One of the largest churches in the United Church of Christ has called a new leader. The Rev. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas will become the next pastor of the UCC Dallas-based congregation, Cathedral of Hope. Cazares-Thomas, called by election on April 12, will lead the church of 4,200-members, with a primary outreach to LGBT persons.
Creating an Interfaith Community to foster Peace and Understanding.
As the Indians start the 2015 season at home, a grassroots coalition will host a series of events in Cleveland calling for a change of the name and image that many say are racially offensive to members of the Native American community.
The next chief executive of The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc., will bring more than three decades of financial, investment, and legal experience to lead the ministry. Brian R. Bodager, a banking executive and attorney, takes office July 1 as Pension Boards president and CEO, confirmed by the PBUCC Board of Trustees during its spring meeting March 27-28.
To further align the national setting of the United Church of Christ into a unified structure, the UCC Board of Directors approved a proposed change to the denomination's constitution that would alter the leadership of the church, and eliminate the exclusive designation of executive ministers for three covenanted ministries.
The United Church of Christ Board confirms a candidate for the church’s next GMP and proposes a change in the leadership structure at the UCC national offices.
Change in leadership structure
United Church of Christ leaders and LGBT supporters are offering congratulatory remarks and praise to their fellow mainline Protestant brothers and sisters in the Presbyterian Church (USA) after the denomination's governing body gave final approval to marry all couples regardless of gender.
An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ says she will not be intimidated by protests or bow to threats over her speaking engagement in a Baptist college lecture series. Bishop Yvette Flunder, pastor of City of Refuge UCC in Oakland and presiding bishop of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, has every intention of fulfilling her pledge to appear today as a lecturer at American Baptist College in Nashville, Tenn.
"We who believe in freedom cannot rest." These lyrics from Ella's Song, written by Bernice Johnson Reagon several years ago, ring as true today as they did then. These words painfully remind us that the quest for freedom in this country is slipping through our fingers.
As the holy season of Lent begins Feb. 18, some United Church of Christ pastors plan to celebrate Ash Wednesday by expressing their extravagant welcome and inviting people to be renewed in faith, where they are. Clergy will take their ministry to the streets, inviting their community members to have the cross imposed on their forehead in ashes in preparation for Easter.