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Churches ready to kick off UCC literacy initiative with One Read

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:00am
Congregations across the United Church of Christ are gearing up for the all-church literacy initiative, which begins next week, and runs through General Synod 2015. The denomination is kicking off the project with ‘One Read’ on Sept. 8, 2014, National Literacy Day, as a commitment to helping adults and children overcome illiteracy and make the most of life’s opportunities.

Massive UCC turnout expected at the People's Climate March in NYC

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 1:00am
The United Church of Christ will be represented at the People's Climate March in full force, with thousands of members and leaders expected to make the journey to Manhattan to raise their voices and concerns about the fate of the planet during the Sept. 21 event.

Love wins at LGBT-friendly New Hampshire church

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:00am
Love trumps all. The Rev. Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy, pastor of First Church Congregational United Church of Christ, wants to spread that message far and wide as a way to say thank you to supporters around the world.

Beyond Fossil Fuels Fund gets off the ground with commitments from founding UCC investors

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:00am
An initiative of United Church Funds, the Beyond Fossil Fuels Fund is gaining momentum with UCC churches, conferences and agencies that are eager to put the phrase "money talks" into action by using their investments to advocate for the good of the earth.

Commentary: Many Questions, Few Good Answers

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:00am
Sometimes life's moral dilemmas aren't hypothetical; they are posed vividly before our nation and its leaders.

UCC leaders, hundreds of activists risk arrest in another push for immigrant rights in D.C.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:00am
In another push for fair and humane treatment of immigrant children and families, advocates will gather in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Aug. 28 for what is expected to be the largest act of civil disobedience in the history of the immigrant rights movement.

Labor Day highlights need for economic justice

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:00am
As we approach Labor Sunday, Aug. 31 on the 2014 calendar, United Church of Christ members, ministers and leaders are preparing liturgy and worship services to lift up workers, celebrate their contributions and support their struggles. UCC Justice and Witness Ministries is also lifting up the Labor Day holiday as a time for congregations to consider a commitment to improving wages and working conditions through the Economic Justice Covenant Program, so that every worker is treated fairly and with dignity.

Global Ministries heads to Africa to witness the progress of Congo Initiative

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:00am
The trip by Global Ministries executives this week to the Congo will reinforce the work of the Congo Initiative, the 18-month long program of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that has focused resources, attention and assistance on the African nation. After more than a year of advocacy, prayer and solidarity, the Rev. James Moos and the Rev. Sandra Gourdet are ready to witness the fruits of that labor – and they both promise the care of their Congolese friends and partners will continue into the future.

UCC joins peaceful demonstrations honoring Mike Brown on day of his funeral

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:00am
About 50 supporters gathered at the UCC's Amistad Chapel on Aug. 25 to pray and stand in silent solidarity to remember the young African American man slain Aug. 9 by a white Ferguson police officer.

Support and solidarity with Ferguson

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:00am
Walking from tent to tent in the Ferguson, Mo., neighborhood where 18-year old Michael Brown lived and died, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black witnessed firsthand the strong presence of local pastors reaching out to heal a community that is hurting, but thirsting for justice.

Commentary: Knowing Medicare Basics

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:00am
Medicare is good for our seniors and good for our country - celebrate it, protect it, learn all you can about it.

Celebration to mark conclusion of disaster recovery in Joplin

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:00am
South Joplin Christian Church will celebrate the closing of the Mission Station, which played an integral role in housing UCC and Disciples volunteers, with Disciples and UCC regional and conference ministers, volunteers and friends.

Geoffrey Black invited to preach, pray in Ferguson

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:00am
As the nation keeps a watchful eye on the events in Ferguson, Mo., the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black will join local United Church of Christ ministers on the ground to give pastoral support to the community.

UCC executive accepts the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:00am
The Rev. J. Bennett Guess accepted the "Ice Bucket Challenge", a campaign to raise money and awareness for ALS, dumped a bucket of freezing cold water on his head and passed the challenge on to three other ministers in the denomination.

Old South Church continues peaceful tradition, sending cranes to Missouri congregation

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:00am
Old South Church UCC in Boston, which received the cranes after the Boston Marathon tragedy, will send 1,000 peace cranes to Christ the King UCC in Florissant, Mo., which is currently responding to race-related riots and violence caused by the fatal shooting of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

UCC communities, leaders mobilize to support Ferguson

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:00am
In the neighborhoods and suburbs of St. Louis, to congregations and seminaries across the United States, people of the United Church of Christ are throwing their hands in the air.

Geoffrey Black plans to retire in 2015

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:00am
With a deep sense of gratitude, serving the United Church of Christ during a time that he’s called both a challenge and a privilege, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the denomination’s general minister and president, has announced he plans to retire early.

United Church of Christ General Minister and President announces retirement

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:00am
The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, general minister and president of the United Church or Christ, has announced his decision to retire early, at the conclusion of the 30th General Synod in June 2015.

Going for gold, UCC staffer medals at Gay Games

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:00am
As Gay Games 9 winds down to a conclusion this weekend, a national staff member of the United Church of Christ competing in the pool is taking home some hardware for his trophy case.

Church leadership applauds Mideast ceasefire, urges continued peace negotiations

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:00am
With lasting peace in the region as a goal, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black joined an interfaith group of religious leaders from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions, calling on the United States government and the international community to continue brokering a peace agreement between the warring sides.