The Rev. H. Daehler Hayes, pastor of large churches in Cincinnati and Philadelphia for 22 years and an influential United Church of Christ Conference Minister in Rhode Island for 19, died Sept. 27 at Hope Hospice Center in Providence, R.I. He was 82.
A written reflection and visual representation of the collective call for justice and simple decency for immigrant neighbors made by almost two dozen UCC Conference Ministers in Washington, D.C.
To acknowledge that it includes parts of Kentucky and West Virginia – and to signal a hope for new, heart-healthy ways of working together – the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ voted Sept. 28 to take on a new name: Heartland Conference.
UCC advocates, distressed and angered by the administration's plans to limit the number of refugees resettled in the United States to 18,000 in 2020, joined other faith leaders and humanitarian groups in the streets of Washington, D.C., in a rally for refugees in front of the White House.
The Rev. Edwin O. Ayala, who led Latinx congregations of the United Church of Christ in Connecticut, served on the denomination's national staff, and headed an ecumenical agency in Hartford, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 23. He was 71.
An article about the prevalence of rape in the U.S. recently came across my news feed.
Supporting young climate-justice activists, United Church of Christ representatives led and were active in interfaith events in New York City and Washington, D.C. – and issued calls for action – during a Week of Climate Action. The week started with a worldwide Climate Strike on Friday, Sept. 20, and continues through Friday, Sept. 27.
United Church of Christ regional leaders from across the country have come together for three days of action and advocacy in Washington, D.C., to tell United States legislators to defund hate and defend the rights of immigrants.
Across the country, United Church of Christ members, following the lead of young people everywhere, joined millions striking in the United States and around the world in a call to action on the climate crisis.
United Church of Christ leaders will wash the feet of immigrants and carry hundreds of letters from local church members asking for humane U.S. immigration policies when they visit Congress this Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Washington, D.C.