The Rev. John C. Dorhauer’s formal installation in mid-April as the United Church of Christ’s ninth general minister and president, a three-city worship service where all are welcome, is being planned as a pivotal moment for the future and mission of the denomination.
When the 16 members of the General Synod Nominating Committee begin looking over a field of board of director candidates in January 2017, they will not only seek out people with great minds and skills, but also those with a passion to collectively serve the national setting of the United Church of Christ.
It's been five years since Japan's triple disaster killed about 16,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others. On this sorrowing anniversary, United Church of Christ leaders, disaster executives, and missionaries are calling for a time of hope and prayer to sustain the still-recovering nation.
In 1996, while I was pastor of Zion United Church of Christ in Henderson, Ky., our small congregation faced a crisis, trying to cope with increasing numbers of people with HIV/AIDS coming to our open-and-affirming church, seeking friendship and support.
The murder of Honduran activist Berta Cáceres has sent ripples through Latin American policy circles and those who had worked with her on environment, indigenous, or Honduras-specific causes. Within the United Church of Christ, Cáceres is being remembered for her life's work, while those whom she met are mourning her death.
The Rev. Nancy Taylor, senior minister of Old South Church in Boston, is the featured preacher for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday on "Day 1," the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program.
For most local churches, serving others is easy. Congregations can set up soup kitchens, support clothing banks, visit people in jail, drive elderly people to church or the store –– all meaningful, necessary work. But fulfilling the biblical mandate to do justice is much more complex. In Lawrence, Kan., one UCC congregation is learning how to achieve that mandate, thanks to an interfaith congregational organizing effort that is making a difference.
The United Church of Christ continues to shape the way politics, policy and ministry unfold.
As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today, March 2, in what is considered the most significant case on abortion in decades, leaders of the United Church of Christ joined people of faith and the religious community to rally for the reproductive rights of women and to urge the eight justices to protect abortion access.
Family, friends and former colleagues are remembering the life of an author, educator, lay leader, and editor of one of the denomination's former publications tailored to youth. Herman C. Ahrens, Jr. served as editor of the United Church of Christ magazine, YOUTH, for three decades after serving his country during World War II.