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Justice immersion event in Florida advocates for rights of farm workers

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 5:54pm

United Church of Christ leaders and a dozen local church members are spending a day in the tomato fields of Florida with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), to get first-hand experience on their working and living conditions.

UCC exec attending White House forum on summer food program

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 5:48pm

The White House, looking to expand a food program to make sure low-income children don't go hungry during the summer, is looking to partners in the faith community for assistance. One of the United Church of Christ's national officers has been invited to a forum next week in Washington, D.C. to discuss ways to strengthen and extend the White House's Summer Food Service Program, to bring nutritious meals to more growing children in 2015.

UCC congregations celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with the Souper Bowl of Caring

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:57am

While more than 100 million Americans watch the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots battle in Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday, Feb. 1, congregations of the United Church of Christ will be participating in a different type of bowl. Through the Souper Bowl of Caring, churches throughout the country will collect funds, food and nonperishable items to donate to local organizations with a focus on those in need.

UCC environmental leaders "deeply disappointed" by Senate approval of Keystone Pipeline

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:28pm

In a move that has "deeply disappointed" United Church of Christ environmental leaders, the United States Senate has passed legislation that would approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Scientist, inventor, Nobel Prize winner, UCC member Charles Townes dies at 99

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:21pm

Winner of the Nobel Prize, inventor of the laser and devoted United Church of Christ member Charles Hard Townes died on Tuesday, Jan. 27, in California. His contributions are being celebrated by both the religious community and science community — a fitting way to remember a man whose strong faith helped open a discussion on the similarities between religion and technology.

Commentary: Everyone Loves a Domesticated Prophet

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:00pm

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, by all means, is deserving of a national holiday, but his prophetic message is worth even more: troubled waters, convicted listeners, and changed systems, as well as hearts.

Amistad Chapel grows to full UCC congregation

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:40pm

What started as a chapel for United Church of Christ visitors and national office staff has flourished into a local worship and mission community in the heart of downtown Cleveland.

Commentary: Defining Moments

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:39am

A Maine UCC member, and leader in Maine's fossil fuel divestment movement, expresses pride in the denomination for leading the way on fossil fuel divestment, and credits United Church Funds for offering a fossil-free investment option.

President Obama visits Head Start program at Kansas UCC

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:19pm

The President of the United States paid a visit to Plymouth Congregational Church United Church of Christ during a trip to Kansas last week, marking a "momentous" event for the Lawrence-based church.

Celebration of leadership, Saturday night dance party highlight General Synod agenda

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:23pm

A Saturday night dance party with a big band, two significant retirement celebrations, a third keynote speaker, and the election of the denomination's next general minister and president—these are a few major pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that will become the agenda for the United Church of Christ 2015 General Synod.

UCC groups urge community dialogue after more acts of Black Lives Matter banner vandalism

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 9:28am

United Church of Christ congregations and conferences, responding to backlash over posted Black Lives Matter banners, are using the hostile acts as inspiration for positive action in a search for common ground

Four UCC pastors make Center for American Progress 2015 watch list

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:34pm

A quartet of United Church of Christ ministers are among the top 15 faith leaders to keep an eye on in 2015 for their leadership and ministry in creating a more equitable nation and living on the edge in their ministry. Near the top of the list are UCC pastors the Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (No. 3), the Rev. Amy Butler (No. 5), and Ferguson, Mo., ministers the Rev. Traci Blackmon and the Rev. Starsky Wilson (No. 6), for their work for LGBT equality, ushering community dialogue and calling attention for racial justice.

UCC leaders celebrate the life and work of theologian Marcus Borg

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:56pm

One of the world's most well-known biblical scholars and authors on Jesus Christ has died. Leaders of the United Church of Christ recognized the contributions of Marcus Borg, one of the first voices for progressive Christianity, and whose work brought renewed energy to the study of the Gospel.

Faithful and Welcoming Churches forge closer bond with Cleveland

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:06pm

To set the stage for greater visibility within the United Church of Christ, a group of 70 Faithful and Welcoming Churches are planning a presence at the upcoming General Synod this summer by working with the church’s national setting.

Commentary: National Freedom Day

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:46pm

In this issue of Witness for Justice, the Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo discusses how the "land of the free and the home of the brave" isn't exactly that for everyone here. People in this country and around the world are held against their will and coerced into many forms of violence and bondage, ranging from forced prostitution to domestic servitude.

UCC advocates label anti-abortion law an "unjust barrier to safe medical care" for women

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:06pm

United Church of Christ advocates speak out against anti-abortion law up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, calling it an "unjust barrier to safe medical care".

UCC leaders see promise in State of the Union

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:22pm

Calls to address the nation’s immigration system. Acknowledging the real threat of climate change. Finally closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Those are a few of the points from the State of the Union Address for which Sandy Sorensen applauded President Barack Obama. Sorensen, director of the United Church of Christ’s office in Washington, D.C., found hope in the remarks from Obama’s sixth formal address to Congress, delivered to the nation on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Search for next UCC leader moves to interview phase

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:40pm

The United Church of Christ General Minister and President Search Committee is confident it is on the right path, and will identify the next potential leader of denomination by next month.

Remembering MLK by celebrating his legacy

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:27pm

The spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive across the life of the United Church of Christ this weekend. Congregations celebrated the vision and the legacy of the famed Civil Rights leader through song, sermon and conversation. Some of those celebrations were reminders of King's work for equality and justice that still lives on today through the witness of the people of the UCC, seeking to complete his historic work, building a "beloved community."

Supreme Court to decide marriage equality

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 6:18pm

The United States Supreme Court will decide the issue of the legality of same-sex marriage once and for all. The court announced late Friday, Jan. 16, that it will take up marriage equality cases from four states sometime in April.