United Church of Christ News

California church helps LGBT refugees from Uganda find safety, peace

Seven refugees from Uganda, escaping persecution for identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, have found themselves in Long Beach, Calif., with little more than the clothes on their backs. Waiting for them with open arms were members of First Congregational Church of Long Beach United Church of Christ.


UCC peace cranes make their way to Charleston

A flock of peace cranes, bringing prayers of peace and solidarity, has traveled across the UCC and will now fly in Charleston, S.C., as a sign of hope, justice and a testament to the presence of God in the midst of trouble.


What the UCC General Synod adopted on 'Just Peace in Israel/Palestine'

The United Church of Christ is reaching out to the wider church to answer a number of questions about the actions taken by General Synod 2015 in Cleveland, specifically on the resolution, 'A Call to Take Actions toward a Just Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict'.


Dorhauer charts course for UCC future

As he prepares to take over the reins of the denomination later this summer, the Rev. John Dorhauer shares his strategy for moving the United Church of Christ forward in a new time.


Central Atlantic Conference extends invitation to Baltimore for General Synod 2017

There's plenty in store for the United Church of Christ in Baltimore. That's the site of the denomination's next General Synod in 2017.


General Synod votes to retain current leadership structure

For the time being, the leadership of the United Church of Christ will remain in its current structure.


UCC votes for divestment, boycott of companies that profit from occupation of Palestinian territories

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ became the latest church to call for divestment and boycott of companies that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. 


UCC to Cleveland Baseball Team: “Change the Logo! Change the Name!”

Just over one hundred General Synod delegates and visitors marched the mile from the Convention Center to the Progressive Field headquarters of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, demanding that the owners cease using a race of people as a mascot.


Dismantling racism in our criminal justice system subject of two Synod resolutions

In the wake of the resurgence of violence against people of color across the country, delegates of General Synod 2015 overwhelmingly adopted two resolutions on dismantling racism Monday, June 29.


Wood To The Fire website creates crowdfunding opportunities

A generation ago, "crowdfunding" in the church required an actual crowd, an assembly of people, passing a basket or gold plate among them.