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Wisconsin church to donate fall festival proceeds to hurricane recovery

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:47pm

The members of Windsor United Church of Christ are changing up how best to use the money raised from its annual Fall Festival. Typically, those dollars are used toward the church's expenses — helping pay bills and offsetting the other ministry costs. But this year, after a series of hurricanes rocked the southern United States and the Caribbean, the small Wisconsin congregation wants to share the dollars it collects this weekend, earmarking the money for relief and recovery in an effort to create a just world for all.

Colorado UCC church to celebrate 30 years of ONA

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:42pm

A Colorado congregation of the United Church of Christ will celebrate the 30th anniversary next month of its Open and Affirming designation, which embraces the church's full inclusion and affirmation of all people.

Commentary: Rising Up for Equality

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 1:15pm

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from thwarting the exercise of certain individual freedoms: such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition. It's the last two items that have been on my mind lately.

Mass. Conference selects interim minister to succeed Jim Antal

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:42am

The Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors announced Sept. 18 that the Rev. Don Remick will serve as the Transitional Interim Minister and President upon the Rev. Jim Antal's retirement in July 2018.

A Tiny House aims to provide big solutions for South Carolina LGBTQ community

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:58pm

When LGBTQ individuals near the campus of Clemson University, in the areas of upstate South Carolina unexpectedly find themselves without a home or a place to feel safe, Peace Congregational United Church of Christ will be ready to meet them.

 

Love Them Back to Life

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 3:38pm

First Harvey, then Irma. The two Category 4 Hurricanes making landfall in the United States two weeks apart — in Texas, in Florida and in the Caribbean — spurred a massive call to action in the United Church of Christ.

North Carolina church reluctantly accepts pastor's unexpected resignation

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 1:40pm

A rural North Carolina congregation has reluctantly voted to accept the resignation of its pastor, a descendant of General Robert E. Lee who unexpectedly left his position after speaking out against white supremacy during an appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards in late August.

UCC continues push to ban work, housing and public discrimination in Ohio

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 1:33pm

Driven by love of neighbor, the United Church of Christ national setting, working alongside a coalition of Ohio corporations and businesses, is continuing its push to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the state where the denomination is headquartered.

Disaster Ministries prepares pastoral planning mission in Texas, Florida

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 8:00am

A Disaster Ministries team from the United Church of Christ is traveling this week (Sept. 20-26) to parts of the country ravaged by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to get an up close and personal look at the mission work in which local churches are involved, and to plot long-term recovery plans.

Early assessment in Florida finds damage to two UCC churches

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:36pm

Following one of the strongest storms in U.S. history, many Floridians are getting back to their homes and neighborhoods, coming face-to-face with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Because of destruction, flooding and loss of power to millions statewide, leaders of the United Church of Christ are just beginning to learn about the storm's impact on the UCC community.

Commentary: Our Displaced Neighbors

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 1:00pm

It has been so sad to watch the destruction Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have wreaked on Houston, coastal Texas, the Gulf coast, and the islands of the Caribbean.

Corpus Christi congregation aids disaster distribution on Texas coast

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:42pm

A United Church of Christ congregation in Corpus Christi is supplying a disaster distribution center in Port Aransas with much needed supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, supported by the assistance of the wider church.

UCC clergy lead protest denouncing Nashville Statement outside Chicago evangelical school

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 9:41am

A coalition of United Church of Christ pastors, part of an ecumenical group of protestors in Chicago, publicly showed their disagreement with the Nashville Statement by bringing their message to the doors of Moody Bible Institute.

Trio of conferences, approaching One Staff model, select conference minister candidate

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 2:13pm

Rev. Brigit Stevens was chosen as the candidate to lead the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences, which have explored — for the better part of two years — a creative way of moving together to enhance their direct ministry, thereby strengthening their covenant while maintaining their autonomy.

North Carolina churches' stand against hate spurs sanctuary discussion

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 9:00am

Two UCC churches in the Raleigh N.C. area are taking the lead in a discussion and training session around sanctuary this weekend, each hosting one of two workshops that will give interested faith communities an opportunity to network, hear testimony about the need for sanctuary, and discern best practices.

Texas congregation returns home for worship after Hurricane Harvey flood

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:45pm

A major hurricane, followed by flooding that brought raging water halfway up their front doors, didn't wash out a small Texas congregation 25 miles northwest of Houston for long. Christ United UCC in Cypress returned to their fellowship hall for worship on Sunday.

Irma makes devastating impact on South Florida

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 5:18pm

United Church of Disaster Ministries teams are reaching out to pastors and congregations across the entire peninsula of South Florida, as all involved try to assess the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma

Ohio UCC church is home Sunday for Florida family escaping Hurricane Irma 

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 5:00pm

A family from Florida drives north to Ohio, where they find welcome from Trinity UCC in Tiffin as they escape Hurricane Irma's destructive path.

UCC leaders join with faith community to denounce DACA decision and white supremacy

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 4:22pm

In an expression of love for their neighbors, leaders of the United Church of Christ are joining more than 180 national Christian leaders in a unified voice to stand with 800,000 Dreamers and rebuke the decision by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Disaster Ministries launches Hurricane Irma appeal, immersed in Harvey recovery

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:13pm

The UCC Disaster Ministries team is being stretched this week, effectively responding to two devastating hurricanes — the aftermath of Harvey and horrific floods on the ground in Texas and Louisiana and the current chaos Irma is bringing, leaving unprecedented destruction and a rising death toll in the Caribbean, with a pending strike of South Florida.

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