United Church of Christ

California church wants to welcome, take in refugees

A Southern California congregation, on the receiving end of hateful backlash after announcing it would take in Syrian refugees, still hopes to "welcome the stranger" if there is an opportunity. Menifee United Church of Christ got caught up in the controversy over resettling Syrian refugees in the United States, a hot-button topic because of security concerns.

Still Speaking 2.0 updates the UCC identity campaign with edgy messages on social media

God is Still Speaking, the identity campaign that branded the United Church of Christ in a distinctive way and helped define its progressive voice in the faith community, is getting an upgrade/refresh in 2016.

UCC leaders call for action, offer comfort after California shooting

Fourteen people were slain Wednesday, Dec.2, in the deadliest bout of gun violence in the United States since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in 2012. This latest tragedy at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., which once again reignites the gun control debate, leaves 14 dead, at least 21 injured, and leaders of the United Church of Christ calling on the nation's elected officials to act. 


Hawaiian youth working now to make NYE 2016 trip reality

In the spirit of Ohana, a group of young people from the island of Oahu have made a down payment on a trip that will bring them to the mainland and the National Youth Event at Walt Disney World next summer. 

Two UCC pastors named to Ebony Power 100 list

Two dynamic United Church of Christ pastors have been named to Ebony Magazine's Power 100 list, which has been honoring heroes of the Black community for more than 70 years.

Church leaders urge U.S. not to close borders to Syrian refugees

With recent deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad prompting a debate in the United States over the country’s decision to accept additional Syrian refugees, national leaders of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are strongly urging lawmakers to resist a knee-jerk reaction to close the door and the border to innocent victims of the war in Syria.

On Veterans Day, do more than say thank you

As Veterans Day is celebrated Wed. Nov. 11, make the effort to learn about the challenges that our veterans face when they return from duty, and make time to fully welcome those service men and women into the life of the United Church of Christ.

‘Into the Mystic,’ John Dorhauer’s weekly podcast debuts on UCC.org

‘Into the Mystic,’ the Rev. John C. Dorhauer’s weekly podcast, makes its debut on UCC.org, with the United Church of Christ general minister and president noting that “the art and practice of spiritual reflection is to be modeled as a priority and not just a part time avocation.”

Commentary: Time to stand as one church with the transgender community

Looking toward Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, the national officers of the United Church of Christ and the leadership of the the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ are urging congregations to renew their commitment to welcome and advocate for the transgender community.

Pension Boards–United Church of Christ introduces socially responsible investment option to members

A new investment fund option for the 22,000 UCC Pension Boards members is coming Nov. 2 that will help United Church of Christ investors meet their retirement goals while investing in the well-being of the planet.