United Church of Christ

Tennessee congregation holds weekly witness calling for compassionate response at the border

Members of a Tennessee congregation have made a commitment to their migrant neighbors and each other – to come together in prayer and in a visible witness, every Monday, until something changes in the conditions at the border.

Parsonage turned bed and breakfast invites new people in to North St. Louis neighborhood

Three brothers raised in a UCC parsonage in the North St. Louis area more than 60 years ago spent the night in their former home on Friday, August 16. The house, dedicated this weekend as a bed-and-breakfast, is the latest building on the former St. James UCC campus repurposed by a local non-profit assisting neighborhood youth.

Asylum seekers get help, hope from UCC people in Southern California

By the carload and vanload, United Church of Christ members and friends regularly make one-hour trips from Claremont, Calif., to befriend detainees at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in the desert town of Adelanto. Thanks in part to a UCC Neighbors in Need grant, they connect the immigrants with legal counsel, accompaniment to hearings, release bonds, and, just as important, hope.

Commentary: It’s Raining

On Tuesday, August 6, with much of the news understandably focused on the aftermath of the tragic mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, a milestone civil rights anniversary passed with little public attention: the 54th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most significant and impactful legislative victories of the civil rights movement.

Got Lunch! feeds 500 kids in New Hampshire community this summer

A community collaborative in New Hampshire anchored by a United Church of Christ congregation is delivering groceries to local families every week over the summer, ensuring 500 children have access to healthy food.

Dyslexia tutoring a matter of justice for Wisconsin kids

Dyslexia doesn't just make it hard to read. Sometimes it makes a kid feel left out. In Northeast Wisconsin, students and their parents can turn to a church for dyslexia support, thanks, in part, to the United Church of Christ's Neighbors in Need offering.

An Ohio memorial to victims of gun violence more than prayers, songs and shoes

Scores of empty shoes littered the lawn outside an Ohio church on Thursday evening, a stark but poignant memorial to the lives lost in two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. But Vermilion UCC Congregational's vigil involved much more than praying for an end to gun violence.

SCOS participants learn disaster recovery by doing

Two young women learn disaster recovery work by doing it, as participants of the Summer Communities of Service program.

Commentary: “Why don’t they go back?”

In July, the U.S. President reacted to four U.S. Congresswomen’s critiques of certain administration policies, tweeting, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”—a statement conveying a racist worldview and xenophobic attitude.

UCC Conference Minister: The harsh, dehumanizing realities of the border wall

The Rev. Bill Lyons, Conference Minister, Southwest Conference UCC, notes striking changes at the border wall between the United States and Mexico, and what that says about welcome.