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Friends and colleagues are remembering Oliver Wendel Martin III, his advocacy for people living with HIV, and the impact he left on the world. Martin died on Saturday, April 19. He was 55.
As people of faith who remember that God created all things and called them good, we know that we cannot afford to wreck creation. Deuteronomy 30:19 calls us to “choose life so that you and your descendants may live,” to live in harmony with creation and to restore balance.
The Styrofoam-Free Contest, an initiative of the Green Team at Newtown (Conn.) Congregational Church UCC, has been opened to all New England congregations in hopes that churches will be inspired to stop using the non-biodegradable product that wreaks havoc on the earth.
Utilizing panels of environmental experts, analysts and advocates, including the Rev. Linda Jaramillo, First Congregational Church of San Jose UCC wants to identify and explore the role the faith-based community can play in combatting climate change during a public forum on Sunday, April 27.
The United Church of Christ is working to give military chaplains the tools they need to counsel and support those in service to our country suffering from moral injury. To do that, the church is centering a biennial training session around an expert on the subject, the Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, to help the chaplains better minister to the brave men and women who have sustained invisible wounds while serving in the armed forces.
Easter is a time of resurrection, of spiritual reflection, rebirth and renewal. For the Rev. Cheryl Kerr, who calls the south Boston area home, those concepts will fuel her determination on Easter Monday, when she lines up with 36,000 athletes to run the Boston Marathon, and finish it this time. It's something this mother of three young children says she needs to do to heal, as a commitment to a different future.
As people living in the United States, and as Christians, we should work to understand the connection between the mining of natural resources in Guatemala and in other parts of the world, including the United States, and the greed of corporations and individuals.
Thanks to the efforts of Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ, the students of Franklin Regional Senior High School and the community of Murraysville, Penn., are returning some sense of normal life.
A United Church of Christ seminary has reached out to proven leaders who were ready to answer a new call, and as a result Andover Newton Theological School has three seminarians who are former Peace Corps volunteers. Andover Newton was the first seminary in the country to acknowledge the valuable life experience of those former volunteers, partnering with the Peace Corps to offer them Paul D. Coverdell Fellowships for graduate study.
True to his word, a federal judge in Ohio leveled the playing field for wedded people in the state, ordering Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states. The ruling, being celebrated by gay rights supporters, has special significance to several employees at the UCC national offices in Cleveland and their spouses.
Leaders from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are offering their sympathy and lifting up in prayer those affected by deadly shootings at two Jewish communities in a suburb of Kansas City, Kan.
The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black has a deepened appreciation for Holy Week after spending a few hours at an ecumenical gathering at the White House. The UCC general minister and president joined about 150 faith leaders in the East Room on Monday, April 14, welcomed by President Barack Obama at his annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast.
Following an attack on more than 20 people stabbed or slashed at a Pennsylvania high school, Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ is taking the lead in community support, bringing together faith partners, and local businesses to brainstorm different ways to help students recover from the trauma.
Advocates from the United Church of Christ joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture on Friday, April 11, in celebrating the decision to publicly release the U.S. Senate’s findings about the CIA's use of torture. The Rev. Michael Neuroth, UCC policy advocate for international issues, feels that making public the findings of government-sanctioned use of torture during interrogation will lead to the eventual closing of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba.
By 2018, children of color will be the majority, but they, their families and communities are disproportionately lacking in resources on their pathway to opportunity.
This February, Local Church Ministries received and reviewed 21 applications for New, Renewing and Multiplying Church Funding, and 16 ministries were chosen to receive $20,000 each during an 18-month period, for a total of $320,000.
After 66 days on the road, traveling 18,400 miles through 30 states and stopping in 96 U.S. congressional districts, the Fast for Families Across America bus tour made its final stop in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 9.
At the end of each year, Pilgrim UCC donates the proceeds from its monthly book sales to a local charity, with the hopes of improving literacy throughout Bozeman and the surrounding communities.
The work of the United Church of Christ, as an advocate for fairness and equality of same-gender marriage and the equal treatment of LGBT persons, is becoming more evident and visible as marriage equality is recognized by more states.
UCC members and congregations are calling for an end to deportations during the National Week of Action to End Deportations.