United Church of Christ News

Florida church fulfilling ecumenical mission to ‘work together as one'

The Rev. Patrick Rogers is overcome with energy – and a little bit of emotion — as he describes the transformation that has unfolded at the congregation he pastors, United Church of Christ in Fort Lauderdale. The Florida church has become an ecumenical center in town in the last year, offering its space to other congregations for worship and shared ministry. Rogers believes that outreach is "a vital part of UCC polity regarding mission and call."


‘Spotlight’ discussion guide a meaningful conversation starter for preventing sexual abuse in churches

To create space for thoughtful dialogue around a difficult issue, Local Church Ministries, as part of the UCC’s multimedia campaign tied to the denomination’s core mission, develops a discussion guide tied to the popular film ‘Spotlight,” which brings into focus the serious problem of sexual abuse of children, teens and adults by church leaders.


End-of-life care workshop aims to open discussions on death

Death is often a grim discussion for many people. But a Massachusetts congregation wants to help people in its community have those difficult conversations so they and their loved ones have the type of end-of-life care they want and deserve.


Chicago Theological Seminary seeks to spark discussion, movement on 'white privilege' via new video

Sparking a discussion, inspiring a dialogue, and creating awareness about racial disparities. This is the intended goal of a newly-released video, "White Privilege Glasses," from UCC-related Chicago Theological Seminary.


Two UCC churches bearing gifts visit Cuban Christian Center

Two UCC pastors -- one who ministers a sister church and the other who is assuming the lead in a longtime relationship with the founding minister -- paid an emotional visit to the B.G. Lavastida Christian Center in Santiago, Cuba, on Friday, Jan. 29.


UCC's Traci Blackmon appointed to presidential advisory council

The President of the United States is turning to a United Church of Christ leader and national officer to fill a post in his administration to advise him on serving persons living on the margins of society.


Ohio congregation to share thriving after-school arts program

Six years ago, Trinity United Church of Christ faced a challenging decision. Its music program for children was in decline, and as former music minister Dave Carnell explained, "It came to a point to either quit the program, or kick it up and offer more to children."


UCC leader, youth advocate to address gathering of 10 churches on race and reconciliation

When a group of 10 denominations gathers this weekend in St. Louis, a United Church of Christ leader and voice for racial justice will deliver the opening remarks before the group explores issues of race and reconciliation. The Rev. Waltrina Middleton, associate for National Youth Event programming, will preach during opening worship when Churches Uniting in Christ meets Jan. 28–30.


Commentary: We Have a Heart Condition

With the 2016 presidential campaign accelerating into high gear, and spring primary elections not far off on the horizon, much of the public dialogue and attention is on the candidates themselves.


'Classic' Cuban redevelopment in evidence in Havana

Cubans are experts in enhancing "classics" — they do a great job keeping vintage American cars on the road, they've performed miracles restoring the Spanish colonial architecture in Old Havana, and they take extra care of their senior citizens, at least in one local neighborhood.