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UCC Chaplains train to focus on PTSD, moral injury

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:00am
The United Church of Christ is working to give military chaplains the tools they need to counsel and support those in service to our country suffering from moral injury. To do that, the church is centering a biennial training session around an expert on the subject, the Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, to help the chaplains better minister to the brave men and women who have sustained invisible wounds while serving in the armed forces.

UCC pastor, Boston Marathon bombing survivor runs again on Easter Monday

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:00am
Easter is a time of resurrection, of spiritual reflection, rebirth and renewal. For the Rev. Cheryl Kerr, who calls the south Boston area home, those concepts will fuel her determination on Easter Monday, when she lines up with 36,000 athletes to run the Boston Marathon, and finish it this time. It's something this mother of three young children says she needs to do to heal, as a commitment to a different future.

Commentary: Affirming Life and Justice

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:00am
As people living in the United States, and as Christians, we should work to understand the connection between the mining of natural resources in Guatemala and in other parts of the world, including the United States, and the greed of corporations and individuals.

Pennsylvania church rallies community and reopens school after stabbings

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:00am
Thanks to the efforts of Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ, the students of Franklin Regional Senior High School and the community of Murraysville, Penn., are returning some sense of normal life.

Peace Corps alum working toward ministry at Andover Newton

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:00am
A United Church of Christ seminary has reached out to proven leaders who were ready to answer a new call, and as a result Andover Newton Theological School has three seminarians who are former Peace Corps volunteers. Andover Newton was the first seminary in the country to acknowledge the valuable life experience of those former volunteers, partnering with the Peace Corps to offer them Paul D. Coverdell Fellowships for graduate study.

Gay marriage decision in Ohio celebrated by UCC Cleveland families

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:00am
True to his word, a federal judge in Ohio leveled the playing field for wedded people in the state, ordering Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states. The ruling, being celebrated by gay rights supporters, has special significance to several employees at the UCC national offices in Cleveland and their spouses.

UCC, Disciples leaders offer prayers, consolation following Kansas shooting

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:00am
Leaders from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are offering their sympathy and lifting up in prayer those affected by deadly shootings at two Jewish communities in a suburb of Kansas City, Kan.

UCC president opens Holy Week at White House Easter Prayer Breakfast

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:00am
The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black has a deepened appreciation for Holy Week after spending a few hours at an ecumenical gathering at the White House. The UCC general minister and president joined about 150 faith leaders in the East Room on Monday, April 14, welcomed by President Barack Obama at his annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast.

Pennsylvania church gathers community in support after stabbing at school

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:00am
Following an attack on more than 20 people stabbed or slashed at a Pennsylvania high school, Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ is taking the lead in community support, bringing together faith partners, and local businesses to brainstorm different ways to help students recover from the trauma.

Advocates applaud decision to release Senate investigation on use of torture

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:00am
Advocates from the United Church of Christ joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture on Friday, April 11, in celebrating the decision to publicly release the U.S. Senate’s findings about the CIA's use of torture. The Rev. Michael Neuroth, UCC policy advocate for international issues, feels that making public the findings of government-sanctioned use of torture during interrogation will lead to the eventual closing of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba.

Commentary: Children of Color in the United States

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:00am
By 2018, children of color will be the majority, but they, their families and communities are disproportionately lacking in resources on their pathway to opportunity.

UCC grants help grow new ways of being ‘church’

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:00am
This February, Local Church Ministries received and reviewed 21 applications for New, Renewing and Multiplying Church Funding, and 16 ministries were chosen to receive $20,000 each during an 18-month period, for a total of $320,000.

UCC advocates welcome the Fast for Families bus tour to final stop in D.C.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:00am
After 66 days on the road, traveling 18,400 miles through 30 states and stopping in 96 U.S. congressional districts, the Fast for Families Across America bus tour made its final stop in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 9.

Montana UCC lifts up the importance of literacy through monthly book sales

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:00am
At the end of each year, Pilgrim UCC donates the proceeds from its monthly book sales to a local charity, with the hopes of improving literacy throughout Bozeman and the surrounding communities.

UCC fuels the movement toward marriage equality in Ohio, Michigan

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:00am
The work of the United Church of Christ, as an advocate for fairness and equality of same-gender marriage and the equal treatment of LGBT persons, is becoming more evident and visible as marriage equality is recognized by more states.

UCC advocates fight for immigrant rights during week-long action against deportations

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:00am
UCC members and congregations are calling for an end to deportations during the National Week of Action to End Deportations.

Standing in solidarity, restoring hope through the Congo Initiative

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:00am
Thanks to the efforts of Global Ministries, a shared ministry between the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), churches and leaders in both denominations recognized the pleas of the Congolese and are standing in solidarity with them through the ongoing Congo Initiative.

UCC selects new director of Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:00am
Starting in May, Cheryl Joseph Williams will work to strengthen the United Church of Christ’s philanthropic efforts as the director of the UCC’s Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship.

Thousands of scarves sent to support Old South Church's Boston Marathon Scarves Project

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:00am
From an outpouring of generosity, Old South Church has nearly 5,500 scarves to distribute to runners of this year's Boston Marathon during its Blessing of the Athletes services on April 20.

Next Generation Leadership Initiative an investment in church of the future

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:00am
A transformational leadership program administered by The Pension Boards United Church of Christ, which uses gifts from our forbearers to bring together young clergy dedicated to parish ministry and train them to lead the church of the future, is seeing an explosion of interest in 2014.