United Church of Christ

UCC people present at Portland protests with gas masks, safe space, Twitter and more

Some take to the streets at night wearing vests marked "clergy witness." Others welcome medics into a church hall for respite. Still others have signed an online statement condemning U.S. police violence or petitioned the mayor to resign. Many carry signs in family-friendly daytime marches. All are United Church of Christ people – pastors and lay members – responding to this summer’s daily protests in Portland, Ore.

Church is known as safe space near protests’ epicenter in Portland, Ore.

Just blocks from the center of ongoing demonstrations against police brutality, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Portland, Ore., has become known to street medics and protestors as a place to lay their burdens down.

A Bloody Crossroads: Where Religion and Politics Meet

To the horror of some and the satisfaction of others, the true state of a nation’s soul is to be found at the intersection of religion and politics—a subject that is not always for the faint of heart.

Executive Conference minister candidate announced in Southern New England

The Rev. Darrell Goodwin – a pastor with experience in higher education and in varied ministry settings of the United Church of Christ – will be presented to Annual Meeting voters as the candidate to serve as the Southern New England Conference’s first executive Conference minister.

After 140-mph winds, Iowans get help from each other and Disaster Ministries

Three Iowa UCC congregations were in the path of damaging "derecho" winds in August. But even as they dealt with damage to their churches and homes, pastors and members stepped up to help their communities.

In response to our disaster, an outpouring of UCC support

The Rev. Kate West of First Congregational UCC, Belle Plaine, Iowa, describes living through damaging August winds -- and all the help that came from inside and outside the community, including from the wider UCC.

Leaders announce assessment of UCC’s ‘racial diversity, equity, inclusion’

Noting that the United Church of Christ is “among the whitest Christian denominations in America,” the church’s leaders are launching an assessment of “racial diversity, equity and inclusion” throughout the church.

Words of a 12-year-old, emphasis on voting impress UCC participants in DC rally

Amid the dozens of distinguished speakers who addressed a march and rally in the nation’s capital Friday, Aug. 28, it was a 12-year-old who caught the ear of two United Church of Christ ministers.

UCC relaunches Thursdays in Black campaign, anticipates participation at General Synod

The United Church of Christ is relaunching the Thursdays in Black campaign, to focus on the impact on the COVID lockdowns on sexual violence, and to ramp up participation -- now and during General Synod in July 2021.

Labor Day commentary: For big problems, we need bigger dreams

“We’ve got big problems," says United Church of Christ Minister of Economic Justice Sekinah Hamlin in a commentary for Labor Day 2020. “We need bigger dreams.”