United Church of Christ

Prepare to Show Up

My friend Chris texted me the week before a Black Lives Matter rally in Cleveland last month that was held to protest the murder of Desmond Franklin, who was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer while driving down a street.


Save the date – the UCC’s first virtual General Synod to take place July 11-18, 2021

The dates for the United Church of Christ’s first virtual General Synod have been set. The 33rd biennial gathering will take place online July 11-18, 2021. The Sunday to Sunday schedule is the first in a series of changes planned for this event, themed “Rooted in Love, Special Edition.”


As hymnal turns 25 and National Youth Event nears, words are still a matter of justice

Music and language at this month’s National Youth Event are carrying forward a longtime United Church of Christ belief that the words we use to describe God and people are a matter of justice and inclusion – a movement that took a huge step 25 years ago with the dedication of The New Century Hymnal.


UCC officers mourn Rep. John Lewis, the Rev. C.T. Vivian, civil right giants

The executive officers of the United Church of Christ pay tribute to two civil rights giants -- U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Rev. C.T. Vivian -- who passed away on Friday, July 17.


Killings prompt online youth rallies July 28 and 30 to galvanize anti-racist action

In a summer when violence against Black people is commanding the nation’s attention, United Church of Christ young people have been asking to talk about racism and get organized to fight it. In response, UCC Justice and Local Church Ministries will host two virtual rallies to develop UCC youth and young adult anti-racist strategies.


California church caring for, feeding newcomers aided by disaster relief grant

Migrant mothers volunteer daily at a California church to prepare hot meals that provide nourishment and a taste of home to many of their neighbors, aided by a grant from UCC Disaster Ministries.

 


House speaker calls ‘Poor People’s Jubilee Platform’ a ‘wonderful guide’

The leader of the U.S. House of Representatives dropped in on a meeting of poor people Thursday, July 16, and said their legislative and policy ideas were on the right track.


CHHSM releases video on historic “If It Weren’t for the Women” panel discussion

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has released a 45-minute video featuring women justice leaders exploring how they were shaped and supported in their emergence as leaders in response to racism, sexism, and heterosexism.


To a hip hop beat, virtual NYE will immerse youth in immigration, encourage creativity

Already launched with videos urging young people to unleash their creativity as a force for good, the United Church of Christ’s first-ever online National Youth Event will culminate July 25 and 26 with an interactive service project, workshops and worship.


NYE videos urge young people to seize those ‘moments when something grabs you’

If there’s a common message to young people in a pair of videos posted at the United Church of Christ’s National Youth Event web page, it’s this: You may face struggles, but don’t be afraid to “follow your passion” for good in the world. And don’t be afraid to start now.