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United Church Board approves leadership structure proposal for General Synod consideration

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 9:02pm

In its effort to streamline the leadership of the national setting of the United Church of Christ, the UCC Board of Directors has approved a set of suggested amendments to the denomination’s constitution and bylaws for consideration at General Synod 2017.

Commentary: Giving People Shelter is a Moral Duty

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 1:00pm

In the shelter of your presence you hide them from human plots; you hold them safe under your shelter from contentious tongues. Ps. 31:20 NRSV

Christmas Fund illustrates how God's Love Colors Everything

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 12:31pm

A UCC coloring book is highlighting and supporting the 2016 Christmas Fund, which provides assistance to those who have faithfully served the church and find themselves facing unexpected financial needs.

Standing Rock water protectors celebrate victory, stay vigilant

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:31am

After celebrating a historic decision that blocks the builders of Dakota Access Pipeline from running pipe to carry fracked oil under the Missouri River, the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and their allies are staying the course in an effort to stop the project from further impacting their sacred lands and water sources.

Call to General Synod 31 — Join us in Baltimore!

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 5:00pm

General Synod promises to be an inspiring and engaging event. Our keynote speakers include Aaron Mair, environmentalist and the first African American president of the Sierra Club, and Glennon Doyle Melton, activist, philanthropist, and author of the best-selling Carry On, Warrior and Love Warrior.

A Post-Election Letter from the Collegium

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 9:00am

What shall we do post-election?

Commentary: Standing Rock and the Four Stages of Moral Maturation

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 1:00pm

From my days as a college student 20 years ago, I can recall reading about the real or imaginary efficacy of moral appeals in seeking social change. 

United Churches converge in Vancouver

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:29am

A spontaneous Skype call and the Holy Spirit brought the leaders of four progressive Christian churches from around the world together for a serious discussion on collaboration.

UCC conference bringing immigrant welcoming resolution to General Synod

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 8:00am

UCC churches in Minnesota are calling on the denomination to welcome immigrants, wholeheartedly supporting an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation resolution that could come before General Synod 31 in 2017.

Standing Rock allies call on supportive citizens across the country to pick up the pen and the phone

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:52am

As thousands of religious leaders, clergy, chaplains and military veterans plan to converge in North Dakota Dec. 4 for a day of prayer at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, UCC allies call for continued advocacy in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline in the form of phone calls and petitions.

Making December, and Advent, a time to welcome refugees

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:23pm

Embracing Syrian refugees through education, fundraising and advocacy is the focus of the UCC’s ‘Our Still Speaking Voice’ initiative in December.

Bethlehem pastor, Synod preacher feature in Middle East Initiative webinar

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:11pm

During the final month of the Middle East Initiative, Palestinian theologian and pastor the Rev. Mitri Raheb, a General Synod 2015 preacher, will participate in a webinar that reveals the ongoing challenges of the Palestinian Christian community, which today lives under Israeli occupation, and the prospects for peace in Israel-Palestine.

Commentary: Thanksgiving or Thanks-taking?

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 1:00pm

A Native American speaker I heard recently suggested the day should be called Thanks-taking, for Native American land and identity continues to be stolen.

Renewed Pennsylvania Congregation renovates parsonage to welcome refugees

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 11:33am

Pennsylvania church members  renovating a vacant parsonage to welcome refugee families  find themselves renewed in the process.

Commentary: In the Face of Water Cannons, a Thanksgiving Appeal

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 11:15am

As a part of our nation's civil religion, Thanksgiving comes with its own set of feel-good mythologies and symbols. Heartwarming, romantic images of Native Americans and Europeans sharing a meal together, however, not only negate a violent history, they also negate a current reality that is far from appetizing. For many of us, that unappetizing reality confronted us Sunday night and Monday morning.

UCC minister's son part of youth climate change lawsuit against federal government

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 4:57pm

The son of a United Church of Christ minster in Oregon, along with a group of young climate activists, is preparing for a trial against the U.S. government in hopes of protecting future generations from the effects of greenhouse gasses and climate change.

Chicago area convoy taking winter gear to Standing Rock water protectors

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 10:54am

A convoy of church folk from the west suburbs of Chicago is heading up to North Dakota with a cargo van loaded with supplies to help the water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation brave the upcoming winter.

Stand with Standing Rock by Listening First, Acting Second

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:23pm

The water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation who want to stop the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline value ally support—but they also hope allies will listen for guidance when they show up.

Best-selling author and blogger and environmental leader will speak at General Synod 2017

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 9:15am

Glennon Doyle Melton, a New York Times best-selling writer and speaker, and Aaron Mair, president of the Sierra Club, and will address the biennial gathering scheduled in Baltimore in 2017.

Commentary: Whose Side is God On?

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 12:00am

God is on the side of Righteousness, of Justice. Always. It is we who must decide daily to reject our captains, the gods of our own elevation, and fight on the side of God.