United Church of Christ

Burning of UCC rainbow banners in St. Louis far from a first, still disturbing

United Church of Christ "God is Still Speaking" rainbow banners were found burning in an alley behind an LGBTQ-welcoming bar in St. Louis just before midnight June 3. Both almost certainly came from a theft at Kirkwood UCC, an Open and Affirming congregation, where a young man cut down and stole banners that same evening. While police investigate, the congregation is responding with courage and love.

Arizona interfaith prayer service calls for end to criminalization of humanitarian aid

Religious leaders of several faith traditions unite to oppose the criminalization of kindness outside the Tucson federal courthouse. This June 5 prayer service in support of Dr. Scott Warren, who faces up to 20 years in prison for providing humanitarian aid to migrants in the desert.

UCC comes out for Pride in the CLE

The United Church of Christ was well represented at Cleveland's kickoff to Pride month, 'Pride in the CLE,' on a sunny Saturday, June 1.

'Resolution Center' to offer online updates from UCC Synod

If you want to familiarize yourself with 2019 United Church of Christ General Synod resolutions, or follow them through the review and voting process June 21-25, a new online "Resolution Center" can help.

UCC churches, clergy reach out in response after tornadoes in Ohio, Kansas

Every day for the last two weeks, people in some part of the United States have been living under a threat of tornadoes. In Ohio Monday night, a number of twisters touched down, converging on the Dayton area. Tuesday, an extremely powerful storm tore through communities in Kansas. In both ravaged locales, UCC members jumped to action to help impacted neighbors and strangers, soon to be friends.

National offices announce MESA team leader, new generosity officer

The United Church of Christ has promoted a member of its national ministry-issues staff to lead a team in Justice and Local Church Ministries and added a new part-time generosity officer to the Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity and Communication (OPTIC).

Commentary: Are You Really Pro-Life?

Earlier this month, Alabama signed into law a bill that severely restricts women’s right to have a safe abortion. Some describe this law as part of a “pro-life” stance, based on their personal interpretation of scripture, life experience, or understanding of science and society.

UCC leaders, clergy, partners speak out against new U.S. government restrictions on Cuba

Many Americans are unaware that the United States government recently announced policy changes aimed at Cuba, restrictions already being felt by ecumenical partners and friends of the United Church of Christ. Tightening the commercial, economic and financial blockade on Cuba is reversing years of progress in normalizing relations between the two countries and is penalizing the people of the island nation in the process.

Milwaukee 'Evicted' exhibit to open as author addresses national church convention

A traveling exhibit inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Evicted" will open a three-month Milwaukee stay on the same weekend as United Church of Christ General Synod delegates hear a keynote speech from author Matthew Desmond at the Wisconsin Center.

New Hampshire 'peace church' honors war dead, living veterans, on Memorial Day

You'll notice an emphasis on peace if you visit the Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Laconia, N.H. It has a peace pole on its grounds. Peace cranes have flown from its building. It is a Just Peace Church. This Memorial Day weekend, those same grounds will be covered in U.S. flags -- reminders of wars and those who fought and died in them.