United Church of Christ

Devotional Subject: LGBTQ

A new UCC podcast, "Encuentros Latinxs," features stories of spirituality, culture and identity from Latinx perspectives, with an LGBTQ+ focus.

Two United Church of Christ congregations in two very different communities have something in common: each is a faith home to people who thought they'd never find one again. And both are offering an extravagant welcome made possible by one of the UCC's Special Mission Offerings.

From safe rooms in basements to solar panels on rooftops, local church actions on immigration and climate change were subjects of repeated coverage in United Church News and Keeping You Posted last year – along with national policy work and demonstrations on those two issues. Here are 10 major United Church of Christ topics of 2019, from the news department in the Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity and Communication.

Rural northwest Connecticut never had a Transgender Day of Remembrance observance before. This year a United Church of Christ minister and interfaith colleagues created one. To their surprise, 70 people showed up.

Recent United Church of Christ studies show ONA congregations – those that are publicly open and affirming to LGBTQ people – are attracting, on average, more new members and are less likely to close than the UCC average. "The results refute the 'urban legend' that UCC churches typically lose money and members when they vote to become ONA," said Andy Lang, executive director of the UCC Open and Affirming Coalition.

Members of the United Church of Christ’s ecumenical partner, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), spoke out on immigration, refugees and poverty at their July assembly.

United Church of Christ "God is Still Speaking" rainbow banners were found burning in an alley behind an LGBTQ-welcoming bar in St. Louis just before midnight June 3. Both almost certainly came from a theft at Kirkwood UCC, an Open and Affirming congregation, where a young man cut down and stole banners that same evening. While police investigate, the congregation is responding with courage and love.