United Church of Christ

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.


Holy Saturday in Missouri: Masks, gloves, cold meals on a table

The day before Easter, in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, Mo., a table stood six feet in front of the parking lot door of St. John UCC. Servers in masks and gloves stepped forward, set out cold takeout meals one at a time, and stepped back. Neighbors came forward one at a time to take meals away.


Good Friday in St. Louis: Vulnerable with each other in the darkness

"People have been very vulnerable in those Friday check-in times," said the pastor of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Louis, describing a weekly session the church has been offering via the webinar platform Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.


CHHSM member organizations find creative ways to serve during coronavirus outbreak

 From phone calls, online chats and social media postings to Zoom, Skype, and Facebook video gatherings, CHHSM members are adapting to almost daily changes in health care requirements while serving their residents and clients.


Virtual Good Friday Walk ties crucifixion to oppression, both historically and now

A group of UCC clergy and congregations in Minnesota have come together with ecumenical partners to create a virtual stations of the cross service for Good Friday — one that links the crucifixion of Jesus with local historical and current stories of oppression. 

 


In simple, digital Maundy Thursday service, young faces, voices mark Jesus' last days

Simple and powerful, a national United Church of Christ Maundy Thursday service online April 9 featured the faces and voices of young ministers, each somewhere near the age Jesus of Nazareth would have been at the end of his life.


Commentary: How do we Live in an Easter World When it Still Feels Like Lent?

How do we live in an Easter world when it still feels like Lent?


United Church of Christ Board nominations sought by Oct. 1 deadline

The Nominating Committee of the United Church of Christ General Synod is encouraging the best minds and creative souls throughout the wider church to bring their gifts to serve the denomination on the UCC Board of Directors.