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Traci Blackmon, other faith leaders arrested in D.C. opposing 2018 budget proposal

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 7:28pm

The UCC's Rev. Traci Blackmon was one of seven religious leaders arrested in the Hart Senate Building Monday afternoon during a peaceful protest aimed at drawing attention to a federal budget proposal that makes deep cuts in programs that address human needs in order to increase defense spending.

Wisconsin congregation voice of progressive Christianity in Paul Ryan's hometown

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:00pm

A small Wisconsin church, making its mark in House Speaker Paul Ryan's hometown of Janesville, Wisc., voted to become an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation and is moving to put that decision into practice in its community.

Undocumented immigrant on Time 100 list

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 9:30am

An undocumented immigrant and community activist now in sanctuary in a Denver church has been named one of the Time 100: most influential people of 2017.

Ohio church's 'Warm Wishes' ministry embraces love of neighbor

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:00pm

Every Monday morning, the sounds of sewing machines, lively conversation and laughter can be heard at David's UCC in Kettering, Ohio. The women of the "Warm Wishes" ministry are at work with the sole purpose of keeping their neighbors warm.

Commentary: Acting like the Earth is the Lord's

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:00am

What if the church were to begin to act like the earth was the Lord's?   

 

Commentary: Lawmakers, Meet the Bible’s ‘Strangers, Widows and Orphans’

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:00pm

Good religion can be such a nuisance sometimes, especially for self-righteous lawmakers who prefer to throw around sentimental, misinformed caricatures of Christian scripture, while ignoring the thrust of its actual contents.

Toledo-area UCC steps up to welcome Syrian strangers

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 9:43am

What started as a literacy program has blossomed into a call to welcome the stranger among them. Sylvania United Church of Christ, located in the suburbs of Toledo, Ohio, has taken on a larger role in its community to assist refugees who are trying to make a new life in their community.

UCC church hopes to fund innovative new ministries in South Charlotte, N.C.

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:20am

A UCC congregation on the north side of Charlotte, N.C., is looking to jump start a new ministry in the south Charlotte area, and is willing to provide the funding to get it off the ground.

UCC churches to focus on climate change with Earth Day, People's Climate March

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 9:46am

The focus on creation care will be very evident in many UCC congregations over the next few weeks, with Earth Day, April 22 and the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C., on April 29 calling environmental advocates from across the country to put their faith in action.

Love, solidarity trumps hate in Virginia community, prompts healing after hate crimes

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:49pm

After the ugliness of hate crimes aimed at two faith communities in Annandale, Va., this week, there has been a show of solidarity and support in the face of those hurtful messages.

Commentary: That All May Be Represented

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 1:00pm

If you live in the Washington, D.C. metro area or have visited, you may have noticed the politically charged message written on the bottom of the District of Columbia license plate. 

UCC general minister and president to speak at Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:32pm

The Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, will help kick off the nation's largest ecumenical gathering when he speaks about white privilege during Ecumenical Advocacy Days, where he hopes to open the eyes of participants to seek racial justice.

Seattle UCC Good Friday service to lift up trans, non-gender conforming lives

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:55pm

A Seattle-based congregation will lift up transgender and non-gender conforming persons at a Good Friday service, seeking to share the message that church can be a welcoming space.

Virginia church, target of hate crime, reaffirms ministry to build a just world for all

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 1:59pm

A hate crime during Holy Week has only strengthened the resolve of a UCC congregation in Virginia to 'be the church' open to all, a place of welcome that proclaims love of neighbor.

Dorhauer listening tour links commitment to Just World for All and Three Great Loves

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:19am

How are UCC churches living into the commitment to work for a Just World for All? That's the central question General Minister and President John Dorhauer is now gathering responses to, during a 'Listening Tour' in anticipation of General Synod in late June.

UCC leaders grieve for victims of Palm Sunday attacks in Egypt

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 1:33pm

A pair of deadly attacks in Northern Egypt, just hours apart, have shaken Egypt's Christian community as it marked the beginning of Holy Week. The United Church of Christ is strongly condemning the violent acts of terrorism on April 16.

Chicago new church start attracts national attention before first worship service

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:00pm

A brand new church in the Chicago neighborhood of Rogers Park has not yet celebrated its first weekly worship service, but it is already attracting a lot of people and attention.

As support for sanctuary movement grows in UCC, questions arise

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 1:24pm

The United Church of Christ is seeing a growing interest among congregations in sanctuary, in learning more about the sanctuary movement. Just ask UCC General Counsel Heather Kimmel. Since the presidential election, she’s been answering a lot of questions about it.

Commentary: Accessible and Affordable Healthcare: It's a Moral Imperative

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 1:00pm

Jesus wept. Jesus also healed.

UCC among 100 religious groups supporting limits to church political activity

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 4:08pm

Partisan politics have no place in the pulpit. And the United Church of Christ, along with nearly 100 other religious organizations, wants to keep it that way by urging Congress to preserve the "Johnson Amendment" limiting churches' political activities.

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