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UCC leaders: Politics holds the common good hostage in government shutdown

4 hours 49 min ago

The federal government shutdown at midnight Friday after a vote to pass a short-term stop gap funding bill that did not include protections for young undocumented immigrants or address other priorities such as disaster relief failed in the Senate.

Father of three takes sanctuary in Greensboro church

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:30am

A United Church of Christ congregation in Greensboro, N.C., welcomed a father of three facing deportation into sanctuary on Thursday.

United Church Funds President announces retirement

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:00pm

After almost three decades at the helm of United Church Funds (UCF), President Donald G. Hart has announced his plan to retire in June 2019.

Commentary: Justice work means working with the most vulnerable

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:00pm

By empowering these families, offering hope and building relationships we break down barriers of injustice and prejudice that threaten the very fabric of our common humanity. Praise be to God.

Arizona church video celebrates 3 Great Loves, mission to help teachers

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:00am

A United Church of Christ congregation in an Arizona retirement community is living into the 3 Great Loves initiative by supporting area teachers with school supplies.

Immigration advocates in NYC resolute despite deportation of one of their leaders

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:47am

In the spirit of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., several UCC ministers in NYC spent much of the Jan. 15 holiday in protest and in prayer with hundreds who gathered at Judson Memorial Church, calling for the immediate release of two church members and high-profile leaders of the immigrant rights movement. One was deported, the other remains in detention.

Ohio interfaith group brings community together to celebrate, continue vision of MLK

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:27pm

A number of spiritual leaders in rural Ohio who have come together to continue the work of Martin Luther King Jr., used the national holiday as a way to celebrate King's vision of a beloved community, and honor the work of a UCC pastor.

Registration opens for Shaping Theological Formation Summit

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:07pm

Registration for the UCC summit, 'From the Ground Up: Re-imagining Theological Formation', is now open to interested participants across the life of the church.

Montecito mudslides prompt UCC pastor displaced by wildfires to serve

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 3:11pm

As rescuers in California urgently search for more missing people in the deadly mudslides that  devastated the Montecito community, a United Church of Christ minister is pastoring to the stricken and the injured.

UCC leaders condemn Trump's racist profanity, demand apology

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 10:45am

The United Church of Christ national officers, outraged and offended by the president's reference to African countries and Haiti in vulgar, racist terms on Jan. 11 while debating immigration reform, have issued this statement.

Michigan clergy demand protection for Dreamers

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 4:23pm

As churches and communities around the country ready to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, a number of UCC clergy in Michigan came together to point out how much work still needs to be done to realize King's Dream, calling for a 'Clean' Dream Act.


UCC advocates in New York protest pending deportation of nationally-known immigrant rights activist

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:41am

For the second time in a week, protestors filled the streets of New York City after a high-profile immigrant rights activist, and member of Judson Memorial Church was targeted for deportation by ICE.

Commentary: Joyful Resistance

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 1:00pm

The start of a new calendar year is a threshold, a moment to acknowledge the passing of time.

New York church, U.S. family rallying to keep Haitian immigrant from deportation

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:11am

Members of the Judson Memorial Church in New York City are rallying around one of their own in an effort to keep him from being deported to his home country of Haiti.

Nebraska church reaches out to immigrants with welcome, education, resources

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:42am

A UCC congregation in small-town Nebraska partnered with other justice organizations to do something tangible to help immigrants and refugees who face losing their Temporary Protected Status in the United States.

UCC mourns justice advocate Juanita Helphrey

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 1:24pm

The United Church of Christ and the world lost a fierce justice advocate with the death of Juanita Helphrey, former national staff member, and minister in the Northern Plains Conference UCC.

Little girl in North Carolina lives into a great love of her neighbors

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:01am

A child in North Carolina will be celebrating her birthday this week by spending some time with her homeless friends, sharing her Christmas presents from Santa. Gifts she requested on their behalf.

Commentary: Uprooting the Sources of Harassment

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 1:00pm

Sexual violence against women is not new.

Maine congregation's 'liturgy of hospitality' feeds friends at the Neighborhood Café

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 8:00am

A Maine congregation does church every Tuesday and it looks like a restaurant. A liturgy of hospitality, about welcome, affirmation, community building and delicious, healthy food.

UCC taps California minister as 3 Great Loves ambassador

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 1:04pm

The United Church of Christ, six months into a two-year initiative aimed at bringing all settings of the denomination together in a mission to build a just world where all are welcomed, everyone is loved and justice is inherent, taps a local pastor to help coordinate storytelling around 3 Great Loves.