United Church of Christ

Seize the moment, weed out racism’s religious roots, activists urge in UCC webinar

This summer’s anti-racist uprisings, together with unjust social systems revealed by the coronavirus pandemic, should prompt the church to “prophesy to ourselves” and weed out white supremacy by its religious roots. That was a key message from two activists and theologians – one South African, the other American – in a United Church of Christ webinar Aug. 11. 


Reversing climate change urgent ‘but not beyond us,’ UCC leaders say in national summit

Emphasizing the burden that climate breakdown places on poor people and people of color, and calling for action now, two United Church of Christ speakers took prominent roles in early sessions of this year’s online American Climate Leadership Summit, still underway every Thursday in August.


We Will Continue to Save Ourselves Until Others Show Up

I spent last night, like many other nights over the last number of years, ministering with a loved one who had experienced an overdose, communing with other cherished ones who had loved this person back to life.


Traci Blackmon named as one of 15 ‘Faith Leaders to Watch in 2020’

Change maker, trail blazer, bold voice for change – all describe the United Church of Christ Associate General Minister, the Rev. Traci Blackmon, named by the Center for American Progress as one of 15 faith leaders to watch in 2020.


Embracing the ‘apocalyptic,’ seminaries adapt to ministry, theology in a pandemic

As United Church of Christ-related seminaries adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, they're viewing it not as a mere inconvenience, nor even just a moment to teach different ministry skills. They're seeing it as a time for needed theological reflection about the future of the church.


UCF awards over $100K to Conferences for clergy support

Thirteen United Church of Christ Conferences have been awarded grants from United Church Funds (UCF) to provide financial assistance for their local response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to support anti-racism efforts.


Kansas church grant aids immigrant, refugee neighbors during pandemic

A Kansas congregation reaches out to assist immigrant and refugee neighbors, aided by a grant from the UCC COVID-19 Refugee and Asylum Fund. 


Global Ministries reaches out, offers prayers for partners, UCC mission workers in Beirut

The executives of Global Ministries, the common overseas ministry of the UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are reaching out to several mission partners in Lebanon after two colossal explosions rocked the city of Beirut on Tuesday.


Treading Water

In advanced swimming lessons and in lifeguard training, many years ago, treading water was my favorite part of the final tests.


Energizing online discussion outlines role of the church in the democratic process

A spirited dialogue about voting rights, the erosion of the democratic process, and the importance of the census fueled an informative UCC webinar on Aug. 4. The conversation aimed to discern how people of faith can ensure that the votes of all Americans are counted in this year’s election process.