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UCC leaders support Hoosiers' efforts to repeal religious freedom law 

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 4:22pm

The national officers of the United Church of Christ and the director of one of the church’s covenanted partners are calling on Indiana citizens to demand the repeal of the state’s recently-passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allows public business owners to turn away LGBT customers. UCC leaders believe this religious freedom, however, is a legal license to discriminate against people for their sexual orientation.

Southern Conference taking on domestic violence as justice issue

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:27am

In keeping with a commitment of being mission-minded and justice-hearted, the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ has taken up the issue of domestic violence.

Commentary: Race Chats: Walking upon Sacred Ground

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:16pm

Recently, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz asked baristas at his 12,000 coffee houses to begin conversations about race with their customers. They were asked to inscribe the hashtag #RaceTogether on cups of coffee and engage in a conversation with customers as they awaited their beverage. While these actions may have been well intentioned, it elicited strong push back from people all across the nation, particularly in the world of social media. One week later, the campaign was ended. 

Homeless ministry of small Utah church making national news

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:05pm

The contributions of Bountiful Community United Church of Christ in Bountiful, Utah, will soon be featured on a special episode of the ABC news program 20/20 documenting homelessness in America and the way different organizations throughout the country are responding to the problem.

Extravagance UCC celebrates Palm Sunday with virtual Dinner Church

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:57am

The Extravagance United Church of Christ team has found yet another way to make church available to all through the use of technology. On Palm Sunday, the online faith community will host Dinner Church, a gathering of food, music and prayer that will be livestreamed from Atlanta.

Arizona church mission trip creates community, promotes reading in remote Nicaraguan village

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:11pm

Members of an Arizona church, whose name means God creates community, traveled to a rain forest in Nicaragua in late February with dozens of books and suitcases of school supplies as part of a partnership that has been changing lives of the villagers and the mission travelers for several years. 

UCC Board closes spring meeting with Synod decision, new leadership

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:00pm

Another debate about the frequency of General Synod is underway, with potential changes expected to unfold within the next two years. The United Church of Christ Board of Directors approved a bylaws change that, if approved by Synod delegates, could alter how often the denomination’s governing body gathers.

April Fool's Day prank supports Ohio church food pantry

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 9:57am

On April Fool's Day, someone in North Jackson, Ohio, is going to wake up to find about 50 pink, plastic flamingos standing on their front lawn. That lucky person will be the "winner" of First Federated Church's "Get Flocked" fundraiser, an off-the-wall effort to raise awareness and support for the church's food pantry that serves about 150 local families each month.

United Church Board approves leadership structure changes

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:18pm

To further align the national setting of the United Church of Christ into a unified structure, the UCC Board of Directors approved a proposed change to the denomination's constitution that would alter the leadership of the church, and eliminate the exclusive designation of executive ministers for three covenanted ministries.

Rev. John Dorhauer approved as nominee for UCC general minister and president

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:00pm

With a smile on his face and eyes taking in the room from behind his glasses, the Rev. John C. Dorhauer looked with gratitude at the group that just affirmed his candidacy to lead the United Church of Christ. That group, the UCC Board of Directors, approved Dorhauer, conference minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC, as the nominee to the become the denomination's next general minister and president.

Illinois church supports teen suicide prevention though 'Keystone Keys' project

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:37pm

The "Keystone Keys," created by staff and members of Open Prairie United Church of Christ in Princeton, Ill., are meant to serve as small tokens of inspiration and support for those who need it, while raising awareness for teen suicide prevention.

Commentary: Solidarity With Peoples Struggling Against Racism

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:02pm

The United Nations Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination begins with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21 every year. In a message that marks the observance this year, the U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon highlights the theme "Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today," which aims to explore the root causes of racism and racial discrimination and will stress the essential need to learn the lessons history has provided in order to combat racism and racial discrimination today. 

UCC's LGBT supporters applaud Presbyterian marriage equality approval

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:26pm

United Church of Christ leaders and LGBT supporters are offering congratulatory remarks and praise to their fellow mainline Protestant brothers and sisters in the Presbyterian Church (USA) after the denomination's governing body gave final approval to marry all couples regardless of gender.

UCC minister Yvette Flunder won't 'bow to threats' over Baptist college appearance

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:47am

An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ says she will not be intimidated by protests or bow to threats over her speaking engagement in a Baptist college lecture series. Bishop Yvette Flunder, pastor of City of Refuge UCC in San Francisco and presiding bishop of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, has every intention of fulfilling her pledge to appear today as a lecturer at American Baptist College in Nashville, Tenn.

General Synod service project to 'Stuff the Pack' for literacy

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:14pm

With the idea that children need to have the tools to learn so they can learn to read, UCC Justice and Witness Ministries is urging Synod attendees to come prepared for this service project.

Disaster Ministries monitoring Vanuatu disaster after Cyclone Pam

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:58pm

After one of the strongest Pacific Ocean storms in recent history slammed into the island nation of Vanuatu on March 15, the United Church of Christ's Disaster Ministries team is keeping a close eye on the South Pacific to see how it might best bring aid. Cyclone Pam ripped through the region, leaving two dozen dead and thousands of people in need of food, water and shelter.

UCC seminary joins list of institutions divesting from fossil fuels

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:40pm

In an effort to align business practices with values, the Pacific School of Religion, a seminary of the United Church of Christ, has unanimously voted to divest from fossil fuels.

UCC Members In Discernment gathering offers identity, clarity to future clergy

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:48am

Some were 60 and 70 years of age and navigating an exciting career change, while others were in their 20s and beginning their first occupation. They are a handful of the denomination’s Members in Discernment (MIDs), who were welcomed to the United Church of Christ national offices in Cleveland to cultivate new relationships with each other and with national staff during a three-day gathering as part of their preparation to lead the church.

100 years after Armenian Genocide, UCC's work lives on

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 9:15am

Armenians know it as "Meds Yeghern," which in their language means "The Calamity." In other parts of the world, the event is known by a much more somber name: The Armenian Genocide.

This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey), an event ingrained into the deep history of the United Church of Christ.

UCC minister who helped integrate Kentucky schools has died

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:54pm

The Rev. Theodore A. Braun, a prominent social justice advocate in the United Church of Christ, has died. He was 88. A pastor for more than 40 years, Braun was known internationally for leading the charge against injustice wherever he went.