May 23, 2015
The Cleveland police officer on trial for voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of two unarmed people killed during a high speed chase in November 2012 has been cleared of all charges. In Cleveland, home of the United Church of Christ national headquarters, peaceful protests followed the Saturday, May 23 verdict. The church's national leaders are advocating for change in the system, to work in the community to expose the discrimination, racism and disparity that led to the deaths of these two...
May 22, 2015
As the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas head into what appears to be the final stretch of peace talks that began in 2012, a delegation of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is headed to Colombia to advocate for and support the peace process, and ensure that all Colombians are afforded equal human rights.
- Aline Rodrigues was devastated. Her husband Rodrigo lay in a hospital bed in Piraquara, Brazil with a three percent chance of survival.
The Mission Summit Conversations are the heart of the Mission Summit! The conversations present an open opportunity for anyone attending the Biennial Mission Summit to engage in meaningful dialogue about a topic of interest by self-selecting into a small group. Two rounds of Mission Summit Conversations will be held at the 2015 Biennial Mission Summit, coming up June 26-28 in Overland Park, Kansas.
The Mission Summit Conversations are an open opportunity for anyone attending Mission Summit 2015 to engage in meaningful dialogue about a topic of interest by self-selecting into a small group. The Mission Summit Conversations are the heart of the Mission Summit.
Topics for Mission Summit 2015: *Denotes a new conversation for 2015
Citing "social, political and judicial changes taking place in our country" regarding sexual orientation, Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, called for the organization to end its ban on gay adults at the organization's national business meeting Thursday, May 21. The Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer, the UCC's executive for heath and wholeness advocacy and the national staff liaison to the BSA, applauded Gates' proactive leadership.
- Thousands of Reform Jews will Gather in Florida for the URJ's 73rd Biennial, November 2015
- In a setback to long-term peace prospects in former CRC mission areas in Nigeria, the visit by Hizikias Assefa, a well-respected Mennonite peace mediator, to the town of Wukari, Nigeria — the scene of violence over the last year — had to be cancelled due to further conflict in the area, says Peter Vander Meulen, coordinator of the CRC’s Office of Social Justice.