The COVID-19 pandemic hasn't stopped three new full-time and two new part-time employees from starting work in the national ministries of the United Church of Christ – even though it will be weeks before they can meet most of their colleagues in person.
For decades, the United States has normalized the brutal and dehumanizing treatment of incarcerated people – from making solitary confinement commonplace (a practice detrimental physiologically as well as mentally and emotionally), to charging exorbitant amounts for phone calls to maintain contact with loved ones, to normalizing the crisis of rampant sexual assault.
On the National Day of Prayer, the United Church of Christ is releasing 46 original prayers written by people of many faiths, in a multitude of voices. Religious scholars, deployed military, social activists, educators, authors, poets, a politician and a migrant living in sanctuary have authored appeals that touch on the need for the divine in this time of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The UCC Board of Directors is beginning the renomination process for the Rev. Traci Blackmon as Associate General Minister, and is inviting members of the wider church to offer comments on her leadership.
Members of a Colorado congregation worshipping virtually for the last eight weeks took the opportunity to “be the church” in the parking lot on Sunday morning, hosting a drive-in food collection drive to support a ministry partner in Colorado Springs.
The United Church of Christ is honoring May 7, the day designated by Congress as a national day of prayer, as a day of healing, hope and lament — and reaching out to ecumenical and interfaith partners to join them.
Kent United Church of Christ is a short walk from where 13 students lay on May 4, 1970, struck down by National Guard bullets. The church played key roles as the entire community of Kent, Ohio, grieved after the shootings. Today, its members are among those tending to memories of a violent event that shocked the world.
UCC Disaster Ministries is contributing $25,000 to the New York Conference for its work in the state hardest hit by novel coronavirus pandemic. This grant is the first in an unfolding multi-agency program of response to COVID-19.
This week, the world passed a grim threshold. Over 3 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, and 1/3 of those reported are here in the U.S.
Two UCC chaplains serving hospitals in Indianapolis have shared a video message urging congregations to continue worshipping virtually, no matter what the state and federal governments say.