United Church of Christ

Finding furniture becomes a ministry

The UCC National Ministries have found a way to be good stewards of missional dollars by saving money on their exhibit hall furniture at the General Synod, at the Wisconsin Center June 21-25. Instead of renting, several teams are buying couches, tables, rugs and other items and will donate them to a local organization that helps kids who have aged out of the foster care system.

Commentary: “We are all Marshallese”

The Marshall Islands have much to teach us about adapting to challenges like climate change.While they may be remote and unfamiliar to many Americans, the Marshall Islands includes over one thousand islands scattered across a vast region of Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean.

UCC pastor: Amazing PRIDE!

St. John’s United Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio shared a profound witness of God’s love for ALL, no exceptions, by proudly participating in the largest PRIDE parade in the Midwest, Stonewall Columbus PRIDE. The Saturday, June 15, parade featured more than 13,000 participants, who marched for three hours before an estimated 700,000 spectators. Stonewall Columbus called the event “the biggest party in the Midwest!”

Delegates, visitors urged to test Synod app now, get key info.

If you are headed to the United Church of Christ's General Synod in Milwaukee June 21-25, you are encouraged to load the official app to your smartphone or tablet before you leave. Available now at app.synod2019.org, it already has plenty of information you'll want to know.

Commentary: The Rise of Ghettos and Concentration Camps

I traveled to the US/Mexico Border as another migrant caravan arrived this winter. I worked to identify particularly vulnerable persons such as unaccompanied minors, those with imminent threats on their life, those with life-threatening health concerns, and LGBTQ persons. 

Synod-goer avoids fossil fuels by sailing this time

It won't be the first time Harold Beer has steered clear of fossil fuels on his way to a United Church of Christ General Synod. He biked to Synods twice. This time Beer and his wife, Marcia, UCC members from Michigan, will put in at Muskegon and sail their 27-floot sloop across Lake Michigan to to the 2019 Synod, meeting in Milwaukee June 21-25.

UCC loses Donna Ivy, a valued customer service voice

Members of the United Church of Christ's national staff are in shock and grief after the tragic death of Donna Ivy, a customer service representative for UCC Resources. Ivy, 53, was found murdered in her Cleveland home early Thursday morning, June 13.

Churches come together in Missouri after wild weather

A flooded sanctuary, a displaced pastor, a congregation scooping ice cream for disaster relief, and a church serving as a Red Cross Shelter – not to mention a new disaster coordinator trying to keep up as he organizes relief efforts in his community.

Art is one way Wisconsin UCC members are welcoming General Synod

The artistry of members of the Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ will be evident in key places during General Synod June 21-25 in Milwaukee. Delegates and visitors are invited to help shape one big installation as they enter the main lobby of the Wisconsin Center. They will experience another form of art at communion during Sunday's community worship service.

International partners offer testimonies about Jim Moos

In the last eight years, in 30 trips to more than three dozen countries, the Rev. Jim Moos has forged friendships with interfaith partners around the world.