United Church of Christ

When Demons Float: A Book Review

The UCC General Minister and President shares a rare public recommendation of a new mystery novel with an important underlying message.


Chicago church gifts Christmas Eve offering to children’s relief in Haiti

The congregation of St. Pauls United Church of Christ believes that Christmas is the season of giving. They also believe that what they get back is immeasurable. That's why the church in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago is once again giving away its Christmas Eve offering.


Jack Seville, retired pastor, professor, influential Conference minister, dies at 81

The Rev. Jack Seville, who served for decades as a United Church of Christ pastor, seminary professor and Conference minister, died Saturday, Dec. 21, in Oshkosh, Wis. He had been in hospice care. He was 81.


Cleveland church fights City Hall to offer freezing people warmth, transformation

The Rev. Nozomi Ikuta and Cleveland's Denison Avenue United Church of Christ didn't set out to fight City Hall. They just thought inviting cold people in for hot food and coffee, a warm place to sleep, a shower, and some help in overcoming problems was a good way to follow Jesus.


New York congregation to celebrate last Christmas Eve service

On Dec. 24, a New York congregation will come together for their special Christmas Eve service for the last time. First Congregational in Sidney, N.Y., is closing its doors for good at month's end, after more than 200 years in the community.


Commentary: Jesus was a Migrant

December 18 is recognized as International Migrants Day by the United Nations.


Light bulbs, tragedy, memorial idea set N.H. church aglow for Christmas

A New Hampshire congregation that helped its community mourn a tragic September death has turned that grief – along with memories of other loved ones – into thousands of lights in the December darkness.


Christmas cookie 'magic' helps fund Illinois church's summer mission trips

For years, cookies have been appearing in Advent, like magic, to help fund summer mission trips for the young people of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, Ill.


UCC nominees among semifinalists for 2020 Climate Leadership Awards

A United Church of Christ minister, a UCC-related seminary's earth center, and an ecumenical activist group with UCC leaders are among 34 semifinalists for the 2020 American Climate Leadership Awards.


Christmas Fund aids many small-church retirees, surviving spouses

The Rev. Julia Proctor pastored small churches in for years, until her health forced her to retire on a small pension. Now she is grateful for the help she receives because of an offering many United Church of Christ congregations will gather this month.