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Commentary: Our State of Mass Incarceration

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 2:00pm

Over the last couple of weeks I have engaged in civil disobedience in the Senate building on Capitol Hill while speaking out in opposition to the proposed revisions to our nation's health care laws.

UCC clergy among Minnesota activists demanding justice following fatal shootings by police

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 7:59pm

The UCC was well represented at multifaith march in a Minneapolis neighborhood Thursday evening, where hundreds gathered to pray, mourn and demand justice for the people around the country killed by police, including 40-year old Justine Damond, fatally shot by a Minneapolis officer last weekend.

UCC pastors stand with young woman from Africa as she's granted asylum in U.S.

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:11pm

A 22 year old lesbian from Africa, escaping persecution and brutality at the hands of her father and her husband, was supported by her faith family at a Batavia, N.Y. federal detention center as she faced an immigration judge, who granted her asylum in the United States.

NYC immigration activists rally around Haitian UCC member under threat of deportation

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 5:30pm

Faith leaders, immigration activists and elected officials will march silently around a federal building in New York City on Thursday to proclaim "Justice for Jean" in solidarity with Jean Montrevil — a longtime green-card holder from Haiti and member of a United Church of Christ congregation.

White Privilege curriculum sparks awareness, change in small Iowa community

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 1:00pm

The United Church of Christ's adult curriculum on white privilege, released less than a year ago, is sparking change across an entire community in Iowa, bringing joy to the local UCC pastor who got the ball rolling.

UCC minister opposes toxic waste dumping in East Chicago

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:46am

A United Church of Christ minister is adding her voice to the activists and Indiana residents angered at a plan to move dredged waste to a toxic disposal facility located near communities of color in their state.

Church camp in Chicago provides a place for all God's children

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:22pm

There's "a beautiful thing" unfolding at Saint Pauls United Church of Christ's summer camp in Chicago that embodies two of the UCC's Three Great Loves.

Traci Blackmon among clergy arrested in D.C. denouncing 'sinful and immoral' health care reform

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 2:38pm

The Rev. Traci Blackmon is one of several faith leaders who put their bodies on the line for love of neighbors, their health care and for the sake of justice Thursday morning at the Capitol. The national officer, Executive Minister of the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries was arrested alongside Moral Movement leader the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Jennifer Butler from Faith in Public Life, as they, other clergy and dozens of supporters marched against pending healthcare reform that proposes to deny coverage to 22 million people.

Commentary: The Intersection of HIV Stigma and Hope

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 2:00pm

Stigma kills.

UCC one of five Christian denominations opposing any change to Bears Ears National Monument

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 2:44pm

In a letter dated July 10, the final day of a 45-day review process ordered by President Trump calling on the Department of Interior to "review" national monuments established since 1996 and assess whether they should be reduced or eliminated, the religious leaders of Episcopal, Lutheran, Mennonite, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ denominations sent a letter to Secretary Zinke urging him to "reverse course, and listen to the Bears Ears Commission and to the thousands of supporters for the Bears Ears Monument."

Synod youth stewards help keep business running smoothly

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 9:57am

The delegates at the United Church of Christ General Synod had a good number of resolutions to deliberate in Baltimore last week, and a group of thirteen people from the host conference helped ensure the process ran smoothly.

Synod 2017's final preacher urges gathering to 'Start now'

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 3:28pm

The Rev. Kim Kendrick, final preacher during the UCC's 2017 General Synod, told the gathering that the vision for a just world for all has been cast, and the work starts now.

General Synod addresses need to promote opportunities for people with disabilities, advocate for migrant worker rights

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 3:24pm

Reminding the denomination that all people are created in God's image, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ called on churches and congregants to "commit itself to disability justice," including advocacy of agreements among nations to protect and promote opportunities for people with disabilities, and to advocate for the rights of migrant farm workers.

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) elects first African-American to lead denomination

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 2:35pm

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the UCC's partner in Global Ministries, has a new General Minister and President.  The Rev. Theresa "Terri" Hord Owens, was elected Sunday evening, July 10.

Wisconsin Conference extends a welcome to Milwaukee for General Synod 2019

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 2:43pm

General Synod 2017 came to a close Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore after five days of discernment, deliberation and devotion. The torch of hospitality passed from the Central Atlantic Conference to the Wisconsin Conference, which hosts General Synod 2019 in Milwaukee.

Commentary: Tuvalu tells us, ignoring climate change won’t make the problem go away

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:00pm

Ignoring climate change won't make the problem go away.

New endowment launched at Synod to strengthen future ministry

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 3:50pm

To strengthen the United Church of Christ's ability to pursue its vision of a just world for all, the denomination is launching the public phase of a campaign that will support the diverse and life-changing work of the church.

Adoptees rights resolution falls short of required votes

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 3:36pm

Delegates to General Synod 2017 voted against a resolution calling churches to identify the difference in rights of adult adoptees as a human and civil rights issue.

Delegates Approve Economic Justice Resolution and $15 Minimum Wage

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 3:10pm

Delegates to the United Church of Christ's General Synod 2017 voted in favor of a resolution advocating for economic justice, including calling for churches to support legislation that raises the minimum wages to $15 per hour. 

Synod ASL Interpreters Help Deaf Delegates and Guests

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 1:36pm

There are more than 730 delegates to General Synod 2017. They are the voting representatives of the governing body of the denomination, and they listen to reports, resolutions, sermons, Speak Outs from other delegates, and even presentations from youth at Synod. But two people in the Plenary Hall have worked as a team to listen to every single spoken word of the five-day gathering.