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Synod theological reflections continue with three new voices

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:55pm

Theological reflections were such a popular and welcomed part of the United Church of Christ's 2013 General Synod in Long Beach that this year's General Synod organizers decided to continue the spiritual element in Cleveland—and they've added one extra voice. The Rev. Matthew Laney, the Rev. Robert Molsberry and the Rev. Nancy Rosas will serve as theological reflectors for this summer's gathering from June 26 to 30.

Commentary: A Heart to Serve

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:00pm

In many communities, the quest for justice is long; it takes a toll. While it is important to honor one's a heart to serve, we must also try to keep ourselves healthy so that we can remain in the struggle until the end.

UCC environmental advocates celebrate Keystone veto

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 6:04pm

Environmental advocates of the United Church of Christ are celebrating President Barack Obama's veto of legislation that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

ONA Coalition to mark 30 years of advocacy for LGBT equality

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 4:37pm

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movement for equality for LGBT people, three outstanding leaders in the United Church of Christ will speak at the ONA Coalition's National Open and Affirming Gathering before General Synod 2015 in Cleveland.

The three speakers—Bishop Dwayne Royster, the Rev. Maritza Angulo de Gonzalez and the Rev. Edward Davis—will reflect on the growth of the ONA movement in the last three decades, and discuss the paths that lay ahead for LGBT equality in the church.

UCC exec to preach three weeks during Lent on Day 1

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:00am

The same preacher is sometimes featured during back-to-back weekends as a guest on Day1, the weekly ecumenical radio program. But it is pretty rare for a preacher to be invited to deliver a sermon on the show for three consecutive weeks, as United Church of Christ national officer the Rev. J. Bennett Guess will do in March.

OC Inc. pushes net neutrality as FCC vote looms

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:02pm

The Federal Communications Commission is set to approve rules that ensure a fair and free internet for all people—not just those who can afford paying for premium service. The FCC vote is Thursday, Feb. 26, but Cheryl Leanza, policy advisor for Office of Communication, Inc., is worried that Congress might threaten to block what she expects will be good rules. So she's encouraging internet users to keep the pressure on.

Andover Newton once again named to 'Seminaries that Change the World'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:39pm

For the second consecutive year, a seminary of the United Church of Christ has been recognized as one of two-dozen seminaries throughout the nation that shape the world through the commitment of individuals who engage in justice work.

Commentary: Divinity and Diversity

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:25pm

Every year before taking vows to become followers of Christ, I take my church's young people to a mosque in Central Ohio. By simply crossing the threshold, we are breaking down misunderstanding.

Calling congregations to share church life in national survey

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:23pm

The Center for Analytics, Research and Data—the United Church of Christ's research and information office—has a unique request for the nearly 5,100 congregations in the denomination. For the first time, CARD is asking all local churches to participate in the longest-running survey of congregational life in the United States.

Daffodils brighten the day for hundreds of school employees in small Wisconsin community

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:15pm

Anyone can do ministry at any time and make a difference. The members of McFarland United Church of Christ, in McFarland, Wis., believe that and lived it this week through a mystery mission that brightened the lives of hundreds of people in the small community of 8,000 just outside of Madison.

Commentary: Greasing the Skids to Deeper Economic Distress via Fast Track

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:00pm

Just as the country is finally beginning to recover from the Great Recession, Congress is set to deliver another blow to the economy.

UCC, Disciples executives share solidarity, sympathy with Egyptian partners after ISIS executions

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:32pm

Executives of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) joined world leaders in mourning the murders of 21 Egyptian Christians, kidnapped by militant Islamists in Libya and executed earlier this week. Amid the anxiety of the most recent killings, those executives reaffirmed their solidarity and expressed condolences to leaders of Egypt’s Christian community.

Seminary leaders respond to call to address racism

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 8:00pm

When the United Church of Christ Council for Theological Education met last week in St. Louis, Mo., it planned to answer the call from a group of African-American seminary presidents, which asked fellow theological educators to engage the issue of racism. The Council, coming together to discuss ways to prepare seminarians—the future church leaders—to address racism in their ministry, left the gathering with a commitment to each other that they would actively seek out ways to take action for social justice.

Opening a conversation in Ohio, bridging gaps on race

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:59pm

A sacred conversation on race, to address racism and white privilege, began at the United Church of Christ Church House on Feb. 18, the first of four monthly discussions aimed at opening a dialogue and a partnership in Northeastern Ohio among UCC pastors, theologians and peers.

UCC advocates oppose fast-track agreements that threaten democracy

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:54pm

United Church of Christ fair-trade advocates were among representatives from nearly three-dozen faith communities to speak out against fast-tracking trade agreements, believing that they go against the democratic spirit of the United States and create economic instability and inequality.

UCC ministers part of movement to take the church to the people on Ash Wednesday

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:50am

As the holy season of Lent begins Feb. 18, some United Church of Christ pastors plan to celebrate Ash Wednesday by expressing their extravagant welcome and inviting people to be renewed in faith, where they are. Clergy will take their ministry to the streets, inviting their community members to have the cross imposed on their forehead in ashes in preparation for Easter.

Rev. John Dorhauer named candidate to become UCC's ninth general minister and president

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 3:20pm

The General Minister and President Search Committee has identified a candidate to become the ninth leader of the United Church of Christ. The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, conference minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC, is the search committee’s candidate, named Friday, Feb.13, chosen to lead the nearly 1-million-member denomination into the future.

Massachusetts conference minister agrees to take a pie in the face for climate change

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:00am

Through a challenge devised by his intern, the Rev. Jim Antal, conference minister of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC and leader of the denomination's move toward fossil fuel divestment, will take 10 pies to the face if 10 congregations commit to begin a new conversation about fossil fuel divestment by March 15.

UCC Southern Conference part of Moral Marches kickoff in North Carolina

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 7:00am

Pastors, lay leaders and members of the United Church of Christ congregations in the Tar Heel State state will join thousands of others in a call for change and to profess their love for justice during the ninth Historic Thousands on Jones Street march on Saturday, Feb. 14.

UCC pastors condemn murders of Muslim family near UNC campus

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 8:14pm

As the Chapel Hill, N.C, community, still stunned by a shooting that claimed three lives this week, mourns, the United Church of Chapel Hill is speaking for solidarity, condemning the killings and trying to help the college town move forward.