May 29, 2015
The theological discussion around the idea of multiple religious belonging, the concept of a person identifying with more than one faith, continues, and at an early point in the conversation there are many questions to be answered—such as what it means for Christianity. But the uncharted aspects of the topic aren’t slowing two United Church of Christ congregations from recognizing this growing trend. Embracing religious diversity is part of their cultures, extending their welcome to people...
May 28, 2015
In the early spring of 2010, Eunice Carrasco-Hill received a phone call that changed her life. A Latino man she knew was stopped by a police officer and was arrested when he was unable to provide a driver's license or a green card, indicating that he was in the country legally. In that moment, Carrasco-Hill asked, "Why me God?" And God responded, calling her to help those in need.
May 27, 2015
We pray that the administration once again appeals this decision and that the court process to rectify this injustice is as speedy as possible. We also call on the President to continue his leadership on immigration by doing more in the midst of these court proceedings.
May 26, 2015
After a Cleveland police officer was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of an unarmed couple, a coalition of clergy, including UCC national leaders, rally with a call for reform of the city’s criminal justice system.
One of the United Church of Christ's national leaders has been named to the board of directors of the country's oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group. The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, the United Church of Christ's executive minister of Local Church Ministries, is one of 21 board members of the National LGBTQ Task Force.
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.
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.
More than two years in the making, the pastor of The Community Church of Washington D.C. United Church of Christ has organized the 2015 Inclusive Church Conference to provide clergy and lay leaders the resources, tools and information they need for their new church starts to thrive.
May 21, 2015
A leader in the United Church of Christ and in the St. Louis area who modeled generosity in spirit, friendship, service and stewardship, died early Wednesday morning, May 20. The Rev. Jerry Paul was surrounded by his wife of 44 years, Nancy, his family, and the love of friends and colleagues from across the church. He was 65.