Seven refugees from Uganda, escaping persecution for identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, have found themselves in Long Beach, Calif., with little more than the clothes on their backs. Waiting for them with open arms were members of First Congregational Church of Long Beach United Church of Christ.
As we learn more about the roots of the attacks on Sanctuary cities and their connections to mass incarceration, let us work together from the tradition of the Sanctuary movement to stop these harmful and discriminatory policies.
The newest ministry at Smyrna United Church of Christ in Canby, Ore., aims to help the community's older population age gracefully, while living active, fulfilling lives.
The United Church of Christ is taking nearly a dozen people to Asia for a two-week journey that begins Aug. 4 to learn about disaster responses to two major weather catastrophes in the region — the tsunami in Japan and the typhoon in the Philippines — and how the donations from the wider church to One Great Hour of Sharing have aided the recovery.
It’s an experiment in regionalization that will likely attract a lot of interest. The Ohio and Indiana-Kentucky Conferences of the United Church of Christ are sharing a conference minister for the remainder of the year to see if combining resources around leadership is a workable idea. It’s one of the first tangible steps taken at the conference level to deal with issues of sustainability.
Citing the social, political and legal changes taking place in our country, the National Executive Board of The Boy Scouts of America voted to dismantle its ban on gay adult scout leaders and employees.
An enthusiastic group of young environmental justice advocates from Minnesota spent three days lobbying and learning in our nation’s capital last week . . . and really left a lasting impression on the staff of the United Church of Christ D.C. offices.
Personal honor was a fundamental value in my upbringing. However, honor was not about arrogance or conceit; it was about humility, honesty, and respect for oneself and others. We were to avoid boasting, yet there was no question that we were to be proud of our family heritage and ancestry. We were taught that we are a people of distinction.
Now that a series of theatre presentations aimed at bridging the gap between the community and the police department has successfully concluded in Cleveland, the real work begins—establishing a long-term, in-depth dialogue between law enforcement personnel and the public.
The 25-year partnership and communion between the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was celebrated at the end of June during the 2015 General Synod in Cleveland and this week (July 18-22) during General Assembly in Columbus.
The United Church of Christ’s vote to divest from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is done in the spirit of, but differs from, the BDS movement. Read why the church is one of many faith communities that considered this non-violent approach to peace in the region.
United Church of Christ minister the Rev. Kim Morrow is one of 12 faith leaders being recognized by the White House for their efforts in protecting their communities and the environment from the effects of climate change.
UCC Local Church Ministries will present a webinar this fall to discuss how churches can create sacred spaces through their buildings.
For every light-bringing, truth-sharing moment that happens on the Internet, there is a counterpoint of hate, or defensiveness, or unwillingness to hear a story that doesn’t match our own needs, wants, or experience. Jessie Palatucci wrestle with this.
The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the outgoing general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, offered his reflections from 40 years of ministry during his final sermon as the leader of the denomination. The sermon, "Reflections on a Life in Ministry—So Far," was a time of storytelling and music at Amistad Chapel UCC.
Social media scholar, researcher and professor danah boyd, named by Fortune magazine in 2010 as "the reigning expert on how young people use the Internet," will deliver the 33rd annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Communication Lecture at the 2015 Parker Lecture and Breakfast in October.
The Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult Scout leaders and volunteers is about to go away, and United Church of Christ advocates say it's about time.
In a continuation of the peace cranes tradition that has spread throughout the UCC, Everett UCC has sent 1,000 folded paper cranes to Circular Congregational Church UCC, located just a few blocks from Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., where nine people were killed by a gunman last month.
In celebration of its 30th anniversary and anticipation of continued growth, the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ is closing in on its current fundraising goal of $30,000.
With each pull of the rope and ring of the bell at Congregational Church of Patchogue, one less person on Long Island went hungry.