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This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, our little family did not make our traditional trek to Florida to see grandparents and extended family.

Ohio church turns nativity stable into little free pantry

On the first Sunday of Advent an Ohio congregation blessed its Christmas nativity and set it outside to benefit its neighbors. Instead of statues of Mary, Joseph and the animals, they filled the frame of the six-foot stable with nonperishable food and toiletries so people can take what they need.

More than a name change: introducing UCC Global H.O.P.E.

A change in organizational structure doesn’t often make a scintillating story. But news of the newly configured Global H.O.P.E. team in United Church of Christ Wider Church Ministries may be a notable exception. 

Maine church repurposes political signs into messages of hope

A United Church of Christ congregation in Maine is repurposing its community’s campaign signs — transforming the symbols of political divisiveness into messages of hope this Advent. 

UCC mourns Kekapa Lee, pastor, musician, leader among Native Hawaiian members

The Rev. Kekapa Lee, an honored leader among Native Hawaiians in the United Church of Christ, retired local church pastor, award-winning musician and frequent participant in the denomination’s national work, died Nov. 19 at his home in Honolulu. He was 74.

UCC pastor: We need Advent more than ever

A Maryland pastor reflects on why Christians need Advent more than ever in 2020.

Commentary: The Gender-Based Violence Pandemic

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States and, like many, I’m unable to travel to be with my family and celebrate as we’ve done in the past, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.

UCC members, congregations abolish $5.2 million in medical debt for Kansans, Oklahomans

Financial gifts from 20 United Church of Christ congregations in the denomination’s Kansas-Oklahoma Conference, plus several individuals and church bodies, have abolished $5.2 million in medical debt in those two states.

400 years later, honesty about colonialism, genocide is part of marking Pilgrims’ legacy

As the United States marks Thanksgiving, a holiday immersed in stories about a small group of Europeans and their arrival in North America, people of faith are among those turning a critical eye to that history – and to Christians’ role in the genocide of the people who were living here. 

How to organize for justice is subject of trainings each Sunday afternoon in Advent

Noting that Advent is traditionally a season to prepare for “the in-breaking of justice,” the United Church of Christ and the National Council of Churches will lead training sessions in “Faith-Based Organizing for Justice” on four consecutive Sunday afternoons starting Nov. 29.

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This Thanksgiving Ohio church turns nativity stable into little free pantry