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Cleveland congregation helps give voice to voters through registration drive

9 hours 25 min ago

As Democrats and Republicans debate the winner of the first presidential debate, UCC churches continue to work to make sure every voice is heard in the November election.

UCC advocates celebrate end of 52-year Colombian conflict

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 6:55pm

The last armed conflict in South America is finally over after five decades, more than 200,000 lives lost and 5 million people displaced. The United Church of Christ has spent two decades calling and working for an end to the violence in Colombia, and today church advocates share with the people of that country the joy of a peace agreement.

UCC leaders express outrage at recent police shootings of black men

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:28pm

Two families are mourning the loss of black men at the hands of police after a pair of deadly shootings within the last week in North Carolina and Oklahoma. United Church of Christ leaders in those states say the church and the nation must refuse to continue living in a climate where injustice is the norm.


Commentary: "What does the Lord require of you?"

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 1:00am

I believe it is important to realize that we are all bystanders in this moment in history regarding sexuality issues in our society and our world.

Video outlines resolution process for General Synod 2017

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 11:28am

Ahead of General Synod 2017 in Baltimore — and in preparation for the next groundbreaking resolution from the church — the General Synod administration team has put together a brief, explanatory video guide that outlines how to submit a resolution for consideration by Synod delegates.

New Jersey church to share model for intergenerational faith building

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:48am

Any opportunity to bring people of all ages together is an opportunity to enrich the life of a church. That strong belief by United Church of Christ minister the Rev. Julie Yarborough is part of what fuels the intergenerational relationships that are formed at Christ Church's annual retreat. This month, the UCC Faith Formation Ministry team is looking to the New Jersey congregation’s annual All Church gathering as a model for other congregations seeking to forge important faith-forming, cross-generational relationships.

Worldwide churches gather to focus advocacy efforts on Israel-Palestine

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 6:39pm

At a National and World Council of Churches consultation, participants assessed the role that churches have played in the struggle for peace the Middle East, and repeated their call to the Israeli government to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories, calling for the United States to adopt a neutral position in hopes that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace as equals.

We Stand With Love messaging launched as alternative to divisive campaign rhetoric

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 1:03pm

Sick and tired of the mudslinging ads in this election, and the hate speech that has taken over the 2016 political campaigns? Join the 'We Stand With Love' messaging movement.

Commentary: What Do You Want Me To Do For You? (Mark 10:46-52)

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 1:00pm

In the gospel of Mark, we read the story of Jesus' encounter with a man who had lost his ability to see.

Standing Rock citizens, allies standing firm against DAPL as court battle continues

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 1:33pm

"Our water protectors are not leaving this land until they know that black snake is dead."

The Native people of more than 100 sovereign nations, and their spiritual and environmental allies, are standing firm in their resolve to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Peace, diversity and collaboration mark 9/11 anniversary in Northeast Ohio

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:46am

An interfaith service day in Northeast Ohio reaches out to first responders to honor the memory of the Americans lost on 9/11.

Arm-in-arm with Abrahamic faith partners on Sept. 11 anniversary

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 9:18pm

On the 15th anniversary of the worst terror attack on American soil, Jews, Muslims and Christians from the United Church of Christ assembled in Nebraska to commemorate the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001 and to build bridges of hope for the world through a "Circle of Peace."

Government steps in, temporarily halts Dakota Access Pipeline

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 8:46pm

While the effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline suffered a setback in federal court, the Native American people defending their lands and water in North Dakota won an important victory that effectively brings construction to a halt near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation temporarily.

UCC pastor, congregation advocate for LGBT protections in a divided Ohio town

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 2:25pm

Even after the banner outside the church was slashed, Orchard Hill United Church has continued to live out their faith, coming out in support of a local anti-discrimination ordinance under consideration in the Southern Ohio town of Chillicothe.

UCC churches organize around Our Faith Our Vote: A right, a privilege, a responsibility

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 10:20am

The upcoming presidential election is less than two months away, and congregations of the United Church of Christ are focused on community education and advocacy with National Voter Registration Day coming up on Sept. 27, to make sure everyone who chooses to vote has a voice this year.

Albertson appointed UCC Conference Minister Search Coordinator and CCM Support

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:01pm

The churches and conference ministers of the United Church of Christ have a supportive new ally in the denomination's national offices. The Rev. Lee Albertson, former church pastor, conference committee chair, and acting conference minister, has been called to serve as Conference Minister Search Coordinator and CCM Support for the UCC.

Commentary: Not for Sale

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:00pm

Despite international banning of the slave trade in the 19th century, slave ships still ply the sea. 

Local Church Ministries evaluating selection process for New and Renewing Church grants

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 8:59am

As part of the United Church of Christ's commitment to live into the call of being a multi-racial, multi-cultural church, the denomination plans to reevaluate how it selects recipients for New and Renewing church grants — in hopes of spreading some of those funds to a more diverse cross-section of the UCC's congregations.

Board nominations sought by Nov. 1 deadline

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:46pm

The General Synod Nominating Committee is encouraging the best minds and creative souls throughout the wider United Church of Christ to bring their gifts to serve the denomination on the UCC Board of Directors.

Faith leaders to converge at Standing Rock against Dakota Access Pipeline

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 1:44pm

A contingent of ministers from the UCC, part of an ecumenical group of faith leaders, is heading to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota this week to stand in solidarity with the citizens of multiple Native American nations, landowners and environmentalists who have come together to protect the water and the land from the Dakota Access pipeline.