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FDNY chaplain working crane collapse assists bride, officiates wedding

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 9:24am

A United Church of Christ minister, called to serve after the World Trade Center collapse, was in the right place at the right time when a construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan Friday morning, Feb. 5.

UCC leaders carry justice call for poultry workers to shareholder meeting

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:26pm

Justice leaders from across the United Church of Christ are speaking on behalf of the voiceless in society this week at a corporate shareholder meeting to call attention to what they see as negative working conditions that Tyson Food employees must endure almost daily.

UCC clergy supports New Hampshire bill outlawing 'conversion therapy'

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 1:25pm

New Hampshire is in headlines this week with the upcoming presidential primary, and a United Church of Christ pastor was among the headliners who addressed state lawmakers Feb. 3 in support of a proposed bill that would ban anti-gay "conversion" therapy. The Rev. Emily Heath testified on Wednesday in favor of a New Hampshire bill that would prohibit such therapies on minors.

Literacy education, Cuban style, exported around the world

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 1:09pm

It's the only museum dedicated to literacy in the world, and it's 51 years old. The National Museum of the Campaign for Literacy, located on the site of a former Cuban military fortress and now one of Havana's biggest school centers, remembers a time when Fidel Castro waged war against illiteracy and won: In 1961, more than 700,000 Cubans learned to read.

And the majority of teachers were children. A little child will lead them.

Commentary: You might say religious liberty is in my blood

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 1:00pm

I’m a Mayflower descendant. 

Florida church fulfilling ecumenical mission to ‘work together as one'

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 6:17pm

The Rev. Patrick Rogers is overcome with energy – and a little bit of emotion — as he describes the transformation that has unfolded at the congregation he pastors, United Church of Christ in Fort Lauderdale. The Florida church has become an ecumenical center in town in the last year, offering its space to other congregations for worship and shared ministry. Rogers believes that outreach is "a vital part of UCC polity regarding mission and call."

‘Spotlight’ discussion guide a meaningful conversation starter for preventing sexual abuse in churches

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:02am

Sexual abuse of children, teens and adults by church leaders is a serious problem brought back into focus recently by the heralded film, "Spotlight." To aid thoughtful dialogue about issues highlighted in the movie, the United Church of Christ has released a film discussion guide for use by churches interested in addressing ways to ensure members of our faith communities are not vulnerable to abuse.

End-of-life care workshop aims to open discussions on death

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:00am

Death is often a grim discussion for many people. But a Massachusetts congregation wants to help people in its community have those difficult conversations so they and their loved ones have the type of end-of-life care they want and deserve.

Chicago Theological Seminary seeks to spark discussion, movement on 'white privilege' via new video

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 9:43am

Sparking a discussion, inspiring a dialogue, and creating awareness about racial disparities. This is the intended goal of a newly-released video, "White Privilege Glasses," from UCC-related Chicago Theological Seminary.

Two UCC churches bearing gifts visit Cuban Christian Center

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 8:05am

Two UCC pastors -- one who ministers a sister church and the other who is assuming the lead in a longtime relationship with the founding minister -- paid an emotional visit to the B.G. Lavastida Christian Center in Santiago, Cuba, on Friday, Jan. 29.

UCC's Traci Blackmon appointed to presidential advisory council

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 8:00pm

The President of the United States is turning to a United Church of Christ leader and national officer to fill a post in his administration to advise him on serving persons living on the margins of society.

Ohio congregation to share thriving after-school arts program

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:34pm

Six years ago, Trinity United Church of Christ faced a challenging decision. Its music program for children was in decline, and as former music minister Dave Carnell explained, "It came to a point to either quit the program, or kick it up and offer more to children."

UCC leader, youth advocate to address gathering of 10 churches on race and reconciliation

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:48pm

When a group of 10 denominations gathers this weekend in St. Louis, a United Church of Christ leader and voice for racial justice will deliver the opening remarks before the group explores issues of race and reconciliation. The Rev. Waltrina Middleton, associate for National Youth Event programming, will preach during opening worship when Churches Uniting in Christ meets Jan. 28–30.

Commentary: We Have a Heart Condition

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 1:00pm

With the 2016 presidential campaign accelerating into high gear, and spring primary elections not far off on the horizon, much of the public dialogue and attention is on the candidates themselves.

'Classic' Cuban redevelopment in evidence in Havana

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:02am

Cubans are experts in enhancing "classics" — they do a great job keeping vintage American cars on the road, they've performed miracles restoring the Spanish colonial architecture in Old Havana, and they take extra care of their senior citizens, at least in one local neighborhood.

Four youth speakers will help NYE 'Believe' this summer

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:42am

Four amazing youth speakers — all ages 15 or younger — will bring energy and excitement for their peers at this summer’s National Youth Event, helping reveal what faith, justice, leadership and service look like. 

UCC Cuba Study Seminar shares worship and conversation with a Cuban revolutionary faith leader

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 9:51am

Members of the UCC Cuba Study Seminar were invited to worship Sunday, Jan. 24, with some long-time friends in Cuba. The congregation of the Iglesias Bautista Ebenezer church and Martin Luther King Center in Mariano, one of Havana's 15 districts, welcomed the group as family at the noon service. It's no wonder, since the church and its MLK community center have been a stop on the UCC study tour since its founder, the late Rev. Ted Braun, became compadres with the church's founding pastor, the Rev. Raul Suarez.

Having faith in what will be: a tale of two churches becoming one

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 8:00am

Local church closings can be a time of sadness, with a keen sense of loss and endings. But thanks to an insistence on being spirit led, two 113-year-old local UCC congregations’ journey together blossomed into one church’s legacy living on in multiple ways, and two church families thriving as one.

No Matter Who You Are

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 7:00am

Words we live by in the United Church of Christ - accepted for who we are and where we are on life's journey.

Change comes to Cuba

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:33pm

The changes coming to Cuba are becoming very evident to participants traveling the island this week with the UCC Cuba Study Seminar.