United Church of Christ

Maryland church to host Advent concert honoring slain South Carolina pastor

To honor the pastor of a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., killed in a June shooting, the Festival Chorus at Westmoreland United Church of Christ in Bethesda, Md., is hosting an Advent fundraiser in his name.


Missouri Mid South calls Ginny Brown Daniel as conference minister

On her first day after beginning her call as conference minister of the Missouri Mid-South Conference, the Rev. Geneva "Ginny" Brown Daniel visited three churches in Memphis, Tenn. Brown Daniel wanted to "hit the ground running" by visiting different ministers and congregations in the conference, believing that was the best way to get to know the area.


Resolving to be bold in 2016, UCC leadership plans to amplify public witness of core mission

The United Church of Christ national leadership, in partnership with several UCC conferences, will be amplifying the denomination's bold public voice in 2016 around a dozen issues central to the church’s core mission.


Christmas Fund Offering helps those who ministered to you

Provide assistance at Christmas to UCC clergy and lay employees who, after years of service to others, now find themselves facing unexpected needs. Take a minute, change a life through the Christmas Fund.


UCC and Disciples leaders, in solidarity with Muslims, express abhorrence of hate speech

The leadership of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are condemning recent comments that denigrate the Muslim community.


Long Island church using 1,000 crosses to mark gun violence

A picture is worth a thousand words, so goes the adage. What then of a picture of almost 1,000 crosses? That image is taking focus in front of Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ in Long Island, N.Y. where members and friends placed 650 white crosses in front of the church during the recent weekend to remember communities touched by gun violence — and they are still short of their goal by more than 300 crosses.


UCC assistance going to flooded out families in India

As a coastal city in southern India deals with the worst rains it has seen in more than a century, the United Church of Christ is sending aid to help several hundred thousand people who have been affected by flooding.


California church wants to welcome, take in refugees

A Southern California congregation, on the receiving end of hateful backlash after announcing it would take in Syrian refugees, still hopes to "welcome the stranger" if there is an opportunity. Menifee United Church of Christ got caught up in the controversy over resettling Syrian refugees in the United States, a hot-button topic because of security concerns.


Still Speaking 2.0 updates the UCC identity campaign with edgy messages on social media

God is Still Speaking, the identity campaign that branded the United Church of Christ in a distinctive way and helped define its progressive voice in the faith community, is getting an upgrade/refresh in 2016.


UCC leaders call for action, offer comfort after California shooting

Fourteen people were slain Wednesday, Dec.2, in the deadliest bout of gun violence in the United States since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in 2012. This latest tragedy at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., which once again reignites the gun control debate, leaves 14 dead, at least 21 injured, and leaders of the United Church of Christ calling on the nation's elected officials to act.