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Central Atlantic Conference calls acting minister on short-term basis

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 8:51am

Following the sudden death of conference minister the Rev. John Deckenback last month, the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ is turning to the Rev. Sheldon Culver as acting minister as the conference prepares to ramp up a search process for an interim minister.

Effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline moves to D.C. District Court

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 4:13pm

Tribal leaders who traveled by bus from the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota to a U.S District courthouse in Washington, D.C., were joined by advocates from the United Church of Christ in a public demonstration of solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Cornerstone Fund CEO Gordon Gilles announces retirement

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 4:05pm

Gordon Gilles is retiring as president and CEO of the Cornerstone Fund, concluding 21 years of service to that ministry of the United Church of Christ.

Commentary: Awakening the Nation with Action against Pipeline

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:19pm

Collegium Statement of Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

UCC leaders speak out in opposition to Dakota Access pipeline

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:05pm

Future construction of a controversial crude oil pipeline in North Dakota is being challenged in court this week by Native American nations and environmental organizations, with the public support of the national officers and conference leaders of the United Church of Christ.

UCC social media manager recognized by Cleveland business journal

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 8:00am

With each post and tweet, Marchae Grair is spreading the word, amplifying the bold, public voice of the United Church of Christ, and her work is attracting attention. Grair, the social media manager for the UCC national office, is being recognized by an area business publication as one of the top young professionals making a mark in their fields in Northeast Ohio.

Dorhauer invitation: It's time to have an open conversation about White Privilege

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 8:00am

United Church of Christ general minister and president John Dorhauer issues an invitation to wider church to use the soon-to-be-released 'White Privilege: Let's Talk' curriculum to facilitate open, sacred conversations on race.

UCC part of ecumenical effort opposing anti-BDS legislation

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 8:00am

National leadership of the United Church of Christ, in response to "offensive and disturbing" laws, is defending the right of religious organizations to use economic pressure as a means for peace in Israel-Palestine.

Faith leaders prosecuted for public protest in Missouri, plan appeal

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 8:50pm

A group of nearly two dozen Missouri religious leaders, including a trio of United Church of Christ pastors, will appeal their verdict for trespassing when they staged a public protest for the lack of health care for poor people.

UCC Palestine-Israel Network resource guide created for 2015 General Synod resolution

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:07pm

To help local churches and conferences of the United Church of Christ live into the General Synod call to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, the UCC Palestine-Israel Network has introduced a new resource guide that will help UCC church leaders and ecumenical partners implement the 2015 resolution.

Commentary: An Inconvenient Conclusion

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 1:00pm

The turmoil of the summer of 2016 continued to march across the headlines this weekend, with news of a community in crisis following another fatal shooting of an African American man in Milwaukee. 

Donations, prayers to help flood victims in Louisiana

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:50pm

As devastating floodwaters continue to rise in Southeastern Louisiana, and rescues continue after torrential rain, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is calling for prayer for the people affected, and monetary donations to help the survivors facing long-term recovery assistance.

The Great Summer Serve gathers Ohio youth

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 2:06pm

The Great Summer Serve brought together 100 youth and youth leaders from the Eastern Ohio and Western Reserve Associations of the United Church of Christ at Trinity UCC in Canton, Ohio, for a day of prayer, fellowship and community service before the start of the upcoming school year.

UCC youth provide meals, build community with less fortunate in New Jersey

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:08am

A UCC youth group in New Jersey takes time on a late summer weekend to provide meals and build community with people less fortunate than themselves.

Putting a human face on sanctuary

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 3:00pm

Advocates from a dozen sanctuary movement churches and some of the immigrants to whom they offered refuge converged in Phoenix to call attention to the continued political inaction that is failing to provide relief from deportation.

Dorhauer, UCC leaders build framework for future

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:07am

An intentional commitment to be servants in service to others fuels the first year of the Rev. John C. Dorhauer's tenure as UCC general minister and president.

UCC selects new Chief Financial Officer

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 6:59pm

The United Church of Christ has hired Stephen Jones to serve as the Chief Financial Officer for national setting of the denomination. Jones brings more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in both private industry and the non-profit sector to his new position.

Commentary: Pride Prevails

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 1:00pm

The difficult news from Uganda came early Friday morning, August 5. Ugandan police had raided an LGBTQI Pride event in Kampala making arrests and beating several persons who had been contestants in a pageant.

Penn Central Conference mourns communications minister

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 11:33am

The Penn Central Conference and the wider United Church of Christ are remembering the devotion of Brenda Waleff to her family and to her church as a testament of a Stillspeaking God. Waleff died on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at age 55.

New youth social media justice group needs a name

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 4:16pm

Youth and young adults of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) across the country are converging in a newly-formed group created to raise awareness and encourage action on climate change through social media artwork.