United Church of Christ

Chicago church finally welcomes Syrian family

As a three-judge appellate court panel was listening to arguments on the constitutionality of the administration's immigration restrictions, a Syrian family, bound for Chicago's O'Hare Airport and a UCC welcome, was in the final hours of a journey from Turkey to resettlement in Illinois.


UCC leaders condemn decision to approve Dakota Access Pipeline

After the Army Corps of Engineers granted final approval to the last section of the Dakota Access Pipeline, UCC advocates condemned the decision, joining the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, its allies and environmentalists in a vow to continue opposing construction under a water reservoir at the Missouri River which potentially threatens the drinking water of millions of Americans.


General Synod planners seeking "Be the Church" discussions

If your church has a great idea that helped revitalize your ministry, the planning team for the 2017 General Synod of the United Church of Christ wants to hear from you. Team leaders are seeking creative minds to lead a series of church-focused "Be the Church" roundtable discussions this summer in Baltimore.


Two Chicago churches assisting refugees experience very different outcomes

Trump order impacts mission to welcome Syrian families to Chicago


Best practices to amplify the UCC's voice for progressive Christianity

The voices of people of faith, from the United Church of Christ and other progressive Christian denominations, are now more important than ever.


Living out radical hospitality with a welcome for newly nationalized U.S. citizens

On his third day on the job with the UCC national offices, the Rev. Andrew DeBraber took an early morning walk over to the Federal Courthouse in Cleveland to offer an extravagant welcome to almost a hundred newly nationalized citizens of the United States.


Commentary: The Impact of the Obama Presidency

I love the biblical story of the Exodus for both its literal and psychological representations of liberation.


Optional dining events available during General Synod 2017

Visitors and delegates to the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ this summer will have a chance to reconnect with friends and ministry colleagues, and meet new companions at one of the biennial gathering's two dozen dining events.


Kansas lesbian pastor finding a home in the UCC

One year ago in January, the Rev. Cynthia Meyer preached a sermon in which she came out to her Kansas congregation with the hope that her denomination, the United Methodist Church, would change its position and welcome LGBT people. Placed on a leave of absence as a result, Meyer now finds herself experiencing the hospitality of the United Church of Christ — welcomed here for who she is.


Bring a toy, send some treats to General Synod to benefit Best Friends Animal Society

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ is taking on a service project this June in Baltimore to serve people’s best friends.