Six years ago, Trinity United Church of Christ faced a challenging decision. Its music program for children was in decline, and as former music minister Dave Carnell explained, "It came to a point to either quit the program, or kick it up and offer more to children."
When a group of 10 denominations gathers this weekend in St. Louis, a United Church of Christ leader and voice for racial justice will deliver the opening remarks before the group explores issues of race and reconciliation. The Rev. Waltrina Middleton, associate for National Youth Event programming, will preach during opening worship when Churches Uniting in Christ meets Jan. 28–30.
With the 2016 presidential campaign accelerating into high gear, and spring primary elections not far off on the horizon, much of the public dialogue and attention is on the candidates themselves.
Cubans are experts in enhancing "classics" — they do a great job keeping vintage American cars on the road, they've performed miracles restoring the Spanish colonial architecture in Old Havana, and they take extra care of their senior citizens, at least in one local neighborhood.
Four amazing youth speakers — all ages 15 or younger — will bring energy and excitement for their peers at this summer’s National Youth Event, helping reveal what faith, justice, leadership and service look like.
Members of the UCC Cuba Study Seminar were invited to worship Sunday, Jan. 24, with some long-time friends in Cuba. The congregation of the Iglesias Bautista Ebenezer church and Martin Luther King Center in Mariano, one of Havana's 15 districts, welcomed the group as family at the noon service. It's no wonder, since the church and its MLK community center have been a stop on the UCC study tour since its founder, the late Rev. Ted Braun, became compadres with the church's founding pastor, the Rev. Raul Suarez.
Local church closings can be a time of sadness, with a keen sense of loss and endings. But thanks to an insistence on being spirit led, two 113-year-old local UCC congregations’ journey together blossomed into one church’s legacy living on in multiple ways, and two church families thriving as one.
Words we live by in the United Church of Christ - accepted for who we are and where we are on life's journey.
The changes coming to Cuba are becoming very evident to participants traveling the island this week with the UCC Cuba Study Seminar.
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer will be formally installed as the ninth general minister and president of the United Church of Christ in April, in a weekend of worship services in New York, Chicago and Seattle, underscoring his pledge to forge a greater connection between the UCC national offices and the local churches.