Recently it was reported that Chaplain Modder, who once ministered to Navy SEALs, could be thrown out of the military after he was accused of failing "to show tolerance and respect" during private counseling sessions regarding issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality, specifically homosexuality and pre-marital sex. As a few ecclesiastical endorsers work to secure the availability of chaplains who are able and willing to serve to all service members, this display of intolerance is unacceptable.
The theological discussion around the idea of multiple religious belonging, the concept of a person identifying with more than one faith, continues, and at an early point in the conversation there are many questions to be answered—such as what it means for Christianity. But the uncharted aspects of the topic aren’t slowing two United Church of Christ congregations from recognizing this growing trend. Embracing religious diversity is part of their cultures, extending their welcome to people of any faith.
The Habakkuk Group, the group charged with not just revising the current Manual on Ministry, but re-visioning it, finished three days of intensive discussion at the United Church of Christ national offices, laying the foundation and clarifying the ways in which ministers are authorized to serve the church.
Research shows that nine churches close every day throughout the United States. To help guide congregations thought this often difficult process, the United Church of Christ has introduced a new resource for churches facing the prospect of closure.
As the buildings that were burned during the race-related riots in Ferguson, Mo., come down one by one, St. Peter's Evangelical United Church of Christ has broken ground on a new community resource center that signifies its commitment to help rebuild the city.
To include the church in the conversation of multiple religious belonging and to better serve a growing number of multi-faith families, the UCC is gathering a group of 30 clergy and theologians in the same room this week for one of the first global discussions on multiple religious belonging.
One of the largest churches in the United Church of Christ has called a new leader. The Rev. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas will become the next pastor of the UCC Dallas-based congregation, Cathedral of Hope. Cazares-Thomas, called by election on April 12, will lead the church of 4,200-members, with a primary outreach to LGBT persons.
Creating an Interfaith Community to foster Peace and Understanding.
As the Indians start the 2015 season at home, a grassroots coalition will host a series of events in Cleveland calling for a change of the name and image that many say are racially offensive to members of the Native American community.
The next chief executive of The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc., will bring more than three decades of financial, investment, and legal experience to lead the ministry. Brian R. Bodager, a banking executive and attorney, takes office July 1 as Pension Boards president and CEO, confirmed by the PBUCC Board of Trustees during its spring meeting March 27-28.