Renewing Mission for God's Economy
Adese Fellows come together to create community, learn social business practices to launch new ventures that address economic injustice in their hometowns.
We Must Lead with Love
Students, faith communities call for change in gun laws after Parkland school shootings.
Thinking About Theological Formation
Participants registered the UCC's two-day summit on theological formation, planned for April in Cleveland, should come prepared for a thought-provoking conversation around the values and beliefs that form and focus the denomination.
3 Great Loves - Spreading the Word
A Penn Northeast (Penn NE) Conference leader is on a spiritual journey, spending his Sundays with several different congregation and preaching about 3 Great Loves.
An Illinois church mission team is heading to Florida next week for long term disaster recovery work.
Once Again Offering Sanctuary
A father of three is taking sanctuary with a North Carolina congregation once again standing with a neighbor facing persecution because of his immigration status.
Offering Pastoral Care
A California pastor, displaced by wildfires, is called to serve a community of close friends stricken by mudslides.
A Child's Love
A child in North Carolina will be celebrating her birthday this week by spending some time with her homeless friends, sharing her Christmas presents from Santa. Gifts she requested on their behalf.
3 Great Loves
A local pastor, inspired by the United Church of Christ’s one-church mission initiative, hopes to help connect ideas and resources in the denomination’s effort to build a just world for all people.
It's hard not to have a place to call home, especially at the holidays. But an Ohio church, living into the UCC's 3 Great Loves initiative, is ministering to neighboring families in their time of need.
We Believe in the Power of Love
The national officers of the United Church of Christ offer this Christmas greeting to partners throughout the church and the wider world.
A Season of 3 Great Loves
In his Christmas message, United Church of Christ General Minister and President the Rev. John C. Dorhauer invites all in the wider church to commit to making sure that 'Love Wins.'
Voices for Justice
Faith leaders revive the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People's Campaign, launching a national call to address racism, poverty and other systemic injustice.
A Thanksgiving dinner at an Ohio church brings several groups together in community.
Showing Solidarity for the Sacred
UCC clergy, part of an interfaith religious leadership group in the West, joined forces with Native American leaders to help them protect their sacred sites and save beautiful land in Utah.
In Conversation with Cuba
A Global Ministries delegation celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with friends and partners in Cuba, part of a journey to deepen relationships between churches in the two countries.
We Mourn Sutherland Springs
UCC national leadership, standing with all victims of gun violence, say it is time to demand gun legislation that is in the best interest of this country.
Taking a Stand in Tennessee
Tennessee counter-protesters outnumber the white supremacists.
A UCC congregation in the heart of the path of deadly California wildfires is offering extravagant welcome to evacuated neighbors returning home.
Loving interfaith community in Kansas stands together against suspected anti-Semitism.
Living into Something New
With a call for prayer during a time of great change, the UCC national offices are restructured around mission.
Lord, in Your Mercy
The Rev. Traci Blackmon issues a call to action following the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. It is up to US to end gun violence.
Proclaim 3 Great Loves
Download the 3 Great Loves Toolkit to review and use the resources the UCC has created for your congregation. Make your community ministry — that uses love to light the way to a more just world for all — more visible and meaningful.
Love Them Back to Life
First Harvey, then Irma. Two Category 4 Hurricanes making landfall in the United States two weeks apart. UCC Disaster Ministries is executing a long-term recovery plan, to help those who need it most.
Assessing Irma's Impact
United Church of Disaster Ministries will be reaching out to clergy and congregations across the entire peninsula of South Florida to assess the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma.
The United Church of Christ General Synod in Baltimore was jam-packed with justice, for our neighbors, our immigrant brothers and sisters, and planet Earth. Relive the experience with this wrap-up video.
Pulling together in Texas
As UCC Disaster Ministries gears up to assist the people of Texas hurt by Hurricane Harvey, one growing church, washed out by a massive flood in 2016, is once again hit hard by rising waters.
Faith and Love Win the Day
Love and compassion drown out racial hatred and white supremacy in Boston.
Solidarity in Charlottesville
The presence of the United Church of Christ was strong and widespread in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend as part of an interfaith stand of solidarity. Love and prayer trump hate and bigotry.
Embracing Children, Teaching Safety
Ohio congregations wrap their arms around refugee children in their city, providing safety education in a community project inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Lessons in Just Peacemaking
The youth and young adults in two rural Indiana congregations follow the lead of their pastor, embodying love of neighbor and engaging in peacemaking in their community and around the world.
Saying “YES” in Christ's Name
Three UCC pastors, sharing a great love for their neighbor, help make asylum possible for a young lesbian from Africa.
A Grade School Kingdom of God
A church camp in Chicago, providing a place for all God's children, embodies two of UCC's Three Great Loves.
Three Great Loves
How does your church incarnate the love of Jesus, for your neighbor, for the children in your community, and for God's creation? Join the Three Great Loves campaign -- we want to hear how you're building a just world for all!
THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S
A resolution and a rallying cry, calling on all members of the United Church of Christ, clergy and congregants, to combat the climate crisis from the pulpit and in the public square.
AN OVERWHELMING AFFIRMATION
Rev. Traci Blackmon is elected overwhelmingly and enthusiastically as leader of the UCC's justice ministry.
THE WORK YOU DO BRINGS THE GOSPEL ALIVE
John Dorhauer outlines new framework for pursuing love and justice as a unified church during his report to General Synod.
GOD IS WITH US
Traci Blackmon challenges Synod delegates to ‘climb into the wheelbarrow’ to wage peace.
Speaking out in D.C.
UCC leaders speak out for affordable health care for all during interfaith vigil at U.S. Capitol.
Supporting Human Dignity at All Stages of Life
A medical aid in dying resolution is coming before General Synod delegates in Baltimore this week.
Combining Conferences in New England
The Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences voted to move toward coming together, to create a stronger voice speaking for justice.
Our Connection with Cuba
UCC friends from Cuba are coming to this country in a few weeks to provide a personal perspective on U.S.-Cuban relations and the proposed 'Bring Down the Wall in the Caribbean' resolution at General Synod.
The Lakota YouthStay program, a UCC church mission and ministry, is bringing Native young people to Massachusetts next month for an immersion experience.
Accompaniment in Colombia
Global Ministries delegation provides presence and support for the peace process in Colombia.
Working Together for a Just World
Several UCC congregations, part of a coalition of churches in the Washington, D.C., area, call for release of mother of two detained by ICE in Virginia.
Proclaiming Justice for All
Blindsided by a neighbor's deportation, angry UCC clergy in Phoenix take on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office.
Making Justice Tangible
An Alabama church opens a safe space to LGBT teens with the help of a Grass Top Grant from Justice and Witness Ministries.
Marching for Mother Earth
A large UCC contingent shows love for creation at the People's Climate March in D.C.
Welcoming the Stranger
A Wisconsin congregation takes courageous steps to practice a faith that is welcoming, in an area where it is not often the popular choice.
United Against Hate
After being the target of a hate crime, a Virginia congregation bands together with a Jewish community also under attack, to bring healing to their hometown.
A Promising New Start
Gilead Church Chicago has not yet celebrated its first weekly worship service, but it is already attracting a lot of people and the attention of the Today Show.
Offering Sanctuary, Saving Lives
A United Church of Christ congregation in Buffalo, N.Y., is heeding the call to build a just world for all as a place of sanctuary, enabling undocumented immigrants to find refuge and resources on their way to new lives and opportunities in Canada.
March for Mother Earth
With creation care and climate change topping the list of priorities UCC members believe the church needs to focus on in the future, expect a huge contingent of UCC earth care advocates in Washington D.C. next month for the People's Climate March.
A Glimpse of Life in Gaza
United Church of Christ leaders get a rare opportunity to visit with mission partners in this isolated territory in the Middle East, where hope and faith persist.
Native Nations March
UCC members make up the largest faith contingent joining the Native Americans march against oil pipelines in Washington D.C., moving from the Army Corps of Engineers offices to the White House.
Strength in Numbers
Four UCC congregations step out as Sanctuary Churches, with others pledging to support them and the neighbors they offer refuge.
Stand with Standing Rock
First Nations people and their allies opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline continue the movement challenging the pipeline with a lawsuit, D.C. march.
Offering Sanctuary, Speaking out against ICE Raids
In New York, a UCC congregation becomes a Sanctuary Church offering support and refuge to individuals persecuted by ICE.
Refugees Are Welcome Here
UCC churches are cheered by federal court decision continuing the freeze on the immigration executive order.
Supporting the Stranger
Two Chicago United Church of Christ congregations assisting Syrian refugees experience very different outcomes.
God's Open Doors
A bold and bright proclamation of inclusivity, emphasized by an extravagant welcome in three languages. That's how we roll in the UCC
Making the March a Movement
Women's Marchers around the country celebrate call for change.
Women's Rights are Human Rights
The UCC will offer radical hospitality at Women’s March on Washington to participants flocking to our nation’s capital.
From the Moral March to the Women's March
A month of justice advocacy, promoting the fair and equal treatment of all Americans, kicks off this week as a change of government comes to Washington, D.C.
Love and Prayers Follow Fire
A Connecticut congregation formed before the Declaration of Independence is getting much needed support from other UCC faith communities after a devastating fire in the church's historic sanctuary.
UCC Advocacy in 2016
The United Church of Christ, embracing its mission to welcome all, love all and build a just world for all people, raised a collective voice in the public square in 2016 to live out that call.
Join His Movement for Love, Peace and Justice
Renew your commitment to love with the coming of the Christ Child. Wishes for a Merry Christmas from the United Church of Christ.
A Commitment to Peace
In his Christmas message, United Church of Christ General Minister and President the Rev. John C. Dorhauer asks all of us to give a gift to the world.
God's Love Colors Everything
A UCC coloring book is highlighting and supporting the 2016 Christmas Fund, which provides assistance to those who have faithfully served the church and find themselves facing unexpected financial needs.
I was a Refugee, and You Welcomed Me
One challenge to UCC churches in this season of Advent is to find ways to welcome Syrian refugees. Embracing these displaced people through education, fundraising and advocacy is the focus of the denomination’s December ‘Our Still Speaking Voice’ initiative.
Readying a Place of Refuge
A Pennsylvania congregation renovating a vacant parsonage to welcome refugee families refugees finds itself renewed in the process.
We Stand with Standing Rock
The United Church of Christ, honoring a sacred commitment to work for a just world for all, is listening to the citizens of America's First Nations, joining the people of many tribes at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Solidarity and Repentance
A UCC Conference Minister is one of eight Christian leaders who offered a public confession, collective repentance, and a commitment to justice before tribal elders of several Nations at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation.
Standing with Native Peoples and Mother Earth
Faith leaders from all traditions called to stand with water protectors at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Our Purpose: Love and Justice
A vision of a just world for all people will shape the future work of the United Church of Christ, guided by refreshed Purpose, Mission and Vision statements overwhelmingly affirmed by the UCC Board of Directors.
Connecting with Cuba
An affinity with Cuba and the Cuban people is growing in the UCC, evidenced by interest in the Cuba Study Seminar, a possible General Synod resolution and a 2017 initiative focusing on the Caribbean.
