United Church of Christ News

Charlottesville state of emergency ends 'Unite the Right' rally 

A state of emergency has been declared in the usually tranquil university community of Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday after clashes between white nationalists and demonstrators gathered to oppose their hate-fueled 'Unite the Right' rally brought an end to the event less than an hour before it was scheduled to begin.

Prayer service gathers clergy, community activists to stand against white supremacy in Virginia

The UCC's Rev. Traci Blackmon is one of several prominent interfaith leaders and community organizers mobilizing against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia the weekend of Aug. 11-12.

Commentary: A Radical Engagement with Racism in Contested Spaces

I reluctantly open news apps on my cell phone and laptop computer because I anticipate the headlines of the day will feature more verbal threats from the Attorney General, and some members of Congress who stand with the elected sitting president daily working to erode our civil and human rights.

Just Peace advocates issue interfaith call to de-escalate threats between U.S. and N. Korea

Faith leaders from the United Church of Christ and across the international religious landscape are speaking out against the rapid escalation of hostile language between the United States and North Korea, and urging the two sides to ease tensions to avoid a military strike.

UCC president's response frames Synod remarks

The Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president, offers a public apology for language used during a presentation that caused a listener to be hurt by it.

Director of UCC's analytics and data team appointed co-chair to interfaith research group

United Church of Christ minister the Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi was nominated and unanimously elected to serve as the first co-chair of the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership (CCSP), a multi-faith group of religious researchers representing more than two dozen different religious partners.

Virginia church shows love of children by stitching together small quilts

A small United Church of Christ congregation in Virginia is showing that its size is determined more by its heart than the number of members. Through a 3 Great Loves mission project making quilts for distribution in the surrounding community, Mt. Calvary UCC is visibly demonstrating its love for children.

UCC clergy answering the call to oppose Alt-Right rally in Virginia

Hoping to gather 1,000 clergy and people of faith in Charlottesville, Va., next week, a group of anti-racism organizers joined by a national officer of the United Church of Christ will stand against racial hatred opposite a white supremacist rally in the city on Aug. 12.

Ohio church holds Safety Town for refugee children

Ohio congregations provide safety education in a community project inspired by the Holy Spirit. Watch the video!

Commentary: Running with Perseverance

For faith advocates working to bring the voices and concerns of the most vulnerable in our communities to the center of public policy decision-making, the last several months have felt like an advocacy marathon.