United Church of Christ

Young women find ‘family’ at Ohio church camp

For three college students from Puerto Rico, a stint as program staff at the UCC Ohio Conference’s Templed Hills Camp this summer was so much more than a job to make pocket money for the coming school year.

 


North Carolina churches work to reunite young cancer patient with mom detained at the border

A 14-year-old girl is fighting cancer in a North Carolina hospital with just her brother at her side and UCC church members and friends to comfort her. Her mother is being denied entry to the United States and has spent months at the Mexican border trying get across to get to her.


At N.H. detention center, coffin-bearing marchers protest U.S. policies

United Church of Christ people were among activists from four New England states – and from several religious traditions – who walked long miles to a federal detention center in Dover, N.H., protested U.S. immigration policies and waved to appreciative detainees.


'Evicted' prompts UCC action that keeps Indy families housed

The book "Evicted" and a General Synod speech have inspired United Church of Christ members in Indianapolis to keep two families from losing their home – and to start a fund to do more of the same.


After overdose, funeral becomes 'very different offering of the love of God'

When a young man died of an opioid overdose this summer, the harm reduction movement in the United Church of Christ helped his parents cope with their unimaginable grief and share hope with their son's community.


Harm reduction ministries welcome drug users, save lives

People who use drugs may not come to mind immediately when United Church of Christ members think of values like Extravagant Welcome or Love of Neighbor. A growing community of UCC people is working to change that.


Commentary: Finding Freedom Among Wild Things

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of travelling with UCC National staff colleagues to the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina.


Church bells will ring Sunday to mark 400 years since Africans’ arrival

Churches and others will join the National Park Service in ringing bells at 3 p.m. EDT Sunday, Aug. 25, to mark 400 years since the first recorded arrival of enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America.


Proclaiming sanctuary and support for immigrants unites Alabama faith leaders

A diverse group of religious leaders in Birmingham, Ala., have forged a commitment to sanctuary for their migrant neighbors, proclaimed their stand publicly and are planning a practical response to possible Immigration and Custom Enforcement action.


Even an 1843 building can be accessible, Ohio church shows

The folks at Community Congregational United Church of Christ in Amherst, Ohio, weren't sure their sanctuary, built in 1843, could ever accommodate people with physical disabilities. Now the changes they’ve made to their New England-style building have won a national UCC award.