United Church of Christ

Traci Blackmon elected overwhelmingly to lead UCC's justice ministry

The "acting" tag is off. And in overwhelming fashion.


A learning experience on the streets of Baltimore

Every day as Helen Bodell goes to and from work as a chaplain at a Providence, R.I., hospital, she comes in contact with homeless people. She's never sure how to act or what to say.


Art teaches youth about expressions of faith

During a Sunday morning visit to Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum, youth attending General Synod were introduced to a variety of works created by artists with no formal training.


Synod community worship embraces ‘this is who we are’

A patchwork quilt of the human condition took shape on the back wall of the Baltimore Convention Center Sunday afternoon as seven speakers joined the Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the UCC, to celebrate community worship at General Synod 2017.


Cuba clergy share stories, bring hope of better relations with their U.S. neighbors

The Revs. Elmer and Gisela Lavistida of Santiago, Cuba have been in the United States for 10 days, talking to the people of the United Church of Christ about fostering a stronger relationship between our two countries.


Synod volunteers: Holding it together with a greeting and a smile

Attired in pink shirts adorned with the swirling wave and the theme words, "Make Glad!", the Central Atlantic Conference's 370 volunteers have greeted arriving General Synod 2017's visitors, directed them around the sprawling Baltimore Convention Center, supported working committees, and even struggled to offer an alternative to the Synod tradition of endless cookies. 


Racism as a factor in health care disparities: We need to move people ‘away from the cliff’

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones connected racism and the disparities in access to health care before a full house at the Valerie Russell lecture Saturday afternoon.


A conversation with Glennon Doyle

"People don't want shiny any more," bestselling author Glennon Doyle told General Synod 2017 in Baltimore Saturday morning. "They don't need perfect; they don't even need good. They just want real."


William Barber: ‘We must claim the deep moral language of faith’

A new wind — a gale, a typhoon, a wail — roared into the Baltimore Convention Center Saturday night in the form of the Rev. William J. Barber, who called for a latter-day Pentecost to shape the demand for a moral imperative in America today.


UCC Honors Standing Rock Youth Water Protectors

The United Church of Christ presented the inaugural Movement Makers Award to the youth of the Standing Rock Water Protectors on Saturday, July 1, to a standing ovation from the entire house.