Love Our Neighbors
UCC advocates put 'bodies on the line' at border wall with Mexico.
Inclusion in Iowa
UCC's White Privilege: Let 's Talk curriculum spurs plans for a community-wide sacred conversation on race in Iowa.
Our Faith, Our Vote
As Democrats and Republicans debate the winner of last night’s first presidential debate, UCC churches continue to work today, Voter Registration Day, to make sure every voice is heard in the November election.
UCC clergy, as witnesses and interpreters, support the Native people of more than 100 sovereign nations in their resolve to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
First Serve Sunday
On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, an Ohio interfaith community serves local first responders in a variety of different ways.
An International Call for Change
Church leaders in the United Kingdom join UCC voices calling on the Washington, D.C. NFL team to change its name and logo.
Continuing the track of Sacred Conversations on Race, a North Carolina church addresses racism as part of a weekly 12-step program, created by the developer of the God Is Stillspeaking campaign, that can be adapted for use by any congregation.
Believe in God, Yourself and the UCC
See how the young people of the church embraced their ministry and each other during several faith-filled days at the National Youth Event at Walt Disney World.
One Year In – A Future Framework
What has the United Church of Christ accomplished in the year since the Rev. John C. Dorhauer took office?
A Bold Show of Support
Clergy in California applaud August named the state's first 'Muslim Appreciation Month.'
We Believe in UCC Youth
The National Youth Event culminates after a week of faith, fun in Florida.
Reaching Out to Our Muslim Neighbors
UCC invites churches to lead by "Building Bridges" with Muslim neighbors in communities across America.
Living into our Commitment of Inclusion
The United Church of Christ is taking to the streets outside the Republican National Convention and making honored guests feel at home inside the Church House.
A Ring of Love
The faith community in Texas forms human wall of support around local mosque after gunfire shatters the members' sense of security.
Constitution and Bylaws Survey
A new survey out today is intended to include all voices of the wider church in the conversation about proposed changes to the United Church of Christ Constitution and Bylaws.
Celebrating Commitment and Community
An Illinois church celebrates a milestone by inviting couples in its community to renew their wedding vows on the village green.
Why the United Church of Christ?
With this survey, the denomination’s general minister and president is reaching out to every member of the wider church, looking for input on a proposed UCC Mission Statement.
Love Must Win
UCC leaders, clergy, as a religious voice standing for LGBTQ rights, plan public show of support in Florida.
Be the Church of the Month!
The United Church of Christ has launched a new nine-month contest, inviting congregations across the denomination living out the values in the "Be the Church" statements to participate.
A Matter of Faith and Justice
Join the United Church of Christ's 'Faith Beyond Bars' June initiative, and advocate for change in U.S. criminal detention system. Get started with a simple step on social media.
White Privilege: Let's Talk
The United Church of Christ is ramping up for the release of "White Privilege – Let's Talk," an adult education curriculum designed to invite members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive and bold conversations on race.
Use the UCC Toolkit!
Stillspeaking 2.0 Toolkit released to help UCC churches amp up identity online and in local communities.
An Eco-Conscious Ministry Center
The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ is greening up its corner of the earth, with a rehabbed, environmentally-friendly, sustainably-minded, LEED-certified building, a place of inspiration and learning for other groups and congregations.
A Gun Changed My Beautiful Town
The people of Newtown Congregational Church UCC share personal experiences after their community was forever changed in 2012 by a young man with a gun at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Taking Aim at Gun Violence
The United Church of Christ, which has long advocated for sensible, responsible policies to end gun violence, is amplifying a call for change in May with a sharable video message, and a new 5-part Bible study.
That We May All Be One
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer concludes his coast-to-coast installation weekend inspired and charged by three-congregation worship service.
Standing for Human Rights
UCC social justice advocates keep watch on 'religious freedom' laws.
Keep it in the Ground
As part of Earth Day weekend, UCC preachers are encouraged to deliver sermons embracing clean energy and energy conservation. Join the church’s April multimedia initiative, using resources available now.
Faith and Family
The three-city April installation service for the UCC ninth General Minister and President is envisioned as family event — both for the denomination and the Rev. John C. Dorhauer.
Bombs in Belgium spur Prayers for Peace
After a deadly terrorist attack in Belgium during Holy Week, United Church of Christ General Minister and President the Rev. John Dorhauer remembered the victims in a call for prayer and urged the wider church, during this week of hope and resurrection, to be instruments of God’s peace.
Three Services — Three Cities — ALL welcome
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer’s formal installation in mid-April as the United Church of Christ’s ninth general minister and president, a three-city worship service where all are welcome, is being planned as a pivotal moment for the future and mission of the denomination.
Interfaith Organizing for Justice
A UCC congregation in Kansas has helped found "Justice Matters," a local interfaith organization of 21 diverse religious congregations joining forces around justice issues. Together, this Kansas faith community has brainstormed ideas for affordable housing, trauma care for babies, and the creation of a Crisis Stabilization Center to help people with mental illness and addiction into treatment.
Central to Core Mission
For several churches of the Central Atlantic Conference, providing substantial support to One Great Hour of Sharing is central to following Jesus, part of their mission of transformation in the world.
Focusing on Jerusalem
During the month of March, when Lent concludes with the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter, the UCC will raise the voices of Israelis and Palestinians who seek peace and justice in the region where our Savior once walked. This third multimedia campaign tied to the church’s core mission encourages all to advocate for peace.
'Taking On,' not 'Giving Up'
Anticipating Easter, members of a small but mighty New Mexico church are working to bring more kindness to their community, taking on good works in God's name during Lent instead of giving up something.
Expressing Solidarity and Support
A delegation of church leaders from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) heads to the Holy Land later this month to underscore partnerships with Middle East Christians in nine countries.
Spotlight on Safe 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.
Four Youth Speakers to Help NYE 'Believe'
Four youth speakers — all ages 15 or younger — will bring energy and excitement for their peers at this summer’s National Youth Event, helping reveal what faith, justice, leadership and service look like.
Continuing the Call
In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., marchers braved frigid temperatures and biting winds, taking to the streets of Cleveland on the federal holiday marking his birthday, concluding with a prayer service at the UCC national offices.
Why I Protest
The deaths of Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland –– all young African Americans who lost their lives at the hands of police –– have escalated the conversation about racial discrimination in this country. The voice of the United Church of Christ, which has been prominent in the conversation, is about to get louder. Be part of the first the first multimedia campaign of the year tied to the church's core mission.
Resolve to Gift of Yourself
There's one New Year's resolution that coordinators of the 2016 National Youth Event are suggesting to the young people and their chaperones who are planning to attend the National Youth Event this summer — skip your regular haircuts, grow your hair until the gathering, and donate on-site to Locks of Love.
A Bold, Public Voice
The Rev. Traci Blackmon begins her tenure as the United Church of Christ's acting executive minister of Justice and Witness Ministries on Jan. 1, and steps into the lead-off role in the UCC's 2016 initiative to speak loudly and publicly on issues tied to the denomination's core mission.
A Warm Quilt for Christmas
Hundreds of less fortunate people in the Pennsylvania area are warm this winter, thanks to some early Christmas presents created with love by quilters gathered by a UCC congregation's "Quilt-A-Thon."
Love Shines Through
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.
Celebrate the Return of the Light
In this Christmas message on behalf of the United Church of Christ national officers, the Rev. John Dorhauer celebrates the light that darkness cannot overcome.
Confronting Fear, Working for Change in Paris
People of faith around the world are praying for a global agreement to combat climate change during this first week of Advent, a season of hope that coincides with a crucial U.N. climate change conference in Paris.
Food and Fellowship, Prayers and Pie
As the church of extravagant welcome, UCC congregations around the country will be hosting community meals for Thanksgiving. One, in Oakland, Calif., is providing the pies.
Charting a New Course
Andover Newton blazes a new trail in theological education, announcing the 208-year-old school seminary is exploring narrowing its course offerings and relocating to ensure its work and mission continue to thrive.
Into the Mystic
'Into the Mystic,' the Rev. John C. Dorhauer's weekly podcast, makes its debut on UCC.org, with the United Church of Christ General Minister and President noting that "the art and practice of spiritual reflection is to be modeled as a priority and not just a part time avocation."
Loving our Neighbors vs. the Law
A new North Carolina law that prevents communities from creating 'sanctuary cities' for immigrants and dismantles those already in place has two UCC Ministers concerned about the potential for discrimination and racial profiling.
Justice Ministry Leader Named
The Rev. Traci Blackmon, a prominent community leader, gifted preacher and much-loved pastor and teacher, has been appointed as the acting executive of UCC Justice and Witness Ministries.
An Ambitious Beginning
United Church of Christ General Minister and President John C. Dorhauer shares five initiatives at the United Church of Christ October Board meeting that he believes can build a church culture of risk-taking, innovation and transformation.
Showing Love for Our Neighbors
Peace-filled interfaith rallies replaced publicized hateful Anti-Islam demonstrations when protestors were no-shows. See why three UCC pastors were front and center in the Pacific Northwest
Love Thy Neighbor
The United Church of Christ and The United Church of Canada will live into that commandment, when the two denominations gather together in Niagara Falls on Oct. 17 to celebrate a Full Communion Agreement.
Moral Momentum Following Francis
Three UCC ministers, present in Washington, D.C, New York, and Philadelphia during Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, hope the electricity and humility they witnessed during the tour energizes people of faith on behalf of Jesus Christ.
Coming Together in Faith and Climate
UCC General Minister and President the Rev. John Dorhauer is one of several faith leaders amplifying Pope Francis’ call to action for the environment in a gathering this week at the Washington National Cathedral.
Cookies with a Cop
Take a United Church of Christ General Synod tradition, add a new twist, and you end up with a grassroots program geared at building relationships between police officers and the community they serve. Can this event, which started after Synod this summer, become a sweet wider-church tradition?
Continuing a Legacy of Love and Learning in Cuba
After more than a half century, the United States and Cuba are on the road to better relations. But a UCC study seminar has been taking interested visitors to Cuba for 33 years – and is now planning its next trip in January.
Protect the Earth, Not Prey on It
Today UCC environmental advocates are joining Pope Francis in a call for prayer for the Earth, hoping that a World Day of Prayer for Creation will spur people of faith around the world to become part of a cultural revolution that confronts the planet’s ecological crisis.
RESILIENCE AND RELATIONSHIPS REMAIN 10 YEARS AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA
The response of the entire United Church of Christ is being remembered and celebrated as the 10th anniversary of the most destructive storm in American history approaches.
CELEBRATING A WAVE OF WOMEN
There are six new Conference Ministers in United Church of Christ, and three in those new leadership positions are women.
MEET JOHN C. DORHAUER
The United Church of Christ's new general minister and president intends to forge a greater connection between the national church and local congregations for the sake of our shared mission. Hear how Reverend Dorhauer hopes to accomplish that, in the first in a series of video conversations.
ARGUING FOR EQUALITY
Lives changed across the UCC with a victory for marriage equality in June — one made possible, in part, by of two of our own who argued the cases before the United States Supreme Court.
A TANGIBLE STEP IN CONFERENCE COLLABORATION
The Ohio and Indiana-Kentucky Conferences of the United Church of Christ are sharing a conference minister for the remainder of the year to see if combining resources around leadership is a workable idea.
