United Church of Christ

Commentary: The Rise of Ghettos and Concentration Camps

I traveled to the US/Mexico Border as another migrant caravan arrived this winter. I worked to identify particularly vulnerable persons such as unaccompanied minors, those with imminent threats on their life, those with life-threatening health concerns, and LGBTQ persons. 


Synod-goer avoids fossil fuels by sailing this time

It won't be the first time Harold Beer has steered clear of fossil fuels on his way to a United Church of Christ General Synod. He biked to Synods twice. This time Beer and his wife, Marcia, UCC members from Michigan, will put in at Muskegon and sail their 27-floot sloop across Lake Michigan to to the 2019 Synod, meeting in Milwaukee June 21-25.


UCC loses Donna Ivy, a valued customer service voice

Members of the United Church of Christ's national staff are in shock and grief after the tragic death of Donna Ivy, a customer service representative for UCC Resources. Ivy, 53, was found murdered in her Cleveland home early Thursday morning, June 13.


Churches come together in Missouri after wild weather

A flooded sanctuary, a displaced pastor, a congregation scooping ice cream for disaster relief, and a church serving as a Red Cross Shelter – not to mention a new disaster coordinator trying to keep up as he organizes relief efforts in his community.


Art is one way Wisconsin UCC members are welcoming General Synod

The artistry of members of the Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ will be evident in key places during General Synod June 21-25 in Milwaukee. Delegates and visitors are invited to help shape one big installation as they enter the main lobby of the Wisconsin Center. They will experience another form of art at communion during Sunday's community worship service.


Global colleagues express love for 'relationships' man, Jim Moos

Staff colleagues and ecumenical partners from around the world are sending love and well wishes to a United Church of Christ executive ending his service to the national church at the conclusion of General Synod in Milwaukee in June.


International partners offer testimonies about Jim Moos

In the last eight years, in 30 trips to more than three dozen countries, the Rev. Jim Moos has forged friendships with interfaith partners around the world.


Commentary: The Year of the Return

Chiseled on the wall nearing the exit of Elmina Slave Castle in Ghana are these words:


Pennsylvania church's Circles of Love are changing lives

A rural UCC congregation in Pennsylvania is enabling neighbors living in poverty to overcome the barriers and the issues that keep them in poverty, through a program called Circles of Love.


Burning of UCC rainbow banners in St. Louis far from a first, still disturbing

United Church of Christ "God is Still Speaking" rainbow banners were found burning in an alley behind an LGBTQ-welcoming bar in St. Louis just before midnight June 3. Both almost certainly came from a theft at Kirkwood UCC, an Open and Affirming congregation, where a young man cut down and stole banners that same evening. While police investigate, the congregation is responding with courage and love.