A United Church of Christ minister, called to serve after the World Trade Center collapse, was in the right place at the right time when a construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan Friday morning, Feb. 5.
Justice leaders from across the United Church of Christ are speaking on behalf of the voiceless in society this week at a corporate shareholder meeting to call attention to what they see as negative working conditions that Tyson Food employees must endure almost daily.
New Hampshire is in headlines this week with the upcoming presidential primary, and a United Church of Christ pastor was among the headliners who addressed state lawmakers Feb. 3 in support of a proposed bill that would ban anti-gay "conversion" therapy. The Rev. Emily Heath testified on Wednesday in favor of a New Hampshire bill that would prohibit such therapies on minors.
It's the only museum dedicated to literacy in the world, and it's 51 years old. The National Museum of the Campaign for Literacy, located on the site of a former Cuban military fortress and now one of Havana's biggest school centers, remembers a time when Fidel Castro waged war against illiteracy and won: In 1961, more than 700,000 Cubans learned to read.
And the majority of teachers were children. A little child will lead them.
I’m a Mayflower descendant.
The Rev. Patrick Rogers is overcome with energy – and a little bit of emotion — as he describes the transformation that has unfolded at the congregation he pastors, United Church of Christ in Fort Lauderdale. The Florida church has become an ecumenical center in town in the last year, offering its space to other congregations for worship and shared ministry. Rogers believes that outreach is "a vital part of UCC polity regarding mission and call."
Sexual abuse of children, teens and adults by church leaders is a serious problem brought back into focus recently by the heralded film, "Spotlight." To aid thoughtful dialogue about issues highlighted in the movie, the United Church of Christ has released a film discussion guide for use by churches interested in addressing ways to ensure members of our faith communities are not vulnerable to abuse.
Death is often a grim discussion for many people. But a Massachusetts congregation wants to help people in its community have those difficult conversations so they and their loved ones have the type of end-of-life care they want and deserve.
Sparking a discussion, inspiring a dialogue, and creating awareness about racial disparities. This is the intended goal of a newly-released video, "White Privilege Glasses," from UCC-related Chicago Theological Seminary.
Two UCC pastors -- one who ministers a sister church and the other who is assuming the lead in a longtime relationship with the founding minister -- paid an emotional visit to the B.G. Lavastida Christian Center in Santiago, Cuba, on Friday, Jan. 29.
The President of the United States is turning to a United Church of Christ leader and national officer to fill a post in his administration to advise him on serving persons living on the margins of society.
Six years ago, Trinity United Church of Christ faced a challenging decision. Its music program for children was in decline, and as former music minister Dave Carnell explained, "It came to a point to either quit the program, or kick it up and offer more to children."
When a group of 10 denominations gathers this weekend in St. Louis, a United Church of Christ leader and voice for racial justice will deliver the opening remarks before the group explores issues of race and reconciliation. The Rev. Waltrina Middleton, associate for National Youth Event programming, will preach during opening worship when Churches Uniting in Christ meets Jan. 28–30.
With the 2016 presidential campaign accelerating into high gear, and spring primary elections not far off on the horizon, much of the public dialogue and attention is on the candidates themselves.
Cubans are experts in enhancing "classics" — they do a great job keeping vintage American cars on the road, they've performed miracles restoring the Spanish colonial architecture in Old Havana, and they take extra care of their senior citizens, at least in one local neighborhood.
Four amazing youth speakers — all ages 15 or younger — will bring energy and excitement for their peers at this summer’s National Youth Event, helping reveal what faith, justice, leadership and service look like.
Members of the UCC Cuba Study Seminar were invited to worship Sunday, Jan. 24, with some long-time friends in Cuba. The congregation of the Iglesias Bautista Ebenezer church and Martin Luther King Center in Mariano, one of Havana's 15 districts, welcomed the group as family at the noon service. It's no wonder, since the church and its MLK community center have been a stop on the UCC study tour since its founder, the late Rev. Ted Braun, became compadres with the church's founding pastor, the Rev. Raul Suarez.
Local church closings can be a time of sadness, with a keen sense of loss and endings. But thanks to an insistence on being spirit led, two 113-year-old local UCC congregations’ journey together blossomed into one church’s legacy living on in multiple ways, and two church families thriving as one.
Words we live by in the United Church of Christ - accepted for who we are and where we are on life's journey.
The changes coming to Cuba are becoming very evident to participants traveling the island this week with the UCC Cuba Study Seminar.