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Commentary: ‘Doctrine of Discovery: Junípero Serra’

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 1:00pm

During his recent visit to the United States, Pope Francis pronounced the 18th century Spanish friar, Junípero Serra a “saint.” Serra built the first nine of a twenty-one missions system across California that served as religious and military outpost for assimilating Indigenous populations to European culture and Christianity.

UCC Conference collaboration under discernment in Southern New England

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 12:27pm

“What would we do if we were brave and faithful?” In Southern New England, three United Church of Christ Conferences are answering that question by joining together to examine a future of shared ministry.

Interfaith discussion on race asks, 'Why aren't there more Black people in Oregon?'

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 8:30am

Why is the Black population in Oregon so small? That's a question that an Oregon congregation of the United Church of Christ will attempt to explore this weekend, when it hosts a community-wide discussion on the history of African Americans in Oregon. 

UCC, Disciples partner in spring conference on stewardship

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:33pm

The United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have shared full communion since 1989. Soon the two denominations will continue their partnership in a brand new way: philanthropy and stewardship.

New Jersey UCC member William Campbell wins a Nobel Prize

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:53am

An Irish-born member of a United Church of Christ congregation in New Jersey was awarded the Nobel Prize of Medicine.

Historic document paves way for renewed relationship between Boy Scouts, United Church of Christ

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 4:50pm

The United Church of Christ and the Boy Scouts of America re-established a formal relationship today (Oct. 5) with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding regarding local UCC congregations chartering Scout troops. 

A full communion celebration aligns American, Canadian churches

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:14am

When the United Church of Christ and the United Church of Canada gather in Niagara Falls in mid-October for worship to celebrate a full communion agreement, the two North American denominations will live out the call to love they neighbor. The governing bodies of both denominations approved the full communion agreement this summer, setting the stage for the churches to formalize their new relationship on Oct. 17 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, at St. Andrews United Church (of Canada).

UCC, other groups calling to curb anti-Muslim language in political campaigns

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:42pm

As the political campaign season ramps up, United Church of Christ national leaders want to hear more inspiring ideas that address the country’s issues, and less of the divisive language that negatively typecasts Muslims. The UCC, along with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and almost 50 interfaith, civil rights, community and advocacy groups are expressing concern to the chairpersons of both the Republic and Democratic parties regarding recent campaign rhetoric stereotyping Muslims.

Oregon university chaplain supporting students after deadly shooting at community college

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:41pm

A United Church of Christ minister and chaplain at Pacific University held a prayer vigil on the Oregon campus Thursday night to remember the nine people murdered on the campus of Umpqua Community College, just 182 miles away. 

UCC members bring acceptance and joy to rally for transgender homecoming queen

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 9:43am

UCC supporters, including General Minister and President the Rev. John Dorhauer, joined students and community members in a rally in Kansas City, Mo., to show love and support for Oak Park High School's transgender homecoming queen, Landon Patterson, effectively countering a hateful protest by Westboro Baptist Church.

UCC justice advocates laud peace agreement in Colombia

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 6:49pm

The United Church of Christ is celebrating the announcement of a plan that should finally halt 50 years of violence between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), as the church has spent almost two decades supporting a peace process in the South American country.

Commentary: Why I Stand with Planned Parenthood

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 1:00pm

I hold strongly to the values that life is sacred and good, and that in circumstances when conflicting realities are present, each of us has a God-given moral responsibility to make decisions which reflect a reverence for life.

UCC leader joining Kansas City student rally championing transgender homecoming queen

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:00pm

There's a lot of courage going around at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, and UCC General Minister and President John C. Dorhauer is supporting it wholeheartedly. 

A time of study and action with Neighbors in Need

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:42pm

As congregations across the United Church of Christ prepare to gather the annual Neighbors In Need offering this weekend, the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries is inviting the denomination to join its indigenous brothers and sisters in solidarity.

UCC leaders find energy, electricity and healing in Papal visit

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 12:07pm

Three UCC ministers, present in Washington, D.C, New York, and Philadelphia during Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, hope the electricity and humility they witnessed during the tour energizes people of faith on behalf of Jesus Christ.

Commentary: What to wear when praying with the Pope

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 4:16pm

I made a lot of jokes about what to wear to the Pope's Interfaith Service at Ground Zero.

Phone lines down at UCC offices

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 3:53pm

The phone lines of the Cleveland and Washington, D.C., offices of the United Church of Christ currently are down, and are not expected to be restored until late this evening (Sept. 28). If you need to contact the national setting, please use the online staff directory to find the appropriate email address(es).

Dorhauer among 44 religious leaders standing with Planned Parenthood

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 1:48pm

UCC General Minister and President the Rev. John C. Dorhauer is among the interfaith signatories of a statement calling on Congress to continue to allocate federal funds to Planned Parenthood's health centers.

Global Ministries recognized by Korean church for ecumenical solidarity

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 2:48pm

In recognition for its advocacy for justice, peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula, Global Ministries received a Gratitude Award for ecumenical solidarity from the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK). The award was presented during the recent PROK General Assembly.

Pope Francis' message on creation care resonates with UCC leaders in D.C.

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 2:42pm

Leaders of the United Church of Christ were among a crowd of 25,000 people from a multitude of faiths who were on hand to hear Pope Francis during a mass in Washington, D.C., where they learned that good people can come together on difficult issues — such as immigration and climate care — even if they disagree on others.