While the effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline suffered a setback in federal court, the Native American people defending their lands and water in North Dakota won an important victory that effectively brings construction to a halt near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation temporarily.
Even after the banner outside the church was slashed, Orchard Hill United Church has continued to live out their faith, coming out in support of a local anti-discrimination ordinance under consideration in the Southern Ohio town of Chillicothe.
The upcoming presidential election is less than two months away, and congregations of the United Church of Christ are focused on community education and advocacy with National Voter Registration Day coming up on Sept. 27, to make sure everyone who chooses to vote has a voice this year.
The churches and conference ministers of the United Church of Christ have a supportive new ally in the denomination's national offices. The Rev. Lee Albertson, former church pastor, conference committee chair, and acting conference minister, has been called to serve as Conference Minister Search Coordinator and CCM Support for the UCC.
Despite international banning of the slave trade in the 19th century, slave ships still ply the sea.
As part of the United Church of Christ's commitment to live into the call of being a multi-racial, multi-cultural church, the denomination plans to reevaluate how it selects recipients for New and Renewing church grants — in hopes of spreading some of those funds to a more diverse cross-section of the UCC's congregations.
The General Synod Nominating Committee is encouraging the best minds and creative souls throughout the wider United Church of Christ to bring their gifts to serve the denomination on the UCC Board of Directors.
A contingent of ministers from the UCC, part of an ecumenical group of faith leaders, is heading to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota this week to stand in solidarity with the citizens of multiple Native American nations, landowners and environmentalists who have come together to protect the water and the land from the Dakota Access pipeline.
As a long-time advocate for the rights of immigrants, the United Church of Christ, which welcomes the stranger and advocates for social justice and human rights, is planning a big presence at the United States-Mexican border next month.
Church leaders in the United Kingdom join UCC voices calling on the Washington, D.C. team to change name and logo.