United Church of Christ

'Crazy, awesome' youth ministry in Massachusetts counts 650 members

A congregation of 650 people with 500 active members is pretty impressive, no matter what your faith tradition. At Old South Union Church in Weymouth, Mass., those numbers describe not the church, but the size of the youth group! 

Everett C. Parker, the UCC's trailblazing broadcast reformer, dies at 102

The Rev. Everett C. Parker, a pioneering broadcast reformer, died Sept. 17, 2015 in White Plains, N.Y., at the age of 102.

Facebook removes CTS message calling out racism

Chicago Theological Seminary posted a message on racism on social media on August 18th, only to have it taken down for "violating Facebook Community Standards".

UCC calls for more U.S. response to Syrian refugee crisis

The United Church of Christ, in solidarity with several religious groups in the United State, is urging the White House to act in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, which has escalated in the last few weeks with hundreds of thousands of people risking their lives to reach Europe.

UCC group to continue Cuba Study Seminar tradition with January trip

After more than a half century, the United States and Cuba are on the road to better relations. But a UCC study seminar has been taking interested visitors to Cuba for 33 years – and is now planning its next trip in January.

Celebrating a wave of women in UCC conference leadership

Spring and summer were seasons of change in conference leadership across the United Church of Christ, with six new conference ministers called, and in that group, a trio of women who are beginning their tenures.

UCC General Counsel Donald C. Clark announces retirement

In his time as General Counsel for the United Church of Christ, Donald C. Clark never lost a case.  After 25 years of service, representing the wider church in more than 30 different states in both federal and state court proceedings, Clark has announced his retirement. He will step down from his post on his birthday, Nov. 26.

United Church of Canada approves full communion with UCC

The only two United and Uniting Churches in North America have now forged a full communion agreement in the spirit of Christian unity. The United Church of Canada unanimously adopted a full communion agreement with the United Church of Christ during its 42nd General Council on Thursday, Aug. 13, paving the way for a long-lasting relationship between two denominations that share a passion for justice and peace.

Two attorneys who successfully argued SCOTUS marriage equality case are UCC

On the 10th anniversary of the United Church of Christ becoming the first mainline denomination to affirm marriage rights for all, it's serendipitous that two of the lawyers involved with the Supreme Court hearing, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier and Mary Bonauto, belong to the UCC, the church where God is still speaking.

California church helps LGBT refugees from Uganda find safety, peace

Seven refugees from Uganda, escaping persecution for identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, have found themselves in Long Beach, Calif., with little more than the clothes on their backs. Waiting for them with open arms were members of First Congregational Church of Long Beach United Church of Christ.