FAITH AND DIVESTMENT
The United Church of Christ’s vote to divest from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is done in the spirit of, but differs from, the BDS movement. The church is one of many faith communities that considered this non-violent approach to peace in the region.
PASSING THE PEACE
A flock of peace cranes, bringing prayers of peace and solidarity, has traveled across the UCC and will now fly in Charleston, South Carolina as a sign of hope, justice and a testament to the presence of God in the midst of trouble.
CONNECTION AND CONVERGANCE
As he prepares to take over the reins of the denomination later this summer, the Rev. John C. Dorhauer shares his strategy for moving the United Church of Christ forward in a new time.
But the election of the Rev. John C. Dorhauer as the United Church of Christ’s ninth general minister and president was not without debate.
‘It’s Within our Power to Change the Damn World’
Saying churches are good with rhetoric, but bad with action, the Rev. Dwayne Royster charges a capacity crowd celebrating Sunday worship to deal with the original sin of this country — racism, slavery and ongoing effects of Jim Crow—in order to lift our country out of a deep moral crisis.
The church of 'necessary trouble'
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Clevelander Connie Schultz shares the reasons why she loved the UCC before the church was popular during a keynote address to General Synod on Saturday.
Same-sex weddings celebrated at General Synod 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court decision bringing marriage equality to Ohio proves to be an exceptional way to find God in an ‘Unexpected Place,’ kicking off General Synod in Cleveland.
Marriage Equality for ALL People!
The United States Supreme Court ruled today that marriage equality is the law of the land, a historic decision that is already being celebrated at General Synod 2015.
COMING TO CLEVELAND - CALENDAR THIS LIST
The 2015 General Synod, which commences in Cleveland this week, has an agenda full of Unexpected Places participants can experience the voice of the Stillspeaking God.
A PROPOSED CHANGE TO OUR CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
Delegates of the United Church of Christ will vote on a proposed change in the leadership structure of the national setting at General Synod in Cleveland, to focus leadership of the church under the general minister and president, giving that individual, as chief operating officer, the authority to steer and direct the work of the national offices.
RESOLVING TO WORK FOR PEACE IN ISRAEL-PALESTINE
Several conferences of the United Church of Christ are presenting resolutions for consideration by the 30th General Synod that call for further economic leverage - targeted divestment from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and the boycott of companies whose products are produced in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.
GENERAL SYNOD'S SACRED CONVERSATIONS ON RACE
When the delegates of General Synod of the United Church of Christ come together in a little more than three weeks in Cleveland, they will be addressing several crucial issues around civil rights and racism in America.
CLERGY CALL FOR CHANGE IN CLEVELAND
After a Cleveland police officer was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of an unarmed couple, a coalition of clergy, including UCC national leaders, rally with a call for reform of the city’s criminal justice system.
GIVING COMES NATURALLY TO PENNSYLVANIA CHURCH
First United Church of Christ in Carlisle, Pa., has a history of funding disaster recovery, most recently sending $10,000 to help the people in need in Nepal.
WELCOME AND WORRIES IN HEBRON
A delegation from Global Ministries sees how the occupation in the Middle East, with checkpoints and limitations on access to historic places of faith, is a reality of daily life for the people of Hebron.
AND THE YOUTH SHALL LEAD US
An Ohio youth group is supporting the UCC literacy initiative, Reading Changes Lives, in thousands of ways, collecting boxes of books to “Stuff the Bus,” part of the Youth and Young Adults @ General Synod program.
A PIVOTAL MOMENT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY
As the United States Supreme Court hears arguments today about the legality of same-sex marriage, UCC advocates and executives pray for the inevitable—with 37 of the 50 states now recognizing marriage equality, it’s time for a national decision declaring equal rights for all people.
CAPTURING THE SUN'S ENERGY TO BENEFIT THE EARTH
On Earth Day, a New Mexico congregation breaks ground on a project that will free this church from energy dependence and save precious natural resources at the same time.
CREATING AN INTERFAITH COMMUNITY
The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ is on a mission to turn a dilapidated old building into a green, sustainable office space as a model of creation justice for the wider church.
CREATING AN ECO-FRIENDLY HEADQUARTERS
Nebraska UCC church joins tri-faith movement aligning Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities to foster peace and understanding.
THE HOLINESS FOUND IN HOPE
As present-day disciples of Jesus, we are reminded this Holy Week by UCC General Minister the Rev. Geoffrey Black that even in the most dire of circumstances, we can find hope.
REV. JOHN DORHAUER APPROVED NOMINEE FOR 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.
GENERAL SYNOD SERVICE PROJECT TO 'STUFF THE PACK' FOR LITERACY
With the idea that children need to have the tools to learn so they can learn to read, the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries is urging Synod attendees to come prepared for this service project.
SHARE AS YOU ARE ABLE
When congregations come together, as the United Church of Christ, in support One Great Hour of Sharing, big things happen.
MARCH FORTH TOMORROW FOR LITERACY
UCC congregations are preparing to join a denomination-wide effort by volunteering as tutors, gathering books and advocating for literacy. Together, the church will March Forth for Literacy to show that reading can change lives.
NO FAITH JUSTIFIES MURDER
UCC, Disciples executives share solidarity, sympathy with Egyptian partners after ISIS executions.
CHOSEN TO LEAD
The Rev. John Dorhauer is the search committee's candidate, named to become the ninth general minister and president of the United Church of Christ.
EARTH CARE CONVERSATIONS
As UCC earth care advocates mark Global Divestment Day, United Church of Christ congregations are learning more about divestment as a strategy to combat climate change.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MARCH
Change a life – get started now to March Forth for Literacy with the United Church of Christ. A few simple ways to make a big difference in your community, promoting literacy in this one-day, all-church initiative.
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.
A PASTORAL LETTER ON RACISM
The national leaders of the United Church of Christ have released a thoughtful reflection and call to action about racism in our country.
SAME RIGHTS, SAME RESPECT
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.
MARRIAGE EQUALITY SHINES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE
UCC pastors in Florida are celebrating marriage equality, which begins today, by inviting couples to come and get married.
FINDING HOPE AND UNITY IN A CALL FOR JUSTICE
The UCC was strongly represented in the tens of thousands of people who converged on Washington D.C. this weekend—for vigils, marches and protests—calling for change.
In unexpected places, the Christ Child is born. Blessings to you this holiday season, and peace in the New Year.
LIGHT UP SOMEONE'S LIFE AT CHRISTMAS
It's a much appreciated tradition of giving that spans more than a hundred years. This holiday, recognize and honor those who have served the UCC with a gift to The Christmas Fund.
WE HAVE WORK TO DO
In response to the 'No indictment' decision from a St. Louis County grand jury, UCC General Minister and President Geoffrey A. Black is calling for "a renewed commitment to advocacy and action, to deepening racial awareness by engaging in sacred conversation, and to truthfully examining — then dismantling — the systems of privilege set in place by racism."
CHURCHES UNITE IN CALL FOR PEACE
UCC executives, in Missouri with the National Council of Churches, are part of the faith community call for peace in Ferguson, awaiting a grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown.
HOLY JOE'S SOOTHES THE SOUL
A simple gesture of support goes a long way. On Veterans Day, see how a volunteer coffee ministry is touching the lives of U.S. military personnel around the world with the assistance of the UCC.
SOLES FOR SOULS
A North Carolina congregation takes a mission project collecting shoes to fund water projects overseas and spins it into a large community-wide ecumenical effort that now has more than 20 churches across the region involved.
WE TRUST GOD TO HELP US THROUGH
A UCC faith community in Washington state offers grieving young people a ministry of presence and comfort following a fatal shooting at their local high school.
AN INVESTMENT IN PALESTINE
The president of the Pension Boards shares the fruits of a new investment with the United Church of Christ Board.
A BEAUTIFUL BELATED WEDDING PRESENT
The UCC wins a landmark lawsuit for religious freedom and marriage equality. When newlyweds Kathi Smith and Lisa Cloninger return home from their honeymoon, their marriage will be recognized by the state of North Carolina.
ONE CHURCH, ONE BOOK MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE
See how One Read is building momentum for the UCC literacy initiative in Illinois. Are you getting involved in Reading Changes Lives?
OFFERING A HAND UP
A simple but effective way at helping another make a better life involves supporting Neighbors in Need. Learn more about the work Sunday’s offering supports, and how grant money is available today.
SOUNDING THE ALARM ON CLIMATE CHANGE
400,000 earth care advocates from several faith traditions, all walks of life, and scores of communities across the country converge on the streets of New York City, calling on world leaders to act at this week's United Nations summit meeting on climate change.
ADVOCATES FOR EARTH CARE ISSUING CALL FOR ACTION
Thousands from the UCC are flocking to New York City this week to take a stand on climate change, joining earth care advocates from around the country and the world as part of the People's Climate March.
GENERAL SYNOD REGISTRATION OPEN - PREACHERS ANNOUNCED
Four dynamic and diverse preachers are named to lead worship as the United Church of Christ opens registration for the Thirtieth General Synod in Cleveland.
LIFTING UP LITERACY
Congregations across the United Church of Christ are gearing up for One Read, the Sept. 8 kickoff event to the all-church literacy initiative, embracing the commitment to helping adults and children overcome illiteracy as a social justice issue.
LABOR DAY HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE
UCC congregations interested in ensuring every worker is treated fairly and with dignity can make a commitment to improving wages and working conditions using the resources of the Economic Justice Covenant Program.
A COMING CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP
Citing the ever-evolving needs and momentum of a more focused United Church of Christ, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, UCC general minister and president, decides to retire following General Synod 30, as the UCC Board moves quickly to name his successor.
IT'S YOU BABY
It's up to you to change the world. That's the message of love, inclusivity and extravagant welcome the United Church of Christ shared with Gay Games visitors at a special service at the Amistad Chapel in Cleveland.
SUPPORTING THE STRANGER
As the UCC moves quickly to meet the needs of displaced young refugees, the conference minister of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the UCC is moved to lead a pilgrimage for children's justice to Nogales, Ariz.
DISPLACED CHILDREN DESERVE COMPASSION AND CARE
In a unified voice, the national and regional leaders of the United Church of Christ call for action to assist the thousands of young refugees who have come to our country in search of a better life, lifting up this as a unique moment that tests the church's commitment for justice and peace.
REINTERPRETING WORSHIP AND COMMUNITY
Reinvigorate your worship and expand outreach in your community through the Stillspeaking Worship Institute. The inaugural events kick off this fall.
READING CHANGES LIVES
Think about everything the ability to read brings into your life — the doors literacy opens. Join us in changing lives, fighting illiteracy, by participating in the UCC all-church initiative One Read of the inspirational book, Hot Dogs & Hamburgers: Unlocking Life's Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age, in September.
CALLED TO CARE FOR THE LEAST OF THESE
As the United States government struggles to deal with waves of children from Central America coming to the United States seeking refuge, UCC congregations around the country are stepping up to do what they can to help these children in need.
A VISIBLE WITNESS
Events celebrating LGBT Pride took place around the country in June and United Church of Christ congregations are embracing the opportunity to publicly show their welcoming inclusion of all.
