United Church of Christ News

UCC ministers part of movement to take the church to the people on Ash Wednesday

As the holy season of Lent begins Feb. 18, some United Church of Christ pastors plan to celebrate Ash Wednesday by expressing their extravagant welcome and inviting people to be renewed in faith, where they are. Clergy will take their ministry to the streets, inviting their community members to have the cross imposed on their forehead in ashes in preparation for Easter.


Rev. John Dorhauer named candidate to become UCC's ninth general minister and president

After a months-long search, the committee charged with naming the denomination’s next leader selects the current conference minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC.


UCC builds on relationships, welcomes Japanese churches

Building on a longstanding relationship with churches from Japan, leaders of the United Church of Christ welcomed five international guests from the country’s Christian churches during a historic visit to the denomination's national offices in Cleveland.


Young Adult Service Community interns advocate for Seattle's homeless population

Young adults get a first-hand look at the problem of homelessness in the Seattle area through their roles as Young Adult Service Community interns.


Amistad Chapel grows to full UCC congregation

What started as a chapel for United Church of Christ visitors and national office staff has flourished into a local worship and mission community in the heart of downtown Cleveland.


UCC groups urge community dialogue after more acts of Black Lives Matter banner vandalism

United Church of Christ congregations and conferences, responding to backlash over posted Black Lives Matter banners, are using the hostile acts as inspiration for positive action in a search for common ground


Faithful and Welcoming Churches forge closer bond with Cleveland

To set the stage for greater visibility within the United Church of Christ, a group of 70 Faithful and Welcoming Churches are planning a presence at the upcoming General Synod this summer by working with the church’s national setting.


A Pastoral Letter on Racism: A New Awakening

The national leaders of the United Church of Christ have released a thoughtful reflection and call to action about racism in our country.


UCC executive Linda Jaramillo to retire in September

The Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo’s passion for justice still burns brightly. But this fall, the national officer of the United Church of Christ and Portland, Ore., native will put that passion to work back home.


"Black Lives Matter" banners evoke hostility in New York communities

Two New York churches are subjected to hostility because of a bold proclamation which is interpreted as anti-police. See how Black Lives Matter banners touched a nerve, and what the congregations are doing about it.