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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.