Dozens of UCC congregations throughout the country will take part in the National Weekend of Prayer for the Freedom to Marry, an initiative of the Religious Institute, April 25-26.
The director of the United Church of Christ office on Capitol Hill joined fellow people of faith and members of Congress on Wednesday, April 22, to stand behind federally-contracted janitors and food service workers who, for the first time in their history, walked off the jobs to protest what they say is poverty-level pay.
An upcoming two-day event at Chicago Theological Seminary, one of the six seminaries of the United Church of Christ, hopes to inspire participants to take on some of the most current and urgent social justice issues, such as racialized violence, police brutality, and poverty through conversation, practical workshops, and action. The "Selma at 50: Still Marching” conference, taking place April 24-25 on the Illinois campus, will trace a thread through the legacy of civil rights activism to the current activist movements in Chicago and around the country, seeking to inspire a new generation of leaders working toward a more just society.
As the buildings that were burned during the race-related riots in Ferguson, Mo., come down one by one, St. Peter's Evangelical United Church of Christ has broken ground on a new community resource center that signifies its commitment to help rebuild the city.
The Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer was browsing through social media posts and came across one about marriage equality from a cousin of his. "I expected the post to have a very conservative, radically anti-gay position," he writes. But it was just the opposite. "My very conservative cousin posted for everyone to see that she supported marriage equality. Her witness is an important sign that the nation is ready for marriage equality." Will the justices of the Supreme Court see it that way?
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, nominee for general minister and president, believes the United Church of Christ has a relevant message of love and inclusivity that the world will find hard to ignore.
To include the church in the conversation of multiple religious belonging and to better serve a growing number of multi-faith families, the UCC is gathering a group of 30 clergy and theologians in the same room this week for one of the first global discussions on multiple religious belonging.
Over the next 25 years, the United Church of Santa Fe United Church of Christ will save 30 million gallons of water and 50,000 gallons of gasoline, take the equivalent of 105 vehicles off the road, and provide the carbon dioxide sequestration of 13,000 trees. This Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, the church in Santa Fe, N.M., breaks ground on the 44-panel solar array that will allow the congregation to accomplish all of this and more as the church begins generating its own electricity using nothing but the clean, renewable desert sunshine.
A grassroots movement in the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ, in support of outdoor ministry, is making a pitch to keep two financially strapped camps open. In just a few weeks, the Affirm Camp campaign has collected the signatures of almost 1,000 people who affirm the need to continue the ministry and keep the summer camps, despite financial hardships. The Ohio Conference leadership has heard from those supporters, and now must consider recommendations about the future of the conference's outdoor ministries programs.
The United Church of Christ, in conjunction with the World Council of Churches, will host clergy and theologians from across North America for one of the first global discussions on multiple religious belonging at the denomination's national offices April 20-23. The consultation, bringing together more than 30 people from U.S. and Canadian denominations and religious organizations, will closely examine the pastoral and theological challenges that multiple religious belonging poses to Christian churches in the 21st century.
To assist the youth and young adults of the United Church of Christ envision themselves as leaders, the Rev. Waltrina Middleton is framing a discussion to take place during the 30th General Synod that shows how the denomination's history and polity can transform them into advocates for justice in unexpected places.
Each year over 1,000 Christians join together in our nation's capital to address a common issue facing our communities. This year, Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice will be held on April 17-20 focused on the theme, "Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation." Moving forward, the faith community must help dismantle the new caste system it has created by breaking the chains of injustice before another generation is lost, writes the Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo.
Peter Keck, the inspiration for the United Church of Christ Insurance Board and its first executive director, passed away on March 16 in Everett, Wash. He was 88.
This Earth Day, UCC churches from Minnesota to Maine will host earth-friendly activities and kick off environmental campaigns to help make the world a better place to live.
United Church of Christ pastor, Ferguson community leader, and civil rights activist, the Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon will kick off a national ecumenical gathering around mass incarceration this weekend outside Washington D.C. Blackmon, the keynote speaker for Ecumenical Advocacy Days, hopes to rally more than 1,000 Christians seeking to advocate on criminal justice issues by showing them how faith plays a key role in the fight against mass incarceration. She will deliver opening remarks at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 17.
One of the largest churches in the United Church of Christ has called a new leader. The Rev. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas will become the next pastor of the UCC Dallas-based congregation, Cathedral of Hope. Cazares-Thomas, called by election on April 12, will lead the church of 4,200-members, with a primary outreach to LGBT persons.
Creating an Interfaith Community to foster Peace and Understanding.
Justice leaders of the United Church of Christ are part of an ecumenical community that believes people of faith bring important perspectives to the conversation about criminal justice advocacy. To help organize and educate the faithful interested in criminal justice issues, the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries is partnering with a Washington, D.C., congregation for a one-day conference calling for a more humane justice system that reflects Christian values of forgiveness, fairness, repentance and justice.
The outgoing general minster and president of the United Church of Christ will continue his ministry at one of the denomination's seminaries. The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black has been appointed as a visiting professor at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo.
United in faith that their community can be comforted by God’s grace, a dozen Christian churches in Colorado are banding together this weekend to pray. Seeking healing for the victims and families of recent violence in Longmont, Colo., and calling for more attention to mental health awareness, United Church of Christ-Longmont is opening its doors for a prayer vigil on Sunday, April 12.