United Church of Christ

Kentucky pastor lives out his love of neighbor through lifelong commitment to OGHS

A Kentucky pastor, a long-time champion and supporter of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, sees it becoming even more important in this time of COVID-19. 


Black pastors demand action to combat disproportionately high COVID-19 death rates in urban communities

Two United Church of Christ pastors are part of a group of black faith leaders calling on the Trump administration to provide better testing, treatment and health care for people of color during the coronavirus pandemic.

 


Facing a Crisis of Health and Inequality

In the past few weeks, it has become apparent that the present moment necessitates a war on inequality as much as a war on the coronavirus.


UCC minister: Quarantine against flood of COVID19

A UCC pastor sees parallels between Noah’s situation on the ark and the stay-at-home orders in much of the U.S. because of COVID-19. 


Karen Georgia Thompson: No Alleluias

The Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, UCC associate general minister, shares this Easter reflection, in which she chronicles her experience with COVID-19. 

 


UCC officer and her family battle COVID-19 as they mourn her father’s death

The Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson and her family are taken ill after the sudden death of her father from COVID-19. She shares her ordeal with death, grief and a sickness that robbed her of the ability to function in a video conversation with her colleague the Rev. John Dorhauer. 


‘Pajama challenge’ raises money for medical debt relief

Two UCC leaders post pictures in their PJs to raise money for medical debt relief. 


Easter Sunday in New York City: 'Even in the midst of the unknown'

In the New York City borough of Queens, Safe Haven United Church of Christ has three Mothers of the Church: one in her 70s, one in her 80s and one who turned 95 on Easter weekend. All of them took part in Safe Haven’s Easter service via the webinar platform Zoom, which replicated, as much as possible, the joy of in-person worship -- in a city that had recorded 7,349 COVID-19 deaths by the end of that Sunday.


After a Holy Week unlike any other, churches have new insights as Easter dawns

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, and because of it, new insights broke forth from old stories during Holy Week and Easter Sunday in many UCC congregations as pastors and their people – unable to meet in person – made virtual contact over the Internet.


Maundy Thursday: Anti-slavery roots remembered at Ohio church

A small communion table with abolitionist roots, dwarfed by the gothic sanctuary around it, was front and center for a Maundy Thursday service streamed online from First Congregational UCC, Columbus, Ohio, during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.