United Church of Christ

A tribute to Congressman John Robert Lewis 

We honor the life and leadership of Rep. John R. Lewis, Freedom Fighter, Civil Rights Leader, Disciple of Jesus Christ. February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020. 


Let Black people — and others — breathe, say UCC youth in virtual gathering

Saying the names of Black people slain by police and vigilantes, more than 100 United Church of Christ youth, young adults and youth ministers began a conversation online July 28 about how to dismantle racism.


Pennsylvania churches collaborate on community mission trip

Hundreds of church volunteers converged on almost two dozen worksites in southeast Pennsylvania last week, helping homeowners as part of Mission Trip Birdsboro.


United Church Funds names new director of socially responsible investing

United Church Funds has named Matthew J. Illian as the new director of its socially responsible investing work.


Celebrating the ADA, UCC leaders commit anew toward greater accessibility

United Church of Christ leaders and organizations join together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and commit to work toward greater accessibility for all. 


Collaborating against racism, Northern California churches ‘Pray Their Names’

The United Church of Christ community in the San Francisco Bay Area is sharing a compelling, tangible reminder of the Black lives lost to violence at the hands of police. “Pray Their Names,” an outdoor art exhibit with 160 hearts emerging from the ground, serves as a large visual memorial showing solidarity with Black Lives Matter.


Report lends new urgency to religious climate-justice work

A scientific report released this week provides more evidence that human activity is seriously threatening God’s creation, said the United Church of Christ’s national minister for environmental justice.


UCC grants available now to help register, educate and mobilize voters locally

The United Church of Christ’s advocacy office is encouraging local churches to be creative and COVID-conscious as they apply for “Our Faith, Our Vote” grants in support of work to inform voters on key issues and motivate them to vote. Five grants of $2,500 each are available for use in local and regional organizing.


Prepare to Show Up

My friend Chris texted me the week before a Black Lives Matter rally in Cleveland last month that was held to protest the murder of Desmond Franklin, who was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer while driving down a street.


Save the date – the UCC’s first virtual General Synod to take place July 11-18, 2021

The dates for the United Church of Christ’s first virtual General Synod have been set. The 33rd biennial gathering will take place online July 11-18, 2021. The Sunday to Sunday schedule is the first in a series of changes planned for this event, themed “Rooted in Love, Special Edition.”