United Church of Christ

Embracing the ‘apocalyptic,’ seminaries adapt to ministry, theology in a pandemic

As United Church of Christ-related seminaries adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, they're viewing it not as a mere inconvenience, nor even just a moment to teach different ministry skills. They're seeing it as a time for needed theological reflection about the future of the church.


UCF awards over $100K to Conferences for clergy support

Thirteen United Church of Christ Conferences have been awarded grants from United Church Funds (UCF) to provide financial assistance for their local response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to support anti-racism efforts.


Kansas church grant aids immigrant, refugee neighbors during pandemic

A Kansas congregation reaches out to assist immigrant and refugee neighbors, aided by a grant from the UCC COVID-19 Refugee and Asylum Fund. 


Global Ministries reaches out, offers prayers for partners, UCC mission workers in Beirut

The executives of Global Ministries, the common overseas ministry of the UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are reaching out to several mission partners in Lebanon after two colossal explosions rocked the city of Beirut on Tuesday.


Treading Water

In advanced swimming lessons and in lifeguard training, many years ago, treading water was my favorite part of the final tests.


Energizing online discussion outlines role of the church in the democratic process

A spirited dialogue about voting rights, the erosion of the democratic process, and the importance of the census fueled an informative UCC webinar on Aug. 4. The conversation aimed to discern how people of faith can ensure that the votes of all Americans are counted in this year’s election process.


UCC pandemic grant, through Conference, aids hard-hit Marshallese congregations in Arkansas

A $10,000 pandemic relief grant from the United Church of Christ will soon be providing financial assistance to the Marshallese community in Northwest Arkansas. The funds, sent to the Missouri Mid-South Conference, will help hundreds of households in two churches with rent, food and medical bills.


UCC National Staff will continue to work from home until 2021

The national staff of the United Church of Christ, working virtually since March 20th because of the coronavirus pandemic, will continue to be deployed at home until 2021.


Northern California Nevada Conference rolls out anti-racism resources

More than a dozen faith leaders in the Northern California Nevada Conference gathered online in early July, coming together to address issues of racism, to plan actions and identify resources that churches can use in authentic ways. The “Pray Their Names’ art installation was one of those ideas.


Housing Matters

Earlier this month, in the middle of a pandemic, I found myself preparing to move into a new apartment with my partner.