United Church of Christ

Conference Minister has lived with debt, is 'thrilled to be part of a solution'

The Rev. Justo Gonzalez saw debt collectors harass his family when he was growing up. Now, a UCC regional leader, he is now thrilled to be part of the church's effort to relieve thousands of families of medical debt.

Colorado church gives away piece of its campus for low-income housing units

It dawned on United Church of Christ member Carol Matheis-Kraft that her local government had certain ways of helping low-income people, but providing affordable housing wasn't one of them. Now her Colorado church is about to welcome low-income neighbors onto land it donated to house them.

Commentary: Truth-Seeking Leads to Truth-Telling

A few weeks ago the phone rang.

Northern Virginia refugees supported by ecumenical Homework Club

Volunteers from a UCC congregation in Virginia are spending a lot of time doing homework, assisting and accompanying refugee families in their community through their involvement in the Good Neighbor Project's Homework Club.

Commentary: The modern-day peonage of medical debt

Erasing people’s medical debt – as the United Church of Christ and its partners recently did for 5,888 families on Chicago’s South Side – begs big questions about poverty, public policy and public attitudes. The Rev. Patrick Duggan, executive director of the UCC Building and Loan Fund, addresses these in this commentary, as do other church leaders in the accompanying video.

Oregon church sees hosting 'houseless' people on its property as Christian duty

More than a dozen people with no place else to live has established a camp on the property of a UCC church in Corvallis, Ore. So, First Congregational United Church of Christ has started a "Safe Camp" ministry to host and support them.

Our Faith, Our Vote -- rules to remember

The United Church of Christ Washington D.C. office, in partnership with the UCC General Counsel, debuts a new video resource for the Our Faith, Our Vote, campaign.

UCC honored for 'solidarity with Muslim community'

A regional chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has honored the United Church of Christ for "standing in solidarity with the Muslim community over the years and during the dark times of the Muslim Ban in America."

Lilly awards 2019 clergy renewal grants to 18 UCC churches

United Church of Christ ministers will take time out for all kinds of creative renewal, and their congregations will have special spiritual opportunities while they're away, thanks to grants announced by the Lilly Endowment and Christian Theological Seminary. Eighteen UCC churches are among 150 congregations of various denominations that received 2019 National Clergy Renewal Program Grants.

Trees, dance and a neon sign among UCC grant recipients' creative plans

The spirituality of dance, a 500-mile walk and a neon sign are on the list of creative plans being made by 18 United Church of Christ pastors and congregations that have received grants in the 2019 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program.