A pastoral intern of the Vermont Conference UCC learned a lot about clergy response to the coronavirus pandemic this summer. She created a report that she hopes proves useful to Conferences and congregations around the country, especially those involved in rural ministry.
Some take to the streets at night wearing vests marked "clergy witness." Others welcome medics into a church hall for respite. Still others have signed an online statement condemning U.S. police violence or petitioned the mayor to resign. Many carry signs in family-friendly daytime marches. All are United Church of Christ people – pastors and lay members – responding to this summer’s daily protests in Portland, Ore.
Just blocks from the center of ongoing demonstrations against police brutality, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Portland, Ore., has become known to street medics and protestors as a place to lay their burdens down.
To the horror of some and the satisfaction of others, the true state of a nation’s soul is to be found at the intersection of religion and politics—a subject that is not always for the faint of heart.
The Rev. Darrell Goodwin – a pastor with experience in higher education and in varied ministry settings of the United Church of Christ – will be presented to Annual Meeting voters as the candidate to serve as the Southern New England Conference’s first executive Conference minister.
Three Iowa UCC congregations were in the path of damaging "derecho" winds in August. But even as they dealt with damage to their churches and homes, pastors and members stepped up to help their communities.
The Rev. Kate West of First Congregational UCC, Belle Plaine, Iowa, describes living through damaging August winds -- and all the help that came from inside and outside the community, including from the wider UCC.
Noting that the United Church of Christ is “among the whitest Christian denominations in America,” the church’s leaders are launching an assessment of “racial diversity, equity and inclusion” throughout the church.
Amid the dozens of distinguished speakers who addressed a march and rally in the nation’s capital Friday, Aug. 28, it was a 12-year-old who caught the ear of two United Church of Christ ministers.