United Church of Christ

#ThursdaysInBlack a weekly witness against violence

Every Thursday morning, UCC staff members gather for a picture. Not always the same people or location. The two constants –– many of them are dressed in black, and it's always for the same cause. #ThursdaysInBlack, a witness calling for a world without rape and violence.

Commentary: In memoriam et pro pacem

Memorial Day is first and foremost about fallen soldiers and their lives; it is less so about the virtue of the military or its command structures; and even further removed from valorizing those who benefit from the perpetuation of violence and profit from the sales of war materiel.

UCC pastors join interfaith effort to close gun loopholes for domestic abusers

Nearly 30 pastors, chaplains and theologians of the United Church of Christ are part of an interfaith effort of 500 leaders who are asking lawmakers to close loopholes in federal laws that allows domestic abusers to purchase or own a firearm.

Boston Globe story follows risk and rebirth of Massachusetts congregation

How do you be the church in an ever-changing religious climate? That difficult and intensely personal question, posed to a United Church of Christ congregation in West Medford, Mass., is the focus of a story, "In Search of Sanctuary," published by The Boston Globe.

Faith leaders praise White House transgender protections

Religious leaders from Christian and Jewish faith communities are praising the Obama Administration's actions expanding discrimination protections to include transgender youth in the nation’s public schools.

Former St. Louis church members celebrate rebirth on 'Homecoming Saturday'

A score of family and friends of a long-shuttered North St. Louis church return to their former neighborhood for a "Homecoming," touring the old St. James UCC campus, reborn as a home for Urban Born, a educational nonprofit for children.

UCC curriculum on White Privilege engages and encourages sacred conversations on race

The United Church of Christ, anticipating a late summer release of  "White Privilege – Let's Talk," an adult education curriculum designed to invite members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive and bold conversations on race, is launching a series of free webinars on the subject in June, in partnership with the Center for Progressive Renewal.

Commentary: Of Blessings and Boycotts

When you give thanks for the hands that prepared your meal, remember not just those in the kitchen but everyone who helped plant, pick and package the food along the way. 

Former UCC officer, conference minister show LGBT solidarity during Methodist gathering

Asked to represent the denomination as ecumenical guests, the Rev. J. Linda Jaramillo and the Rev. Walter John Boris both arrived sporting UCC rainbow comma pins. It's a gesture of solidarity with the LGBT community within the Methodist church, which is facing with issues of inclusion, ordination of LGBT ministers and same-gender marriage as it gathers in Oregon.

UCC national officer Traci Blackmon to deliver 34th Parker Lecture

The Rev. Traci Blackmon, acting executive minister of UCC Justice and Witness Ministries, will give the keynote address at the Everett Parker Lecture this fall in Washington, D.C.