Forty-nine bells tolled in communities across the country Monday at noon, one for each life lost in the Pulse Orlando nightclub massacre. UCC churches in 30 states publicly declared their love of neighbor, participating in this an act of solidarity and love, to build a just world for all.
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ and the denomination have been advocates for the inclusion and well-being of people with disabilities for the better part of three decades. But the experience of those with disabilities has changed in that time, so the governing body will examine a resolution that reaffirms the UCC's previous commitment, while stretching the church to do more and include persons with disabilities in its social justice witness.
One year ago today I arrived in Orlando, Fla., for what I envisioned to be a trip with a few brief board meetings for the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference and a few days of rest and relaxation. Before the plane landed I was bombarded with messages of the horrific murders of forty-nine people in the wee hours of the morning at PULSE, a popular nightclub in Orlando that catered to the LGBTQIA community. I left the airport and headed to PULSE but was unable to get close to the nightclub because it was still an active crime scene.
UCC communities around Washington D.C. are responding to acts of hate and racial intimidation, in our nation's capital specifically and around the country, to build a just world for all.
Maybe it’s me, but it seems we who consume news in the many ways we prefer are being exposed to more coverage regarding acts of racism in America.
The UCC Cuban connection runs deep, prompting the ‘Bring Down the Wall in the Caribbean’ GS resolution.
UCC leaders believe a move to shutter the U.S. Institute of Peace — which traces its origin back to the denomination — would be short-sighted, should Congress authorize it in a spending bill. The White House's budget proposal points would eliminate the Institute of Peace within two years.
It's been just over three weeks since Woodside Church in Flint, Mich., offered to pay water bills for neighbors in need. After writing more than 150 checks, over $50,000, the church is tapped out.
Six faith leaders, including Connecticut Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi, were arrested Monday afternoon at the State Capitol in Hartford, assembling to speak out against severe budget cuts proposed by the state's governor.
United Church of Christ advocates are urging the church to become immersed in refugee justice, by displaying solidarity with refugees for Refugee Justice Sunday on June 18.