United Church of Christ

Habakkuk Group makes progress toward new Manual on Ministry

The Habakkuk Group, the group charged with not just revising the current Manual on Ministry, but re-visioning it, finished three days of intensive discussion at the United Church of Christ national offices, laying the foundation and clarifying the ways in which ministers are authorized to serve the church.


New Living Legacy resource helps churches with closure

Research shows that nine churches close every day throughout the United States. To help guide congregations thought this often difficult process, the United Church of Christ has introduced a new resource for churches facing the prospect of closure.


UCC church breaks ground on community resource center in Ferguson

As the buildings that were burned during the race-related riots in Ferguson, Mo., come down one by one, St. Peter's Evangelical United Church of Christ has broken ground on a new community resource center that signifies its commitment to help rebuild the city.


Bringing the church into the dual belonging dialogue

To include the church in the conversation of multiple religious belonging and to better serve a growing number of multi-faith families, the UCC is gathering a group of 30 clergy and theologians in the same room this week for one of the first global discussions on multiple religious belonging.


Cathedral of Hope calls new pastor

One of the largest churches in the United Church of Christ has called a new leader. The Rev. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas will become the next pastor of the UCC Dallas-based congregation, Cathedral of Hope. Cazares-Thomas, called by election on April 12, will lead the church of 4,200-members, with a primary outreach to LGBT persons.


Nebraska UCC church joins tri-faith movement aligning Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities

Creating an Interfaith Community to foster Peace and Understanding.


Advocates call for Cleveland baseball team name, logo change at home opener

As the Indians start the 2015 season at home, a grassroots coalition will host a series of events in Cleveland calling for a change of the name and image that many say are racially offensive to members of the Native American community.


Brian Bodager named Pension Boards next president and CEO

The next chief executive of The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc., will bring more than three decades of financial, investment, and legal experience to lead the ministry. Brian R. Bodager, a banking executive and attorney, takes office July 1 as Pension Boards president and CEO, confirmed by the PBUCC Board of Trustees during its spring meeting March 27-28.


United Church Board approves leadership structure changes

To further align the national setting of the United Church of Christ into a unified structure, the UCC Board of Directors approved a proposed change to the denomination's constitution that would alter the leadership of the church, and eliminate the exclusive designation of executive ministers for three covenanted ministries.


Rev. John Dorhauer approved as nominee for UCC general minister and president

The United Church of Christ Board confirms a candidate for the church’s next GMP and proposes a change in the leadership structure at the UCC national offices. 
Change in leadership structure