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Thanks to the generosity of the Rev. Steve Burt, a retired United Church of Christ pastor in The Villages, Fla., 3,160 underprivileged children will receive an autographed book of their very own this holiday season.
It was a Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A normal December morning, until gunshots rang out, causing chaos and panic. By day's end 26 innocent people, most young children, had lost their lives.
Donations came in rapidly and in large numbers to assist people in the Philippines put their lives back together after Typhoon Haiyan. Those generous gifts from a multitude of contributors enabled the United Church of Christ and the Disaster Ministries team to raise more than a quarter million dollars in just weeks. With gratitude, the UCC announced it surpassed its $250,000 goal on Friday, Dec. 6, with $250,641 to date.
On Dec. 5, the Rev. Linda Jaramillo flew to Washington, D.C., to join the Fast for Families, where she fasted for 24 hours in solidarity with the core fasters, who had gone 22 days with no food, just water, spending their days in a tent in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol.
During the season of giving, one United Church of Christ congregation is providing a family a place to live after their home was damaged in November's tornados. St. Paul’s UCC in Nashville, Ill. has an unused parsonage, and decided to put it use to help put a roof over their heads.
A man who shed bitterness and anger to instill reconciliation for an entire country. An icon for change and equality. A leader who persevered in a decades-long quest for justice. Those are just a few ways justice leaders, past and present, from the United Church of Christ are evoking the lasting legacy Nelson Mandela.
Largely because of St. John UCC's extravagant welcome, the other four churches in Bellevue, Ky., have decided not to take part in a beloved Christmas tradition this year.
UCC congregations from New York to California have taken action to do what they can to help their brothers and sisters suffering on the other side of the world.
The Rev. Linda Jaramillo will travel to Washington, D.C., Dec. 5 to stand in solidarity with immigration activists who have been gathered in a tent on the National Mall since Nov. 12 to Fast for Families.
The destruction of Lazarus UCC in Maryland raised questions about how the congregation will rebuild its house of worship, and what it will do during the Christmas season.
The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund is one of the UCC's four special mission offerings that provides assistance to retired and active clergy facing overwhelming financial demands.
Old South Church in Boston United Church of Christ will receive more than $13 million after its copy of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in America, sold for the highest price ever recorded for a print book in an open sale.
Longmont UCC volunteers are still going strong, with no intentions of stopping until the recovery is complete.
While most Americans are spending the week of Thanksgiving gathered in celebration with family and friends, the Rev. Steven Korn has been making new friends, assisting families in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The UCC pastor left Ohio last week as part of a 10-day mission trip to a small island community of Panay.
In the multi-cultural global family of Christian people he met during 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea, Louis Blue Coat found ecumenical conversations, workshops, worship and plenary sessions on climate change, indigenous people, ecological justice and government/tribal relations provided resources for his work with the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota and the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) of the United Church of Christ.
As the chaos of the holiday shopping season ensues, UCC members urge consumers to look beyond big-box stores and really think about how their money is being spent.
For the first time in more than a century, Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah fall the same day, Nov. 28. In celebration, a United Church of Christ congregation in Massachusetts is inviting its Christian and Jewish neighbors for an interfaith service to lift up the rare occasion.
Two different paths lead down the same road: a calling to ministry, to learn to help people in spiritual ways. A pair of women are following their call and are completing their second semester at Chicago Theological Seminary, one of seven United Church of Christ-related seminaries.
A federal district court in Wisconsin has declared a law that allows ministers to receive tax-exempt housing allowances as part of their compensation unconstitutional.
At Thanksgiving, St. Stephen United Church of Christ in New Holland, Pa. is the little congregation that could. This church of less than 100 attendees will feed four times that many people in two hours on Thursday, Nov. 28, with free food and a side of fellowship.