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Andover Newton, Howard Univ. get grant for Science for Seminaries

18 hours 34 min ago
A seminary of the United Church of Christ is one of just 10 higher-education institutions in the United States to receive a grant to integrate science as part of its core theological curricula.

21st century study seeds new ministry ideas for church planters

18 hours 34 min ago
An Ohio church funded in part by sales of local craft beer. A California church that you can’t walk into, but instead attend virtually along with 1 million regular users. A church that meets in a garden instead of a sanctuary.

UCC attorney Don Clark recognized as top counsel in Cleveland

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:00am
Don Clark is one of 20 attorneys in the greater Cleveland area that will be honored by Crain's Cleveland Business on Nov. 20, as the publication recognizes the best legal minds in the region, representing public, private, nonprofit and government organizations.

Our Faith, Our Vote campaign helps churches protect voting rights, increase turnout

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:00am
Two UCC congregations in Wisconsin and North Carolina are using grant money from Justice and Witness Ministries to empower and educate voters about their state’s voting laws and making sure underrepresented populations are afforded their constitutional rights.

Stunned UCC community offers presence and prayers after Washington high school shooting

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:00am
After a fatal shooting involving 15-year old boy who took aim at his friends and family in a high school cafeteria in Washington, a local UCC community offers a ministry of presence and comfort.

Pumpkin patch fundraiser brings people together in New Jersey and beyond

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 1:00am
At first glance, it looked more like a pumpkin patch than a church lawn –until the sale started at the First Congregational Church of River Edge (FCCRE) in early October. The Pumpkin Patch Project – 3,000 pumpkins, a farmer's market and a slew of volunteers make up this annual fundraiser for the River Edge, N.J., church that brings the congregation together and helps boost the economy of the Navajo people.

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.