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UCC leader speaks out against Supreme Court inaction on immigration

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:40pm

United Church of Christ General and Minister and President the Rev. John C. Dorhauer, decries Supreme Court ruling on the Obama administration's immigration plan.

UCC leaders celebrate national landmark status of Stonewall

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:39pm

The national leadership of the United Church of Christ is celebrating the new national monument status of an LBGT landmark. The Stonewall Inn, in New York's Greenwich Village, has been designated the Stonewall National Monument by President Barack Obama, the first addition to the National Park System honoring the history of the LBGT community.

New York UCC leaders call on Gov. Cuomo to rescind state order against BDS

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 9:13am

New York UCC leaders are pushing back against N.Y. governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to prohibit state agencies from doing business with organizations aligned with the boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) movement against Israel.

Pennsylvania pastor stands firm on church's support of Muslim neighbors

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 1:25pm

When St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Dallastown, Pa., used the sign on its front lawn to wish the Muslims in the community a blessed Ramadan, the Rev. Chris Rodkey never expected the aftermath to come.

Commentary: Guarding Interfaith Initiatives From Superficial Expressions of Inclusion

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 1:00pm

In May this year South Asian Histories for All (SAHFA), an interfaith coalition of 24 organizations across California and the US, worked together to ensure that fundamentalist versions of history did not come to shape the textbooks created by California’s Instructional Quality Commission (an advisory body to the State Board of Education).

Austin interfaith community declares, 'We Stand with Our Muslim Neighbors'

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 9:00am

The interfaith community in Austin, Texas has created a sacred bond against anti-Muslim backlash that began before Ramadan and will continue long after.

Small churches dream big with StillSpeaking 2.0 Toolkit

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 7:00am

Two small UCC congregations in Michigan are singing the praises of the StillSpeaking 2.0 Toolkit,
released to churches last month, and have big plans for the resource created to help local churches communicate more effectively –– in the media, and in their local communities.

Why the United Church of Christ?

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:07am

With this survey, the United Church of Christ general minister and president is reaching out to every member of the wider church, looking for input on a proposed UCC Mission Statement.

Commentary: Feel our pulse!

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 9:39am

The tragic attack of June 12 in Orlando has sent our entire nation and world reeling into grief.

UCC media justice advocates celebrate court ruling in favor of net neutrality

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 8:35pm

Net neutrality has scored another major win this week. Faith leaders of the United Church of Christ are applauding the victory that will protect the ability of all people — regardless of their faith, background or income level — to communicate, create and organize their efforts online.

We are the 'something new'

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 2:30pm

Rev. Justo González, pastor of Pilgrim-St. Luke's and El Nuevo Camino United Church of Christ in Buffalo, is preparing for Pride Sunday in his congregation, after struggling with the unspeakable following the murders of 49 men and women in his former community of Orlando.
 

Commentary: Orlando: Anger, Rage and Profound Grief

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 1:00pm

The United Church of Christ deplores the violence that ended the lives of 50 beautiful people this past weekend.

UCC clergy, leaders join D.C. interfaith prayer vigil for criminal sentencing reform

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 8:48am

In fulfillment of a call by the recent General Synod of the United Church of Christ to eradicate mass incarceration, justice advocates of the church participated in an interfaith vigil Wednesday, June 15, in the nation's capital, lifting up in prayer those people affected by the federal criminal justice system, and continuing the UCC's push for prison sentencing reform.

Gathering in grief, solidarity and in memory of the victims in Orlando

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:33am

Denominational leaders of the United Church of Christ gathered in Orlando to express their dismay that members of the LGBT community were targeted and attacked by a shooter with a rifle, and they gathered in Cleveland to express sorrow for those who perished. 

One Staff model of UCC Conference collaboration up for a vote in the Midwest

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 2:24pm

Three United Church of Christ conferences in America's heartland are talking collaboration, voting on a proposal to create one staff to serve three conferences in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

Arizona church offers sanctuary to man living in U.S. for 25 years facing deportation

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 11:19am

This week, Shadow Rock UCC in Phoenix has opened its doors to Sixto Paz, who faces deportation after having lived legally in the United States for 25 years.

UCC leaders, clergy plan public religious witness supporting LGBTQ community

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 3:42pm

Three national leaders of the United Church of Christ, in a public witness deploring the mass shooting that ended the lives of 50 people, will be joining clergy of the UCC Florida Conference on Tuesday, June 14, in Orlando, to be present with the communities, congregations, civic leaders, and families and friends of those murdered at the Pulse nightclub.

Vigils honor victims of the Orlando mass shooting, offer solidarity to their community

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:24pm

Solidarity and support shown for the LGBTQ community is bringing people together at vigils around the country honoring the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

UCC leaders mourn 50 killed in act of terrorism against gay community in Orlando

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 3:13pm

After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the General Minister and President of the UCC issues a statement mourning the loss of those murdered, calling for prayers for their families, and expressing horror and frustration over how commonplace this kind of tragedy has become.

 

 

Virginia UCC congregation called to 'visit the prisoner'

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 9:39am

Each year in June, the United Church of Christ invites congregations and people of faith to visit the prisoner. The denomination helps promote Torture Awareness Month with partner organization the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), providing a way for congregations to learn more about torture, bringing this human rights concern into Sunday services and out into local communities.

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