Spring and summer were seasons of change in conference leadership across the United Church of Christ, with six new conference ministers called, and in that group, a trio of women who are beginning their tenures.
In his time as General Counsel for the United Church of Christ, Donald C. Clark never lost a case. After 25 years of service, representing the wider church in more than 30 different states in both federal and state court proceedings, Clark has announced his retirement. He will step down from his post on his birthday, Nov. 26.
The only two United and Uniting Churches in North America have now forged a full communion agreement in the spirit of Christian unity. The United Church of Canada unanimously adopted a full communion agreement with the United Church of Christ during its 42nd General Council on Thursday, Aug. 13, paving the way for a long-lasting relationship between two denominations that share a passion for justice and peace.
On the 10th anniversary of the United Church of Christ becoming the first mainline denomination to affirm marriage rights for all, it's serendipitous that two of the lawyers involved with the Supreme Court hearing, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier and Mary Bonauto, belong to the UCC, the church where God is still speaking.
Seven refugees from Uganda, escaping persecution for identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, have found themselves in Long Beach, Calif., with little more than the clothes on their backs. Waiting for them with open arms were members of First Congregational Church of Long Beach United Church of Christ.
A flock of peace cranes, bringing prayers of peace and solidarity, has traveled across the UCC and will now fly in Charleston, S.C., as a sign of hope, justice and a testament to the presence of God in the midst of trouble.
The United Church of Christ is reaching out to the wider church to answer a number of questions about the actions taken by General Synod 2015 in Cleveland, specifically on the resolution, 'A Call to Take Actions toward a Just Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict'.
As he prepares to take over the reins of the denomination later this summer, the Rev. John Dorhauer shares his strategy for moving the United Church of Christ forward in a new time.
There's plenty in store for the United Church of Christ in Baltimore. That's the site of the denomination's next General Synod in 2017.
For the time being, the leadership of the United Church of Christ will remain in its current structure.