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UCC minister's podcast earns top award from Associated Church Press

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 12:51pm

When the Rev. Matt Fitzgerald learned that his podcast was was being honored by the Associated Church Press, he was genuinely surprised. That's because Fitzgerald, a United Church of Christ minister in Illinois, had no idea the podcast, Preachers on Preaching, was in the running for such a recognition.

NYE 2016 gather youth at Walt Disney World

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 6:02pm

Among the firsts at this week's National Youth Event is a newly-launched NYE application for smartphones that will allow users to keep up with schedules, stay connected with their friends, and is ecologically-friendly, as it reduces the need for printed materials.

John Deckenback remembered as faithful servant to church and family

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 4:19pm

The United Church of Christ said goodbye to one of the pillars and elder statesman of the denomination, as friends and family came together at Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ in Fredrick, Md., to celebrate the life and ministry of the Rev. John Deckenback.

UCC invites churches to begin "Building Bridges" with Muslim neighbors in communities across America

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 3:00pm

The Pacific Northwest Conference (PNC) United Church of Christ is joining UCC national leadership in reaching out to the thousands of churches across the denomination with an invitation to join a public campaign of love and acceptance of Muslim Americans.

Commentary: What A Little Moonlight Can Do

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 1:00pm

When I was nine years old, I wished for a telescope for my birthday.

UCC mourns long-time conference minister, church statesman, justice advocate John Deckenback

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:21pm

The United Church of Christ is grieving the loss of one of its greatest champions, the Rev. John Deckenback.

UCC displays social justice, radical welcome during RNC

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 12:52pm

The United Church of Christ is taking to the streets outside the Republican National Convention and making honored guests feel at home inside the Church House.

UCC leaders: Peace must begin with us

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 5:04pm

Leadership of the United Church of Christ "distressed and haunted by the words of a man who shot and killed these officers" today released a pastoral letter after the second incident in just over a week where law enforcement officers in this country were targeted, shot and killed by a gunman.

UCC leader: We will BE the Church during the RNC

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:13am

As the Republican National Convention opens in downtown Cleveland, steps away from the national offices of the United Church of Christ, the Rev.Traci Blackmon, acting executive minister of UCC Justice and Witness Ministries, releases a letter to the wider church, outlining the efforts planned by the Church House during the RNC.

GOP convention in Cleveland creates challenges, opportunities for UCC

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 10:01am

This week, the Republican National Convention is bringing 50,000 visitors to Cleveland, home of the United Church of Christ national offices, creating a host of challenges and opportunities for those living in the city and working at the denomination's headquarters.

Cape Cod church 'support board' draws people to worship

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 12:11pm

A UCC congregation on Cape Cod is seeing a lot of walk-up visitors and community interest in a 'Support Board' propped up outside on the church lawn.

Ohio church honors victims of recent shootings with community vigil

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 6:35pm

On a warm Wednesday evening, dozens of people from the small Mt. Vernon, Ohio, community came together to remember those who lost their lives in recent shootings in Dallas, Louisiana, and Minnesota.

Church leaders praise Cleveland lawmakers for new transgender community protections

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Equality advocates of the United Church of Christ are hailing the city of Cleveland, home to the denomination’s national offices for more than 25 years, as Cleveland City Council members on Wednesday unanimously passed an anti-discrimination ordinance that protects the rights of the transgender community.

Commentary: Old Stories in Today's Time

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:00pm

I remember the stories my parents told me. They did not give up. Nor did your parents. Nor should we.

UCC president, D.C. minister call on RNC to snuff out hate speech during convention

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:19pm

In an effort to smother hate speech and anti-Muslim and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, United Church of Christ General Minister and President the Rev. John Dorhauer, joined by the voices of U.S. military veterans, Muslim and LGBT rights leaders, challenged political party leaders to turn the tide of bigotry and discriminatory remarks on the campaign trail, starting with the upcoming Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland.


Traci Blackmon tapped to participate in historic national conversation on race with President Barack Obama

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:23am

The Rev. Traci D. Blackmon, a national officer of the United Church of Christ, will be joining President Barack Obama in a national historic town hall conversation on race on Thursday evening, July 14.

Missouri Mid-South Conference breathes new life into 87-year-old ministry

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 5:46pm

Through a carbon offset credit program, the 4,000-acre Shannondale Tree Farm is now positioned to be a reoccurring source of revenue that will fund ministries of the Missouri Mid-South Conference and beyond for centuries to come, while helping to protect God’s creation. 

Faith leaders call for more morality in politics

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 4:18pm

Faith leaders are crossing denominational, racial and social lines to come together on behalf of the marginalized, calling on political party leaders to embrace a moral agenda that champions justice and equality instead of fear and rhetoric.

Faith groups in Texas community form human wall of support around mosque following gunfire

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:42am

Nearly 150 people representing a dozen faith communities ringed the Islamic Community Center of Bryan-College Station Texas in a show of solidarity on Friday, July 8. Their message, Islamophobia will not be tolerated in our community, rang out loud and clear.

Vandalism at Maryland church being investigated as hate crime

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 1:24pm

Vandals broke into Immanuel United Church of Christ in Catonsville, Md., on June 29 causing more than $25,000 in damage, and the act is being investigated as a hate crime.