United Church of Christ

UCC nominees among semifinalists for 2020 Climate Leadership Awards

A United Church of Christ minister, a UCC-related seminary's earth center, and an ecumenical activist group with UCC leaders are among 34 semifinalists for the 2020 American Climate Leadership Awards.

Christmas Fund aids many small-church retirees, surviving spouses

The Rev. Julia Proctor pastored small churches in for years, until her health forced her to retire on a small pension. Now she is grateful for the help she receives because of an offering many United Church of Christ congregations will gather this month.

Commentary: Our Words and Actions are Incongruent

What lessons are we hoping to teach our children when, day after day, they are confronted with terror and trauma-inducing events conveying that human life is not precious, despite adults saying it is?

Asheville church re-imagines community on its property

A village of micro homes is going up on the property of a planted United Church of Christ congregation in Asheville, N.C., part of a collaborative effort to share resources with those who share the same values.

Community refugee support sways vote of North Dakota county poised to refuse resettlement

People of faith in Bismarck, N.D., convinced their local county commissioners this week that welcoming refugees to their community is right thing to do. Area religious leaders have long been building relationships with their resettled neighbors and with each other.

UCC celebrates Giving Tuesday generosity, maps next medical debt buys

On Giving Tuesday, hundreds of individuals across the life of the wider United Church of Christ joined the denomination’s campaign to forgive medical debt in low income areas across the country. More than $73,000 in gifts were recorded on Dec. 3, far surpassing the UCC’s Giving Tuesday goal of $50,000.

Church World Service to grow UCC/DOC/Brethren Disaster Recovery Support Initiative

A pilot program to help communities launch long-term recovery following disasters is growing ecumenically.

Clarence 'Clip' Higgins, former Conference Minister in Nebraska, dies at 90

The Rev. Clarence "Clip" Higgins, who led the Nebraska Conference of the United Church of Christ from 1986 to 1994, died Nov. 25 in Lincoln, Neb. He was 90.

U.S. detention, asylum policies heighten need for local church help

First Congregational Church, UCC, has a reputation around Old Lyme, Conn., for helping immigrants. It even got national attention in 2018, when The New Yorker magazine profiled a Pakistani family living in protective sanctuary at the church. Now helping a young asylum seeker from Honduras, it's an example of the increasing demand on local churches as the U.S. detains immigrants in more and more regions.

UCC leaders join Fonda to decry profits from climate breakdown, migrant detention

Religious leaders, including two speakers from the United Church of Christ, joined actor Jane Fonda on the streets of the nation’s capital Friday, Dec. 6, to demand that financial institutions stop profiting from two related crises: climate and immigration.