United Church of Christ

Juneteenth observances invite entire UCC to recall slavery’s end, commit to action

Ministries of the United Church of Christ are inviting members and friends of the denomination to take part on Friday, June 19, in virtual commemorations of the official end of slavery in the United States and to use the occasion to join a long-term antiracist movement.

President’s views, actions, arrival in Maine come under protest

A message of unity and love greeted President Trump on a trip to Maine on Friday, from peaceful protests at the airport to a service in Dover-Foxcroft, where members and friends of the United Church of Christ were, as one minister said, “praying and worshipping outdoors - with their Bibles open, not closed.”

Atlanta church consults its doctors about returning to in-person worship

Doctors and scientists who belong to Virginia-Highland Church in Atlanta are “not in a hurry to return to in-person worship” and have recommended masks and other coronavirus precautions when the congregation eventually reopens its building – including changes in seating, music, childcare, the offering, Communion, cleaning and more.

Voices, actions throughout UCC call for strategies to end police violence

From Atlantic to Pacific, United Church of Christ congregations, clergy and Conference leaders have marched and spoken out in response to the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. They have called for prayer and action – and for Americans to recognize the stubbornness of racism and police brutality.

General Synod 33 to be a virtual experience

For the first time ever, the United Church of Christ General Synod will gather virtually in 2021. The biennial gathering is moving entirely online next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Church of Christ Board made this historic decision this week after considering a number of factors.

Commentary: Adapting to the New Normal

Many of us were looking forward to the new year because it was to usher in a fresh start and new possibilities.

Clergy of color lead marches in Minnesota, accompanied by white colleagues

UCC clergy from the Twin Cities and across Minnesota took to the streets on Tuesday afternoon in a silent march and a prayful protest, first in Minneapolis and then in St. PaulThe action took hundreds to the block where George Floyd was killed in police custody.

UCC Board: We condemn racist actions

The United Church of Christ Board issues a statement of solidarity with National Officers, Conferences and local churches condemning systemic racism and pledging to build a strong anti-racist commitment in the church to show Black Lives Matter in the kingdom of God.

Racism a deadly virus that white people must help eradicate, UCC panel says

The virus infecting the killers of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and other Black people in America is much older than COVID-19. It will stop killing people only if society, the church and especially white people focus relentlessly on a cure, over the long haul, using resources that are already available. That was the word from a May 31 UCC online panel discussion, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree."

As elsewhere, vandals invade peaceful protests in Cleveland; Church House escapes damage

Around the United States Saturday, peaceful protests calling for justice in response to the death of George Floyd morphed into violent demonstrations against police in several cities, including Cleveland. The UCC Church House was only one of two buildings in its neighborhood that escaped damage as rioters set fires, looted businesses and destroyed property in central business districts.