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Commentary: Living Wages: Good for Workers, Employers, and Communities

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 1:00pm

Amidst the flurry of news reports about political candidates, hurricanes, and baseball play-offs, you may have missed one important item about Walmart. 

Disabilities Ministries pushes new resource on becoming Accessible to All

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:59am

In response to a growing need for United Church of Christ churches to become accessible to all people with disabilities, the UCC Disabilities Ministries Board of Directors has just released a revised resource that can help. An updated edition of "Any Body, Every Body, Christ's Body: A Guide for Congregations, Association, and Conferences for Becoming Accessible to All," available in time for Disabilities Awareness Month in October, provides information to guide congregations as they answer the call to become "A2A."

General Synod planners put out a call for workshops in Baltimore

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 8:00am

Organizers of the 31st General Synod are seeking the best ideas for effective ministry that are worth sharing with the wider church next summer. The General Synod Program and Planning committee is putting out the call for workshops, looking to select the best of the bunch to educate, inform and inspire delegates and visitors to the United Church of Christ's biennial event in 2017.

Listening as a spiritual discipline during campaign season

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 1:00pm

During a season of divisive campaign rhetoric, members of a UCC congregation in Oregon devoted a few days to just listening.

UCC Board moves forward on amendments to constitution and bylaws

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 10:23am

As part of a continuing commitment to review and discuss alterations to the Constitution and Bylaws of the United Church of Christ before General Synod 2017, the UCC Board of directors supports drafting proposed amendments that would more clearly define the lines of responsibility, accountability and authority within the national leadership of the denomination.

Vision of a just world underscores clearer UCC purpose, mission

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 9:00am

A vision of a just world for all people will guide and shape the future work of the United Church of Christ. It's a vision that the denomination's General Minister and President and unified Board of Directors are prepared to own as part of a refreshed set of Purpose, Mission and Vision statements.

UCC Board approves third straight balanced budget

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 8:00am

For the third consecutive year, the national setting of the United Church of Christ will operate on a balanced budget in 2017 and continue to uphold a commitment to fiscal responsibility, firmly moving past years of overspending beyond its means.

2017 General Synod exhibit hall spaces, optional dining events now available

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 3:00pm

One of the favorite ways to reconnect with old friends and make new ones during each General Synod has been through the optional dining events. To continue that favored pastime, General Synod administrators are inviting those interested settings of the church to host a meal during the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ next summer in Baltimore.

Wisconsin Conference will host 2019 General Synod in Milwaukee

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 9:13am

The United Church of Christ will get a taste of cheese, brats and beers during the 32nd General Synod in 2019. The Wisconsin Conference UCC was enthusiastic in its invitation to Milwaukee, offering to host the denomination's biennial gathering, which the UCC Board of Directors unanimously accepted Thursday, Oct. 20, as part of business during the fall meeting. 

Commentary: The End is Nigh! (But it's not November 8th)

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 1:00pm

I admit that over the past few months, I have swung drastically between hysteria and malaise in response to this year's election.

UCC minister appointed national LGBTQ Task Force faith director

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 4:23pm

A former church pastor in the United Church of Christ has accepted the call to advance the causes of freedom and equality for LGBTQ people, as Naomi Leapheart was appointed as the faith work director for the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Interest in connection with Cuba growing around the UCC

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 7:00am

An affinity with Cuba and the Cuban people is growing in the UCC, evidenced by interest in the Cuba Study Seminar, a possible General Synod resolution and an upcoming initiative focusing on the Caribbean.

United Church of Christ, United Church of Canada tell baseball fans 'Just Call Them Cleveland'

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 2:05pm

A pair of North American Christian denominations, the United Church of Christ and the United Church of Canada, are calling on baseball fans to support the cause of justice and reconciliation for Native peoples — and push the Cleveland baseball team to finally change its name and logo.

Traci Blackmon to Parker Lecture: 'Media must place context within narrative'

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 3:03pm

If the mainstream media is to live up to its role in working for social justice, then it has an obligation to report the historical context that is relevant to the narrative of the stories — especially the narratives of racial justice — the journalists are covering.

Commentary: "unWelcome to America"

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 1:00pm

Every time I see the wall on our southern border, it shames me.

East Coast cleans up after Hurricane Matthew, UCC donations for long-term relief

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 9:12pm

As North Carolinians face the destruction of Hurricane Matthew — which killed 19 people in its wake — waters continue to rise, hindering the relief efforts in some of the poorest parts of the state. Both the United Church of Christ and its communion partner, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are ready to step in as they actively coordinate their responses after the storm swept along the Atlantic Coast in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas on Friday and Saturday.

UCC clergy support Native community, locally in Montana, and in solidarity with Standing Rock

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:44pm

Five UCC clergy, along with dozens of their neighbors joined Native American leadership in Billings, Mont., on Monday, Oct. 10, Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day, to stand in solidarity with the thousands on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation defending the water and their sacred tribal sites from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

UCC advocates put 'bodies on the line' at border wall with Mexico

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 10:11am

The push for humane immigration reform brought veterans, advocates, clergy and people of faith to the border wall dividing the Nogales, Ariz. and Mexico communities on Saturday, Oct. 8, as part of a joint rally calling for a new model of border justice that builds bridges and relationships instead of walls and policies that create fear and division.

Wisconsin church damaged by fire plans to rebuild

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 3:15pm

The chapel of Plymouth Congregational Church in Eau Claire, Wis., was spared serious damage during a fire last week. But the west end of the building — which housed the congregation’s offices, fellowship hall and kitchen — was destroyed by the early morning blaze that collapsed the building’s roof and has left the structure unusable.

Commentary: Let’s Pray for Peace and People in Korea Peninsula

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 1:00pm

In the summer of 2015, both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ passed a resolution: "A Call For Peace, Justice And Reunification In The Korean Peninsula."