United Church of Christ

United Church Funds names new director of socially responsible investing

United Church Funds has named Matthew J. Illian as the new director of its socially responsible investing work.


Celebrating the ADA, UCC leaders commit anew toward greater accessibility

United Church of Christ leaders and organizations join together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and commit to work toward greater accessibility for all. 


Collaborating against racism, Northern California churches ‘Pray Their Names’

The United Church of Christ community in the San Francisco Bay Area is sharing a compelling, tangible reminder of the Black lives lost to violence at the hands of police. “Pray Their Names,” an outdoor art exhibit with 160 hearts emerging from the ground, serves as a large visual memorial showing solidarity with Black Lives Matter.


Report lends new urgency to religious climate-justice work

A scientific report released this week provides more evidence that human activity is seriously threatening God’s creation, said the United Church of Christ’s national minister for environmental justice.


UCC grants available now to help register, educate and mobilize voters locally

The United Church of Christ’s advocacy office is encouraging local churches to be creative and COVID-conscious as they apply for “Our Faith, Our Vote” grants in support of work to inform voters on key issues and motivate them to vote. Five grants of $2,500 each are available for use in local and regional organizing.


Prepare to Show Up

My friend Chris texted me the week before a Black Lives Matter rally in Cleveland last month that was held to protest the murder of Desmond Franklin, who was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer while driving down a street.


Save the date – the UCC’s first virtual General Synod to take place July 11-18, 2021

The dates for the United Church of Christ’s first virtual General Synod have been set. The 33rd biennial gathering will take place online July 11-18, 2021. The Sunday to Sunday schedule is the first in a series of changes planned for this event, themed “Rooted in Love, Special Edition.”


As hymnal turns 25 and National Youth Event nears, words are still a matter of justice

Music and language at this month’s National Youth Event are carrying forward a longtime United Church of Christ belief that the words we use to describe God and people are a matter of justice and inclusion – a movement that took a huge step 25 years ago with the dedication of The New Century Hymnal.


UCC officers mourn Rep. John Lewis, the Rev. C.T. Vivian, civil right giants

The executive officers of the United Church of Christ pay tribute to two civil rights giants -- U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Rev. C.T. Vivian -- who passed away on Friday, July 17.


Killings prompt online youth rallies July 28 and 30 to galvanize anti-racist action

In a summer when violence against Black people is commanding the nation’s attention, United Church of Christ young people have been asking to talk about racism and get organized to fight it. In response, UCC Justice and Local Church Ministries will host two virtual rallies to develop UCC youth and young adult anti-racist strategies.