United Church of Christ

General Synod resolution seeks national study of gun violence

Bolstered by the belief that gun violence has reached a crisis point in the United States, the Council for Health and Human Services Ministries is asking General Synod of the United Church of Christ to proclaim gun violence as a public health concern.

Commentary: A call to action opposing mandatory minimums for drug crimes

The United Church of Christ remains a faithful witness and advocate for criminal justice reforms and an end to the disproportionate number of people of color within the prison industrial complex.

Jeanette Vizguerra leaves sanctuary just in time for Mother's Day

A Colorado mother of four who has been living in sanctuary in Denver churches for 86 days in fear of deportation, is now able to return home with her family, just in time for Mother's Day.

Racial justice proponents reject new Department of Justice guidelines on criminal punishment

Critical of new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Justice outlining tougher punishments for nonviolent drug offenders, United Church of Christ racial justice leaders are calling on the wider church to protect vulnerable communities and to renew their commitment to justice to create a just world for all.

Commentary: The disconnect

We talk about covenant a lot in the United Church of Christ. Rather than a "what's in it for us" question, I wonder how we might move to "What can we do together that we cannot accomplish by ourselves?" Can you imagine what it would look like for all of the members of the UCC to move as one people?

Blindsided by neighbor's deportation, angry UCC clergy in Phoenix take on ICE

UCC activists, working to build a just world for all, are standing vigil outside the Phoenix Immigration and Customs Enforcement Offices, calling for justice for Marco Tulio Coss, a Mexican immigrant who was snatched under false pretenses, arrested and deported.

General Synod resolution seeks rights for adoptees

Adoptees sometimes ask the question, "Who am I?" To help them discover part of that answer, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ will consider a resolution this summer that urges states to give adult adoptees the right to access to their original birth certificates.

Commentary: Moving from Lament to Hope

This Sunday, May 14 is Mother's Day.

Flint church offers to pay delinquent water bills of neighbors in need

The Woodside Church is helping to pay the water bills of families in Flint, Mich., whose service has been shut off. As pastor the Rev. Deb Conrad said, "Piece by piece we are doing what we can for our neighbors."

UCC ministers join Texas faith leaders in condemning anti-sanctuary law

A dozen United Church of Christ ministers in Texas are part of an interfaith coalition of 200 religious leaders who have sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott condemning a recently-signed law that targets sanctuary cities.