For the sake of children, the World Council of Churches wants to redouble its efforts to fight climate breakdown. Empowering young people as activists will be part of that strategy, aided by a $25,000 environmental prize the WCC has won and by educational materials co-developed by the United Church of Christ.
United Church of Christ members in aging and overwhelmingly white Maine say there's nothing remarkable in their offers of help to the hundreds of Africans fleeing violence and arriving in their state. Whether it's bedrooms in a parsonage or money raised for legal assistance, it's how they do church, they say.
I have always been caught up by the beauty and clarity of the speech “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr.
One enduring way the United Church of Christ tries to live out its motto, "that they may all be one" (John 17:21), is by working for Christian unity with other denominations through ecumenical bodies like Churches Uniting in Christ. The work can be challenging as well as joyful, especially given the diversity of churches in the ecumenical movement. CUIC has decided to focus on three areas for the next three years.
United Church of Christ clergy and congregations took leadership, served as hosts, lit candles and planned follow-up actions during many of the hundreds of "Lights for Liberty" vigils held Friday evening, July 12. The events around the country protested the treatment of migrants and asylum seekers detained at the southern U.S. border, in what national vigil organizers refer to as concentration camps.
Beginning his second term, General Minister and President John Dorhauer shares his joy and excitement with the United Church of Christ. As for challenges: "Daunting? Yes," he says. "Debilitating? No."
The United Church of Christ is saying farewell to a valued member of the national staff who has done much to create relationships and programs around volunteerism, leadership and sustainable development, refugee ministry and disaster response.
The damage inflicted by severe flooding and tornadoes across the United States this spring can be quantified in billions of dollars. It also can be described by the ache in one mom's heart to get her four daughters back into the only home they've ever known.
Highlighting the resilience and perseverance of Africans from 1619 to this present day, 2019 marks the 400th Commemoration of the arrival of Africans into North America.
Local churches and faith-based organizations can receive a return while doing good in the world by putting some of their invested dollars in the new Just World Fund launched by United Church Funds.