United Church of Christ

Central Pacific's new Conference Minister has global background, 'entrepreneurial spirit'

United Church of Christ congregations in Oregon and parts of Idaho and Washington have a new Conference Minister with deep roots there, even though he grew up on three continents.


Heads of two communions learn about resilience during Global Ministries pilgrimage to Venezuela

The heads of the two denominations partnered in Global Ministries, in a rare dual visit, learned much about what Venezuelan communities are willing to do to take care of each other during a people-to-people pilgrimage to that country in late September. 


UCC 'a visible presence' at National Trans Visibility March in Washington, DC

The United Church of Christ was well represented at the National Trans Visibility March on Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 28. Members of the transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary communities converged on the nation’s capital from several major cities in the United States to take a stand against hate and discrimination in this historic first march and rally.


Commentary: Woe to the Unambitious: Greta as Prophet

Prophets provoke a reckoning, a moment of truth that cannot be denied.


UCC mourns Daehler Hayes, RI Conference Minister with wide-ranging impact

The Rev. H. Daehler Hayes, pastor of large churches in Cincinnati and Philadelphia for 22 years and an influential United Church of Christ Conference Minister in Rhode Island for 19, died Sept. 27 at Hope Hospice Center in Providence, R.I. He was 82.


Conference Ministers 'transformed' by D.C. mission experience

A written reflection and visual representation of the collective call for justice and simple decency for immigrant neighbors made by almost two dozen UCC Conference Ministers in Washington, D.C.


In heartfelt vote, Ohio Conference takes new name

To acknowledge that it includes parts of Kentucky and West Virginia – and to signal a hope for new, heart-healthy ways of working together – the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ voted Sept. 28 to take on a new name: Heartland Conference.


Faith leaders rally for refugees, urge members to push Congress against refugee ban

UCC advocates, distressed and angered by the administration's plans to limit the number of refugees resettled in the United States to 18,000 in 2020, joined other faith leaders and humanitarian groups in the streets of Washington, D.C., in a rally for refugees in front of the White House.


Edwin Ayala, church planter, mentor, inclusive evangelist, dies at 71

The Rev. Edwin O. Ayala, who led Latinx congregations of the United Church of Christ in Connecticut, served on the denomination's national staff, and headed an ecumenical agency in Hartford, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 23. He was 71.


Commentary: How long, O God?

An article about the prevalence of rape in the U.S. recently came across my news feed.