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New homes help shelter Filipino families in Typhoon Haiyan recovery

13 hours 10 min ago

As the rebuilding effort in the Philippines continues — more than two years after the most destructive storm to make landfall ripped through the South Pacific — the United Church of Christ continues to help shelter the survivors who lost everything. 

Andover Newton, Yale Divinity School announce partnership

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 8:16am

In keeping with their bold approach to theological education, UCC-related Andover Newton Theological School and Yale Divinity School unveiled plans May 2 to explore the possibility of a phased affiliation, beginning in Fall 2016.

UCC releases faith-based tools aimed at ending gun violence

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 6:00am

The United Church of Christ, urging churches around the country to get involved in gun violence prevention, releases a very personal video message from a local congregation that lived through a horrific mass shooting in their small community.

Commentary: HB2

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 1:00pm

I am not transgender. I cannot know what the struggle is like to claim your identity in a culture like ours, where even the power of the state is brought to bear to enact discriminatory laws that embolden hatred, vitriol, and ignorance.

Baltimore interfaith service of unity and healing marks anniversary of uprising

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 5:01pm

Though their faiths are different, Baltimore-area religious leaders came together to pray for healing and unity Monday as the city marked the first anniversary of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, and the ensuing violent protests that followed.

UCC takes aim at gun violence in May

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:16pm

The United Church of Christ, which has long advocated for sensible, responsible policies to end gun violence, is amplifying a call for change in May with a sharable video message, and a new 5-part Bible study.

United Church Funds broadens investments, lessens exposure to fossil fuel companies

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 4:34pm

In time to celebrate Earth Day, United Church Funds has widened its investment in global corporations — while avoiding companies that produce oil, coal or gas— to meet the desires of investors, and to work toward meeting a General Synod 2013 resolution that urges divestment, along with other strategies, from fossil fuel companies to combat climate change.

UCC reaffirms commitment to Nepal earthquake recovery

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:08am

As the people of Nepal mark the first anniversary of the most devastating earthquake to hit their small country in more than 80 years, the United Church of Christ is reaffirming its long-term commitment to help survivors put their lives back together.


Texas community steps up to support congregation devastated by floodwater

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:56am

A small Texas congregation devastated by a historic flood in a newly renovated sanctuary is vowing to rebuild with the help friends, neighbors and the Holy Spirit.

Commentary: In Praise of House Parties

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 1:00pm

The first environmental gathering I ever attended was a house party.

U.S., Palestinian churches lay groundwork for future collaboration to strengthen advocacy

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:08pm

Two peoples and three faiths sharing one city. That sentiment — about Arabs and Jews from Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths sharing the city of Jerusalem — was shared and repeated at a historic summit assembling the heads of several U.S. and Palestinian churches, church organizations and civil sector leaders.

U.S., Palestinian Christian churches meet in historic gathering in pursuit of peace

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:37am

In pursuit of peace and to strengthen the Christian presence in the places where Jesus once walked, the United Church of Christ is part of a historic summit assembling the heads of several U.S. and Palestinian churches for two days of discussions in Atlanta.

Dorhauer inspired, charged by three-congregation installation service

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 1:58pm

The Rev. John C. Dorhauer travels coast-to-coast in a weekend of worship, installed as the United Church of Christ’s ninth general minister and president.


UCC ministers preach together to keep fossil fuels in the ground

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:23am

As the “Keep it in the Ground” preach-in advocating keeping fossil fuels in the ground approaches, pastors from across the country are signing on, igniting a groundswell of support for the movement to bring fresh creative solutions to the threat of global warming. And their reasons for joining in are as varied as their geographic locales.

UCC advocates march, get arrested in D.C. voting rights demonstration

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:02am

A UCC leader was one of the hundreds of people taken into police custody outside the United States Capitol Monday afternoon during a mass mobilization in Washington, D.C., aimed at advancing voting rights reforms. 

Disaster Ministries sends aid to earthquake survivors in Ecuador and Japan

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 9:52am

UCC Disaster Ministries is sending grant money through Church World Service and waiting for word from partners on how best to help the survivors in two stricken countries following the catastrophic earthquake that hit coastal Ecuador Saturday evening, April 16, and two other devastating quakes which shook the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15.

Dorhauer Seattle installation: 'Follow call to change'

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 10:33pm

Three cities, three churches in 48 hours. Several hundred people from across the United Church of Christ. And a full heart for the denomination's ninth general minister and president. The progressive installation of the Rev. John Dorhauer culminated on Sunday, April 17, with the final worship service at Plymouth Church UCC in downtown Seattle.

Dorhauer Chicago installation: 'God is still calling'

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 8:11pm

One cannot bless until they have been blessed. The Rev. John C. Dorhauer spoke those words before calling two influential women in his life, his mother Judy and the Rev. Yvonne Delk, to join him on the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.


Dorhauer New York installation: The 'Time is Now' for UCC

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 3:26pm

It's a new day in the United Church of Christ. That was the recurring theme of the first of three progressive worship services in the installation of the Rev. John Dorhauer as ninth general minister and president at the Riverside Church in New York City Friday evening, April 15.

Justice advocates assemble around faith and democracy at Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:22am

In the middle of an election year, dozens of justice advocates from across the United Church of Christ are assembling this weekend at the largest annual ecumenical event in Washington, D.C. For three days, April 15-18, the focus of Ecumenical Advocacy Days is empowerment — providing training and tools to lift up every voice in the democratic process.