United Church of Christ

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. 


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."