Religious leaders of several faith traditions united to oppose the criminalization of compassion outside the federal courthouse in Tucson, Ariz., Wednesday in support of Dr. Scott Warren. He is being tried for the second time this year for providing humanitarian aid to migrants in the desert.
Recent United Church of Christ studies show ONA congregations – those that are publicly open and affirming to LGBTQ people – are attracting, on average, more new members and are less likely to close than the UCC average. "The results refute the 'urban legend' that UCC churches typically lose money and members when they vote to become ONA," said Andy Lang, executive director of the UCC Open and Affirming Coalition.
The United Church of Christ effort to relieve thousands of low-income families of medical debt just got a generous boost from the Council for Health and Human Services Ministries, UCC.
The United States is in danger of abandoning two long-held commitments – welcoming the stranger and struggling for civil rights – and replacing them with fears of immigrants and people of color. The church should be a leader in preventing that. Those were the central messages from the Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, in recent speeches to two partner-church audiences in Germany.
Imagine if the life you have built through hard work was stripped away.
In public statements, the national officers of the United Church of Christ, and the co-executives of Global Ministries of the UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), celebrate the life and ministry of their retired colleague, the Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte, who died Nov. 12.
The Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte, a longtime pastor, former Conference Minister and retired national officer in the United Church of Christ, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Rockledge, Fla., at age 74. She had been hospitalized for several days with an infection. Colleagues are remembering her as an energetic, effective leader who cared deeply about the denomination's progressive ministries and especially about its work in partnership with churches around the world.
The futures of more than half a million young, undocumented immigrants hang in the balance as the United States Supreme Court takes up cases of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Immigration activists, UCC and other faith-based advocates and the Dreamers themselves rallied outside the court on Tuesday morning challenging the Trump Administration's efforts to end DACA.
The Rev. Justo Gonzalez saw debt collectors harass his family when he was growing up. Now, a UCC regional leader, he is now thrilled to be part of the church's effort to relieve thousands of families of medical debt.
It dawned on United Church of Christ member Carol Matheis-Kraft that her local government had certain ways of helping low-income people, but providing affordable housing wasn't one of them. Now her Colorado church is about to welcome low-income neighbors onto land it donated to house them.