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UCC names new director of communication ministry

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:00am
The United Church of Christ named Christina Villa as the new director of the denomination’s Publishing, Identity and Communication (PIC) Ministry.

Commentary: Race Matters: The U.S. Narrative Continues

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:00am
More than two months have passed since the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and no indictment has been issued against Officer Darren Wilson despite recent testimony before a grand jury.

WCRC secretary Chris Ferguson grateful for UCC witness

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:00am
Chris Ferguson made it a point to stop at the national offices of the United Church of Christ this week. Ferguson, the newly-elected general secretary of the World Council of Reformed Churches, wanted to extend his gratitude and support for the church’s bold, public voice—particularly for racial justice and inclusion.

Incoming Pacific School of Religion president eager to fuel ‘burning fire’ of future leaders

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:00am
When the Rev. David Vasquez-Levy was called to the Pacific School of Religion as its next president, he knew it was to move the seminary toward a bold vision of equipping future leaders of the church to be social influencers.

Pension Boards, United Church of Christ Board share fruits of investment labor

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:00am
During his report to the United Church of Christ Board, Michael Downs invited members to sample some of the fruits of their labor. The fruits, in this case, were dates that were grown in Jericho, planted with an investment from the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ, Inc., to spur economic growth in Palestine.

Readinger named next CHHSM president and CEO

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:00am
The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) has named its next president and CEO, with Michael J. Readinger, current CHHSM vice president, assuming the leadership role on Nov. 10

Marriage equality now celebrated in 32 states with addition of Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:00am
Thirty-two states and counting – An amazing weekend for marriage equality is still being celebrated in Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming.

Wheeler praises Everett Parker and OC, Inc.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:00am
In a strong statement lauding the Rev. Everett Parker and the UCC Office of Communication, Inc., Tom Wheeler, Federal Communications Commission Chairman, talked about how Parker joined faith with action to ensure a diversity of voices in media.

United Church of Christ Board honors retiring CHHSM CEO

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:00am
The Rev. Bryan Sickbert is ending one ministry when he retires at the end of the year, concluding more than two decades of service as president and CEO of the Council for Health and Human Services Ministry of the United Church of Christ. But in retirement, he’ll continue a personal ministry, planning to spend less time ‘doing’ and more time ‘being.’

Board nominates Moos to second term leading Wider Church Ministries

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 1:00am
In his first term as an executive in the United Church of Christ, the Rev. James A. Moos has felt energized through his daily work with committed and capable people. It is in that spirit that Moos, executive minister of the UCC Wider Church Ministries and co-executive of Global Ministries, is eager for a second term.

Celebrating a balanced budget for national setting in 2015

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:00am
For the first time in recent history, the national setting of the United Church of Christ will operate on a balanced budget in 2015, a big step toward fulfilling a promise for fiscal stability made last year by both the national officers of the church and the United Church of Christ Board.

Churches urged to get the facts on Ebola

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:00am
As the Ebola outbreak touches more people in our country, UCC leaders and health advocates are urging people of faith to arm themselves with the facts regarding this epidemic and respond as individuals and church communities are they are able.

Global Ministries reaches out to Philippines church after grenade attack

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:00am
The Rev. James A. Moos was “stunned and saddened” to learn that several people were hurt and three innocent people died after a church in the Philippines, an ecumenical partner of Global Ministries and the United Church of Christ was bombed.

Youth and Young Adults to experience General Synod, Cleveland in community

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:00am
The youth and young adults of the United Church of Christ will experience General Synod 2015 by exploring and engaging the Cleveland, Ohio, community in ways that strengthen their faith.

Lancaster Seminary to explore race and violence in forum on Ferguson

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:00am
As part of its commitment to compassionate engagement with contemporary issues, Lancaster Theological Seminary is hosting an open gathering of worship and education that will focus on issues of race and violence in communities.

Economic justice advocates envision new ways of connecting

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:00am
In an effort to enhance its economic justice ministries in all settings, the United Church of Christ hosted 30 diverse leaders from the life of the church in Cleveland.

Clergy push police lines, storm city hall, close stores as part of Moral Monday March for racial equality

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:00am
The UCC minister for youth advocacy and leadership formation was one of more than 50 clergy, civil rights activists and students arrested for acts of civil disobedience in the Greater St. Louis area on Moral Monday.

Newlyweds come home to marriage equality in North Carolina

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 1:00am
It didn't happen exactly as they hoped, except for the end result. When Kathi Smith and Lisa Cloninger return home from their honeymoon, their marriage will be recognized by the state of North Carolina.

UCC victorious in lawsuit as judge strikes down N.C. gay marriage ban

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:00am
A federal judge has struck down North Carolina’s marriage laws as unconstitutional, giving the United Church of Christ and its co-plaintiffs a monumental and historic victory for equality for all people.

UCC asks judge to strike down same-sex marriage ban in North Carolina

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:00am
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ and other co-plaintiffs in their landmark lawsuit against the state of North Carolina have asked a federal judge to pave the way for marriage equality in the state.