A CALL FOR INSPIRATIONAL IDEAS
If you have a great idea that can be shared successfully with congregations around the country and want to bring it to General Synod 30 in Cleveland, organizers are now taking applications for next summer's workshops. While General Synod 30 registration doesn't open until Sept. 8, 2014, the deadline for workshop applications is Aug. 1.
UCC advocates deliver 30,000 signed petitions to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper on Monday, opposing Amendment One and other discriminatory marriage laws that violate the First Amendment right to religious freedom.
THE DARKNESS WILL NOT OVERCOME US
The United Church of Christ has an ecumenical partner entrenched in the struggle for religious freedom in Nigeria. Despite the escalating deadly violence, the people of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria believe emphatically in the power of prayer.
READING CHANGES LIVES
As one church, the United Church of Christ wants to make a difference around literacy. Here’s the latest information on the UCC’s third all-church initiative, Reading Changes Lives, and ways you can participate.
A MOVING TRIBUTE COMING TO AN END
This week following Memorial Day, a Connecticut church’s Field of Flags, created as a visible memorial in honor of recent U.S. military heroes, will be displayed for the final time.
A STRONG COMMITMENT TO RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
The UCC gains strong support from the Alliance of Baptists and scores of individuals for its groundbreaking lawsuit standing for First Amendment freedoms in North Carolina.
BRING BACK OUR GIRLS
The United Church of Christ continues prayers for each of the kidnapped Nigerian girls as their kidnappers release a video offering proof of life, and urges advocacy against gender-based violence in countries around the world.
TWO PEOPLE, AN OPEN HEART AND A SECOND CHANCE
That’s all it takes to change a life through reading. Meet author Rob Shindler, who helped his son through a struggle with illiteracy, and is now using reading to change lives, one person at a time. His book, "Hot Dogs & Hamburgers," kicks off the UCC one-church literacy initiative, Reading Changes Lives, in September.
I DO SUPPORT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The United Church of Christ files a groundbreaking lawsuit against North Carolina to protect the First Amendment rights of clergy and the principal of freedom of religion.
NO MORE STYROFOAM
New England churches work to be Styrofoam free during a regional Mission 4/1 Earth initiative. On this Earth Day, the movement to help protect our fragile planet provides food for thought.
HOLY SEASONS, CALL FOR PRAYER
The presidents and general ministers of the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ offer prayers this Holy Week for those affected by deadly shootings in Kansas, as they speak out against crime carried out under religious pretense.
SPIRIT OF THE CONGO
Global Ministries shares the progress made to assist the people of the Congo, as United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ churches recognize the pleas of the Congolese and stand in solidarity with them through the Congo Initiative, which is helping nurse the sick, provide education and save lives.
A BOLD PUBLIC VOICE
A much-needed Christian voice for justice, peace and inclusion of all people. That's the topic explored by the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black as the UCC general minister and president kicks off of a new monthly commentary series called "Reflections."
IT'S ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE
Reading Changes Lives is the United Church of Christ's Christian response to the literacy issues that plague all communities. Exposing the problem is the first step to a solution — learn how you can be a part of it.
The United Church of Christ Board picks a location for General Synod 2017, and approves the theme of General Synod 2015 — where was the last time you encountered the Stillspeaking God in a place you didn't expect?
FINDING UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
Bruce was alone on the streets of Philadelphia, but God led him to the warm embrace of a local UCC congregation. Hear how unconditional love changed him.
HOW WILL YOU MARCH FORTH TODAY?
The United Church of Christ is calling you to join today's one-day initiative to March Forth with simple acts of justice work. For one day, your way—you pick the issue and the action. Be an advocate during the next 24 hours to better the lives of people in your community, the nation, or the world.
LIVE WITH LESS DURING LENT
Join UCC congregations in the carbon fast and resolve to reduce your consumption of fossil fuels during Lent. Recognize this time of repentance, fasting, and prayer with actions that benefit Mother Earth.
HOW WILL YOU MARCH FORTH?
Mark your calendars to be part of this one-day, one-church effort, as we march forth with simple acts of justice work, so we can make a difference in the world around us.
I FEEL LOVE
She had no religion, until she embraced extravagant welcome. Hear the meaningful way she found her Christian faith through the United Church of Christ.
STANDING IN SOLIDARITY FOR JUSTICE, LOVE & MERCY
UCC national officers and New England seminary students will join North Carolina churches in a moral march for justice. Tens of thousands will gather on Saturday to hold state lawmakers accountable to the people.
FAST FOR FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA
Raising the volume on the immigration reform debate, advocates kick off a 66-day bus tour across the country to continue pressuring Congress for change.
WE HAVE A WINNER!
The United Church of Christ announces the winner in the "My Faith, My World, My Voice" video contest. The work of Rashad Jackson of Detroit’s Fellowship Chapel UCC is the chosen favorite.
ACTING ON FAITH
Pick the winner in the UCC Stillspeaking Ministry's video contest. Which young adult answered the question — How does my faith transform, connect, or touch the world? — best to you? One vote per device — choose carefully.
ACTING ON FAITH
A Minnesota pastor preaches peace, community after he was mugged and beaten steps away from his home.
JOINING FAITH AND ACTION IN 2013
Unified governance, a one-church effort around earth care, a public push for marriage equality, and an unprecedented relief response for neighbors overseas furthered the UCC’s core purpose in 2013.
GIVING BACK AT CHRISTMAS
Their church burned to the ground, but a Maryland congregation rises from the ashes to welcome Christmas.
SHARING THE TRUE MESSAGE OF JESUS
A nativity scene controversy over inclusivity and extravagant welcome stirs up spirited support for a small town Kentucky pastor.
THERE'S ROOM FOR YOU HERE
All are welcome in God's house — and in the United Church of Christ. Blessings to all of our family, friends, partners and people of the world during this sacred holiday season.
GIVE A GIFT THAT GIVES BACK
It’s a much appreciated tradition of giving that spans more than 100 years. This holiday, recognize and honor those who have served the UCC with a gift to The Christmas Fund.
FAITH IN ACTION AT THANKSGIVING
A Pennsylvania church celebrates 20 years showing love for community at Thanksgiving. On the menu: Faith, food and fellowship.
A GIFT OF A LIFETIME
A member of First Congregational UCC in Sarasota finds a special way to give thanks and give back to his congregation with Christmas ornaments.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
God welcomes all people, God claims all people, and so do we. Hear how the United Church of Christ is changing lives, even saving lives, through its distinctive witness in the world.
'TIS THE SEASON FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
Alternative Gift Fairs become a calling and a career for Washington UCC volunteer.
RELIEF AFTER SANDY BUILDS RELATIONSHIPS
UCC relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy helped build relationships - Disaster Ministries still at work, one year later.
GROW CLOSER TO GOD THROUGH LIFE EXPERIENCES
The Rev. Ivy Beckwith, nationally known author and teacher, is the new team leader of the UCC Faith Formation Ministry.
BATTLING MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS
A Utah woman with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder finds support at church and spends 54 days on a kayak to share her story.
PERFECT TIMING IN OCTOBER
Faith leaders use D.C. immigration reform summit to pray, push Congress for change now.
PLAYING POLITICS MAY IMPACT MILLIONS
Tell your lawmakers that the federal government shutdown is not a game—especially to the people directly affected.
GARDENING FOR GOOD
Maine church garden planted with love, to feed neighbors in need.
CHANGING LIVES THROUGH EARTH CARE IN KENYA
As a result of Mission 4/1 Earth, two New England churches are helping villagers plant nearly 9,000 trees in Kenya.
MEDIATION, NOT MISSILES
Faith leaders appeal for diplomacy, as President Obama makes a case for military action against Syria.
AVOID MILITARY STRIKES IN SYRIA
UCC leaders issue call for prayers and diplomacy to end the crisis in Syria.
A RENEWED CALL TO JUSTICE
UCC members call for equality at D.C. rally and march - a gathering much more than a sentimental remembrance and commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington.
PUTTING RESOURCES TO WORK
A new UCC initiative offers churches a way to turn untapped resources into a revenue stream. Find out more about 'Partners In Vision.'
The UCC hopes an intergenerational experience that advocates understanding of other religions will help promote peace.
EXPLORE THE CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES OF JAZZ
Join the Rev. Geoffrey Black in 'Jazz for the Journey' to discover the spirituality and transformative power of jazz music.
The UCC's grassroots fundraising effort for new and renewing churches gears up.
A PROPHETIC CRY FOR JUSTICE AND LIFE
A Long Island church marks the massacre in Newtown, Conn., with a visible call for tougher gun legislation.
WE AIM TO SEE PEOPLE OTHERS CANNOT SEE
Check out the video highlights of General Synod 2013, and share the video with your family and friends.
MY FAITH, MY WORLD, MY VOICE
Innovative video contest calls on UCC young adults to illustrate how Christian faith connects us to the world.
ANOTHER 'FIRST' FOR THE UCC
Church becomes first major religious body in the U.S. to vote to divest from fossil fuel companies.
A SHINING MOMENT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY
UCC General Synod celebrates marriage of local pastor.
CHARTING OUR COURSE
UCC National Officers share "Bold, Inspirational Goals" that chart the course of the church into the future.
A CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY
From a rally drawing hundreds, to an affirmation of the 2005 vote for same-sex marriage, the UCC stands for love and inclusion.
GOD'S VISION FOR THE UCC TAKING SHAPE IN CALIFORNIA
General Synod 2013 marks a time of transition, celebration and renewal.
A GENERAL SYNOD 2013 'DON'T MISS' LIST
Joining us in Long Beach? Check these suggestions for events with a mix of the flair of Southern California, along with the advocacy and spiritual lift of General Synod.
JOINING US IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA? REGISTER TODAY!
Advance registration for General Synod 2013 closes tomorrow at midnight.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR TRAVEL TO SYNOD
Continue the UCC earth care initiative by calculating your trip's carbon footprint and offsetting the impact on the environment.
A NEW DEBUT
The first issue of the "refreshed and reimagined" StillSpeaking magazine is on its way to subscribers today.
CARING FOR GOD'S CREATION
As we celebrate great successes during Mission 4/1 Earth, our churches continue to report progress made on behalf of the planet.
UNITED AS ONE CHURCH, 4/1 EARTH
The UCC celebrates the victories of the 50-day initiative of environmental care and advocacy as we continue to work on behalf of planet Earth.
MOTHER NATURE DEFERS COLORADO TREE PLANTING PROJECT
Despite the church's advance planning, snow stops work 4/1 Earth - temporarily.
PRAYERS AT THE CITY DUMP
A Connecticut congregation plans to celebrate successes of Mission 4/1 Earth with vespers at the community landfill.
THE GREEN CLEAN TEAM
California UCC starts green business to help the earth and economy.
CLEVELAND DIGS IN 4/1 EARTH
125 UCC staffers take advantage of a balmy spring day and dig in 4/1 Earth at the Church House and around Cleveland.
A Mission 4/1 Earth project has youth lining the highways in New Hampshire providing protection for successful salamander migrations.
PLANT TREES IN PERU
Education is fueling the effort to save the Amazon rainforest, and there's an easy way you can contribute as part of Mission 4/1 Earth.
