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Score another win for LGBT rights with recent presidential order

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:00am
United Church of Christ leaders applauded a recent executive order as another step forward in the recognition of LGBT rights.

Commentary: Time to Turn Up the Burners – A Reflection from AIDS 2014

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:00am
It's time to turn up the burners and get the waters boiling with more education, more advocacy, more outreach, more funding – more of all that it takes to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.

Reinterpreting worship and community through the Stillspeaking Worship Institute

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:00am
Two experiential and reflective worship education events in Minnesota and Colorado, will be the inaugural events for the UCC's Stillspeaking Worship Institute, aiming to bring together pastors, worship leaders and lay leaders to network and create around outreach to special needs families and outreach to the arts and music.

AIDS researchers were aboard downed Malaysian jet, prompting prayers at world summit

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 1:00am
AIDS researchers aboard downed Malaysian jet, promoting prayers at world summit

Rev. Boyd goes to Washington to urge expanding scope of chaplaincy

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 1:00am
The Rev. Stephen Boyd will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, July 22, to speak to government leaders about the importance of diversity in military chaplaincy.

UCC ministry protecting, providing for young refugees in Pennsylvania

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 1:00am
Bethany Children’s Home, a UCC ministry serving children and families in need in Womelsdorf, Penn., northwest of Philadelphia, is one of the places young refugees have found safe harbor.

UCC urges moment of prayer for young refugees and their advocates on Sunday, July 20

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 1:00am
As part of an Interfaith Weekend of Compassion and Prayer for Unaccompanied Children, the United Church of Christ is urging members and congregations to take a moment during church services this Sunday, July 20, to pray for and stand in silent witness with thousands of young refugees fleeing violence and conflict in Central America and the groups throughout the country working to help them.

UCC, OC Inc. urges a final push for net neutrality

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:00am
The Federal Communications Commission is inundated with comments over its proposed rules on how information and data should flow across the internet. Cheryl Leanza, a policy advisor for the Office of Communications, Inc., is thrilled with the response.

UCC Facebook post promoting religious freedom going viral

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:00am
The United Church of Christ’s quest for religious freedom is striking struck a chord with social media users on Facebook.

Commentary: Gaza Writes Back

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:00am
Such actions of compassion by grieving Israeli and Palestinian parents and expressions of hope and courage by Gazan youth remind us that peace is possible when cycles of retribution end, common humanity acknowledged, and anger is turned toward non-violent expressions.

Small Arizona congregation reaches out to women and children seeking refuge

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:00am
When 16 women and children seeking refuge in the United States were dropped off by U.S. Border Patrol in the parking lot of a local Walmart, the pastor of Yuma United Church of Christ and six members of her small congregation were among a group of volunteers who provided them much-needed assistance well into the night.

Craigville Colloquy leader spurred creative theology, thinking in UCC

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:00am
A theologian, thinker and thought-provoker in the wider church is being remembered this week by his friends and former colleagues in the United Church of Christ. Willis Elliott, a distinguished UCC theologian, died on July 5.

One Read participants plan to change lives through literacy work

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 1:00am
It’s fair to say that reaching out to assist others in the community is part of Naples United Church of Christ’s DNA. When the United Church of Christ announced a national literacy initiative, Naples UCC was one of the first churches to jump on board, recognizing literacy as a way to continue lifting up its neighbors, by helping in any way congregants can.

Faith movement to divest from fossil fuels ramping up

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:00am
The faith community may soon follow the lead of the United Church of Christ when it comes to shareholder activism and fossil fuel company divestment to lessen the impact of climate change.

Utah ONA churches ready to take support for gay marriage to highest court

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:00am
While there are only a handful of United Church of Christ congregations in Utah, the dozen churches are leading the charge in their communities, advocating for LGBT rights in the state.

Following global ecumenical gathering, UCC leaders look to sow seeds of pilgrimage

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:00am
After representing the United Church of Christ at a recent world-wide ecumenical gathering, UCC leaders hope to get the wider church to join them on a pilgrimage of justice and peace.

Commentary: Transitioning Away From Fossil Fuels

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:00am
Can we break ourselves of the fossil fuel habit? The transition will not be easy, but it needs to happen quickly.

UCC conferences, advocates push for Mid-East peace through divestment

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:00am
In the United Church of Christ's work for peace in Palestine-Israel, several conferences have laid the groundwork by calling for divestment through a series of resolutions. And there is momentum brewing to carry the issue forward at the next General Synod in 2015.

UCC Disabilities Ministries seeking nominations for board members to reach new goals

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 1:00am
The men and women who are passionate about disabilities ministry have a chance to put their faith into action by serving on the United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries Board of Directors. The board’s Nominating Committee is now seeking to appoint up to five new members to the board for a six-year term.