United Church of Christ

Antoinette Brown Awards to honor two visionary leaders during General Synod 2017

Two outstanding ministers who have provided the United Church of Christ with their vision, hope and leadership during their lives and ministries will be honored as recipients of the Antoinette Brown Trailblazer Awards during General Synod 2017.


'49 Bells' vigils remember lives lost at Orlando's Pulse nightclub

Forty-nine bells tolled in communities across the country Monday at noon, one for each life lost in the Pulse Orlando nightclub massacre. UCC churches in 30 states publicly declared their love of neighbor, participating in this an act of solidarity and love, to build a just world for all.


General Synod resolution calls the church to more disability justice

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ and the denomination have been advocates for the inclusion and well-being of people with disabilities for the better part of three decades. But the experience of those with disabilities has changed in that time, so the governing body will examine a resolution that reaffirms the UCC's previous commitment, while stretching the church to do more and include persons with disabilities in its social justice witness.


Commentary: Never Again

One year ago today I arrived in Orlando, Fla., for what I envisioned to be a trip with a few brief board meetings for the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference and a few days of rest and relaxation. Before the plane landed I was bombarded with messages of the horrific murders of forty-nine people in the wee hours of the morning at PULSE, a popular nightclub in Orlando that catered to the LGBTQIA community. I left the airport and headed to PULSE but was unable to get close to the nightclub because it was still an active crime scene.


UCC churches in D.C. respond to acts of hate, racial intimidation

UCC communities around Washington D.C. are responding to acts of hate and racial intimidation, in our nation's capital specifically and around the country, to build a just world for all. 


Commentary: 21st Century Race Matters

Maybe it’s me, but it seems we who consume news in the many ways we prefer are being exposed to more coverage regarding acts of racism in America. 


Guests from Cuba to provide personal perspective on proposed resolution at General Synod

The UCC Cuban connection runs deep, prompting the ‘Bring Down the Wall in the Caribbean’ GS resolution.


With roots in the UCC, U.S. Institute of Peace faces an uncertain future

UCC leaders believe a move to shutter the U.S. Institute of Peace — which traces its origin back to the denomination — would be short-sighted, should Congress authorize it in a spending bill. The White House's budget proposal points would eliminate the Institute of Peace within two years.


Church exhausts $50,000 in love of neighbor, to keep water flowing in Flint

It's been just over three weeks since Woodside Church in Flint, Mich., offered to pay water bills for neighbors in need. After writing more than 150 checks, over $50,000, the church is tapped out.


Connecticut faith leaders arrested protesting austerity budget

Six faith leaders, including Connecticut Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi, were arrested Monday afternoon at the State Capitol in Hartford, assembling to speak out against severe budget cuts proposed by the state's governor.