Called to protect and stand with immigrants facing detention and deportation, a California congregation of the United Church of Christ has opened its doors, ready to offer sanctuary to vulnerable neighbors in the San Mateo community.
Despite a revised version of the White House's executive order on travel restrictions for citizens of six predominately Muslim-majority nations, United Church of Christ leaders remain committed to keeping America's doors open to refugees and immigrants.
Four UCC congregations in Minnesota are preparing space, as sanctuary churches, to make a home for immigrants threatened by deportation, with several others pledging to be their support system.
A battle over an anticipated revision to the White House's travel ban is building up in ecumenical circles. The United Church of Christ is adding its voice to a new nationwide effort of three dozen faith groups in support of refugees that responds to the needs of the most vulnerable and seeks to restore their hopes for resettling in the United States.
As I read, watch, and listen to news reports, I am sometimes frustrated when the topic of "hatred or hate crimes" is covered.
A threatening phone call to Temple Emanu-El in Hawaii specifically targeted its preschool, prompting an evacuation of the students to nearby Nu'uanu Congregational Church.
United Church of Christ clergy across the country, in an effort to meet people where they are, offered ashes on Ash Wednesday outdoors in parking lots, public parks, and heavily traveled areas.
Before she wrote sermons, the Rev. Alice Hunt wrote mathematical equations as a teacher, and software as a programmer for the Hubble Space Telescope. Hunt will begin chronicling a different chapter in her life, after communicating her decision to retire as the 12th president of Chicago Theological Seminary.
A group of pastors in Billings, Montana have come together to produce a progressive Christian program for public access television.
United Church of Christ congregations plan to mark Ash Wednesday, observed this week on March 1, as the beginning of the annual Lenten journey — a time of spiritual preparation for Easter, and for spiritual discipline through a period of fasting and penance.