United Church of Christ News

Commentary: Wisdom over power: a political lesson from a Mayan community

I am sure that most of us stayed awake until late hours waiting for the U.S. Presidential primary results.


Unity, diversity converge on Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday and Black History Month are both opportunities for reclamation. While they can seem unrelated, United Church of Christ executive the Rev. Traci Blackmon believes both events are an important part of envisioning a God of inclusion.


Group of 21 from UCC, Disciples embark on Mid East pilgrimage

A 21-person delegation made up of leaders from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is set to travel to four Middle East countries at the end of this month, part of an ongoing expression of solidarity with Middle East Christians.


Commentary: The interdependence of spiritual discipline and prophetic witness

Each year, as Ash Wednesday approaches, the many years I spent in close contact with Henri Nouwen exert a pull, reminding me of how attuned Henri was to the liturgical seasons.


South Central Conference interim minister stepping down

The Rev. Anna Kreisle Humble, interim conference minister of the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ (Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi) has resigned her position, effective March 5.


FDNY chaplain working crane collapse assists bride, officiates wedding

A United Church of Christ minister, called to serve after the World Trade Center collapse, was in the right place at the right time when a construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan Friday morning, Feb. 5.


UCC leaders carry justice call for poultry workers to shareholder meeting

Justice leaders from across the United Church of Christ are speaking on behalf of the voiceless in society this week at a corporate shareholder meeting to call attention to what they see as negative working conditions that Tyson Food employees must endure almost daily.


UCC clergy supports New Hampshire bill outlawing 'conversion therapy'

New Hampshire is in headlines this week with the upcoming presidential primary, and a United Church of Christ pastor was among the headliners who addressed state lawmakers Feb. 2 in support of a proposed bill that would ban anti-gay "conversion" therapy. The Rev. Emily Heath testified on Tuesday in favor of a New Hampshire bill that would prohibit such therapies on minors.


Literacy education, Cuban style, exported around the world

It's the only museum dedicated to literacy in the world, and it's 51 years old. The National Museum of the Campaign for Literacy, located on the site of a former Cuban military fortress and now one of Havana's biggest school centers, remembers a time when Fidel Castro waged war against illiteracy and won: In 1961, more than 700,000 Cubans learned to read.

And the majority of teachers were children. A little child will lead them.


Commentary: You might say religious liberty is in my blood

I’m a Mayflower descendant.