With racial tensions escalating in a U.S. presidential election year, a prominent United Church of Christ pastor who has described the death of jogger Ahmaud Arbery as a lynching will join panelists in a national online conversation on Sunday, May 31, about how Christians "can be actively involved in dismantling racism."Read more
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.Read more
In an era when shootings and other violent attacks have become all too common in houses of worship, United Church of Christ congregations and institutions are taking precautions – in some cases, with government help.Read more
From safe rooms in basements to solar panels on rooftops, local church actions on immigration and climate change were subjects of repeated coverage in United Church News and Keeping You Posted last year – along with national policy work and demonstrations on those two issues. Here are 10 major United Church of Christ topics of 2019, from the news department in the Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity and Communication.Read more
After two mass murders in just over 13 hours that left 29 people dead and scores injured in Texas and Ohio, the President of the United States echoed the call that religious leaders and gun violence prevention advocates have been sounding for years: It’s time for swift bipartisan action to address the national epidemic of gun violence.
United Church of Christ leaders think the U.S. needs to go a step further. They issued a call to action, to make gun violence prevention a prominent campaign issue – in addition to offering prayers for victims, their families and the nation.Read more
The Rev. Waltrina Middleton writes to share that her beloved first cousin was among the nine fatalities of a shooting in a South Carolina Church. "Her death was confirmed this morning, and the unspeakable grief of this loss has knocked me and my family off-kilter," Middleton shares a letter to friends and colleagues across the wider church.Read more