SIMPLE PLEDGES TO SAVE THE PLANET
During Mission 4/1 Earth simple steps add up. Look at how young people at the Silver Lake Conference Center are engaging in earth care.
SHARE THE MESSAGE OF MISSION 4/1 EARTH
Urge your family and friends to join us in 50 days of earth care. With just six days to go to kickoff of this one-church initiative - spread the word!
United Church Camps in Wisconsin working for the environment as part of Mission 4/1 Earth.
REVIVING THE RIVERFRONT IN CONNECTICUT
One of the UCC's oldest churches plans a significant clean-up project for Mission 4/1 Earth.
ECOLOGY PART OF THE DNA OF UCC SANTA FE
New Mexico UCC leading the charge for stewardship of the Earth heading into the UCC's Mission 4/1 Earth initiative.
COUNTING EARTH CARE HOURS
Looking for some simple but effective ways to work for Mission 4/1 Earth? Here's 20 good ways to start counting those earth care hours on Easter Monday, April 1.
EMBRACE EARTH CARE WITH LOVE AND JUSTICE
Are you prepared for Mission 4/1 Earth? Observe Lent by getting ready to green up, power down and shout out for the environment.
TAKE TIME TO FEED YOUR SPIRIT
Have you seen the new UCC 'Feed Your Spirit' webpage? Get a spiritual lift with practical ideas and theological depth.
LEADING THE FIGHT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Raised UCC, environmental activist Bill McKibben encourages the church to be a powerful and prophetic voice for Earth care.
UNEARTHING HISTORY AT FRANKLINTON CENTER
A team of young volunteers uncovers an old plantation cemetery to document and honor those whose names are often lost in history.
Join your UCC brothers and sisters in sunny Southern California for General Synod 29, June 28 - July 2, 2013.
YOUR GIFTS HELP HAITI REBUILD
Millions from the UCC put Haitians on the road to recovery three years after the deadly earthquake that leveled much of their homeland.
AFTER 40 YEARS - JUSTICE!
UCC celebrates pardons of Wilmington Ten 40 years after wrongful conviction.
RING IN 2013, RIGHT!
A new year brings new possibilities, new opportunities and new challenges -- so embrace two simple resolutions for 2013 as you share this holiday greeting with family and friends.
GOD'S PEACE AT CHRISTMAS
Celebrate God’s greatest gift to all of us today and every day. Share our greeting this joyous holiday with your family and friends.
TAKE TIME FOR SILENCE AND REFLECTION
A holiday message from United Church of Christ General Minister and President, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black.
A STEP BACKWARD IN THE FIGHT FOR FULL INCLUSION
United Church of Christ officers condemn the moral failure of the United States Senate on a vote against the rights of people with disabilities.
WARM WISHES FOR A BLESSED HOLIDAY
As the glorious season of Advent begins, the Officers of the UCC share a Christmas message of hope and joy.
Add Justice To Your Holiday Shopping List
The UCC Officers of the Church urge avoidance of gifts and products that contribute to continued violation of human rights and diminish the possibility of peace in the Middle East.
Stand United Against Post-Election Racism
UCC Conference Ministers call for vigilance in our commitment to racial justice and equality.
ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY, YOUR VOICE IS HEARD
Equal rights for all Americans won victories last week unimaginable a few years ago. The UCC voice, and marriage equality supported by a vote of the people in four states.
Our Faith, Our Vote
It's a right and a privilege of every American. Use your vote — you can make a difference!
Superstorm Sandy SlamsThe East Coast
The struggle to return to normal begins. See how you can help.
Sacred Conversations On Race
New resources to take discussions to a deeper level, addressing issues faced in everyday life.
Take The Pledge To "Go Purple"
Take a stand against bullying on Friday Oct. 19, by taking the Spirit Day pledge. Spread the word!
Talking marriage in Minnesota
Minnesotans United organizes a faith-based campaign of education on the state’s marriage amendment issue.
Stake A Claim On Your Community
The UCC national staff shows Cleveland some serious love as part of the Faith,In project. Will you live your faith and stake a claim on your hometown?
Caring for the earth is a year-round mission of a Pennsylvania congregation. Just imagine what we can do collectively during the UCC's Mission 4/1 Earth campaign.
Pray For Peace On Friday
Share the message. Join others around the world on Sept. 21 in prayers for peace, for an end to violence in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our nations, in our world.
GOOD WORKS FOR GOD'S CREATION
Green up, Power Down and Shout out for the environment. Get ready for Mission 4/1 Earth!
PREPARE FOR NOVEMBER WITH 'OUR FAITH, OUR VOTE'
Use your vote as your voice in the 2012 elections. Join the UCC's 'Our Faith, Our Vote' campaign, with resources designed to make your vote count.
WHAT DEFINES GOD'S VISION FOR YOU?
Seeking personal testimonies and portraits for General Synod 29 theme – "God's Vision:__________".
LOVE FOR COMMUNITY GROWS GIVING GARDEN IN NEW YORK
A simple equation equals abundant giving - part of the UCC's "Faith,In" project on Long Island.
SHE'S ONE OF US
A Maine teen advocate takes on a national magazine on behalf of females of all shapes and sizes.
THE "FAITH,IN" PROJECT IS TAKING HOLD
In the 10 days since the national rollout, UCC "Faith,In" communities are popping up around the country. Has your community joined?
Ucc Youth Have "Faith,In"...
Teens attending the UCC National Youth Event embrace the "Faith,In" project as they are charged with rolling out this national initiative.
A Pastoral Letter from leaders of the United Church of Christ
Inspired by the energy and enthusiasm that is NYE, UCC leaders send a message about the future and the relevance of our denomination. Share this letter with your church family.
Paying it forward
UCC youths set out on service projects to live their faith, and show their NYE community some love.
An embracing opening experience
From welcoming prayers and twitter technology to holy hip-hop, NYE 2012 opening worship is all about hope and possibilities.
Don't Miss This At Nye!
Check your itinerary for the National Youth Event against this top 10 list of events, speakers, and service.
Planting UCC Seeds In The South
Creative poster project at South Carolina church drives home message of welcome, inclusivity.
The UCC's Franklinton Center at Bricks is re-imagining justice, with faith in a new mission, 'Just Food.'
A Long Journey For A Great Cause
UCC member and veteran Tom Skinner's mission takes him on a journey on faith, across the country.
'OWL' Provides Inspiration
The comprehensive sexuality-education program 'Our Whole Lives' helps Colorado youth figure out who they are.
Live Your Faith. Love Your Community.
Church and civic leaders loudly proclaim, 'We have faith, in Cleveland!' Learn more about the kickoff of the UCC marketing initiative about mission.
STILL SPEAKING ABOUT WHAT WE BELIEVE
The evangelism efforts of a North Carolina congregation inspired voters in their county to come out against Amendment 1.
What was Old is New Again
Illinois UCC’s mission to equip newcomers who speak different languages spreads good word of literacy among immigrants of all ages.
Changing Lives On The Border
Seeking solutions to stop sex trafficking helps build community at Centro Romero.
One Church to the Rescue
Tornado-damaged UCC church in North Carolina thankful for timely response of Insurance Board.
NEW IDEAS SPUR NEW BEGINNINGS
New ways of being church celebrated in Connecticut with large confirmation class, big mission project.
Two Congregations Come Together As One
New Orleans UCC church is living into the concept of 'one church.'
One Church to the Rescue
Tornado-damaged UCC church in North Carolina thankful for timely response of Insurance Board.
2030 Clergy Network works as one to build the church for the future from within.
Sharing Time, Talents, And God's Love Behind Bars>Working Together To Spread The Word
'The Least of These Church' making the most of bid to strengthen interfaith bonds in NYC.
That They May All Be One
UCC comes together as one church to aid Kentucky-Indiana tornado victims.
Sharing Time, Talents, And God's Love Behind Bars
Volunteers with UCC ties share key roles in prisoner visitation/support ministry.
Sharing A Way To Do Unto Others
Day laborers in suburban Washington, D.C. have the support of the UCC.
Do you care enough to reach out to your neighbor when they need you? Watch "One Great Hour to Share."
A Love for Sharing
A young member of a Pennsylvania UCC masters the art of caring and sharing her time and talents for those in need.
Working For Justice As Lent Begins
The Bread for the World 2012 Letters Campaign inspires UCC churches to think, and to act.
Think About What You Eat
The 'Just Eating' curriculum provides food for thought during the Lenten season, and beyond.
Giving Honor To God Through Art
The UCC welcomes one of the world's leading authorities on African-American art for a special Ash Wednesday worship service in Cleveland.
Celebrate Black History Month
Bookmark this resource page, and follow daily profiles of accomplished African Americans who thought boldly, acted differently, and had the courage to be themselves.
Think Boldly. Act Differently. Be You.
Black History Month, Lent Devotional keys to 'Think. Act. Be.' for UCC.
Why You Need To Be At NYE
Imagine the possibilities for faith, fun and fellowship at the 2012 UCC National Youth Event.
LEADING THE CHARGE FOR LGBT INCLUSION
The UCC Coalition at 40 forges ahead to make sure all have a voice in the religious landscape.
Our Core Values
We are working to make the world a better place through Continuing Testament, Extravagant Welcome and Changing Lives.
Blessings For The New Year
Share UCC wishes for a wonderful 2012 with family and friends.
An Even Greater Joy
A Christmas reflection from UCC General Minister and President, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black.
Season's Greetings From The Church House
Share God's message of love, hope and transformation this Christmas.
An Inspirational Response
UCC's Council for Health and Human Service Ministries' members eager to share what they have, so others don't go hungry.
Mission:1 Goals - All Accomplished!
Thank you for living into Mission:1. We celebrate, as one church, a successful campaign against hunger.
Living Into Mission:1 At Thanksgiving
Mission:1 inspires Iowa church to reach high for the holidays.
MISSION: 1 ACCOMPLISHED!
Mission:1 energizes outreach and advocacy in UCC churches in every conference in the country.
THE FACES OF HUNGER HIT HOME
Church youth groups in Connecticut take hunger on in church, in school and in the community.
RUN IN SUPPORT OF MISSION: 1
A Pennsylvania pastor is running to connect church with community in the fight against hunger.
YOUTH GROUPS RALLY AROUND MISSION:1
Counting the contributions of young UCC members around the country, embracing the fight against hunger.
Check out the weekly blog from the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black. His first installment speaks out against religiously-motivated violence.
UCC U.S. Attorney reaches compromise with 11 interfaith leaders banned from the Capitol as a penalty for praying for poor people.
WALKING TO STOP HUNGER
UCC churches include Crop Walks as part of their Mission:1 plan of action.
It's A Mission:1 Throwdown!
Ohio UCC churches to aid Mission:1 with spaghetti-and-meatball 'Throwdown.'
Huge Focus On Hunger
Ambitious New Hampshire UCC kicks off a multi-tiered effort to feed the hungry through Mission:1. for all.
Economic Justice Covenant Churches
North Carolina churches examine the relationship between faithful living and economic justice for all.
Adding More Mission To 'Mission: 1'
Goals expanded to include $111,111 church-wide appeal for East Africa famine relief. hunger.
