United Church of Christ News

Threatening call prompts Jewish pre-school evacuation to nearby UCC

A threatening phone call to Temple Emanu-El in Hawaii specifically targeted its preschool, prompting an evacuation of the students to nearby Nu'uanu Congregational Church.


Ashes to Go from New England to Hawaii

United Church of Christ clergy across the country, in an effort to meet people where they are, offered ashes on Ash Wednesday outdoors in parking lots, public parks, and heavily traveled areas.


Chicago Theological Seminary president to step down in 2018

Before she wrote sermons, the Rev. Alice Hunt wrote mathematical equations as a teacher, and software as a programmer for the Hubble Space Telescope. Hunt will begin chronicling a different chapter in her life, after communicating her decision to retire as the 12th president of Chicago Theological Seminary.


Montana clergy produce TV programs to proclaim progressive Christian voice

A group of pastors in Billings, Montana have come together to produce a progressive Christian program for public access television. 


Ash Wednesday message to meet people where they are

United Church of Christ congregations plan to mark Ash Wednesday, observed this week on March 1, as the beginning of the annual Lenten journey — a time of spiritual preparation for Easter, and for spiritual discipline through a period of fasting and penance.


Repairs underway at Berkeley UCC church damaged by fire

Work is underway to repair the sanctuary roof of a historic United Church of Christ congregation in California that was badly damaged in a September fire. To help with recovery costs, First Church UCC in Berkeley, which could be back in its sanctuary by May or June, has received the support and generosity of its neighbors with, so far, more than $100,000 in donations.


Standing Rock lawsuit, D.C. March continue movement against Dakota Access Pipeline

First Nations people and their allies opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline continue the movement opposing the pipeline with a lawsuit, D.C. march.


Former Pension Boards, United Church Funds CIO George Doty passes

The former chief investment officer for the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc. and United Church Funds is being remembered by colleagues for his wisdom, guidance and leadership. George Doty III died on Thursday, Feb. 16, at age 81 in Sarasota, Fla.


LGBT supporters disturbed by move rescinding protections for transgender students

LGBTQ activists across the United Church of Christ are denouncing the Trump Administration's move to rescind protections for transgender students, allowing them to use bathrooms based on the gender with which they identify.


Commentary: Dismantle Racism: A Call to Action for Racial Justice

There is a story we have told ourselves as a nation. It is the story of who America is, and it rests on the belief that we are a monolithic culture.