United Church of Christ

UCC leaders, clergy, partners speak out against new U.S. government restrictions on Cuba

Many Americans are unaware that the United States government recently announced policy changes aimed at Cuba, restrictions already being felt by ecumenical partners and friends of the United Church of Christ. Tightening the commercial, economic and financial blockade on Cuba is reversing years of progress in normalizing relations between the two countries and is penalizing the people of the island nation in the process.


Milwaukee 'Evicted' exhibit to open as author addresses national church convention

A traveling exhibit inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Evicted" will open a three-month Milwaukee stay on the same weekend as United Church of Christ General Synod delegates hear a keynote speech from author Matthew Desmond at the Wisconsin Center.


New Hampshire 'peace church' honors war dead, living veterans, on Memorial Day

You'll notice an emphasis on peace if you visit the Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Laconia, N.H. It has a peace pole on its grounds. Peace cranes have flown from its building. It is a Just Peace Church. This Memorial Day weekend, those same grounds will be covered in U.S. flags -- reminders of wars and those who fought and died in them.


Commentary: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

In the 1986 cheesy horror flick, The Fly, Geena Davis’ character whispers this warning about a scientist turning into a large fly.


Maine church members, clergy challenge Franklin Graham's form of Christianity

More than 175 people of faith from several Christian traditions challenged the message the Rev. Franklin Graham was bringing to their Maine community on Sunday, May 19, with their own expression of inclusivity and love.


Religious pro-choice stance: not new to UCC, but urgent as ever

With abortion laws high on the public agenda, United Church of Christ leaders and ministers are reminding the world that many Christians have long supported reproductive justice and choice for women. They are speaking out on social media and at events like Stop the Ban rallies held in May 21 Washington, D.C., and in states that have passed or are considering new laws restricting or eliminating a woman’s right to an abortion.


Three new national staffers bring wide, varied experience

The national ministries of the United Church of Christ recently welcomed staff members in Open and Affirming ministries with Latinx communities, in news and in publishing.


California church uses national grant to grow migrant ministry

A United Church of Christ congregation planted in the California desert took a chance on winning a national grant to assist migrants coming into the United States and ended up doing more good than organizers even imagined.


Central New York church proclaims to be a sanctuary space

The First Congregational Church of Ithaca, N.Y., is the latest United Church of Christ congregation to publicly proclaim itself as a place of refuge for undocumented immigrants seeking the time and space to gain legal status in this country.


Arson destroys historically significant church in North Dakota

A piece of United Church of Christ and MHA Nation history is gone. Fire destroyed the former Memorial Congregational Church on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota.