Rev. Justo González, pastor of Pilgrim-St. Luke's and El Nuevo Camino United Church of Christ in Buffalo, is preparing for Pride Sunday in his congregation, after struggling with the unspeakable following the murders of 49 men and women in his former community of Orlando.
The United Church of Christ deplores the violence that ended the lives of 50 beautiful people this past weekend.
In fulfillment of a call by the recent General Synod of the United Church of Christ to eradicate mass incarceration, justice advocates of the church participated in an interfaith vigil Wednesday, June 15, in the nation's capital, lifting up in prayer those people affected by the federal criminal justice system, and continuing the UCC's push for prison sentencing reform.
Denominational leaders of the United Church of Christ gathered in Orlando to express their dismay that members of the LGBT community were targeted and attacked by a shooter with a rifle, and they gathered in Cleveland to express sorrow for those who perished.
Three United Church of Christ conferences in America's heartland are talking collaboration, voting on a proposal to create one staff to serve three conferences in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.
This week, Shadow Rock UCC in Phoenix has opened its doors to Sixto Paz, who faces deportation after having lived legally in the United States for 25 years.
UCC leaders, clergy, stand as a religious voice for LGBTQ rights in a public show of solidarity and support in Florida.
Solidarity and support shown for the LGBTQ community is bringing people together at vigils around the country honoring the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the General Minister and President of the UCC issues a statement mourning the loss of those murdered, calling for prayers for their families, and expressing horror and frustration over how commonplace this kind of tragedy has become.
Each year in June, the United Church of Christ invites congregations and people of faith to visit the prisoner. The denomination helps promote Torture Awareness Month with partner organization the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), providing a way for congregations to learn more about torture, bringing this human rights concern into Sunday services and out into local communities.