Christ Church United Church of Christ marked a bittersweet milestone with Alex Garcia and his family the weekend of Sept. 21. The father of five, an immigrant from Honduras, has lived in sanctuary at the church in Maplewood, Mo., for over two years.
United Church of Christ congregations in Oregon and parts of Idaho and Washington have a new Conference Minister with deep roots there, even though he grew up on three continents.
The heads of the two denominations partnered in Global Ministries, in a rare dual visit, learned much about what Venezuelan communities are willing to do to take care of each other during a people-to-people pilgrimage to that country in late September.
The United Church of Christ was well represented at the National Trans Visibility March on Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 28. Members of the transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary communities converged on the nation’s capital from several major cities in the United States to take a stand against hate and discrimination in this historic first march and rally.
Prophets provoke a reckoning, a moment of truth that cannot be denied.
The Rev. H. Daehler Hayes, pastor of large churches in Cincinnati and Philadelphia for 22 years and an influential United Church of Christ Conference Minister in Rhode Island for 19, died Sept. 27 at Hope Hospice Center in Providence, R.I. He was 82.
A written reflection and visual representation of the collective call for justice and simple decency for immigrant neighbors made by almost two dozen UCC Conference Ministers in Washington, D.C.
To acknowledge that it includes parts of Kentucky and West Virginia – and to signal a hope for new, heart-healthy ways of working together – the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ voted Sept. 28 to take on a new name: Heartland Conference.
UCC advocates, distressed and angered by the administration's plans to limit the number of refugees resettled in the United States to 18,000 in 2020, joined other faith leaders and humanitarian groups in the streets of Washington, D.C., in a rally for refugees in front of the White House.
The Rev. Edwin O. Ayala, who led Latinx congregations of the United Church of Christ in Connecticut, served on the denomination's national staff, and headed an ecumenical agency in Hartford, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 23. He was 71.