United Church of Christ

Good Friday in St. Louis: Vulnerable with each other in the darkness

"People have been very vulnerable in those Friday check-in times," said the pastor of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Louis, describing a weekly session the church has been offering via the webinar platform Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Maundy Thursday: Anti-slavery roots remembered at Ohio church

A small communion table with abolitionist roots, dwarfed by the gothic sanctuary around it, was front and center for a Maundy Thursday service streamed online from First Congregational UCC, Columbus, Ohio, during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.


CHHSM member organizations find creative ways to serve during coronavirus outbreak

 From phone calls, online chats and social media postings to Zoom, Skype, and Facebook video gatherings, CHHSM members are adapting to almost daily changes in health care requirements while serving their residents and clients.


Virtual Good Friday Walk ties crucifixion to oppression, both historically and now

A group of UCC clergy and congregations in Minnesota have come together with ecumenical partners to create a virtual stations of the cross service for Good Friday — one that links the crucifixion of Jesus with local historical and current stories of oppression. 

 


In simple, digital Maundy Thursday service, young faces, voices mark Jesus' last days

Simple and powerful, a national United Church of Christ Maundy Thursday service online April 9 featured the faces and voices of young ministers, each somewhere near the age Jesus of Nazareth would have been at the end of his life.


Commentary: How do we Live in an Easter World When it Still Feels Like Lent?

How do we live in an Easter world when it still feels like Lent?


United Church of Christ Board nominations sought by Oct. 1 deadline

The Nominating Committee of the United Church of Christ General Synod is encouraging the best minds and creative souls throughout the wider church to bring their gifts to serve the denomination on the UCC Board of Directors.


Celebrating Easter in this Extraordinary Time

In his Holy Week message, United Church of Christ General Minister and President the Rev. John C. Dorhauer encourages all in the wider church to find joy in the risen Christ, despite social distancing.

 


California church hosts drive-in Palm Sunday service

A small congregation in California came together as one community on Palm Sunday in a drive-in service that began and concluded in the church parking lot — after members caravanned through town to mark Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.


First UCC-wide online service draws prayers from everywhere

Prayers were shared from many time zones April 5 during the first-ever online service for the whole United Church of Christ. Live music invited reflection during transitions. And dozens of written prayer requests poured in, carrying the emotional weight of a Palm/Passion Sunday in a season of COVID-19.