United Church of Christ

An Ohio memorial to victims of gun violence more than prayers, songs and shoes

Scores of empty shoes littered the lawn outside an Ohio church on Thursday evening, a stark but poignant memorial to the lives lost in two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. But Vermilion UCC Congregational's vigil involved much more than praying for an end to gun violence.


SCOS participants learn disaster recovery by doing

Two young women learn disaster recovery work by doing it, as participants of the Summer Communities of Service program.


Commentary: “Why don’t they go back?”

In July, the U.S. President reacted to four U.S. Congresswomen’s critiques of certain administration policies, tweeting, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”—a statement conveying a racist worldview and xenophobic attitude.


UCC Conference Minister: The harsh, dehumanizing realities of the border wall

The Rev. Bill Lyons, Conference Minister, Southwest Conference UCC, notes striking changes at the border wall between the United States and Mexico, and what that says about welcome. 


New York congregation says, 'End the insanity'

A New York congregation issues "A Call to National Sanity," creating a moving video message and a silent witness on the the church lawn.


Don Sevetson, retired Conference Minister, pastor, author, dies at 85

The Rev. Donald J. Sevetson, who served for 16 years as Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ's Central Pacific Conference and pastored churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Hawaii, died in hospice care Wednesday, July 31, in Portland, Ore. He was 85.


As ever, UCC ministers among those responding to mass shootings

United Church of Christ ministers were among those giving public voice to grief and a desire to end violence in the aftermath of mass shootings Aug. 3 and 4 in El Paso, Tex., and Dayton, Ohio.


UCC leaders call for action to end gun violence now

After two mass murders in just over 13 hours that left 29 people dead and scores injured in Texas and Ohio, the President of the United States echoed the call that religious leaders and gun violence prevention advocates have been sounding for years: It’s time for swift bipartisan action to address the national epidemic of gun violence.

United Church of Christ leaders think the U.S. needs to go a step further. They issued a call to action, to make gun violence prevention a prominent campaign issue – in addition to offering prayers for victims, their families and the nation.


UCC pastors, churches featured in new movie, online video

United Church of Christ ministers and congregations play prominent roles in two current documentaries about progressive religion: a feature-length film, "American Heretics," on Oklahoma City's Mayflower Congregational Church, and a shorter video news piece on immigration policy in Arizona.


Commentary: Shall We Gather at The Table?

One of the things I love most about the United Church of Christ is the professed wideness of our table.