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Commentary: As Court Denies Stay of Injunction, UCC Continues Commitment to Immigrant Justice

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:06pm

We pray that the administration once again appeals this decision and that the court process to rectify this injustice is as speedy as possible. We also call on the President to continue his leadership on immigration by doing more in the midst of these court proceedings.

Cleveland clergy rally for police reform

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:43pm

After a Cleveland police officer was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of an unarmed couple, a coalition of clergy, including UCC national leaders, rally with a call for reform of the city’s criminal justice system.

UCC exec named to National LGBTQ Task Force

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:01am

One of the United Church of Christ's national leaders has been named to the board of directors of the country's oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group. The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, the United Church of Christ's executive minister of Local Church Ministries, is one of 21 board members of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

UCC leaders advocate for justice, call for system accountability following not guilty police verdict in Cleveland

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 1:52pm

The Cleveland police officer on trial for voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of two unarmed people killed during a high speed chase in November 2012 has been cleared of all charges. In Cleveland, home of the United Church of Christ national headquarters, peaceful protests followed the Saturday, May 23 verdict. The church's national leaders are advocating for change in the system, to work in the community to expose the discrimination, racism and disparity that led to the deaths of these two people.

UCC delegation heads to Colombia to aid peace process

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:00pm

As the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas head into what appears to be the final stretch of peace talks that began in 2012, a delegation of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is headed to Colombia to advocate for and support the peace process, and ensure that all Colombians are afforded equal human rights.

UCC executive applauds BSA president’s call to end ban on gay adults

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:53am

Citing "social, political and judicial changes taking place in our country" regarding sexual orientation, Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, called for the organization to end its ban on gay adults at the organization's national business meeting Thursday, May 21. The Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer, the UCC's executive for heath and wholeness advocacy and the national staff liaison to the BSA, applauded Gates' proactive leadership.

D.C. conference provides resources, knowledge to pastors of new inclusive church starts

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 9:18am

More than two years in the making, the pastor of The Community Church of Washington D.C. United Church of Christ has organized the 2015 Inclusive Church Conference to provide clergy and lay leaders the resources, tools and information they need for their new church starts to thrive.

UCC health advocate, founder of Deaconess Foundation dies

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:55pm

A leader in the United Church of Christ and in the St. Louis area who modeled generosity in spirit, friendship, service and stewardship, died early Wednesday morning, May 20. The Rev. Jerry Paul was surrounded by his wife of 44 years, Nancy, his family, and the love of friends and colleagues from across the church. He was 65.

Commentary: Not Patiently Waiting

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:16pm

In the midst of an exciting renaissance of downtown revitalization and economic development, the last few months have been challenging ones in Cleveland. Tensions are high awaiting the ruling in the case of Cleveland police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two African Americans.

Conversation on race encourages church, audience to consider dismantling white privilege

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:08pm

The nominee for the next general minister and president of the United Church of Christ asked a group of participants to consider how their lives might be changed if the color of their skin were different. The Rev. John C. Dorhauer raised that notion during a monthly dialogue involving leaders, pastors and peers of the denomination that encouraged them to openly discuss race and racism in society and religion.

UCC members in Seattle protest oil rig heading for the Arctic

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:27pm

Environmental advocates in Seattle, including several from the United Church of Christ, joined in a weekend of protests and actions to voice their opposition to a Shell Oil rig and the environmental impacts caused by continued drilling for fossil fuels.

California UCC co-op offers free eco-friendly cleaning services to cancer patients

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:02am

To give back to the community that has given so much to them, the Green Broom Brigade has become part of Cleaning for a Reason, a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide free house-cleaning services for women undergoing cancer treatment.

Giving comes naturally for Pennsylvania church, sending $10,000 for Nepal relief

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:21pm

First United Church of Christ in Carlisle, Pa.  has a history funding disaster recovery, most recently sending $10,000 to help the people in need in Nepal.

UCC officers invite wider church to witness critical nature of faith in Middle East

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 4:25pm

Two national officers of the United Church of Christ who spent two weeks in solidarity with partners in the Middle East in early May are inviting the wider church to witness for itself what is taking place in the region as part of the Global Ministries Middle East Initiative, which kicks off this summer.

Habakkuk Group makes progress toward new Manual on Ministry

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:44am

The Habakkuk Group, the group charged with not just revising the current Manual on Ministry, but re-visioning it, finished three days of intensive discussion at the United Church of Christ national offices, laying the foundation and clarifying the ways in which ministers are authorized to serve the church.

Ohio church helps create a welcoming city for immigrants

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 10:01am

In an effort to embrace its growing immigrant community, Akron has joined more than 50 cities and counties throughout the United States to become a "Welcoming City," committed to providing an immigrant-friendly environment as the city works to maximize opportunities for cultural vitality and economic growth. 

Commentary: Is God's Justice Biased?

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:21pm

Social justice, 'justice to the poor,' is the most authentic and holistic way of understanding fairness. Affirming the dignity of the marginalized is the first step towards its realization.

Global Ministries partners express thanks for solidarity from delegation

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:07am

During a two-week trip throughout the Middle East, 13 representatives of Global Ministries, the shared international work of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), visited with 20 partner organizations. Their physical presence proved to be the one thing those partners value above all else at this critical time in region—an expression of solidarity of the two denominations that says "we stand with you as Christians"—a visible commitment to peace and justice.

Lebanon's top Sunni pledges peace-building to Global Ministries delegation

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:05am

Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim met with a dozen leaders from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on May 6, and during the discussion he denounced the actions of radical groups, particularly in Syria and Iraq. Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, who was elected the Grand Mufti of Lebanon in August, told the delegation that they are on the same road for peace and justice.

UCC calls for end of detention of immigrant families

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:47pm

The United Church of Christ is one of almost 200 national groups urging President Barack Obama to end the detention of mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America. In a letter, sent to the White House on Monday, May 11, the organizations call on the Department of Homeland Security to align its detention policies with domestic law and international obligations.