United Church of Christ News

Vermont congregation named UCC Church of the Month for "Embracing Diversity"

One of the oldest churches in Vermont has been named the 'UCC Church of the Month' for 'embracing diversity.'

Agenda changes offer more free time to General Synod 2017 visitors

The General Synod planning team is doing its best to provide attendees and delegates with more free time during the United Church of Christ's biennial gathering in 2017, while arranging the schedule in such a way to accommodate all the business decisions that the deliberative body must tackle this summer in Baltimore.

Statement on Draft Executive Order: "Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom"

Last week, a draft executive order entitled "Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom" was leaked to the press.  Acknowledging that the order is a draft, and not knowing what a final version might bring, the fact that these ideas are being floated around the White House should trouble all Christians to their very cores.  The draft reflects a significant shift in position from the religious accommodation rules under the Bush and Obama administrations, to one of religious superiority.  If issued, it would create new barriers for those seeking government services—those who are often the neediest, poorest, and most vulnerable among us.  These are the individuals that Jesus never turned away, regardless of their religious beliefs.

UCC churches cheered by court decision continuing freeze on immigration executive order

Southern Arizona pastors come together in solidarity with immigrants and refugees.

Commentary: It’s our government. Let’s take it back!

A number of President Trump's nominees to key positions in his Administration seem like odd choices. 

UCC welcomes Velda Love to lead racial justice ministry

To advance racial equality and to dismantle the systems of racism, the United Church of Christ is turning to a former seminary professor to lead the denomination's work on issues of race. The Rev. Velda Love joined the UCC as Minister for Racial Justice on Feb. 1, beginning her ministry to help the church live into its vision of building a just world for all.

Chicago church finally welcomes Syrian family

As a three-judge appellate court panel was listening to arguments on the constitutionality of the administration's immigration restrictions, a Syrian family, bound for Chicago's O'Hare Airport and a UCC welcome, was in the final hours of a journey from Turkey to resettlement in Illinois.

UCC leaders condemn decision to approve Dakota Access Pipeline

After the Army Corps of Engineers granted final approval to the last section of the Dakota Access Pipeline, UCC advocates condemned the decision, joining the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, its allies and environmentalists in a vow to continue opposing construction under a water reservoir at the Missouri River which potentially threatens the drinking water of millions of Americans.

General Synod planners seeking "Be the Church" discussions

If your church has a great idea that helped revitalize your ministry, the planning team for the 2017 General Synod of the United Church of Christ wants to hear from you. Team leaders are seeking creative minds to lead a series of church-focused "Be the Church" roundtable discussions this summer in Baltimore.

Two Chicago churches assisting refugees experience very different outcomes

Trump order impacts mission to welcome Syrian families to Chicago