Small Church Thinking Big For Mission: 1
Ohio congregation already at work to make big dreams reality in our church campaign against hunger.
Hunger + Justice = M:1
Justice prompts Long Island UCC pastor's plans to walk 111 miles as part of 'Mission:1'.
Hunger-Busting - 11 Days, More Than 11 Ways
UCC national staff announces plans to target hunger during Mission:1.
Here's a Mission: 1 Manual
Download a strategy guide to ideas and resources to help marshal your congregation around Mission: 1.
Market Magic For Mission: 1
New Jersey super shopper stockpiles food for Mission: 1, thanks to coupons!
A Multifaceted 'Mission:1' Plan
A Florida pastor is marshaling his creative congregation - turning ideas into action around the UCC's 'Mission:1' project.
Youth Changing Lives
In this video produced by UCC Youth, see how our young people are changing lives now.
Guess, Moos, Clark Ready To Imagine What's Possible
Synod delegates elect new officers to Collegium.
Embrace Our Place In The World
Worship invites UCC to become a movement for 'living water change.'
Maybe We're Not Crazy Enough
Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. challenges UCC to shed predictability and make headlines for social justice.
New Churches Rock Synod
Energy, optimism permeates celebration of healthy number of new church starts.
Youth Start With Service
Youth volunteers lend a hand in Tampa.
An 'Ecumenical Milestone' Up For A Vote
Delegates to General Synod will deliberate 'Mutual Recognition of Baptism' agreement with U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Presbyterian Church-USA, Reformed Church in America and Christian Reformed Church.
It's Up To Our Members
The frequency of UCC General Synod will come up for debate at GS 28.
General Synod On-Line Registration Ends Monday June 20
Register now, and avoid the lines in Tampa!
New York City church finds new possibilities with United Church of Christ affiliation.
Helping U.S. Storm Survivors Rebuild Their Lives
While not a 'first responder,' the UCC plans long term disaster response efforts. You can help.
High Praise For Stillspeaking!
Award-winning magazine with a 'compelling Christian voice' focuses on healing, missionary work, and miracle-making in its spring 2011 issue.
Collaboration At The Conference Level Puzzle people
UCC Conferences consider a variety of resource sharing options to put more money into mission.
Go Forth And Multiply
The UCC awards grants to a dozen new, renewing and multiplying churches nationwide.
A Call to Prayer
The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, UCC general minister and president, reflects on the killing of Osama bin Laden by American military forces.
Are You Ready For Synod?
We'll be gathering in Tampa for General Synod 28 before you know it. Register online today so you're ready July 1.
Share the Good News!
Share this Easter greeting from the 'church of firsts' with family and friends.
Wild Attainable Dreams
Celebrating more than 150 memorable stories and announcing six winners in Synod's 'Imagine What's Possible' contest.
Lay-Led Worship Invigorates Iowa Congregation
With pastor on sabbatical, church members create new ways of being church.
Hope Is Alive In Japan
A UCC missionary in devastated Japan describes the community involvement in the grass-roots recovery effort.
11 Days - One Shared Mission
Learn all about your role in Mission: 1, the UCC's church-wide mission campaign coming in November.
First Word Back From Partners In The Pacific
Global Ministry partners check in after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Lent - A Lost Tradition?
Most people can tell you today is Fat Tuesday, but has the party overshadowed the reason for the season?
Engaging And Amazing!
More than a dozen reasons why General Synod's Suncoast Saturday will be the place to be in Tampa.
'Your Church, Your Voice' Feeds Your Personal Spirit
New book series and weekly e-newsletter to focus on personal spiritual growth.
Call On Faith. Anytime. Anywhere.
Did you know there's an app for your phone where you can see videos like this one for Black History Month? Check out this UCC partner project.
Give Your Church a Free Gift
Bring your faith into everyday life with Faith Practices. Try this new approach FREE - in February.
Celebrate Black History Month
Bookmark this resource page, and follow the daily profiles of prominent African Americans on the UCC homepage in February.
A Prize Weekend For Winning Church!
New church start Journey UCC sees top friend-raising honors as one step along 'StillSpeaking' path.
What Has Your Church Made Possible?
Share the big idea your congregation imagined and made possible. It could be one of six honored in Tampa!
Life After The Earthquake
As Haiti marks the first anniversary of this disaster, see how your generosity continues to change lives. UCC partners remain at work, helping earthquake survivors meet the challenge of rebuilding their futures.
A HEALTHY RESOLUTION
A new UCC wellness program is launching today to help you be healthier in 2011.
KEEPING IT REAL AT CHRISTMAS
In his Christmas message, the Rev. Geoffrey Black focuses on our diversity, and the story which draws us together.
LAST OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A GIFT IN 2010
Help change lives this tax year - give to the UCC today.
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE COLLEGIUM
Sharing favorite Christmas memories and traditions during this holiday season.
A STILLSPEAKING CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
This whimsical holiday greeting is the first of several animated messages you can expect from the Stillspeaking Ministry during the next year.
GOD'S LOVE KNOWS NO BORDERS
Want a meaningful mission experience? Consider the border ministry of Centro Romero. See how just a weekend can change your life, and your perspective.
REACHING OUT TO REFUGEES
UCC congregations offer hope and home to Iraqi refugees.
HELP BUILD UP YOUR CHURCH - GET A BONUS!
The Cornerstone Fund launches a new investment opportunity that offers you a 'gift' option tied to a great rate.
UCC CHRISTMAS STORE NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
A UCC Resources retail site that is all about Christmas - at 20% off.
GET READY FOR A TRANSFORMATIONAL WEEKEND!
UCC Friend-Raising Weekend kicks off Friday morning with new ad. Are you bringing someone to church with you on Sunday?
GET ELLEN TO SYNOD!
The UCC hopes Ellen DeGeneres will bring love, laughter and dance to General Synod 28. We need you to join the campaign!
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS WITH STILLSPEAKING MAGAZINE
'Blessing' is the focus of the second edition of this dynamic publication, to be mailed in early November.
BAPTISM A FAMILY AFFAIR AT NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SERVICE
Leadership role a perfect fit for Native American UCC member in Rhode Island.
ARE YOU USING FAITH PRACTICES IN YOUR LIFE?
Take a look at how easy and fun it can be to celebrate God every day.
The number of Our Church's Wider Mission '5 for 5' churches is growing. Don't you want your church to go '5 for 5,' too?
RAISE FRIENDS AND SPREAD THE WORD!
UCC will launch a new Stillspeaking commercial during a special 'Friend-Raising' weekend in November. Mark your calendars today!
YOUNG MEN ON A MISSION
Follow the Brooke Brothers Tour, as twins Max and Richard embark on a year of service with UCC ministries across the country.
LABOR DAY FREE-FOR-FALL
Take advantage of this 72 hour special - subscribe to StillSpeaking Magazine in time for the fall edition, and get the debut issue free!
IT'S IN THE EYES!
Want a surefire way to know if your church is experiencing revitalization? Look to the people in the pews.
SIMPLICITY WITH SUBSTANCE
Subscribing churches give an enthusiastic endorsement to 'FAITH PRACTICES' online resources, designed to revolutionize the way congregations equip their members to talk about faith.
TAKE THE UCC WITH YOU!
Here's how to get the UCC on your mobile phone
THAT'S THE SPIRIT!
Young people from around the UCC come together in celebration and fellowship at this summer's regional youth events.
SEEING LIFE FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Centro Romero 'immersion' articulates immigration debate for Coalition members.
FEED YOUR SPIRIT
Need a spiritual pick-me-up or a prayer for the day? Check out new ways to 'Feed Your Spirit' on the UCC homepage.
FAITH PRACTICES ARE ALL AROUND US
Grow your faith. Embark on a new congregational journey with 'FAITH PRACTICES,' this comprehensive new resource debuts this week!
BECOME A STILLSPEAKING VOICE!
Join the chorus of more than 2,000 people who have already opted in, and receive your free Voices pin.
EIGHT SOLUTIONS FOR EASY-TO-FIX FRUSTRATIONS
Perhaps it's crossed your mind, or maybe not, but we've got the answer.
NO MATTER WHO, NO MATTER WHERE
Congregations creatively embrace LGBT Pride celebrations as occasions to reach out and welcome.
WELCOME TO THE CHURCH HOUSE
As we celebrate 20 years in Cleveland, we look back at what brought the Church House here and to the ministry that takes place beyond our doors. Read the 2009 Annual Report.
VOICES CAMPAIGN COMING IN LOUD AND CLEAR
The volume of 'Stillspeaking Voices' is steadily on the rise.
FOCUSING ON THE FUTURE OF THE UCC
What's the most accurate way to measure growth and vitality? How do we connect with an up-and-coming generation?
'WE NEED UCC CHAPLAINS'
UCC chaplains bring openness and sensitivity to their military ministries.
STILL GOING STRONG
The 'Language of God' video message is making waves across the internet, sustaining a strong worldwide surge. Let's keep our message alive!
GOD'S LOVE KNOWS NO BORDERS
With your help, UCC will run this full-page ad in Arizona's statewide newspaper on May 29, the day when 500,000 protesters are expected to march in Phoenix.
GULF OF MEXICO OIL SPILL KEEPS DISASTER MINISTRY TEAM ON ALERT
The UCC is one of several organizations gathering today in Florida to coordinate support for disaster survivors.
HOW HAS THE SACRED CONVERSATIONS ON RACE INITIATIVE CHANGED US AS A CHURCH?
The call to action continues - we want your input; and if you haven't yet, become part of the conversation.
A SOUL STIRRING DEBUT FOR STILLSPEAKING MAGAZINE!
The first edition of the UCC's new magazine has readers already looking forward to the fall issue.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
A weekend packed with memorable events, from the internet message to the installation and everything in between.
READY FOR A FRIDAY RELEASE? WE NEED YOU TO SHARE IT!
The United Church of Christ is releasing its new 90-second commercial, titled "The Language of God," this Friday, April 16.
SHARING HOPE IN HAITI
The Rev. Geoffrey Black, UCC general minister and president, returns from a mission trip astounded by the need and bolstered by the hope of the Haitian people.
LAST CHANCE TO BE FIRST
If you haven't subscribed to StillSpeaking Magazine by April 5, you'll miss out on the delivery of the debut edition. Take advantage of this special offer for premiere subscribers today!
WHAT'S THE STILLSPEAKING AD ALL ABOUT?
Check out the answers to your questions about the April 16th ad launch, and get a preview of some of the video's images.
COUNTING DOWN TO A NEW CAMPAIGN
The big day is a month away! Mark your calendars. We're 30 days from the debut of Stillspeaking's new ad. Be ready to send it to your friends!
COMMEMORATING 200 YEARS OF GLOBAL MISSION
Recognizing the 200th anniversary of America's first foreign mission society, the United Church of Christ has planned a two-year observation of the ABCFM, a historic predecessor to Wider Church Ministries.
IT'S EVEN BETTER IN BULK
Plan ahead to receive greatly discounted bulk copies of the new'StillSpeaking Magazine' for your church. Premiering in late April, StillSpeaking will be an 88-page, full-color publication focused on lives changed in the UCC. It's the perfect gift for church visitors and potential members
A SURVIVOR'S STORY
A UCC partner describes his rescue after 55 hours trapped in the rubble of the earthquake in Haiti.
