United Church of Christ

Disciples Volunteering director named to head UCC’s Global H.O.P.E. team

The Rev. Joshua Baird will start work Nov. 16 as team leader of Global H.O.P.E., part of Wider Church Ministries.


Children give frightening testimonies, UCC offers support during border march to save asylum

More than 90 migrant children and their families marched to the border wall in Nogales, Mexico on Oct. 21, to join allies on the American side in protest of U.S. policies they call inhumane and unlawful.


Commentary: On Bobbins, Geese, and Tomatoes

Often, the chance to write for Witness for Justice is one I enjoy. Mostly I write dry(ish) policy briefs, and the chance to flex my sartorial and theological muscles in a less restrictive format is welcome.


As Oct. 31 deadline nears, new video gives tips on submitting General Synod resolutions

A new video gives tips to those trying to meet an Oct. 31 deadline for submitting resolutions to be considered by the 2021 General Synod of the United Church of Christ.


New York church bell tolling for each US life lost to COVID-19

How does one make tangible the lives lost to COVID-19? The deaths of more than 200,000 Americans can be hard to grasp. Now, and for the next two weeks, a United Church of Christ congregation on Long Island is using the toll of a bell to mark each one.


Vote, stay vigilant in this election season, UCC leaders urge

As voters turn out in record numbers this election season, UCC advocates urge Americans to vote and to remain vigilant, offering a Oct. 25 webinar to train clergy to stand as precinct chaplains at the polls.


Big online choir just one possibility imagined by new General Synod music director

The UCC's new General Synod music director, along with the rest of the team planning worship for the first-ever virtual version of the biennial event, July 11-18, 2021, is approaching the project as a creative opportunity. He hopes will include a giant, online choir.


Media-justice lecturer calls for fight to keep internet open to activists, people of color, the poor

In an annual media-justice lecture Thursday, Oct. 15, an activist for civil rights, racial justice and “revolutionary love” issued a call for a free and open internet, “a place where all of us have a voice.”


Words

I’ve been thinking a lot about words lately, and language, encouraged by the indomitable Rev. Dr. Velda Love in the Sacred Conversations to End Racism Fall Institute.


UCC names Mark Pettis as new  ecumenical and interfaith relations manager 

The Rev. Mark Pettis has been called to serve as the new ecumenical and interfaith relations manager of the United Church of Christ.