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Minnesota church collaboration to benefit South Carolina congregations

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:09pm

A United Church of Christ congregation in Minnesota wants to use fellowship to help rebuild black churches in the South.

Commentary: A day of listening to mark Katrina’s 10th anniversary

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 8:00am

As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, an implied question arises from the coverage of newspapers and news stations: who is "owning" the story? In other words, who is framing how we see and understand the hurricane and the 10 years that followed?

Commentary: Bright, Shiny Objects

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:00pm

Although I have been traveling out of the country the last two weeks, it didn’t take me long upon return to find myself right back in the thick of the 2016 presidential campaign saga.

Hurricane Katrina reshaped Back Bay Mission

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:29am

Back Bay Mission changed forever on Aug. 29, 2005. On that day, this ministry of the United Church of Christ that serves the poor and marginalized people of Biloxi, Miss., was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, which roared through the Gulf Coast. The Mississippi town of 6,500, was one of many communities along the coastline where 65,000 homes were lost and 67,000 extensively damaged.

Christian leaders urge Congress to vote for Iran deal

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:19pm

Standing on its foundation as a Just Peace church, leaders from the United Church of Christ and communion partner, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), are among the 51 Christian representatives from dozens of denominations and faith organizations who have sent a letter to Congress today. This Christian coalition is urging lawmakers to support the agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program.

Important work for WISE congregations

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:27pm

A recently-passed General Synod resolution is serving as a springboard for the fifth Widening the Welcome: Inclusion for All conference, to be held Sept. 24-26 in Hartford, Conn.

Resilience and relationships remain 10 years after Hurricane Katrina

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:03pm

The response of the entire United Church of Christ is being remembered and celebrated as the tenth anniversary of the most destructive storm in American history approaches.

Commentary: Julian Bond: Justice Ally and Icon, Now Justice Saint

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:00pm

Since hearing the sad news of Julian Bond's death on August 15, I've been trying to remember the first time I ever learned his name. He has been one of my heroes for as long as I can remember. 

Julian Bond’s family invites all to celebrate his life

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:37pm

The family of activist and humanitarian Julian Bond is inviting the many people who loved and admired the icon for social justice to be part of his home going this weekend.

Church camp mourns mother, daughter killed in crash

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 6:21pm

The Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Silver Lake Conference Center family and the wider church is pausing this week to mourn the heartbreaking deaths of two of their own. A four-car accident tragically claimed the lives of Ledell Mulvaney, co-dean of Silver Lake Conference Center, and her adult daughter, Katherine. Don Mulvaney, Ledell’s husband and co-dean of Silver Lake, remains hospitalized in critical condition with several injuries.


Celebrating a wave of women in UCC conference leadership

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:26pm

Spring and summer were seasons of change in conference leadership across the United Church of Christ, with six new conference ministers called, and in that group, a trio of women who are beginning their tenures.

A partner on this continent

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:34am

The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, recently-retired general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, led the denomination's efforts to reach a full communion agreement with the United Church of Canada. The agreement was formally affirmed in June by voting delegates to the UCC 30th General Synod, and again last week by the Canadian denomination. Invited to speak to the 42nd General Council of the United Church of Canada, Black remarked on the similarities between the two churches, the hospitality extended to him and fellow UCC colleagues, and hockey.

Commentary: Julian Bond: Champion of intergenerational justice for all (including creation)

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:10am

Today I join the millions who remember and mourn the death of civil rights champion Julian Bond.

Parker Lecture will honor two for work in ethical broadcasting

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 3:00pm

The media justice ministry of the United Church of Christ, the Office of Communication, Inc., will honor two individuals this fall for their impact toward ethical broadcasting during the annual Everett C. Parker Lecture in Washington, D.C.

UCC General Counsel Donald C. Clark announces retirement

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:00pm

In his time as General Counsel for the United Church of Christ, Donald C. Clark never lost a case.  After 25 years of service, representing the wider church in more than 30 different states in both federal and state court proceedings, Clark has announced his retirement. He will step down from his post on his birthday, Nov. 26.

United Church of Canada approves full communion with UCC

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:57pm

The only two United and Uniting Churches in North America have now forged a full communion agreement in the spirit of Christian unity. The United Church of Canada unanimously adopted a full communion agreement with the United Church of Christ during its 42nd General Council on Thursday, Aug. 13, paving the way for a long-lasting relationship between two denominations that share a passion for justice and peace.

Commentary: Broken Bootstraps

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 8:16am

"Making it big" in this country means being worth a lot of money.  It is not easy to get rich (in money) if you do not have wealthy parents or grandparents.  It is doubtful that someone who was born and grew up in poverty can become wealthy.  The assumption that a person "came from poverty, but worked hard and pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and made it big" is an unlikely reality in our current economic system.  The problem is our capitalistic culture regularly measures our importance and success by how much money we make rather than the moral and ethical values by which we live our lives.

Peace Village embraces children in Ohio

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 1:48pm

Who would have thought that in a small, rural Ohio community you would find a group of 22 children learning the life story of the Buddha, discovering Jesus' mission to bring peace to the world, playing twister to experience the interconnectedness of all things, and wading in the river to catch tadpoles and fish?

Illinois church combines faith, education with back-to-school giveaway

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 4:43pm

The month of August is usually a time when parents and children get ready for the start of another year of school — a time to stock up on pencils and notebooks and prepare for that first day. In that spirit, a first-year congregation of the United Church of Christ in suburban Chicago is inviting the community to a back-to-school musical and picnic, with a number of free services to ready community kids for class.

Meet John C. Dorhauer

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 11:38am

The United Church of Christ's new general minister and president intends to forge a greater connection between the national church and local congregations for the sake of our shared mission. Hear how the Rev. Dorhauer hopes to accomplish that, in the first in a series of video conversations.