A HISTORY OF CONNECTING THE DOTS
In his reflection for Black History Month, UCC General Minister and President Geoffrey Black stresses the importance of embracing black history and our religious history by "connecting the dots."
STILLSPEAKING LAUNCHING NEW AD CAMPAIGN
Mark your calendars for April 16! We are counting on you to help spiral our message around the world
CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Use these resources during the month of February to remember how the United Church of Christ is entwined in this history, from the Amistad to the presidency.
DON'T MISS THE DEBUT
Arrive early. Be one of the first subscribers to the UCC's new 'StillSpeaking Magazine.' The premiere issue is in production, so get your subscription at a special introductory rate. The discount expires July 1, so don't wait.
A strong response to earthquake relief - UCC's online giving for Haiti surpasses all previous records.
BE INTENTIONAL IN 2010
Rev. Geoffrey Black shares a way to keep doing God's work in a troubled economy.
A Lasting Legacy Follows Almost Four Centuries of Service
The congregation of a closed Massachusetts church ensures the ministry will continue in 2010.
Making A Difference Around The World One Church At A Time
It's a mission that gives meaning to the true spirit of Christmas. Chicago's Epiphany UCC is helping children living in the margins in Romania.
A Christmas Letter From Rev. Black
United Church of Christ General Minister and President Geoffrey A. Black sends a message of thanks, holy anticipation and joy this holiday season.
Embrace What You Love This Christmas
Wishes for a holiday season filled with love, hope and renewal from your friends at the Church House in Cleveland.
Great Gifts For You During This Season Of Giving
This week, get this special keepsake 'UCC @ 50 Our History - Our Future' . Just pay postage. And there are more gifts to come.
God's Grace At Thanksgiving
Remember to keep it personal. Give thanks for the blessings you've received--and be a giver of grace yourself this holiday season. Read why "every lost opportunity to help one person rebuffs Christ."
For Such A Time As This
As a church we need to work even harder during tough economic times. Help is available in this Bible study focusing on how to keep doing mission even when money is tight. Download the Bible study FREE during the next 24 hours.
Holy Joe's Café Extends Extravagant Welcome To Troops
UCC churches and chaplains reach out to our military personnel overseas, while keeping them supplied with coffee.
Honoring our Veterans
As our nation readies to mark Veterans Day, congregations are already caring for those who served their country.
Meet Your New G.M.P.!
How did Geoffrey Black come to the UCC, and what does he hope to accomplish as our General Minister and President? Listen in, to get to know your G.M.P.
Work and Worship in the Wilderness
Spend your summer doing God's work in a truly awe-inspiring natural setting! Apply now for Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP), an interdenominational ministry for young people that extends the Christian message to those who live, work, and vacation in America's national parks.
A 20th Anniversary Thank You
The UCC national staff gives back to Cleveland in celebration of 20 years as the Church House home city.
Help Major Disaster Victims
Help the UCC raise $250,000 to send aid to disaster victims in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Pray With Geoffrey Black
RSVP now to join a nationwide call-in prayer service for Geoffrey Black at noon (ET) on Thursday, Oct. 1, his first day as new General Minister and President.
Meet Our Soon-To-Be General Minister And President!
Geoffrey Black is asking church members to share with him their hopes, ideas and visions for the denomination.
100,000 for Health Care: Four days left to rally support!
We have just a few more days to work a miracle. On Friday evening, the UCC's health care petitions will be delivered to the U.S. House Speaker's office. Is your name among the thousands who have already signed?
100,000 for Health Care-in 10 days!
Together, let's work a miracle. Join and promote the UCC's 10-day mobilization to gather 100,000 petition signatures that will be delivered to Congressional leaders on Sept. 18. 100,000 signatures in 10 days is no easy task! Can we count on you?
Global Ministries Child Sponsors Visit Israel
Follow the journey to the Holy Land as more than a dozen child sponsors and Global Mission staff members go to meet their sponsored children.
Parker Lecture Marks 50 Years Of Media Justice
Commemorating its 50th anniversary, the UCC's Office of Communication, Inc will hold its 27th annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture and Awards Program on Sept. 30 at The Riverside Church in New York City.
Calling all Volunteers!
Join our disaster recovery mission trips to help rebuild Galveston, Texas.
Featuring More Fun on myUCC
Now you can share documents, add a status update, and see what your friends have been up to.
UCCIB Has You Covered!
The UCC Insurance Board has changed for the better, weathering a financial crisis and emerging with more options for our churches.
Health Care Reform Is Up To You!
UCC leaders issue a pastoral letter calling for personal advocacy in the campaign for health care reform.
Changing Lives is Our Church's Wider Mission, But what does that mean?
Watch this easy to understand, entertaining explanation of Our Church's Wider Mission, and share it with your church family. It's OCWM in Plain Talk.
Bring Betty Broadband
Join UCC's campaign to bring attention to inequity in internet access. Increasingly, the fundamental right to communicate is meaningless without broadband service.
General Synod 27 - It's a wrap!
A new president, stimulating sermons and a spirited call for health care for all. Here's a review of five days of worship and work in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Keep Up With Daily GS 27 News Online
The UCC's communication team is gearing up to cover General Synod with an array of traditional resources and new technologies.
The Cobb Challenge
Food for thought heading into General Synod. Noted theologian, the Rev. John B. Cobb Jr., issues a challenge to all members of our church.
UCC homepage has updated look, expanded content!
Find what you are looking for more quickly. Check out new features on our revamped homepage.
Stillspeaking Making its Mark in Michigan
Hello Grand Rapids! Billboards, TV commercials, newspaper ads are all part of a huge get-out-the-word campaign about the UCC and GS 27.
UCC Going Green at General Synod
Living into our commitment to preserve our planet means changes in the way we do business at GS 27 in Grand Rapids.
Changing Lives: UCC Annual Report Offers a Look Back at Ministry Highlights From 2008
Our green-friendly report offers downloadable reports, video clips, and financial documents.
Young People to Take Synod by Storm!
'Youth @ General Synod' will be a mission experience, service project, social event and spiritual gathering - all rolled into one. Join us June 24-30 in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the time of your life.
Synod Resolutions Address Single Governance Plan
Three Conferences and one Association submit GS 27 resolutions requesting a continuation of the process that would lead to a single governing board for the UCC's covenanted ministries.
UCC News Online Has A New Look!
Check out the new page for news on UCC.org. It's all about keeping you better connected, with top stories, opinions, and blog highlights all in one place!
How Will You Observe Earth Day?
What is the right way to preserve the earth and restore the integrity of creation? Reflections from our ecumenical partner, the Rev. Petra Bosse-Huber, Vice-President of the Evangelical Church of the Rhineland.
Sing God's Praise!
It's always Easter. Lift your praise for years to come with UCC's new song book, Sing! Prayer and Praise, coming this June. Pre-orders receive steep discount.
Break Bread with Bigwigs
General Synod 'Sponsored Meals' offer extra treats for big learning and great fun. Hear U.N. Assistant Secretary General Robert Orr talk about global mission or Wellesley College Professor Emily Buchholtz talk about science, evolution and faith. Pore over the menu and get your tickets!
MyUCC is Blasting Off. Join the Launch!
You're invited to be part of our uniquely UCC social networking community. Sign up now!
Throw Your Whole Self In
Get soaking wet - no matter how you define it - and send us the photo! We're building a photo mosaic for General Synod to showcase all the ways that UCC members 'immerse' themselves.
UCC Public Policy Briefing Book
The United Church of Christ has a longstanding history of responding to urgent policy needs within our world - learn how by using this valuable resource.
Pre-Synod Events - Something for Everyone
Discover more about UCC history and theology. Immerse yourself in holy water and prayer partnerships. Or join a strategy session on shaping immigration policy. How about drumming and dancing at the Multicultural Family Festival?
Meet the Candidate
The Reverend Geoffrey A. Black is nominated to be the next General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.
Keep on Pushing!
The Rev. Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity UCC in Chicago, celebrates Black History Month with UCC's national staff.
It's Award Nomination Time
Who should we honor at Synod? You choose!
One Stop Shopping on UCC.org
Visit our new e-commerce site: one store + one password = a streamlined shopping experience!
'myUCC' is Coming Soon!
Coming this spring, you can help build something great at ucc.org. Watch for the launch of our new social networking community .
Heavy Hitters planned for Synod
Eugene Robinson, columnist for the Washington Post and commentator for MSNBC is part of a incredible cast of accomplished presenters for GS27
UCC churches commemorate the inauguration of President Barack Obama with events around Washington, D.C.
Middle East Prayers
UCC's John Thomas and ecumenical partner from Britain share updates, concerns and prayers for those suffering in Gaza.
Middle East Crisis
UCC offers its prayers, offerings and advocacy to urge peace for Israel-Palestine.
Christ is the light of the world! Celebrate the gifts of the magi and the baptism of Jesus.
A message from United Church of Christ National Offices.
A Christmas message from United Church of Christ General Minister and President John H. Thomas.
Spare Kids the Ads
UCC's media watchdog group launches new campaign to underscore growing intrusion of 'embedded advertising.' Bring attention to the issue by sending these funny-yet-informative holiday e-cards.
No longer a stranger.
Christmas calls us to welcome the stranger in our midst. Read more in the December issue of United Church News.
'World AIDS Day' turns 20.
On Monday, Dec. 1, mark the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day with remembrance, prevention, education and activism.
It's time to prepare for advent
Download our guides to Advent family celebrations in the home. Sing along with our Christmas 'karaoke' send free Christmas e-cards to your friends, and join us for real-time daily prayer on i.UCC.
Creative 'Tents of Hope' to stand on Washington Mall to focus nation's attention on Darfur, Sudan.
In address to Cleveland's City Club, the Rev. John H. Thomas offers reflections on 'piety and politics on the road to the White House.'
Now is the time to talk about race.
No matter the outcome of next week's presidential election, race will be an issue. A brand new resource guide for leading a 'sacred conversation on race' is ready for you.
Located within Associations (and Conferences acting as Associations), Committees on Ministry embody the crux of the United Church of Christ's covenantal relationships. At their best, the committees invite and facilitate critical participation of authorized ministers, calling bodies, Members in Discernment, lay leaders, Associations and Conferences in that covenant in order to foster the relationships needed for healthy and effective ministries. Promoting and clarifying the Committee on Ministry role to local congregations can benefit those covenantal relationships; sample brochures from York Association (Maine Conference) and Western Association (New York Conference) can be adapted by COMs for this purpose.
2018 Online Trainings for Committees on Ministry
The following online trainings are available throughout 2018 for members of Committees on Ministry. Each training is hosted by MESA via the Zoom platform, with a maximum of 50 participants per training. No registration is required; attendees can click on the appropriate Zoom link to join an online training up to 15 minutes before the listed start time. Trainings will engage the drafted Manual on Ministry materials. Questions about a particular training can be directed to the listed MESA Team member.
