United Church of Christ

Death of Ahmaud Arbery to be subject of national UCC Zoom event May 31

With racial tensions escalating in a U.S. presidential election year, a prominent United Church of Christ pastor who has described the death of jogger Ahmaud Arbery as a lynching will join panelists in a national online conversation on Sunday, May 31, about how Christians "can be actively involved in dismantling racism."


Poor People’s Campaign ‘cannot be silent,’ even as June 20 march moves online

The COVID-19 pandemic, from its beginning, has amplified racial, economic and health disparities in America, exposing the existing crisis of poverty and systemic racism. The Poor People’s Campaign has long been mobilizing to reveal and eliminate those disparities in the quest for a just world for all. But because of the coronavirus, its planned June march on the nation’s capital is moving online.

 


Commentary: Disabilities Pandemic

My father, Herbert Henry Griffith, grew up in rural Missouri and attended children’s Sunday school at the little white clapboard church just down the dirt road from the family farmhouse.


UCC leadership lauds the chaplains as ‘unsung heroes’ of the pandemic

In this country’s war against the coronavirus, there are hundreds of United Church of Christ chaplains fighting on the front lines.


Should Churches Return to Worship in Their Sanctuaries?

In a pastoral letter to the wider church, the leadership of the United Church of Christ sends a clear and strong message to congregations who are considering going back to meeting in person, urging them to wait until ALL safety concerns have been addressed.


Conference Ministers urge caution, prayer as churches create processes to discern when to reopen

Leaders of the UCC's regional bodies -- its Conferences -- have begun releasing recommendations to local churches about eventually reopening, as states around the country phase in a return to activities shuttered by the novel coronavirus.


National Youth Event, postponed until 2022, now offering interactive digital experiences

Like so many other events in the Year of the Coronavirus, the in-person version of the UCC's 2020 National Youth Event has been postponed. But youth and young adults can still take advantage of online opportunities, starting now.


Arizona church partners with community organizing group to offer aid to undocumented neighbors

Despite the challenges of online worship and ministry during social distancing, a UCC church in Flagstaff, Ariz., is working with community partners to make life a little easier for their undocumented neighbors who are ineligible for federal assistance during this COVID-19 pandemic. 


Calming Presence in Uncertain Times

Like others across the U.S. who have been struggling to make sense of the Covid-19 pandemic, I admit that I have been challenged in trying to provide best leadership practices to my staff from which they might draw strength and support.


Rhode Island church to refrain from in-person worship for at least a year due to COVID-19

A United Church of Christ congregation in Rumford, R.I., has decided not to gather in-person as a faith community, at least for the next year, because of COVID-19.