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California church helps LGBT refugees from Uganda find safety, peace

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:45am

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.

Commentary: A Congressional Agenda and Increased Attacks on Immigrants

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:00pm

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.

Oregon church ministry helps members of elderly community age gracefully

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:00am

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.

UCC delegation to visit Japan and the Philippines

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:00am

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.

Ohio, Indiana-Kentucky experiment in conference collaboration underway

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 8:00am

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.

UCC advocate lauds Boy Scouts repeal of ban on gay leaders

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 8:31pm

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.

A trip to D.C. can be a life-changing experience

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:38am

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.

Commentary: A Person of Distinction - Not Extinction

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 1:00pm

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.

Theater presentation sparks further conversation on police-community relations in Cleveland

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:58am

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.

UCC, Disciples of Christ celebrate 25 years of communion

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:42pm

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 faith community’s role in the divestment movement

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:53am

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.

UCC minister honored by White House for environmental leadership

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 3:03pm

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 webinar to share ways of creating sacred space

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 6:51pm

UCC Local Church Ministries will present a webinar this fall to discuss how churches can create sacred spaces through their buildings.

Commentary: Changing our Hearts to Change the World

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:00pm

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.

Rev. Geoffrey Black followed his call, and the 'rest is mystery'

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:57pm

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 to deliver 33rd Parker Lecture

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 8:36pm

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.

UCC calls inclusivity of Boy Scouts of America 'a long time coming'

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:16am

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.

UCC peace cranes make their way to Charleston

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 9:00am

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.

ONA Coalition edging closer to $30k fundraising goal

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 10:04pm

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.

Long Island church rings bell to help end hunger

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 6:57pm

With each pull of the rope and ring of the bell at Congregational Church of Patchogue, one less person on Long Island went hungry.