The United States is in danger of abandoning two long-held commitments – welcoming the stranger and struggling for civil rights – and replacing them with fears of immigrants and people of color. The church should be a leader in preventing that. Those were the central messages from the Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, in recent speeches to two partner-church audiences in Germany.
Imagine if the life you have built through hard work was stripped away.
In public statements, the national officers of the United Church of Christ, and the co-executives of Global Ministries of the UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), celebrate the life and ministry of their retired colleague, the Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte, who died Nov. 12.
The Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte, a longtime pastor, former Conference Minister and retired national officer in the United Church of Christ, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Rockledge, Fla., at age 74. She had been hospitalized for several days with an infection. Colleagues are remembering her as an energetic, effective leader who cared deeply about the denomination's progressive ministries and especially about its work in partnership with churches around the world.
The futures of more than half a million young, undocumented immigrants hang in the balance as the United States Supreme Court takes up cases of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Immigration activists, UCC and other faith-based advocates and the Dreamers themselves rallied outside the court on Tuesday morning challenging the Trump Administration's efforts to end DACA.
The Rev. Justo Gonzalez saw debt collectors harass his family when he was growing up. Now, a UCC regional leader, he is now thrilled to be part of the church's effort to relieve thousands of families of medical debt.
It dawned on United Church of Christ member Carol Matheis-Kraft that her local government had certain ways of helping low-income people, but providing affordable housing wasn't one of them. Now her Colorado church is about to welcome low-income neighbors onto land it donated to house them.
A few weeks ago the phone rang.
Volunteers from a UCC congregation in Virginia are spending a lot of time doing homework, assisting and accompanying refugee families in their community through their involvement in the Good Neighbor Project's Homework Club.
Erasing people’s medical debt – as the United Church of Christ and its partners recently did for 5,888 families on Chicago’s South Side – begs big questions about poverty, public policy and public attitudes. The Rev. Patrick Duggan, executive director of the UCC Building and Loan Fund, addresses these in this commentary, as do other church leaders in the accompanying video.