to be answered –– by high school students –– at Idea U, a two-day camp pilot program and partnership between the Ohio Conference UCC and one of the denomination's historically-related universities.


Commentary: Home of the Brave?

“Fear is the foundation of most governments,” John Adams wrote in his 1776 pamphlet Thoughts on Government.  


Justice advocates to MLB franchise: ‘Eliminate Chief Wahoo' entirely

The Cleveland Indians professional baseball team is bumping the Chief Wahoo logo down in its batting order, announcing that the image will be the team's secondary logo this year. While the move is an important step for the dignity of Native Americans, racial justice advocates in the United Church of Christ want the caricature out of the lineup altogether.


Extravagance UCC morphs into online ministry for faith formation

Extravagance UCC, the successful online ministry started more than two years ago under the visionary leadership of the Rev. Jo Hudson, is revamping its outreach as part of the United Church of Christ’s Faith Formation Ministry.


‘Keep it in the Ground’ focus of UCC preach-in

As part of Earth Day weekend, UCC preachers are encouraged to deliver sermons embracing clean energy and energy conservation. Join the church’s April multimedia initiative, using resources available now.