On Sunday, the first since Donald Trump was elected the next president of the United States, UCC clergy from Asheville N.C. to Tucson, Ariz., and Brooklyn, N.Y. noted more people in the pews during worship.
It's a movement of prayer and peace. The United Church of Christ, honoring a sacred commitment to work for a just world for all, is listening to the citizens of America's First Nations, joining the people of many tribes at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota against the 'black snake' -- an oil pipeline under construction across four states that threatens sacred Native lands and the water supply of millions of Americans.
The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ, along with pastors of UCC ONA churches are calling on progressive people of faith to align themselves now to ensure the civil rights gains made are not lost under a Trump administration.
This presidential race has been the most contentious in recent memory.
In the hours after the end of a divisive and bitter U.S. presidential election, United Church of Christ pastors and ministers began the challenging work of offering a pastoral response to a fractured nation.
The national officers and conference ministers of the United Church of Christ affirm a sacred commitment to live into the church's mission to build a just world for all, following the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.
Hundreds of clergy gathered in North Dakota in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe last week, trying to block a pipeline that threatens their water supply and sacred sites. Faith communities elsewhere are also offering support in a different way — by speaking out against law enforcement from other states deployed to the front lines of standoff, and petitioning local authorities to recall their officers.
A UCC Conference Minister is one of eight Christian leaders who offered a public confession, collective repentance, and a commitment to justice before tribal elders of several Nations.
Whenever I read the gospel accounts of how Jesus organized The Discipleship Movement I am reminded of how important it is to understand the roles of both leader and ally.
There will be a new emphasis on integrating youth into the heart of the United Church of Christ’s General Synod next summer in Baltimore. Through activities designed to connect faith with daily life and issues of justice, along with leadership opportunities as part of the new Youth@GeneralSynod program, young people will be directly and visibly involved in the denomination’s biennial event.