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UCC clergy recognized for making a difference in 2017

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:34am

Two United Church of Christ pastors have been recognized in their home communities for their efforts toward making the world a more just place for all.

Commentay: Do New Year’s Resolutions Actually Help Anyone?

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 12:00am

Growing up, my siblings and I made many New Year's resolutions at the closing of each year.

Ohio congregation expresses love of neighbor with Family Promise

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 8:00am

It's hard not to have a place to call home, especially at the holidays. But an Ohio church, living into the UCC's 3 Great Loves initiative, is ministering to neighboring families in their time of need.

Commentary: "Not in Our Town"

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 1:00pm

May the hope and promise of this season, of a just world for all, inspire us to take action and send a clear message to those who would perpetuate hate and violence, "Not in our town, not in our state, not in our country, not in our world."

Small Michigan church quadruples in size by ministering to its community

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:00am

A small church on the shores of Lake Michigan is growing exponentially. "By dramatically increasing their footprint in the community, they have claimed their prophetic voice and embraced their diversity. This is a story of engagement, vision and revitalization."

UCC Southern California congregation vows to 'Be the Church' in wildfire recovery process

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 4:00pm

As wildfires continue to rage across large swaths of Southern California spewing smoke and ash across the landscape, the people of the UCC congregation in Ventura are making every effort to get back into their building for worship on Sunday, Christmas Eve.

Maine clergy takes on tax bill, releasing a statement of faith condemning the measure

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 1:30pm

A group of interfaith clergy in Maine comes together as one voice, speaking out in strong opposition to the tax reform bill that will go up for a vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon.

Holy Cow! Philadelphia pastor hangs on as huge cow escapes live nativity scene

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 5:55pm

He juggles a lot of responsibilities as the pastor of one of Philadelphia's oldest churches, but wrangling a huge cow on a city street in the early hours of the morning during a snowstorm is not something the Rev. Michael Caine ever thought he would be called to do.

Commentary: Working for Justice is Intergenerational

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 1:00pm

Several people spoke up – asking questions and offering help. 

Commentary: All I want for Christmas is a hot shower

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

For 26 years, the Congregational Church of Patchogue on Long Island, New York, has been offering soap, deodorant, wash cloths and other toiletries to homeless persons. This week, with a Mobile Shower Unit, the church began offering them an opportunity to put them to use.

'Sock It To Em Campaign' gifts scores of socks to homeless neighbors at the holidays

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:00pm

A couple of UCC members in Colorado built a charitable organization around their desire to help their homeless neighbors stay warm when winter comes.

At Christmas, Love Wins

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00pm

In his Christmas Message, United Church of Christ General Minister and President the Rev. John C. Dorhauer invites all in the wider church to commit to making sure that 'Love Wins', no matter the season. 

Southern California congregation 'under siege', surrounded by raging wildfires

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:11pm

A UCC congregation and it community are under siege in Ventura, Calif., surrounded by raging wildfires that authorities say could get worse before they get better.

Commentary: Toward a Global Compact on Migration for the Well-Being of All

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:00pm

Global movements of people always have been a reality. 

Hundreds of advocates demanding action for immigrants arrested on Capitol Hill

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 9:57am

181 people from all walks of life, including two United Church of Christ ministers, were arrested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C., staging a sit-in in support of the immigrants known as the Dreamers.

Ohio church's community Christmas gift takes neighbors back to Bethlehem

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 9:48am

The members of a United Church of Christ congregation in Newark, Ohio offered their friends, families and community an unusual and moving gift on the first Sunday of Advent. A gift of love for neighbor, and a realistic reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

UCC leaders call on U.S. Supreme Court to protect the rights of all people in Cakeshop case

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 5:00am

Leaders of the United Church of Christ are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the rights of all people, as it hears oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. Respect for religious liberty requires recognizing diverse religious beliefs, meaning businesses open to the public must serve all.

Faith leaders revive MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign as a national organizing call to end racism, poverty

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 5:03pm

On December 4, 1967, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. announced plans for a Poor People's Campaign to organize individuals around the country to action, in a movement to end poverty, racism, and militarism in America.

UCC New Hampshire church rejoices after federal judge decision halts Indonesian deportations

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:00pm

It may have come the Monday after Thanksgiving, but the decision of a federal judge in Boston is bringing a lot of joy and thanksgiving to a United Church of Christ congregation in New Hampshire.

UCC DC staff warns against 'harmful' tax cut bill up for Senate debate

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:23pm

Senate Republicans plan to bring their tax plan to a vote Thursday night in an effort to pass a key piece of legislation during President Donald Trump's first year in office. United Church of Christ leaders believe The Tax Cut and Jobs Act will cause "enormous harm" if the "irresponsible and regressive legislation" ends up on the President's desk.