Ministerial (and Congregational) Evaluation with Elizabeth Dilley
January 9, 2:30 – 4:00pm ET
Fitness Review Training with Elizabeth Dilley
January 23, 2:00 – 4:00pm ET
Ministry of Committees on Ministry with Holly MillerShank
February 20, 7:00 – 8:30pm ET
Best Practices for Sabbaticals with Elizabeth Dilley
March 7, 3:00 – 4:30pm ET
Ministerial Code of Ethics with Holly MillerShank
March 19, 3:30 – 5:00pm ET
Assessment with the Marks with Rachel Hackenberg
March 22, 2:00 – 3:30pm ET
Response Team Training with Elizabeth Dilley
May 16, 7:00 – 9:00pm ET
Departure Ethics for Pastors with Elizabeth Dilley
May 23, 3:00 – 4:30pm ET
Best Practices in Retirement with Holly MillerShank
June 5, 2:00 – 3:30pm ET
Ministerial Boundaries in Social Media with Malcolm Himschoot
June 26, 3:00 – 4:30pm ET
Ministerial (and Congregational) Evaluation with Malcolm Himschoot
July 12, 7:00 – 8:30pm ET
Committees on Ministry and Mental Health Awareness with Holly MillerShank
July 19, 2:00 – 3:30pm ET
Pastoral Relations Committees with Stephen Boyd
August 23, 7:00 – 8:30pm ET
Response Team Training with Elizabeth Dilley
August 28, 2:00 – 4:00pm ET
The Ministry of Committees on Ministry with Holly MillerShank
September 20, 7:00 – 8:30pm ET
Departure Ethics for Pastors with Elizabeth Dilley
October 23, 7:00 – 9:00pm ET
Best Practices for Ecclesiastical Councils with Stephen Boyd
October 30, 7:00 – 8:30pm ET
Best Practices in Retirement with Holly MillerShank
November 7, 2:00 – 3:30pm ET
Response Team Training with Elizabeth Dilley
November 15, 7:00 – 9:00pm ET
For orientation to Committee on Ministry work:
Members of Committees on Ministry can explore their vocation and the basics of their work using the Committee on Ministry Toolkit, a comprehensive and interactive resource designed to aid in the training of Committees on Ministry. The COM Toolkit includes orientation resources for new committee members, case studies, guidelines for ministerial oversight, scholarship and education programs for Members in Discernment, and a breadth of forms needed for Committee on Ministry Work.
The foundational Manual on Ministry is available online, as is a compilation of UCC polity resources. Both the COM Toolkit and the Manual on Ministry are useful webpages for Committee on Ministry members to bookmark.
Also useful to Committees on Ministry is the discernment resource, Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers, developed from the 2005 Pronouncement on Ministry Issues. In particular, Committees on Ministry might use the Marks Assessment Rubric and Journaling the Journey for concrete application of the Marks in conversation with Members in Discernment and authorized ministers.
For an overview of the diversity of Committee on Ministry structures and procedures across the United Church of Christ, committees are encouraged to read and reflect upon the Committee on Ministry Research Report (conducted 2014).
For work with those seeking ministerial standing:
Access to the Ministerial Profiles Portal [PDF]
Access to the UCC Ministerial Profiles Portal depends upon a person’s ecclesial status (Member in Discernment, Privilege of Call, Ordained Ministerial Partner), ministerial authorization (Licensed, Commissioned, Ordained), and ministerial standing (e.g. leave of absence, retirement, termination). Please review the PDF to understand how the actions of Committees on Ministry correspond to individuals' access to the Profiles Portal.
Covenant of Discernment and Formation: Preparing for Authorized Ministry in the United Church of Christ [PDF]
This brochure overviews the process of discernment and the roles of each partner covenanting in this stage of preparation for authorized ministry in the UCC.
Regional Theological Education Programs
There are a variety of UCC-sponsored and other regional education programs available locally. Some of their offerings may be appropriate for part of the preparation for authorized ministry; other RTEP offerings may be used for continuing education of authorized persons. Contact your local Association and/or Conference for additional information about RTEP opportunities. Regional offerings of UCC History and Polity Courses are curated online by the UCC History and Polity Teachers Network in conjunction with MESA.
Dual Standing and Privilege of Call [PDF]
This document clarifies the distinction between "dual standing" and "privilege of call" within the United Church of Christ for those ordained in denominations other than the UCC.
Formula of Agreement/Orderly Exchange (FOA) [PDF]
Significant understandings have been developed between the UCC, Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Reformed Church in America, whereby we recognize and honor each other's faith, practice and ministries. The Formula of Agreement for the Orderly Exchange of Ordained Ministers allows ministers of one denomination to be invited to consider serving a congregation in one of the other denominations. Such invitations are extended by judicatory staff, thus allowing ministers in one denomination to serve congregations in another denomination. Conference or association staff can assist ministers seeking more information.
Formula of Agreement/Orderly Exchange (FOA) and Ordained Ministerial Partner Standing (OMPS) [PDF]
There are distinct differences between the FOA and OMPS agreements. The former agreement, between UCC, Presbyterian Church USA, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Reformed Church in America, provides the opportunity for the minister of one denomination to be invited to consider serving a church on one of the other denominations. The latter agreement with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) provides opportunity for ministers in each denomination to search for a position in the other communion. This document outlines the processes to be followed for the FOA/Orderly Exchange and OMPS. Conference or association staff can assist those seeking more information.
For work with authorized ministers:
Information Review Form for UCC Ministers [PDF]
The regular information review between authorized ministers and Committees on Ministry is a basic tool for attending mutually to the covenantal relationship.
Leave of Absence [PDF]
Leave of Absence is a good and unbiased standing in the UCC for those authorized ministers who are neither active nor retired. This flowchart can help Committees on Ministry discern when to grant Leave of Absence.
Support for a Fitness Review [PDF]
On-site training for COMs, Conference staff, and Conference or Association Response Teams regarding the work of situational and fitness reviews is available from the MESA team. The training offers an introduction to the principles, priorities and processes of a fitness review. To schedule a training, contact MESA team leader Holly MillerShank.
Per Section 3 of the Manual on Ministry, "a four-way covenant is motivated by the Church's conviction that ordained ministers in ministries other than in local churches need to be active and participating members of a local church of the United Church of Christ and that calling bodies have the responsibility to the ecclesiastical system when they employ an ordained minister." Four-way covenants are written uniquely according to the setting of ministry and in conversation between the minister, Association, local church and place of ministry/employment, as a matter of both support and standing. Sample four-way covenants include a covenant for judicatory ministry and a covenant for hospital chaplaincy.
Government and Professional Endorsement
Ecclesiastical endorsement is verification by the denomination, to a government or professional organization, of an authorized minister's good standing, experience and maturity. Not all employers require ecclesiastical endorsement. Sample endorsement letters and application forms are included on the Ecclesiastical Endorsement page.
Boundary Awareness Training
Committees on Ministry and Associations/Conferences often cooperate in planning boundary awareness training for authorized ministers. Please review these Marks of Faithful and Effective Boundary Awareness Trainers when planning such events; these guidelines have been developed by the Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization (MESA) Team.
Guidelines for Authorized Ministers
For ethical expectations and accountability guidelines: Code of Ethics (part of the drafted 2017 Manual on Ministry), Departure Ethics, and Social Media Boundaries. Departure Ethics and Social Media Boundaries.
For work with congregations:
Resources for Local Church Leaders
Including committee guidelines, liturgies and study guides, the Leaders Box, and more
Manual on Church: Perspectives and Procedures for Association and Local Church Covenantal Partners [PDF]
This resource explores the covenantal relationships between local congregations and Associations (or Conferences acting as Associations). It is to be used by and with Committees on the Ministry, Association and Conference staff, and local church leaders to foster dialogue and increased understanding of what it means to "walk together in all God's ways" as expressions of the church.
Ministry During the Interim Time [PDF]
A guideline of expectations for interim ministry, including observations on the accountability of interim ministers (especially useful to Committees on Ministry) and the compensation of interim ministers (especially insightful for congregations in transition).
Considering a New Church Covenant in the United Church of Christ [PDF]
This booklet describes a process of mutual exploration which will help a non-affiliated church explore the United Church of Christ along with a UCC Association. The goal of the exploration process is to decide whether to enter into a formal covenanted relationship. See also the page for congregations considering ministry within the United Church of Christ.
Congregations Sharing Ministry
Two primary documents are available for congregations considering sharing programming, staff, space and/or merged ministry. GEMS (God's Ecumenical Ministry Shared) is for churches of different denominations considering shared ministry. Getting Together: Models and Processes for Local Church Cooperation describes five different models to consider (Yoked, Cluster, Federated, Union and Consolidated) and some considerations for collaborating.
When a Church Leaves the Denomination [PDF]
A 2004 address by Barnet M. McKee to the Council of Conference Ministers.
"The gifts Christ gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." - Ephesians 4:11-12
An increasing number of Members in Discernment and clergy feel called to serve in specialized ministries: from spiritual direction to campus ministry, from hospice chaplaincy to pastoral counseling, from intentional interim ministry to CPE supervision, and many more. Explore further information about Specialized Ministry in Professional Organizations and Specialized Ministry in Government Organizations.
Within the broad range and varied titles of specialized ministries, "chaplaincy" denotes institutional ministry—ministry on behalf of the church but outside a traditional church setting—in places like hospitals, prisons, and the military services. Chaplains especially must demonstrate the ability to work well independently and to function in religiously and culturally pluralistic environments.
While the United Church of Christ affirms multiple paths to authorized ministry, it should be noted that organizations employing chaplains and specialized ministers often require a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary, credits in Clinical Pastoral Education, and special training; they also may have requirements for age and physical condition.
Many (but not all) specialized ministry settings ask for Ecclesiastical Endorsement by a minister's denomination. There is a distinction between "standing" as an authorized minister within the United Church of Christ and "eccleciastical endorsement" by the United Church of Christ. The granting of ministerial standing (ordination, commissioning or licensure) means that a person is deemed sufficiently prepared and equipped for ministry in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ. Ecclesiastical endorsement is verification by the denomination that an authorized minister is in good standing, has gained the necessary qualifying experience, is willing and capable of working collegially in a religiously and culturally plurastic setting without prejudice, understands that they are not to evangelize in a specialized ministry setting, and has the maturity to represent the United Church of Christ to the calling institution. Collected here are requirements and forms for Ecclesiastical Endorsement in both professional and government organizations; please note that not all employers require ecclesiastical endorsement.
Special Message: More UCC Chaplains Needed
The United Church of Christ currently has 46 clergy serving as chaplains in the military services. A generation ago, we had three times that many. The decrease can be attributed to a number of factors, including the denomination’s stance as a Just Peace church, fewer seminarians and clergy who can meet the age and physical requirements and, in the past, the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Other mainline Protestant denominations have experienced a similar decline in the number of chaplains provided to the military and other government agencies. This has led to a void that more conservative denominations have been ready and able to fill. This influence has not been benign. Women, gays and lesbians, persons from liberal or non-Christian backgrounds, and others have been negatively affected. And our national interests have also been jeopardized.
Recently there has been renewed interest in chaplaincy by UCC clergy and seminarians. If you or someone you know may be willing to consider a call to chaplaincy, please get in touch with the Minister for Chaplains and Specialized Ministers. For the good of service members and their families and for the good of our country, we need to ensure that our chaplains will continue to be there to serve them.
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