United Church of Christ

Chicago congregation's 'good, sacred bodies' featured in pin-up calendar

Gilead Church Chicago lifts up the sacredness of the body through a theologically-informed pin-up calendar called Word & Flesh, which features images and stories of its congregants.


'Cease,' says city; Cleveland church appeals, still welcomes the unsheltered

Buoyed by public support, a United Church of Christ congregation in Cleveland has appealed a city "cease use" order and is still providing overnight hospitality to unsheltered neighbors, saying that it is a religious activity.


5 things to watch in 2020: elections, youth, S. Asia, 1620, climate

From the news desks in the Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity and Communication, here are five United Chuch of Christ news topics to watch for in 2020. Four are specific to this year. Number 5, particularly hot right now (literally and figuratively), continues from 2019.


Strengthening Global Advocacy

My first overseas trip in the role of Associate General Minister for Wider Church Ministries was to Venezuela.


Outside Maryland courthouse, religious leaders oppose 'immoral' refugee limits

UCC advocates, religious leaders and interfaith allies gathered outside a federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md., Wednesday morning, Jan. 8, to oppose Trump administration efforts to limit the number of refugees allowed into the U.S.


UCC reaches out with disaster relief following earthquakes in Puerto Rico, launches emergency appeal

The United Church of Christ is reaching out to partners in Puerto Rico after a series of earthquakes, the largest of which struck the island on early Tuesday morning, Jan. 7. 


Small Northwest church stands tall in face of public prejudice

Veradale United Church of Christ in Spokane Valley, Wash., is in the public spotlight this winter for opposing white supremacy and white nationalism. Founded in 1910, the church has been about the work of inclusive Christianity and nonviolent witness for a long time.


UCC issues in the news: Immigration, climate activism top 2019 list

From safe rooms in basements to solar panels on rooftops, local church actions on immigration and climate change were subjects of repeated coverage in United Church News and Keeping You Posted last year – along with national policy work and demonstrations on those two issues. Here are 10 major United Church of Christ topics of 2019, from the news department in the Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity and Communication.


UCC, NCC support pastor's suit against U.S. government

The United Church of Christ and the National Council of Churches have filed an amicus brief in support of a prominent UCC minister's lawsuit against the federal government.


UCC Officers call for prayer, fasting for peace during Epiphany

The National Officers of the United Church of Christ call for fasting and prayer during the season of Epiphany, to advocate for peace in a time of global unrest.