United Church of Christ

A Pastoral Letter to a United Church in a Divided Country

The national officers and conference ministers of the United Church of Christ affirm a sacred commitment to live into the church's mission to build a just world for all, following the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.

Faith communities ask law enforcement to remain neutral on policing Standing Rock

Hundreds of clergy gathered in North Dakota in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe last week, trying to block a pipeline that threatens their water supply and sacred sites. Faith communities elsewhere are also offering support in a different way — by speaking out against law enforcement from other states deployed to the front lines of standoff, and petitioning local authorities to recall their officers.

More than 500 clergy gather for prayer, solidarity and repentance at Standing Rock

A UCC Conference Minister is one of eight Christian leaders who offered a public confession, collective repentance, and a commitment to justice before tribal elders of several Nations.

Commentary: Follow Me

Whenever I read the gospel accounts of how Jesus organized The Discipleship Movement I am reminded of how important it is to understand the roles of both leader and ally. 

Revamped Youth@GeneralSynod program debuts in Baltimore

There will be a new emphasis on integrating youth into the heart of the United Church of Christ’s General Synod next summer in Baltimore. Through activities designed to connect faith with daily life and issues of justice, along with leadership opportunities as part of the new Youth@GeneralSynod program, young people will be directly and visibly involved in the denomination’s biennial event.

Commentary: The Long Haul

I have lost count of the number of times I have heard people express their eagerness for the end of what has been a particularly long, contentious, challenging election season. 

Arizona church 'fights for the powerless' through sanctuary

Finding a way to keep families together in the face of our broken immigration system by offering people sanctuary has earned an Arizona church the UCC 'Be the Church of the Month' award.

Stand with Standing Rock calling 300 clergy from across U.S. to North Dakota

Four conference ministers of the United Church of Christ, and a score of pastors from at least nine states will be part of a group of 300 clergy of several faith traditions gathering this week to stand with the water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota. 

United Church Funds hosts Standing Rock tribal chair as investors look to offer support

United Church Funds, a ministry of the United Church of Christ, welcomed tribal chairman Dave Archambault II to their offices in New York City to learn how it can help the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protect the sacred grounds and waters from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

South Dakota congregation taking supplies, solidarity to Standing Rock

A South Dakota congregation, answering a call to ministry involving environmental concerns, racism and land rights, is taking a trailer of supplies to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to stand in solidarity with those opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline.