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UCC Officers celebrate 'courageous action' restoring relations with Cuba

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
The National Officers of the United Church of Christ are lauding President Obama's decision to resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba, which includes opening a United States embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century.

Global Ministries ready to usher in new era of partnership with Cuban churches

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
Surprised by the news this week that the United States would end five decades of sanctions against Cuba, leaders of the United Church of Christ are looking forward to an opportunity to work more closely partners from the island nation.

UCC congregations support homeless populations during cold winter months

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:00am
UCC congregations engage with homeless residents during coldest months and throughout the year.

Commentary: "Do Not Be Afraid"

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:00am
It is hard to feel not afraid in a world so in need of hope, of peace, but let me offer what I experience as a sign of hope for all of us. That chorus of angels is filling the streets of Ferguson and New York.

Nebraska UCC offers food, shelter to local residents impacted by apartment fire

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:00am
First Congregational United Church of Christ is located in the heart of the small town of Crete, Neb., so when disaster strikes, the church is always one of the first groups to open its doors and lend a hand.

Living Advent calendar encourages member participation and engagement

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:00am
To urge the congregation to be active in the reflection and contemplation of Advent, Park Avenue Christian Church United Church of Christ has launched a living Advent calendar, which offers a new reflection to ponder each day of the season.

Pension Boards enhances coverage of gender identity services

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:00am
A decision by the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc., will allow the transgender community access to broader insurance coverage at the turn of the New Year. The new benefit will make the United Church of Christ one of the first mainline churches to offer coverage for transgender-specific health services and other treatment related to gender transition.

UCC churches offer support for those feeling grief, sadness during the holiday season

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:00am
Special UCC services offer support for those who are alone or experiencing pain in their lives during the holiday season.

Finding hope and unity in a weekend call for action

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:00am
The nation’s capital has been the center of public demonstrations about police shootings, school shootings and calls to address racism and gun violence in the last few days.

UCC churches in D.C. light up the night for justice

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 1:00am
Churches of the United Church of Christ in the Washington, D.C., area are assembling with ecumenical partners on Friday night to join arms in a massive prayer vigil of love and light for justice.

NY clergy call for police reform to rebuild trust with community

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 1:00am
New York-area ministers of the United Church of Christ are part of an ecumenical community voice calling for justice and end to police violence. A pastoral letter to the mayor and city council, signed by 109 faith leaders from New York, takes aim at a lack of accountability and implores elected leaders to reform the police department to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the public.

Dillard University hosts intensive English language program for Mexican students

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 1:00am
Twenty students and teachers from Mexico's Proyecta 100,000 Program are wrapping up an intensive four-week English language program at the United Church of Christ-affiliated Dillard University in New Orleans.

Commentary: The Gift of God

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 1:00am
If God had waited for a perfect world to come to us incarnate, God would still be waiting. That is the miracle.

UCC joins faith community in condemning U.S. torture tactics

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:00am
Following the belief that torture is a violation of the image of God and it is never justified, leaders of the United Church of Christ are joining countless voices from the faith community condemning the CIA’s sanction of the brutal use of torture—in some cases nearly drowning and depriving detainees of sleep, sometimes for days and weeks at a time.

UCC steps in to help Philippines through latest disaster

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:00am
A little more than a year after a typhoon killed more than 6,000 people in the Phillippines, the island nation is recovering from another in Typhoon Hagupit. As in 2013, the United Church of Christ is already stepping in to assist the relief and recovery effort.

Commentary: The power and importance of a shared voice

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:00am
During the course of the Authorizing Ministry for the 21st Century (AM21) gathering in Savannah, it became apparent that not only were we engaged with ministry matters (noun) but also that ministry matters (verb).

UCC ministers in New York are proclaiming justice and paying it forward

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:00am
UCC ministers, co-pastors of a small congregation in Brooklyn are fueling a movement and paying it forward. It started with a one small banner that proclaimed "Black Lives Matter."

An Advent Call for Accountability

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 1:00am
During an Advent gathering to envision the future of ministry in the 21st century, 140 leaders of the United Church of Christ released a letter to the church addressing the racism they see in cases in Ferguson, New York and Cleveland. A message of outrage this holy season calling for accountability and justice for all people.

General Synod schedule includes 24 workshops

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 1:00am
Next summer, delegates and visitors attending General Synod 2015, June 26-30 in Cleveland, can learn about a variety of topics through the biennial event’s 24 different workshops.

UCC pastor part of group gathering in D.C. to support immigrants in sanctuary

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:00am
Representatives of the United Church of Christ and other faith groups will gather in Washington, D.C., beginning Tuesday, Dec. 9, to be a voice for the country's immigrants currently living in sanctuary.