April 17, 2015
The United Church of Christ, in conjunction with the World Council of Churches, will host clergy and theologians from across North America for one of the first global discussions on multiple religious belonging at the denomination's national offices April 20-23. The consultation, bringing together more than 30 people from U.S. and Canadian denominations and religious organizations, will closely examine the pastoral and theological challenges that multiple religious belonging poses to...
April 16, 2015
To assist the youth and young adults of the United Church of Christ envision themselves as leaders, the Rev. Waltrina Middleton is framing a discussion to take place during the 30th General Synod that shows how the denomination's history and polity can transform them into advocates for justice in unexpected places.
Each year over 1,000 Christians join together in our nation's capital to address a common issue facing our communities. This year, Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice will be held on April 17-20 focused on the theme, "Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation." Moving forward, the faith community must help dismantle the new caste system it has created by breaking the chains of injustice before another generation is lost, writes the Rev. M. Linda...
Peter Keck, the inspiration for the United Church of Christ Insurance Board and its first executive director, passed away on March 16 in Everett, Wash. He was 88.
This Earth Day, UCC churches from Minnesota to Maine will host earth-friendly activities and kick off environmental campaigns to help make the world a better place to live.
April 15, 2015
United Church of Christ pastor, Ferguson community leader, and civil rights activist, the Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon will kick off a national ecumenical gathering around mass incarceration this weekend outside Washington D.C. Blackmon, the keynote speaker for Ecumenical Advocacy Days, hopes to rally more than 1,000 Christians seeking to advocate on criminal justice issues by showing them how faith plays a key role in the fight against mass incarceration. She will deliver opening remarks at 7...
April 14, 2015
One of the largest churches in the United States has called a new leader. The Rev. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas will become the next pastor of the UCC Dallas-based congregation, Cathedral of Hope. Cazares-Thomas, called by election on April 12, will lead the church of 4,200-members, with a primary outreach to LGBT persons.
Creating an Interfaith Community to foster Peace and Understanding.
April 13, 2015
Justice leaders of the United Church of Christ are part of an ecumenical community that believes people of faith bring important perspectives to the conversation about criminal justice advocacy. To help organize and educate the faithful interested in criminal justice issues, the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries is partnering with a Washington, D.C., congregation for a one-day conference calling for a more humane justice system that reflects Christian values of forgiveness, fairness,...
The outgoing general minster and president of the United Church of Christ will continue his ministry at one of the denomination's seminaries. The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black has been appointed as a visiting professor at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo.