United Church of Christ

Free Them All

For decades, the United States has normalized the brutal and dehumanizing treatment of incarcerated people – from making solitary confinement commonplace (a practice detrimental physiologically as well as mentally and emotionally), to charging exorbitant amounts for phone calls to maintain contact with loved ones, to normalizing the crisis of rampant sexual assault.


UCC sharing 46 prayers in 24 hours online during May 7 Interfaith Day of Prayer

On the National Day of Prayer, the United Church of Christ is releasing 46 original prayers written by people of many faiths, in a multitude of voices. Religious scholars, deployed military, social activists, educators, authors, poets, a politician and a migrant living in sanctuary have authored appeals that touch on the need for the divine in this time of the novel coronavirus pandemic.


UCC Board begins process to renominate AGM Traci Blackmon

The UCC Board of Directors is beginning the renomination process for the Rev. Traci Blackmon as Associate General Minister, and is inviting members of the wider church to offer comments on her leadership.


Colorado church collects a half-ton in drive-in donations

Members of a Colorado congregation worshipping virtually for the last eight weeks took the opportunity to “be the church” in the parking lot on Sunday morning, hosting a drive-in food collection drive to support a ministry partner in Colorado Springs.


UCC plans Interfaith Day of Prayer May 7 online

The United Church of Christ is honoring May 7, the day designated by Congress as a national day of prayer, as a day of healing, hope and lament — and reaching out to ecumenical and interfaith partners to join them.


50 years after Kent State, Kent UCC's people recall – and still play – key roles

Kent United Church of Christ is a short walk from where 13 students lay on May 4, 1970, struck down by National Guard bullets. The church played key roles as the entire community of Kent, Ohio, grieved after the shootings. Today, its members are among those tending to memories of a violent event that shocked the world.


Disaster Ministries sending aid to New York Conference UCC to cope with COVID-19

UCC Disaster Ministries is contributing $25,000 to the New York Conference for its work in the state hardest hit by novel coronavirus pandemic. This grant is the first in an unfolding multi-agency program of response to COVID-19. 


Advocate in Place

This week, the world passed a grim threshold. Over 3 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, and 1/3 of those reported are here in the U.S.


Indy hospital chaplains appeal to congregations to continue virtual worship

Two UCC chaplains serving hospitals in Indianapolis have shared a video message urging congregations to continue worshipping virtually, no matter what the state and federal governments say.

 


Global updates reveal COVID-19 challenges, inequalities, as UCC partners aid the vulnerable

How do you wash your hands of coronavirus in an African draught? Why is the president of the Philippines giving shoot-to-kill orders during a pandemic? Where do Palestinians get health care while blockaded in Gaza? What can North Americans do to help? Those are some questions and themes emerging from live COVID-19 updates being offered via Facebook by Global Ministries.