I have always been caught up by the beauty and clarity of the speech “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr.
One enduring way the United Church of Christ tries to live out its motto, "that they may all be one" (John 17:21), is by working for Christian unity with other denominations through ecumenical bodies like Churches Uniting in Christ. The work can be challenging as well as joyful, especially given the diversity of churches in the ecumenical movement. CUIC has decided to focus on three areas for the next three years.
United Church of Christ clergy and congregations took leadership, served as hosts, lit candles and planned follow-up actions during many of the hundreds of "Lights for Liberty" vigils held Friday evening, July 12. The events around the country protested the treatment of migrants and asylum seekers detained at the southern U.S. border, in what national vigil organizers refer to as concentration camps.
Beginning his second term, General Minister and President John Dorhauer shares his joy and excitement with the United Church of Christ. As for challenges: "Daunting? Yes," he says. "Debilitating? No."
The United Church of Christ is saying farewell to a valued member of the national staff who has done much to create relationships and programs around volunteerism, leadership and sustainable development, refugee ministry and disaster response.
The damage inflicted by severe flooding and tornadoes across the United States this spring can be quantified in billions of dollars. It also can be described by the ache in one mom's heart to get her four daughters back into the only home they've ever known.
Highlighting the resilience and perseverance of Africans from 1619 to this present day, 2019 marks the 400th Commemoration of the arrival of Africans into North America.
Local churches and faith-based organizations can receive a return while doing good in the world by putting some of their invested dollars in the new Just World Fund launched by United Church Funds.
A prominent New York City pastor is suing the United States government for interfering with her legal right to provide spiritual support and pastoral services to migrants and refugees at the border.