United Church of Christ

Standing Rock allies call on supportive citizens across the country to pick up the pen and the phone

As thousands of religious leaders, clergy, chaplains and military veterans plan to converge in North Dakota Dec. 4 for a day of prayer at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, UCC allies call for continued advocacy in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline in the form of phone calls and petitions.


Making December, and Advent, a time to welcome refugees

Embracing Syrian refugees through education, fundraising and advocacy is the focus of the UCC’s ‘Our Still Speaking Voice’ initiative in December.


Bethlehem pastor, Synod preacher feature in Middle East Initiative webinar

During the final month of the Middle East Initiative, Palestinian theologian and pastor the Rev. Mitri Raheb, a General Synod 2015 preacher, will participate in a webinar that reveals the ongoing challenges of the Palestinian Christian community, which today lives under Israeli occupation, and the prospects for peace in Israel-Palestine.


Commentary: Thanksgiving or Thanks-taking?

A Native American speaker I heard recently suggested the day should be called Thanks-taking, for Native American land and identity continues to be stolen.


Renewed Pennsylvania Congregation renovates parsonage to welcome refugees

Pennsylvania church members  renovating a vacant parsonage to welcome refugee families  find themselves renewed in the process.


Commentary: In the Face of Water Cannons, a Thanksgiving Appeal

As a part of our nation's civil religion, Thanksgiving comes with its own set of feel-good mythologies and symbols. Heartwarming, romantic images of Native Americans and Europeans sharing a meal together, however, not only negate a violent history, they also negate a current reality that is far from appetizing. For many of us, that unappetizing reality confronted us Sunday night and Monday morning.


UCC minister's son part of youth climate change lawsuit against federal government

The son of a United Church of Christ minster in Oregon, along with a group of young climate activists, is preparing for a trial against the U.S. government in hopes of protecting future generations from the effects of greenhouse gasses and climate change.


Chicago area convoy taking winter gear to Standing Rock water protectors

A convoy of church folk from the west suburbs of Chicago is heading up to North Dakota with a cargo van loaded with supplies to help the water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation brave the upcoming winter.


Stand with Standing Rock by Listening First, Acting Second

The water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation who want to stop the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline value ally support—but they also hope allies will listen for guidance when they show up.


Best-selling author and blogger and environmental leader will speak at General Synod 2017

Glennon Doyle Melton, a New York Times best-selling writer and speaker, and Aaron Mair, president of the Sierra Club, and will address the biennial gathering scheduled in Baltimore in 2017.